Awendaw Regional Outreach Center

Executive Board Members

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Sharon C Murray, Chair


The Gullah Lady. 

Public-icon in the Charleston, SC "The Ambassador of the Gullah Culture  Sharon Cooper-Murray

Preservation-Textile and Gullah language, Public Speaker-Storyteller and lecturer, Textile Designer Writer/Research. Johns Island, South Carolina, United States. Brand development and strategies, Media representative, character development, orator and re-enactor of West African and Gullah tales presented in the creole language known as Gullah with English translations.

Samuel N. Robinson, Founding Board Member

Retired Social Worker, Washington, DC

Samuel N. Robinson's back ground in one of community service. He has served the citizens of Awendaw as its Mayor, Mayor Pro Temp. Founding member and president of the Awendaw Community Action Group, retired member of Berkeley Electric Cooperative Trust, and as a member of School Improvement Council/Title 1 Committee of Lincoln high School until the school was closed. ( Retired from the Executive Board September 2022). Replaced by:  Mrs. Ulanda Smalls-Scott

 Kathie Livingston, Founding Board  Member


 Nature Adventures, Owner, created and founded the SCPIA (South Carolina Paddle Sports Industry Association) and is currently an Executive Board Member, she is also the Past President of the SC Nature Based Tourism Association and still serves on the Board of Directors, current President of the Bulls Bay Chamber of Commerce and founding member of the Historic and Chamber, current member of Executive Committee of the SC Sierra Club, current board member of the Awendaw Regional Outreach Center serving underprivilege youths, past Chair of the See Wee to Santee Community Development Corporation, and serves on the Humanitarian and environmental boards in Charleston.

Richard McWethy, Founding Board Member

Retired Awendaw Fire Fighter

Richard McWethy, presently the Chief of Dewees Island POA, retired Fire Fighter of Awendaw, SC Fire Department, South Carolina Fire Fighter's Association.

Bettye J Simmons-Weeks, Founder, Executive Director

Self Employed, Owner

Bettye's Unique Fashions & Accessories on-line boutique, Bettye's Unique Bridal and destination wedding, BUDS a tax preparation & Credit Counseling Organization.