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.
2022 - 2023
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 of six community member directors. 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.
Watch Past Board Meetings
Board of Directors Meeting - Sept. 12, 2022
Board of Directors Meeting - July 11, 2022
Board of Directors Meeting - June 6, 2022
Board of Directors - Traditional Format - May 2
Conversations With the Board - April 4, 2022 - Open Format
KICA Annual Meeting - March 11, 2022
Board of Directors Meeting - March 7, 2022 - Traditional Format
Conversations With the Board - Feb. 7, 2022 - Open Format Meeting
Board of Directors - Special Virtual Meeting - Jan. 27, 2022
Board of Directors Meeting - Jan. 10, 2022 - Traditional Format
Board of Directors Meeting - Dec. 6
Board of Directors Meeting - November 8, 2021 - Traditional Format
Conversations with the Board - October 4, 2021 - Open Format Meeting
Board of Directors Meeting - September 13, 2021 - Traditional Format
Conversations With the Board - Aug. 2
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.
2022-2023 Finance Committee Members:
Alex Fernandez (Board Treasurer/Committee Chair), Jim DiLella (2020-2023), Paul Hennessy (2021-2025), Paul Hough (2021-2025), Bran Petranovic (2021-2025), Jeff Porter (2020-2023), Debbie Diddle (2022-2023), Michael Petrecca (2022-2025)
Serve on the Finance Committee
The committee generally seeks participants to fill open seats each February. Term lengths can vary. The finance committee closed the 2022 application for volunteers on March 15.
Human Resource Committee
View the Human Resource Committee Charter
The Human Resource (HR) Committee is a standing advisory committee to the KICA board, established to confirm the reasonableness of KICA leadership’s total compensation and to ensure that effective policies are in place to enable KICA to retain, attract and reward its leadership.
2022-2023 Human Resource Committee Members:
Beth Zampino (Board Vice Chair/Committee Chair), Jerry McGee (Board Chair), Bert Hefke (2021-2024), Richard Ames (2021-2023), Julie Fraunhoffer (2022-2025) and David Loeser (2022-2025)
Serve on the Human Resource Committee
The HR Committee is comprised of four community members, including the board chair. The committee members serve three-year volunteer terms, beginning on Feb. 15. The committee meets several times per year.
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.
2021-2022 Board & Outreach Committee Members:
Brad McIlvain (Board/Chair), Kelly Bragg, Cynthia Riesenberg, Gaye Stathis, Paul Nelson and Frances Boyd
Serve on the Board & Outreach 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.
Making a Real Impact
Amenities Task Force
View the Amenities Task Force charter.
The Amenities Task Force was established in 2021 to consider the island’s overall competitiveness in amenities, both now and in the future. This task force will evaluate trends, opportunities and different approaches to provide recreational, educational, wellness, social and service opportunities on and around the island consistent with a premier community, in alignment with community objectives. This task force is chaired by a board director, with participation from staff (COO and Director of Recreation) and eight community members.
2021 – 2022 Amenities Task Force Members
David DeStefano (Chair/Board Director), Shannon White (COO), Aaron James (Director of Recreation), Barry Abrams, Joe Buongiorno, Cherie Gallagher, Rajan Govindan, Jim McDonald, Debby Perelmuter, Bran Petranovic, Beth Thomae
Sandcastle User Group
View the Sandcastle User Group charter.
The Sandcastle User Group Task Force was established in 2021 to provide an official avenue for members to provide feedback and ideas on current offerings at the community’s member clubhouse, as well the overall “experience” and standards. This task force is led by KICA’s Director of Recreation and consists of more than 15 members, representing a diverse cross-section of the island’s demographics.
2021 – 2022 Sandcastle User Group Members
Aaron James (Chair/Director of Recreation) Theresa Abernathy, Pris Adler, Russell Berner, Erin Burris, Lisa Buzzelli, Lori Chandler, Paula Griesbaum, SueEllen Hanan, Madeleine Kaye, Cathy Ladner, Karen Lombardo, Carol Medendorp, Richard Mortara, Barbara Patton, Rick Popillo, Terri Sewell, Lynne Toland
Security and Enforcement Task Force
The Security and Enforcement Task Force was established in 2021 to improve pedestrian safety, refine collaborative enforcement strategies between island entities, reduce traffic congestion and communicate rules to island visitors. This task force is co-chaired by board directors, with participation from KICA’s director of Security, representatives from the town and resort, and several community members.
2021-2022 Security and Enforcement Task Force Members
Jerry McGee (Co-Chair/Board Vice-Chair), David DeStefano (Co-Chair/Board Director), Tony Elder (Director of Operations), Carl Ritchie (Director of Security), Stephanie Tillerson (Town of Kiawah Island Administrator), Yvonne Johnstone (Kiawah Island Golf Resort Director of Security), Craig Harris (Town of Kiawah Island Director of Public Safety), Scott Nelson, Paul Petersen, Sandy Devine, Steve Rolando, and Mark Griesbaum
Governance Task Force
View the Governance Task Force charter.
The Governance Task Force was established in 2022 to review KICA’s governing documents, the covenants and by-laws, in order to verify consistency between governing documents and ensure the clarity of the language. The task force may recommend changes to the board of directors. Any changes to the covenants would require a vote of the membership and changes to the by-laws would require a vote of the board. The task force consists of a board director as well as 3-5 member volunteers.
2022 Governance Task Force Members
Brad McIlvain (Chair/Board Secretary), Amanda Mole (Board Developer Director), Kelly Sach, Philip Mancusi-Ungaro, Jim Jarosik
Other Recent Task Forces
Community Outreach Task Force (2020-2021):
The Community Outreach Task Force sought to provide members with a new platform to share ideas and concerns with the KICA board of directors. The work culminated in two sets of community outreach meetings and the establishment of an ongoing bi-monthly Conversations with the Board meeting for members to talk openly with their representatives.
Adaptive Management Plan Task Force (2020)
Through surveying community members, the Adaptive Management Plan (AMP) Task Force identified the threshold conditions on Kiawah that would be considered unacceptable impacts of sea level rise, flooding and climate change. The task force recommended that factors impacting these threshold conditions are monitored and that response plans for the thresholds are developed. See the AMP’s final report.
The Technology Task Force was responsible for overseeing the initial implementation of the Salesforce technology platform, which resulted in an online portal for members and enhanced member service capabilities.
Flood Mitigation (2019-2020)
The Flood Mitigation Task Force was responsible for the development 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, and the infrastructure improvements are underway, to be completed by the end of 2022.