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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.

Chilton Grace Simmons, Esquire (BA '93) 

A native of Beaufort and alumni of Beaufort Academy (’93), Chilton is a partner and founding member of Buyck, Sanders & Simmons, L.L.C., where she practices law specializing in medical malpractice defense.  She graduated from University of Georgia with a B.S. in history and minor in political science, and from University of South Carolina with a J.D.  She also studied abroad at University of Oxford, England.

Chilton has served on the Beaufort Academy Board of Trustees since 2009, where she is currently the Chair of the Board.  She has chaired the Development Committee in the past, and currently serves on the Capital Campaign Committee.  She and her husband, Heath, have three children who attend Beaufort Academy.  She is active in numerous other organizations including United Way of the Lowcountry (past Board Professional Co-Chair), Tidal Creek Fellowship Church, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Friends of Caroline Hospice, Hope Haven of the Lowcountry (Children’s Advocacy and Rape Crisis Center), and Historic Beaufort Foundation.

As for Beaufort Academy, Chilton most appreciates the focus on the development of the whole child, and the curriculum which fosters a love for learning, analytical and reasoning skills, and advanced writing and scientific skills.

Garrett Wreden (BA '01)

Vice President 


After graduating in 2001 from Beaufort Academy, Garrett matriculated to the University of Georgia where he majored in risk management and insurance with a minor in history. Upon his graduation, Garrett returned to Beaufort to work at Kinghorn Insurance Agency of Beaufort where he is currently a partner and commercial lines manager. Garrett also holds a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.


Garrett has served on the Beaufort Academy Board of Trustees since 2010 in various capacities and currently serves as Vice Chairman and Co-Chair of the Beaufort Academy Capital Campaign.


Garrett is married to Caroline Wreden, DVM, a 2002 graduate of Beaufort Academy, and they have two children.  They are active members of the Parish Church of St. Helena’s. Garrett has served multiple community, church and professional organizations such as Rotary (past President), IIABSC education committee, Family Promise of Beaufort County Board, Diocesan Risk Management Committee, Beaufort County School District Insurance Review/Selection Committee, Beaufort County Open Land Trust (Vice Chair) and United Way of the Lowcountry Board.


Beaufort Academy has provided many opportunities for Garrett and his family. Garrett's goal as a Board Member is to ensure that Beaufort Academy continues to serve the community as the premier option for families focused on preparing young adults for life through excellent education, critical/original thought, positive relationships, ethics, manners, professional etiquette and God.

Courtney Tucker Worrell

Courtney grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, but she has called Beaufort home since 1999.  Courtney works with 303 Associates, L.L.C., a company specializing in historic renovation and property redevelopment.  She graduated from Washington & Lee University, where she served as the University’s first female chairman of the renowned quadrennial Mock Convention, and she participated in the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.  Prior to moving to Beaufort, Courtney worked for Senator John Warner and Governor George Allen in various capacities.


Courtney has served on the Beaufort Academy of Board of Trustees since 2014, where she currently serves as Secretary and Chair of the Committee on Trustees.  Prior to her service on the Board, she served as the President of the Beaufort Academy Parents Association for two years, on the Development Committee, as a room parent and in various other volunteer capacities.  She and her husband, Jack, a Beaufort Academy alum, have one son, Jack Carter, who attends Beaufort Academy. 


In addition to her service with Beaufort Academy, Courtney is active in numerous other organizations, including serving in leadership positions with Carteret Street United Methodist Church, the Beaufort Arts Council and the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club.  She has also been an active volunteer for Friends of Caroline Hospice, the Boys & Girls Club and her son’s Scouting activities.


Courtney chooses to send her son to Beaufort Academy and devote her time to the Board because she fully believes in its mission to instill intellectual curiosity while building strength of character.  She loves the varied opportunities Beaufort Academy provides its students, both inside and outside the classroom, and the caliber of teachers and coaches with which this is accomplished.

