FounderSince leaving prison in September 2002, Terry, has devoted his time to faith-based programs designed to keep ex-offenders from returning to prison. His passion is establishing a nation-wide program through FreshStart Visions to show the world that God is truly the God of reconciliation.
His Christian faith and life experiences demonstrate to inmates that “he was one of them” and they CAN become successful upon release from prison. Tim believes that reconciliation to God, family, and community is key to that success. “It is like building a bridge from the inside to the outside world, by becoming a law-abiding, tax-paying citizen”.
God has restored back all the broken relationships Tim destroyed years ago with his children and family. His daughter Jacolyn and grandson Ty love helping tell the story of redemption and forgiveness when opportunity knocks.
Brenda Hammersley, MBA, MSN, RN
Co-Chair of the Board
Brenda brings 40+ years’ experience in a variety of executive roles in healthcare and higher education with expertise in business development, financial management, marketing and compliance at both not-for-profit and for-profit companies. Brenda has served on the advisory committees for local chapters of the American Red Cross Board and American Heart Association, as a Director on the Amethyst Board (addiction recovery and reentry for women) and as Vice-Chair for Westminster Thurber Community (residential senior life plan community). She is currently a volunteer grant writer and adviser for FreshStart.
Brenda lives in Charleston.
Bonum S Wilson
Co-Chair of the BoardMr. Bonum S. Wilson, Jr. is chairman of our FreshStart Visions board. He served as the Group Vice President of Latin America, Asia/Pacific and South Africa for the Carborundum Company, a division of BP Corporation. Mr. Wilson is a Venture Capitalist, and previously served as President of the Exchange Club of Charleston and Chairman of the Bishop Gadsden Retirement Center. Mr. Wilson has been a Director of Carolina Financial Corporation since 1996 and also serves as a Director of Crescom Bank. Mr. Wilson’s qualification as a member of the board of directors is primarily attributed to his financial expertise and his entrepreneurial skills. Additionally, Mr. Wilson has founded a successful international company which has required a level of industry expertise. Mr. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering from Clemson University.
He is active in St. James Church, Cursillo and on several Kairos prison ministry teams at Kirkland CI, and Lieber CI.
Jerry Rexroad, CPA, is the current Executive Chairman of the Board for CresCom Bank and President and CEO of Carolina Financial, Inc. He has 25 years of experience in the financial sector including: Executive Chairman of the Board – Crescent Mortgage Company; Executive Vice President – Carolina Financial Corporation; Chief Financial Officer – Coastal Federal Bank; and, partner at KPMG. Jerry is an Elder at Coastal Community Church, in Conway, SC and resides near Myrtle Beach with his family.
William Stewart (Will) has over 45 years’ experience in the financial sector including: Founding Partner – Alger Partners LLC; Managing Partner – William S. Paley LLC; new division developer – Morgan Stanley; Co-founder retail sales arm – Dillon Read LLC; independent financial advisor for various entities and individuals. He has served on the Board of the Allen Stephenson School (NYC); NYC Cooperative (residential governance); and, Co-founder of Jacaranda Trust and Board member of African Angels (supporting Zimbabwe and Kenya). Will is currently volunteering with Water Mission and FreshStart Visions and is on the Board of James Island Outreach. He resides in Charleston.
Joseph L. Nicholson
Mr. Joseph Nicholson is the Managing Director – Investments and Senior PIM Portfolio Manager at Nicholson Wealth Management Group. He has over 27 years of investment experience managing for individual and institutional investment consulting clients with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network.
Prior to his association with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, Mr. Nicholson was an Asset Specialist with Grant Thornton in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Public Finance Officer with Nations Bank Capital Markets Group, also in Atlanta.
Mr. Nicholson is a Professional Member of Kingdom Advisors which is a non-profit organization for Christian Financial professionals. He has served as President of the NAMI of Charleston and founding Treasurer of the Alzheimer’s Association of the Low Country, and past founding Treasurer of the nonprofit Carolina Autism. Mr. Nicholson also served on the board of the College of Charleston’s Alumni Association and as Treasurer of the non-profit Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy. He is a member of St. Michael’s Church in Charleston where he is active in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and Cursillo ministries
Dr. Jeff Deal
Board MemberAuthor of four novels and an anthropology book on South Sudan, Dr. Deal recently retired from his position as Director of Health Studies for Water Missions International and is an adjunct professor of anthropology for the College of Charleston, as well as the Department of Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is a member of the London International Development Centre, a Fellow in the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. He holds Board Certification in Tropical Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Otolaryngology– Head and Neck Surgery in the US. He is a member of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology.
Some of his publications include, A Land At the Centre of the World (Markoulakis Publications), his Ethnography of the Dinka Agaar of South Sudan is now in its second edition. Other books include Toccoa, The Mark, Time Drive, and The Second Coming. In addition to writing fiction, his previous publications span the fields of microbiology, anthropology, and surgery. When not working in the field, he lives in Charleston, SC, with his wife of thirty-nine years. His patented robot, Tru-D, is being used around the world and in the US to reduce hospital acquired infections. A TEDx talk on this topic can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M47LPayN99w&feature=youtu.be Jeffery L. Deal, MD, FACS, DTMA, MA
Bill Mills is a successful business executive and community leader with over 35 years in global sales and marketing specializing in highly technical/engineered product offerings focused on the global industrial, telecommunications, medical, and aerospace markets. Following his retirement in 2017, he became active in prison ministry through his church. Bill met Tim Terry and has since devoted his life to FreshStart Visions in the State of Florida where he serves as the Region 1 Director. With his wife, Kelli, Bill currently sponsors 5 children through child fund international. He resides in the Florida panhandle.
Board MemberBorn and raised in Charleston, SC (making me a native). My working background was in the wholesale and retail business world (we had both). Raised a heap of amazing kids, dogs and PRAISE in our home. My life has been a wild adventurous ride and I’m thankful for every tear, every laugh, every hug, every storm and every moment that has taken my breath away. And yes, my husband (my soul mate and best friend) is the Mayor of our great city Charleston (so that makes me the first lady).