We are a nonprofit public interest law firm 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
President, Board of Directors
Heather is former Executive Vice President of the American Heart Association and currently owns and operates her own professional home organization business in Pawleys Island, Creating Harmony. Heather and her husband, Dennis, reside in Pawleys Island.
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 significant time living overseas during his career and is now enjoying retirement as a full time resident of Pawleys Island where he has had a home for more than thirty years.
Vice President, Board of Directors
Barry is a native of Greenville, SC, with deep roots in Pawleys Island. Barry studied at USC 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.
Chrissie is a 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.
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
Catherine is a retired accountant and studied at George Mason and Johns Hopkins. She works as a volunteer for several non-profit organizations in the community where she dedicates many hours to helping others. Catherine lives in Pawleys Island and spends time traveling when she can.
Lynne Bessellieu Ford
Rev. Johnny A. Ford
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.