2013 Board & Staff

 

 

Staff

Warren Redman-Gress Warren Redman-Gress, AFFA Executive Director

Warren was named the first Executive Director of AFFA in October of 2001. He is one of the founders of AFFA and has served on the board since its inception. Warren holds a BA in History and a Masters in Divinity. He and his partner moved to South Carolina and established RGA Logistics – US Customs Brokers. He worked for 5 years as part-time administrator of a small Episcopal Church; and concurrently, as program director of a LGBT youth group in Charleston. He and his partner of 28 years, Jim Redman-Gress, have one son, Cristopher. Warren is currently a member of ACLU, NAACP, GLAAD, Family Pride Coalition, NGLTF, HRC, National Notary Assoc., Charleston Chamber of Commerce and Custom Brokers Association. He has served on the boards of Incest Survivors in New York and We Are Family here in Charleston.

 

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Truman SmithTruman Smith, AFFA Board President

Truman grew up in Fairhope, Alabama, and Rockwall, Texas.  He graduated from Baylor University in 1983 with a BBA in Accounting and from Harvard Business School in 1989 with an MBA.  He moved to Charleston in 2005 and lives in Wagener Terrace with his partner of ten years, Doug Warner.  He worked in venture capital for twelve years and was CEO of a Dallas-based manufacturing business for four years.  He has served on the boards of one publicly-owned and seven privately-owned companies.  He is also a CPA.  
Truman recently served on the board of Darkness to Light, whose mission is the prevention of child sexual abuse, and is the board chair of the Posey Family Foundation, which supports the education of at-risk young women in Texas.  He has also served as President of South Carolina Log Cabin Republicans and President of the Harvard Business School Club of Dallas.  
Truman and Doug enjoy travelling, hanging out with friends, spoiling their two nieces and being bossed around by their four lovable labs, Buddy, Beau, Bailey and Sugar. 

 

Susie PrueterSusie Prueter, AFFA Board Vice President

Susie Prueter is privileged to return to the AFFA Board to serve the LGBT community.  She is a past President of AFFA and during her tenure, AFFA took a leadership role in fighting the South Carolina Marriage Amendment.  Susie has been active in local Democratic activities, helping found the SC Stonewall Democrats, serving as Second Vice-Chair of the Charleston County Democrats, and volunteering on several campaigns.  Susie is privileged to have attended CMCC’s Leadership Charleston and Furman University’s Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative.  As Production Office Manager for Spoleto Festival USA, Susie helps organize technical elements and personnel for Festival programs.  On behalf of the Festival, Susie also manages Memminger Auditorium, a performing arts and special events venue in downtown Charleston.  Before moving to Charleston, Susie worked as a Company Manager for Broadway shows and touring companies such as Les Miserables, Fosse, and Disney’s Aida and Beauty and the Beast.  Susie hails from North Little Rock, Arkansas and earned a BA in Speech/Theatre from Louisiana Tech University and an MFA in Arts Administration from the University of Alabama.  Susie lives on James Island.

 

Basrbara Tuttle Barbara Tuttle, AFFA Board Treasurer

Barbara Tuttle grew up in Clemson, SC, graduated from Clemson University, and her blood continues to run orange. She has lived in Charleston for the past 25 years and cannot imagine living away from the coast. After working as a recreational therapist in the mental health field and with senior citizens for some years, she made the switch to the business world. She has been a manager with The Sportsman’s Shop, a local sporting goods store, since 1997. She and her partner of 22 years, Teresa, attended the very first business meeting of AFFA and have been members ever since. Although they have no children of their own, they have been active participants of the AFFA Parenting Group and serve as unofficial aunts to several of the children. Barbara is an avid reader and also loves to travel to places she has read about.

 

Barbara HuntBarbara Hunt, AFFA Board Secretary

Barbara Ruth Hunt is a James Island girl, who grew up and resides there. She goes by Barb or Barbaru as her family and most friends call her. She attended Winthrop College majoring in Physical Education. She has worked as a Sr. Materials Planning Analyst and Systems Support Administrator for the past 20 years. Barb lives with Allison, her partner of 20 years, and their five loveable dogs. Barb enjoys boating, mountain biking, photography, and playing on the Three Dollar Bills (Charleston’s only GLBT kickball team). For relaxation, she enjoys gardening, reading, and swimming.

 

Kelley DohertyKelley Doherty, AFFA Board

Kelley Doherty is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where she received an MBA and started her career in financial services.  Prior to relocating to Charleston, she spent 16 years in Charlotte where she met and married her partner and became actively involved in the gay community.  Among her activities, she was a member and 3-time President of the Charlotte Business Guild, a Treasurer for MeckPAC, and an open gay rights employee advocate during her tenures at Bank of America and Wachovia/Wells Fargo.  Additionally, she is particularly proud of her 3-year term as an appointee to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education's Equity Committee which she chaired for her final two years; during her time on this committee, she assisted the Board of Education in their efforts to formally ratify an Anti-Bullying Policy with explicit protection for LGBT populations. She now resides on Daniel Island and is looking forward to familiarizing herself with the area and continuing to work hard for the local and national efforts for equality.  

 

Eric HadleyEric Hadley, AFFA Board

Originally from Kentucky, Eric Hadley now lives in Mt Pleasant with his husband Jeremy and their two daughters Edith Rose and Martha Elizabeth. Eric is the COO of Premier Senior living a regional company which owns and manages facilities and communities offering post-acute, short-term and long-term services to seniors in NC, SC and GA. Eric serves on the board of the American College of Health Care Administrators and was recently Senior Warden of St Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Charleston and the President of the South Carolina Chapter of American College of Health Care Administrators.

 

 

Catherine LaFond Catherine LaFond, AFFA Board

Catherine LaFond is an Adopt-A-Highway sponsor, supports the ASPCA & Humane Society, volunteers at Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Crisis Ministries, Isabella’s House. Magdalene House, and is a volunteer attorney for  Pet Helpers, Inc., Sea Island Habitat for Humanity, Inc. and the South Carolina Democratic Party Voter Protection Team 2008 & 2010 Election. Catherine is also an Elder Law Committee member of South Carolina Bar Association, Lowcountry Senior Network and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. Catherine is a Women Build sponsor, and she is a member of South Carolina Equality, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and the Stonewall Democrats.

 

Lynne MoldenhauerLynne Moldenhauer, AFFA Board


Lynne is a native of Michigan and transferred to South Carolina in 1977 as a Roman Catholic Nun. She worked in a women's shelter operated by the United Methodist Church as Program Director for 8 years in Columbia, SC. While at this ministry Lynne left the convent, but remained in South Carolina. In 1985 she accepted employment with SC Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services where she served as an Agent, Trainer, Team Leader, Unit Coordinator in the Richland County Office, and eventually promoted to the Agent in Charge position in Charleston from which she retired in 2010. Lynne currently enjoys retirement, and works as a gardner and dog handler. She has a Bachelors in Religious Studies and Psychology, with some post graduate work in Criminal Justice. Lynne was one of the Founding members of the Alliance For Full Acceptance, served as Secretary for 7 years, and served as Chair for ADORASO - A Dialogue On Religion and Sexual Orientation. She is also a former President of the South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Business Guild in Columbia. Lynne returns to the Board of AFFA to engage in its mission and to continue to drive the organization forward into the future.

Holly Thomas Holly Thomas, AFFA Board