About our Board of Directors

 Charlene Dougherty, President

Term Expires 12/31/21

I am a native of Langhorne, Pennsylvania.  I’ve been married to Steve for over 40 years and we raised two sons in the Northern Virginia area .I am very lucky to have my only grandson living locally.  I started my own accounting business specializing in non-profits and government contractors.  We left the fast paced DC area in in 2005 maintaining our DC client base from Myrtle Beach.  I still work part time with a few of my clients that I’ve had now for over 30 years. When making the decision to become a founder of the Ballroom Dance Preservation Society there wasn’t any doubt that the only way I would be involved was if it was a 501 (c)(3). I love ballroom dancing, I love the social life and the friends that I have made, and I’ve always loved working out and living a healthy lifestyle. And I love putting my energy into making new events happen, promoting all the health benefits and seeing the joy that everyone is getting from our efforts to grow this dance community.

Sue Poss, Vice President

Term Expires 12/31/20

I have traveled the world but have never lived outside of South Carolina. I was born and grew up in Lancaster County, just across the state line from Charlotte, and lived for 33 years in Greenville. I earned two degrees in communications and marketing from the University of South Carolina and–to be sure I had a well-rounded Palmetto state education–I went to Clemson to get my Master of Business Administration degree. For the past 25 years, I have been self-employed as a writer-editor-and graphic designer want-to-be.

In 1986, I married Bob and our lives outside of work revolved primarily around boating, both sailing and motoring. We skied almost every mile of every lake in upstate South Carolina (we even went by boat to the Clemson football games). Several times a year we headed to the coast in two cars, each pulling a boat, so that we could sail and putter around the creeks and rivers, even the ocean, everywhere from Sunset Beach to Savannah.

Bob died much too young and obviously, at age 43, my life changed. To fill the void, I turned to my volunteer work with Rotary and poured many hours a week working at every level of that fine organization to which I still give considerable time. I also traveled more after Bob’s death, and have always preferred to go off the beaten path. I’ve been to Cuba, China, Vietnam, Oman, Ghana, Haiti, and many other interesting and exciting places but am always happy to come home.

Eager to get started enjoying semi-retirement and find something new to do when I moved permanently to North Myrtle Beach in 2015, the first thing I did after unpacking was head to the J.B. Floyd Community Center where I had seen that a ballroom dance class was being offered. That started me down a road from which I hope I never detour. Dancing stretches my mind and body but its greatest reward has been the friendships I now enjoy.

 

Steve Dougherty, Treasurer
Term Expires 12/31/21
I was born in Philadephia, Pennsylvania. Working as a CPA in the Northern Virginia area with a public accounting firm, then as a controller and then working with my wife in for our own accounting firm was busy. We love to go on cruises for vacations. About 10 years ago we participated in a ballroom dance class on a cruise. The elderly bartender who was assisting the class took us aside and told us if we started ballroom dancing now, it would be something we could do together for the rest of our lives. We came back from the cruise and started taking classes. I enjoy seeing the dance community grow, ensuring that there will be ballroom dancing here so that I may enjoy it for the rest of my life.

Cindy Reed, Secretary

Term Expires 12/31/20

Local, that’s me!  I am a lifetime resident of the Shallotte/Calabash area of North Carolina.  I am a mother of one, and Nana Cindy to one special grandchild.  I am a full time insurance professional with Farm Bureau Insurance companies in NC. I serve my community by being an active Rotarian with the South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club.  New to dance, I have been captivated by how it transforms one… physically and mentally.. and as I learn more of the “benefits” to all who participate, I am encouraged to be a part of the outreach of the Ballroom Dance Preservation Society.

Kathy Kitchen, Director of Membership

Term Expires 12/31/19

The summer of 2012 was the beginning of many unexpected changes in my life. I’m a Northeast Ohio native and my parents announced that they were retiring in the North Myrtle Beach area. I fell in love with this beautiful paradise and set my plan into action to become a full time resident within five years.

As a full time Controller for a Twinsburg, OH based lighting retrofit company, I first had to work out the logistics of working from home while successfully performing the responsibilities of my job. I found my new home in the summer of 2015 and ended my commute from NMB to Ohio in October 2017. My 2018 New Year’s Resolution included meeting people, making friends and pursuing my passions for dancing and golfing.

Nancy Carroll, Event Planner

Term Expires 12/31/20

Having moved here in the fall of 2017 from Pennsylvania, leaving behind friends, family and an interior design firm that I owned for over forty years, I never expected to be where I am today. I will forever cherish that morning when I saw Charlene on a local TV show, calling her and connecting the same day, and the rest is history. Having Ballroom Dance on my bucket list for some 30 years, to not only be dancing, but now having a dance family and such a special group of new friends. The rewards go beyond the obvious of health and well being, it’s the connection and sense of belonging that is outstanding. As events planner, I not only get to utilize my design background, can be creative, but also have fun and work with the Society members to produce some exciting events that we can all enjoy. I look forward to what lies ahead!

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