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.

2023 - 2024

KICA Board of Directors

Kevin Donlon Image

Kevin Donlon

2023-2026 - Chair

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Dwight Williams Image

Dwight Williams

2024-2027 - Vice-Chair

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Lisa Mascolo Image

Lisa Mascolo

2022-2025 - Treasurer

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Paul Hennessy Image

Paul Hennessy

2024-2027 - Secretary

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David DeStefano Image

David DeStefano

2022-2025 - Director

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Cherie Gallagher Image

Cherie Gallagher

2024-2026 - Director

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Amanda Mole Image

Amanda Mole

Developer Appointed Director

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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 typically meets each 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.

Board Meeting Minutes & Notes

Watch Past Board Meetings

Board of Directors Meeting - July 8, 2024

Board of Directors Meeting - June 3, 2024

Board of Directors Meeting - May 6, 2024

Board of Directors Meeting - April 8, 2024

KICA Annual Meeting 2024 & Board of Directors Meeting

Board of Directors Meeting - March 18, 2024

Board of Directors Meeting - Feb. 5 2024

Board of Directors Meeting - Jan. 8, 2024

Board of Directors Meeting - Dec. 4, 2023

Board of Directors Meeting - Nov. 9, 2023

Board of Directors Meeting - Oct. 9, 2023

Board of Directors Meeting - Sept. 11, 2023

Board of Directors Special Meeting - By-Laws - August 14, 2023

Board of Directors Meeting - July 10, 2023

Board of Directors Meeting - June 5, 2023


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.


Amenities Experience Committee

View the Amenities Experience Committee Charter.

The Amenities Experience Committee is tasked with evaluating and providing recommendations on the island’s current gathering and recreational spots, as well as considering future amenities.

2024-2025 Amenities Experience Committee Members:
Cherie Gallagher (Board Director/Committee Chair), Shannon White (COO), Amy Cook (Director of the Sandcastle), Teresa Abernathy, Karen Berner, Larry Fieroh, Rob Glass, Bob Martineau, Matt McFee, Bob Munczinski, Debby Perelmuter, Marge White

Serve on the Amenities Experience Committee
The Amenities Experience Committee comprises nine community members and one designated board member who serves as chair. Community members serve three-year volunteer terms.

Board Outreach and Education Committee

View the Board Outreach and Education Committee Charter.

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.

2023-2024 Board & Outreach Committee Members:
Cherie Gallagher (Board Director/Committee Co-Chair), Paul Hennessy (Board Secretary/Committee Co-Chair) Larry Hitchcock, Linda Connolly, Patrick Donnelly, Sandy Devine, Sue Schaffer

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.

Finance Committee

View the Finance Committee Charter.

The Finance Committee advises the board of directors in matters of finance, audit and accounting 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.

2023-2024 Finance Committee Members:
Lisa Mascolo (Board Treasurer/Committee Chair), Dale Schoon (KICA Director of Finance/Vice-chair), Mary Ann Ashton (2024-2027), Debbie Diddle (2023-2026), Paul Hough (2021-2025), John McGowan (2024-2027), David Nielsen (2024-2027), Bran Petranovic (2021-2025), Michael Petrecca (2021-2025), Larry Wolahan (2024-2027)

Serve on the Finance Committee
The committee generally seeks participants to fill open seats immediately following each KICA Annual Meeting. Service terms are generally four years.

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.

2023-2024 Human Resource Committee Members:
Kevin Donlon (Board Chair/Committee Co-Chair), Dwight Williams (Board Vice-Chair/Committee Co-Chair), Sarah Bond (Staff Liaison/KICA Director of Human Resources), Kate Kinslow (2024-2027), Julie Fraunhoffer (2022-2025), David Loeser (2022-2025) and Ann Weiser (2023-2006). Shannon White (KICA COO) will attend as needed.

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. The committee meets several times per year.

Our World Lecture Series Planning Committee

Our World is a committee of members that plans an annual schedule of educational lectures for KICA members at the Sandcastle.

2023 Our World Committee Members:
Frances Boyd (co-chair), Linda Dove (co-chair), Mimi Sturgell (co-chair), Leigh Cobb, Paul Hennessy, Karen Kadlec, Will Lehder, Dian Murray, Judy O’Brien, Ron Oye, Stuart Walman, Scott Whalen, Greg Zerkel

POPs Planning Committee

Property Owners’ Parties (POPs) is a committee of members that plans an annual schedule of events for KICA members. This committee originated in 1986 and came under KICA’s umbrella in 2023.

2024 POPs Committee Members:
Alice and Greg Arms (2024 Chairs), Gloria Lengyel and Alex Fernandez, Eniko Nicolais and Steve Rolando, Maura and Brad McIlvain, and Beth and Bill Thomae

Security and Enforcement Committee

View the Security and Enforcement Committee charter.

The Security and Enforcement Committee transited from a project-focused task force (2021-2023) to a standing committee in March 2024. The committee is tasked with identifying gaps in security and enforcement and improving the safety of drivers and pedestrians.  The committee is co-chaired by board directors and comprised of Security operations staff, representatives from the town and resort, and several community members.

Security and Enforcement Task Force Members
Dwight Williams (Board Vice-Chair/Co-Chair), David DeStefano (Board Director/Co-Chair), Tony Elder (Director of Operations), Mark Ruppel (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)

Task Forces

Making a Real Impact

Governance Task Force

View the Governance Task Force charter.

The Governance Task Force was re-established in 2023 to review the KICA Covenants and the General Covenants and make recommendations to the Board on possible revisions to these documents. As part of its interim and final process, the Task Force will hold a dedicated community meeting to solicit the input of all KICA members. Thereafter, the Task Force will make its final recommendations to the KICA board. Any changes to the covenants would require a vote of the membership. The task force consists of a board director serving as chair and up to eight member volunteers.

Governance Task Force Members
Paul Hennessy (Board Secretary/Task Force Chair), Amanda Mole (Board Developer Director), Andy Capelli, Beverly Fieroh, Glenn Thomson and Kelly Sach.


View the ARB Work Group charter.

The Kiawah Island Community Association (KICA)/Town of Kiawah Island (TOKI) ARB Work Group was established in 2023 to review and make recommendations with regard to various architectural review issues on Kiawah Island. This decision was driven by concerns that have been expressed by many homeowners about the cost, consistency, and transparency of the practices of Kiawah Partners’ controlled Architectural Review Board (the KP/ARB), as well as the termination of the town’s Development Agreement with Kiawah Partners in 2023.

The work group consists of two members of town council and two members of the KICA board, as well as two designees for each organization.

Work Group Members
KICA: Kevin Donlon (KICA board chair/work group co-chair), David DeStefano (KICA board representative/work group co-chair), Beverly Fieroh, Jim Jarosik
TOKI: Michael Heidingsfelder (councilmember), Madeleine Kaye (councilmember), Marc Camens, Diana Mezzanotte

Other Recent Task Forces

Amenities Task Force (2021-2024)
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 evaluated 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. After a hiatus, the Amenities Task Force was combined with the Sandcastle User Group into the Amenities Experience Committee in 2024.

Sandcastle User Group (2021-2024)
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 as the overall “experience” and standards. The group spearheaded the update of access policies at the Sandcastle in 2023 and 2024. In 2024, the group was combined with the Amenities Task Force to become the Amenities Experience Committee.

Communication Strategies Task Force (2023)
The Communication Strategies Task Force reviewed association communication strategies in order to identify and prioritize opportunities for improvement. The task force provided the community with an overview of strategies and a prioritized list of recommended communication improvements. View the task force’s final report.

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.

Technology (2020)
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.