Board of Trustees

Beaufort Academy's Board of Trustees is charged with the governance of the school by defining its mission, determining its strategic direction, securing and protecting its financial resources, and overseeing the Headmaster who manages the administration and operations of the institution. The Board and the Headmaster collaborate on the long-range advancement and benefit of the school and its students. The Board does not oversee day-to-day operations of the school, leaving those matters to the Headmaster and his staff.

Katie Huebel (BA '90)

Katie Huebel is an alumni of Beaufort Academy, graduating in 1990.  She chose to pursue her undergraduate degree at USC.  After graduating from the University of South Carolina with degrees in Marketing and Business, she decided to focus her job search in sales and marketing. She worked as a manager in staffing sales for over 4 years in Atlanta. Feeling the urge to tap into her marketing and creative side, Katie began the process of opening her own event planning company. In 1998 Katie built the framework of what is now WED.  She has been planning weddings and events throughout the Southeast and abroad for over 19 years.  Thanks to the hard work and creative style of the WED team, this company that was built over 19 years ago continues to thrive.

Katie and her husband, Scott have 3 children that all attend Beaufort Academy. They are huge cheerleaders for the education, moral compass and foundation that BA offers every student.

Mary Lohr
Vice President

Mary Lohr is a native of the Low Country and raised in Colleton County.  She attended the University of South Carolina, graduating, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities, in 1995. Prior to attending law school she taught for a semester at Colleton Prep in Walterboro, SC.  Mary earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1999 and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar that same year. She served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable William Howard, South Carolina Court of Appeals, and as Staff Attorney, South Carolina Court of Appeals. 

Mary moved to Beaufort in 2001 to join the firm of Howell, Gibson and Hughes where she still practices as a partner. She has served on the Board of the Beaufort Arts Counsel and the Junior Service League of Beaufort, where she was board president. 

Mary is married to Jon Lohr, an employee of Beaufort Memorial Hospital, and they have one son, Clay, who is a student at BA.  Having tried several school options in the area, the Lohrs are thrilled to have found a permanent home with the BA Family.

Sally Mitchell Dennis (BA '00)
Bio coming soon...

Phillip Lynn, CPA

Phillip, a Hartsville South Carolina native,  graduated from The University of South Carolina with a BS in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting.  He subsequently earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Francis Marion University. Phillip is a Certified Public Accountant and the owner of Trask & Lynn, CPA, PA. 

Phillip and his wife, Wendi, have two children, Tency and Sellers. Tency attends Beaufort Academy. He is an active volunteer for the Beaufort Academy Blue & White Club. Phillip is a Deacon and Stewardship Committee member at the Baptist Church of Beaufort.  He has served seven years as the President of the Beaufort Gamecock Club and is a past Trustee for the Historic Beaufort Foundation.

Jeff Hiers
Member at Large

Born and raised in Hampton County, alumni of Patrick Henry Academy (’93), Jeff, wife Michelle and their three daughters moved to Beaufort in 2010 where they enrolled at Beaufort Academy.  Jeff is the owner of J. H. Hiers Construction, LLC, which was founded in 2004.  The company performs complete sitework including grading, paving, water, sewer and storm drain installation.  He graduated from The Citadel in 1997 with a B. S. Degree in Civil Engineering.

In addition to his volunteer work at Beaufort Academy, Jeff also serves on the Finance Committee and Chair of the Property Committee at First Presbyterian Church.  He is also an Elder of the Session.  At Beaufort Academy, he has served on the Facilities Committee for four years and joined the Board of Trustees in 2017.  Jeff and Michelle have three daughters that attend Beaufort Academy and are very active in sports.  They participate in volleyball, basketball and soccer.

With regard to Beaufort Academy, Jeff believes it provides a great learning environment that challenges each student according to their skill level in each grade.  Jeff appreciates the focus on developing the student academically, physically and socially, which in return creates a confident graduate that is ready to face the challenges of life after high school.

Hope Freeman
Bio coming soon...

Patrick Mitchell (BA '00)
Facilities Chair
Bio coming soon...

Warren Richards

Warren Richards is a native of Hampton, SC, and alumni of Patrick Henry Academy. He received his B.S. from University of South Carolina in criminal justice, as well as having graduated from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy the same year. He is employed by SupplyWorks, a Home Depot company, where he is an account executive.  
Warren has volunteered for many Beaufort Academy organizations over the past 12 years.  For the past 10 years, he has worked with the Blue & White Club to grow the fundraising efforts for the athletic department.  He is also an avid supporter of all BA athletic teams and volunteers much of his time throughout the year both on and off the field.  For the past 4 years, Warren served as an assistant JV and Varsity football coach.

Warren and his wife Heidi, who recently retired as a BA teacher, made the decision 16 years ago to send their children to Beaufort Academy for several reasons.  They both like the smaller classroom sizes, challenging curriculum, the individualized attention each student receives and the opportunity to excel athletically. Both boys have since graduated from Beaufort Academy, and are thankful for the opportunities BA has given them.

Gary Van Gysel
Bio coming soon...