Policy Governance by KICA Members
At the foundation of the association are the community members who volunteer their time to serve this community on the board, committees and task forces.
The board is made up of six community member directors (serving three-year terms) and one director appointed by the developer, Kiawah Partners. Each winter, KICA conducts an annual election to fill any open seats, and the newly elected directors begin their term at the KICA annual meeting, typically in March.
2020 - 2021
KICA Board of Directors
Your Island Representatives
Board of Directors
KICA's Board of Directors is the governing body of the association and represents the interests of all community members. The board meets every other month (view meetings calendar) to discuss important community topics and initiatives. Community members are invited to attend and are asked for input at the beginning and end of each meeting. Members are also welcome to contact all board members at any time by email.
Serve on the Board
The board is made up of six community member directors and one director appointed by the developer, Kiawah Partners. Each winter, the association conducts an election to fill any open director seats. The elected directors serve for three years and begin their term at the KICA annual meeting, typically in March. Applications to serve open in the fall of each year, and all association members are invited to run for election. Learn more about board service.
Committees and Task Forces
Community Voices on Island Topics
KICA has numerous committees and task forces comprised typically of community members, board members and staff. Committees offer ongoing advisement to the board in specific areas, like finance. Task Forces are created to execute a specific task or project and are initiated as needed.
View the Finance Committee Charter.
The Finance Committee advises the board of directors in matters of finance, audit and accounting in order to further KICA's mission of protecting, preserving and enhancing the association’s assets and services. The Finance Committee meets as needed and all meetings are open for community members to attend.
2020 - 2021 Finance Committee Members:
Townsend Clarkson (Board Treasurer/Committee Chair), Jim DiLella, Alex Fernandez, Jerry Honea, David Moes, Jim McDonald, Jeff Porter, Michael Talbert, Johnny Wallace (Staff – Director of Finance and Administration), Dave Morley (Board Chair, ex officio member)
Serve on the Finance Committee
The Finance Committee is comprised of nine community members, including the Board Treasurer, and one staff member, the Director of Finance and Administration. The members serve three-year terms, beginning in March. The committee meets several times throughout the year, with the most frequent activity during the fall due to the annual budget planning process.
Board Outreach and Education Committee
The Board Outreach and Education Committee (BOEC) encourages members to serve on the KICA board. The committee hosts Board Service Info Sessions and helps to guide board candidates through the election process. This committee was restructured in 2020 and no longer vets candidates or makes candidate recommendations to members.
2020 - 2021 Board Outreach and Education Committee Members:
Sue Schaffer (Board Director/Chair), Cynthia Riesenberg, Paul Hilstad, Will Lehder and Kelly Bragg
Serve on the Board Outreach and Education Committee
The BOEC is comprised of five community members, including one designated board member. The four community members serve two-year volunteer terms. The committee meets as needed, and is most active in the late summer and fall.
Human Resources Task Force
The HR Task Force was created in 2020 to evaluate the compensation of the association's staff directors and chief operating officer. The task force will report findings to the Board of Directors. This task force is planned to convert to an ongoing committee in 2021.
Adaptive Management Plan Task Force
The AMP Task Force was created in 2020 to gather feedback from community members to inform the development of a plan that will allow Kiawah to adapt to changing environmental coniditons that may result in flooding. The task force surveyed the membership in October about their concerns with potential flooding scenarios and about 1,900 members participated. The task force will compile a report of their findings to share with the KICA board, town council and other island leadership.
Community Outreach Task Force
The Community Outreach Task Force was created in 2020 to provide members with a new platform to share ideas and concerns with the KICA board. The task force hosted five virtual community meetings to hear directly from members. Feedback collected from the meetings will be shared with the membership and board, and will be developed into a 2021 member survey.
Other Recent Task Forces
The Flood Mitigation Task Force and the Technology Task Force completed their work in 2020. The Flood Mitigation Task Force was responsible for the developement of a comprehensive plan to address Kiawah's known flooding susceptibilities. The plan resulted in the recommendation of six infrastructure improvement projects, which the community voted to approve in May of 2020. A five-year special assessment was established to fund the flood mitigation projects. The Technology Task Force was responsible for overseeing the initial implementation of the Salesforce technology platform. The task force facilitated a smooth implementation and concluded their work in September 2020.