Jay Roberts


Jay has called Beaufort home since August, 2011. He and his family moved to Beaufort after a career in operations management and ultimately as CFO and partner in a regional industrial electrical contracting firm based in Charleston, WV.  In that time, he helped to operate and build the firm through a period of growth from approximately 30 employees operating in one state to over 400 employees operating in five states.  He currently works in the accounting firm of Trask & Lynn, CPA, PA where he focuses on working with closely held businesses and their owners in the areas of management accounting, as well as tax planning and preparation. Jay has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Kentucky, and holds an MBA from Marshall University.


Jay has served on the Beaufort Academy Board of Trustees since 2015, where he is currently the Chair of the Finance Committee and Treasurer.  He served on the Finance Committee two years prior, and currently serves on the Strategic Execution Committee. Jay and his wife, Shannon, have two children who attend Beaufort Academy. Jay has previously been involved with the Beaufort County March of Dimes and the Independence Fund for service disabled veterans. He also volunteers his time as a coach for youth sports teams with the Upward organization and the Beaufort County YMCA, and as race director for the annual BA Chilly Bean Run.


As for Beaufort Academy, Jay strongly believes in and supports the emphasis on the core values and the spirit of both cooperative learning and individual responsibility that thrive at BA. He appreciates the sense of community that Beaufort Academy successfully fosters among students from all grade levels and campuses. The faculty and staff at Beaufort Academy are highly qualified and worldly. They offer their students a creative and cutting-edge approach to learning while Beaufort Academy creates an academic learning environment conducive to maximizing their faculty’s strengths, which in turn helps students to realize their fullest potential.

James (Jay) Goodlette Taylor, Jr.
Development Chair

Jay joined the Beaufort Academy Board of Trustees in 2009, where he chairs the Development Committee and sits on the Finance Committee.  He attended Christ Church Episcopal School and Christ School in Arden, NC, before attending Presbyterian College, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration.

Jay joined Kinghorn Insurance Agency of Beaufort in July 1995, where he is a partner and manager of the Agency since 2000.  He specializes in commercial lines and earned his Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) designation in 2003.

Jay is married to Megan Harris Taylor, a Beaufort Academy alumna (1994), and they have two children, Katherine and Langdon, in middle and lower school at Beaufort Academy.

Jay and his family are members of The Parrish Church of St. Helena.  He has been an active Rotarian with The Rotary Club of Beaufort for the past 14 years and has been a board member for the past 10 years. He is also on the Boards of  Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of SC and Beaufort Chamber of Commerce. Jay has been an active volunteer for the United Way Annual Fund.

Mary Lohr
Member at Large

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 fifth grader at BA.  Having tried several school options in the area, the Lohrs are thrilled to have found a permanent home with the BA Family.

Cecil Mitchell (BA '99)

Cecil grew up in Beaufort and graduated from Beaufort Academy in 1999.  Cecil is currently the President of Mitchell Brothers Inc.   Alongside his cousins and brother, he manages this third generation family business, Mitchell Brothers Inc., a General Contracting company specializing in military construction. Cecil attended Queens University of Charlotte and graduated with a B.S. in Accounting and Minor in business administration in 2003.  

Cecil has served on the Beaufort Academy Board of Trustees since 2014, where he is currently on the Finance and Facility Committees. He and his wife, Maggie, have three daughters Amelia and Hollis, both of whom attend Beaufort Academy, and Evy, a future Eagle.   They are members of the Parish Church of St. Helena, and are heavily involved in many community organizations. Cecil is a member of the Military Enhancement Committee, Lady’s Island Business Association, and serves on the Beaufort County Zoning Board of Appeals.  

As an alumni, Cecil appreciates firsthand the unique educational and life enriching opportunities Beaufort Academy has offered to students for over 50 years. Cecil struggled early on in school.  Having the resources and flexibility offered at Beaufort Academy gave him the tools and confidence to succeed not only academically, but in all aspects of life.  Beaufort Academy was instrumental in preparing him for college and beyond not only through a rigorous curriculum, but a culture that nurtured as well as challenged him.

