Board of Directors

Alex Beard
is an Attorney in Charleston, Board Member and Scholarship Chair, Medicine and Ministry of the Whole Person.  Member of the South Carolina Bar Association.  Charleston Bar Association. Admitted to Supreme Court of United States of America, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, SC Circuit Court.

Henk Brandt is a counselor in private practice with emphasis on Buddhist Mindfulness Training, Researcher, Writer, Poet, Presenter of seminars at The Sophia Institute and elsewhere on the Path of the Conscious Heart, the Synergies of Wholeness and Ultimate Reality, Transpersonal Development and The Possible Human.  Former CEO of The O’Neal School in North Carolina; and a career teacher of psychology, philosophy and literature. 38 years as a meditation practitioner and initiate of Param Sant Hazur Kirpal Singh.

Cam Busch is Founder and President Emeritus, Tennessee Art Therapy Association; Licensed, registered, and Board Certified Art Therapist; Recently retired Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist; exhibiting artist and photographer of 40 years; Distinguished Fellow, Global Alliance for Arts and Health; National consultant with the SAHCS (Society for the Arts in Healthcare Consulting Services) and owner of Art Therapy Consults and Studio in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Gail DePriest is the Director of Executive Leadership & Corporate Relations for the Clemson MBA program.  Formerly a Senior Vice President and Corporate Director for a global management consulting firm, Gail DePriest has advised Fortune 500 companies and top-ranked business schools.   She has coached leaders for top performance and is a senior lecturer teaching Advanced Leadership as well as Innovation & Creativity in the MBAe for Entreprenership.   She is a doctoral candidate focusing her research organizational cultures.  She teaches Global Leadership in the Clemson/Oxford study abroad program and her clients have included the US Department of Defense, Michelin North America and Bon Secours Health System.  She is a contributing writer for the Upstate Business Journal, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Journal

Barbara Kelley-Duncan is the former CEO of the Carolina Youth Development Center and is a member of the Trident United Way Women’s Leadership Council; was a guest lecturer at The International Interdisciplinary Course on Children’s Rights in Brussels, Belgium; was selected as one of the 15 Most Influential Women in Business in Charleston in 2008; and, was selected as the Non-Profit Leader of the Year in 2011 by the Trident United Way Women’s Leadership Council. Ms. Kelley Duncan was selected to participate in the 2014-2015 Lowcountry Diversity Leaders Initiative of The Riley Institute at Furman University. In 2015, she was selected as one of the “20 to Know in North Charleston,” by the Post and Courier and is the author of Journey 21 - 10 Strategies to a Better Work Life. She previously served on the Boards of the New Morning Foundation, The Palmetto Association for Children and Families, and the United Way Association of South Carolina, all in Columbia, SC. She is a former member of the Board of Governors for The Harbour Club and serves on the National Freedom Schools Committee for the Children’s Defense Fund. She has also served as a mentor in The Citadel Mentoring Association. 

Eliza Ingle
is a former Professor of Dance at the College of Charleston for 25 years; Board Member, Coker College. Board Member, SCAA (South Carolina Arts Alliance). Choreographer and performer, dance teacher in New York, Massachusetts and South Carolina. She is a writer and Mother of three. 


Patricia Williams-Lessane is the Executive Director of the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. Dr. Williams Lessane is a cultural anthropologist whose focus areas include Pan African religious identity, Black feminist theory, and representations of Black life in popular culture. She earned a BA in English from Fisk University, a MALS from Dartmouth College, and a PhD in Anthropology from University of Illinois at Chicago. Before joining The College of Charleston, she was a faculty member at Roosevelt University, and a consultant for The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.  Since her arrival to Charleston in 2010, Dr. Lessane has emerged as a progressive and trusted voice in discussing race relations in the city. She has been featured on NPR, BBC, and in the New York Times, giving scholarly context to some of our most pressing issues. She is also currently co-executive producing a Julie Dash film on native South Carolinian Vertamae Grosvenor and her contributions to several key literary, cultural, and culinary movements of the twentieth century. Additionally, Dr. Lessane is writing a young adult novel that touches on race and class.

Kathleen Sullivan is the Vice-President of Human Resources and Public Affairs for InterGen, a global energy company based out of Boston, MA.  She has been a senior executive, consultant, and coach with 20+ years of international corporate experience in the Consumer Products, IT and Energy industries. She has an MBA from Monmouth University and a BS degree in Business Administration from Georgian Court University.  Served as member of the Board of Trustees for Georgian Court University and the Advisory Board for the University of Idaho’s Public Utility Executive Program.  She is a photographer, energy healing practitioner, and spiritual seeker.

Carolyn Rivers, Founder, Director, and faculty member of The Sophia Institute. She is also the convener and co-chair of Social Justice, Racial Equity Collaborative: Transforming from the Inside Out .  She is a former Board Member of Leadership South Carolina and former Board Member of Center for Women. Carolyn has studied and worked professionally with many of the transpersonal leaders of our time, who are now on the faculty and National Advisory Board of the Sophia Institute.