FIGHTING TO SAVE OUR COMMUNITY
We are a nonprofit public interest legal organization protecting the land, quality of life & natural character of the Waccamaw Neck.
We SUPPORT SMART DEVELOPMENT that:
Complies with the law.
Is consistent with natural character & infrastructure.
Meets the needs of the community.
We SAFEGUARD historically and culturally significant neighborhoods.
We assist HEIRS' PROPERTY owners with clearing title to PROTECT minority landowners from predatory developers.
We oppose LAND USE and ZONING CHANGES that increase residential density in violation of the comprehensive plan or other law.
We hold our county officials accountable to FOLLOW PROPER LAW & PROCEDURE.
In addition to advocating before Planning Commission and County Council and negotiating for decisions that comply with the law and are in the best interest of the community, we file court actions challenging county zoning and land use decisions that do not comply with the law and permanently damage our land and quality of life.
Executive Director & Legal Counsel
Cindy Ranck Person
A longtime resident of Litchfield, Cindy Person brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to KIGA.
She has been a trial lawyer for more than 38 years having served as lead counsel in complex civil litigation including products liability, construction, commercial, real estate, personal injury, employment, probate, and civil rights cases in state, federal, appellate courts, and administrative tribunals representing private individuals, businesses, institutions, corporations, banks, municipalities, school districts, government entities, and nonprofits.
Early in her career Cindy served as an Assistant District Attorney with extensive experience in all phases of criminal prosecution including an emphasis in the investigation and prosecution of child and adult sexual abuse cases.
In addition to her background as a lawyer, she has served in domestic and overseas mission settings focusing on community development and racial reconciliation, including inner-city ministry, outreach programs, church plants, disaster relief teams, and as a law professor in the former Soviet Union.
Cindy has lived in the lower Waccamaw Neck for more than 30 years and cares deeply about our community. She is a member of the Pawleys Island Civic Club and attends and participates on the worship team at House of God Church.
Board of Directors & Advisory Council
President, Board of Directors
Barry is a native of Greenville, SC, with deep roots in Pawleys Island. Barry studied at University of South Carolina and is currently Vice President of New Business at The Brandon Agency in Myrtle Beach. Barry and his wife, Becky, have lived in Pawleys Island for many years.
Secretary, Board of Directors
Chrissie is a former high school teacher of Sports Medicine in Horry County Schools and a Health & Wellness Coordinator at her own business, Subala, where she is an athletic trainer and yoga instructor. Chrissie graduated from Illinois State University and has lived in the area for the past 15 years. She resides in Litchfield County Club.
Vice President, Board of Directors
Kary is a native of Florence, SC, and is retired after 42 years in the oil & gas industry. Kary holds advanced degrees in Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and spent his career with ExxonMobil. He served overseas during his career and now enjoys retirement as a full-time resident of Pawleys Island.
Mary C. Schemery
Mary is a partner in the law firm Schemery Zicolello and has been a civil litigation attorney for more than 37 years. Mary is a graduate of Bucknell University & The Dickinson School of Law and enjoys relaxing at her second home in Pawleys Island. Mary has served as an advisor to KIGA since its inception.
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Brenda retired in 2019 from a position as controller and treasurer of a large mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractor in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she lived since 1974. After her retirement, Brenda moved to Pawleys Island where she resides with her husband and serves her community by volunteering as treasurer and bookkeeper for KIGA.
Rev. Johnny A. Ford
Johnny is Pastor of House of God Church in Pawleys Island. He is a native of the Parkersville community of Pawleys Island where his family has resided for generations. He is currently the Site Director of A Father's Place and the former Executive Director of Teach My People. Johnny lives in Pawleys Island with his wife Lynne, and their two sons.
Lynne Bessellieu Ford
Lynne's family has lived in Pawleys Island for many generation and cares deeply for her community. She is Associate Director at Helping Hands of Georgetown, Inc., and a member of Georgetown County School Board. Lynne has a Master's degree in Public Relations from University of Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of SC. She lives in the Parkersville Community of Pawleys Island with her husband, Johnny, and two sons, Joshua and Caleb.
Alicia and her husband have had a home in Pawleys Island for more than 30 years. They are active outdoors people who are committed to protecting & preserving our community and quality of life. Alicia and her family are originally from Charlotte and after retirement, made Pawleys Island their full time residence.
Together, we are making a difference.
Our work to protect the Waccamaw Neck is 100% funded by your generous tax deductible donations.
Checks may be made payable to:
KEEP IT GREEN ADVOCACY, INC.
P.O. Box 1922
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
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For more information, please feel free to email us at KIG.Advocacy@gmail.com.