Carl B. Davis


Carl Davis relocated to Beaufort in 2010 from New York City.  He is a graduate of Williams College where he majored in American History and Literature. He has served as a class agent and is currently President of the Class.  He was the Managing Director of Smith Barney/Citibank where he managed National Institutional Equity Sales. He also honorably served our country in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, Air Wing.


He has served on the boards of A Better Chance and served as a Trustee for many schools including Chicago Latin School (chair of Annual Fund) and Nightingale Bamford (chair of Annual Fund).  He has also been a faithful member of the Episcopal Church, serving on the Episcopal Church Foundation, chairing the Investment Committee, and serving as a Senior Warden of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, where he chaired the Investment Committee, the Annual Fund and the Search Committee.  As President of the Bridgehampton Club, he implemented the strategic financial stability plan.


Joining the Beaufort Academy’s Board of Trustees in 2015, Carl brings a keen eye to finance, development and strategic execution.  He hopes to work with the Board to further develop student athletes, broaden college matriculation, and to grow the endowment.

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.

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, both of whom attend 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.

Rick Marquart

Rick joined the Beaufort Academy Board of Trustees in 2015 upon retirement from teaching at Beaufort Academy.  This capped a 40-year career in education, the last three of which were teaching secondary mathematics at BA. 

Rick is a native of Pennsylvania but spent most of his life working and raising a family in Maryland.  Rick graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in secondary mathematics education. Later he earned a master’s degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University.  He held various secondary mathematics teaching and administrative positions while in Maryland.  Prior to moving south and teaching at BA, Rick worked as a specialist for the Maryland State Department of Education where he coordinated Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) programs.

Rick resides on Fripp Island with his wife, Jane, a recently retired NASA engineer. They have two sons and two grandchildren.  Their oldest son is an aerospace engineer and is married to a secondary science teacher.   Their youngest son manages a hedge fund and is married to an attorney.

In retirement, Rick really misses the BA kids and all of their enthusiasm and energy.  He also misses being a member of a truly professional and caring faculty. He is excited about remaining active in the Beaufort Academy community by serving on the Board of Trustees.

Eric Meek

A native of Southern Illinois, Eric is a retired Marine with twenty-two years of active service. Throughout his career, he held positions as an anti-terrorism and law enforcement officer for major U.S. Marine Corps Commands in garrison and combat operations. He led military and law enforcement personnel during several crisis situations, and was responsible for safety, security, anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism efforts for multiple large-scale, multi-nation exercises.  Eric has instructed U.S. and foreign military and law enforcement personnel on leadership, anti-terrorism, security and law enforcement fundamentals in the United States and Djibouti, Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, Japan, and the Philippines.

Eric holds a Master of Science Degree in Homeland Security and Safety Engineering from National University and an undergraduate degree in Homeland Security from the University of Maryland, University College.  He currently works for Lockheed Martin as a defense contractor and is an Adjunct Professor for Henley-Putnam University where he teaches Counter Terrorism and Strategic Security courses. 

Eric has served on the Beaufort Academy Board of Trustees since 2014 and serves on the Facilities Committee.  He and his wife Sondra’s youngest daughter, Breanna, is a junior at Beaufort Academy.  He enjoys the sense of family at Beaufort Academy and the academic excellence the school offers children of all ages.

Steve Keeler
Bio coming soon...
Ben Coppage

Ben moved to Beaufort with his wife, Allison (BA '02), in 2012 and quickly became enamored with the community and its people. He is the founding member of Coppage Law Firm, LLC and practices in the areas of probate, real estate, and business litigation. He is a graduate of Clemson University and Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law.

He has been active in several community, church, and professional organizations including Rotary Club of the Lowcountry, Parish Church of St. Helena, United Way of the Lowcountry, and Friends of Hunting Island. He and his wife have two children, Harris and Bette. Harris is enrolled in Beaufort Academy's preschool and looks forward to each day with his teachers and classmates with great excitement.

Ben believes that Beaufort Academy provides families with unique educational opportunities. More so than any other school in the area, it allows a child and his or her family to be a part of a special group that is an integral part of the Beaufort community. The value it places on providing its students with an exceptional education and ensuring their future success is unmatched.

Jeff Hiers

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.