Board Members

Brenda Hammersley, Chair, Board of Directors

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. She joined FreshStart Visions as a grant writing volunteer and quickly became inspired by the mission and efforts of staff, volunteers and program participants. Brenda is supporting FreshStart Board members and leadership in infrastructure enhancement and strategic growth with an eye on outcomes.  Her  commitment to the work is driven by a sense of the potential impact FreshStart Visions will have on hundreds of lives over the next few years.  

Brenda holds masters degrees in business administration and nursing from Capital University.

Tim Terry, Secretary

Tim Terry was released from prison in 2002 and has since devoted his time to designing and implementing programs and service to help other ex-offenders reenter their communities.  His faith-based programs focus on character development and learning to live a life that does not lead back to prison. Tim hopes to establish a national through FreshStart Visions to show how redemption and reconciliation can change the world for previously incarcerated people.  With a focus on developing the heart, mind and soul of a person (INSIDE) Tim leads ex-offenders to achieve a place in society (OUTSIDE) as productive, tax-paying citizens who are part of the local work-force and prepared to help others who are on the same journey.

 

Joseph L. Nicholson, Treasurer

Joe 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.

Joe’s service includes being 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. He  also served on the board of the College of Charleston’s Alumni Association and as Treasurer of the non-profit Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy and is active in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and Cursillo ministries.

Joe holds a masters degree in business administration from the Darla Moore School of Business and a certificate in investment management analysis from The Wharton School. 

Herbert L. Drayton III, Board Member

Herbert is President and CEO of Vertical Holdings; a privately held management group located in Charleston South Carolina. Vertical Holdings currently manages Carolina Correctional Management Services, Corporate Scholar, Dale Carnegie South Carolina, and Productivity Solutions & Training of Charleston (PST). 

His career includes serving in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and the United States Air Force.  Herbert generously volunteers time to work with non-profits currently serving as Board Chair for One80 Place. In addition, he serves as a board member for Palmetto Goodwill, Roper Foundation, and the Coastal Community Foundation. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for The School of Business at Charleston Southern University.

Herbert holds an associate degree in science in electronic systems technology from the Community College of the Air Force, and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. 

Vince Graham, Board Member

Vince is President of the I’On Group based in Mount Pleasant. Since starting his business in 1991, Vince has been involved in neighborhood building and renovation in Beaufort, Port Royal, Charleston, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston and North Augusta. His work has received national and international attention and his neighborhoods have been the recipient of awards from the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Vince’s career includes non-profit service as a board member of South Carolina-based business, transportation, housing, arts, and environmental organizations. He has also served on national committees of the Chicago-based Congress for the New Urbanism, as well as the Metropolitan Planning Council of the Brookings Institution based in Washington, DC.

Vince holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Virginia.

William Mills, Board Member

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. 

Jerry Rexroad, Board Member

Jerry is a CPA, and President and CEO of Carolina Financial, Inc. He has 25 years of experience in the financial sector and brings deep expertise FreshStart Visions including the ability to develop and implement strategic plans for growth.  He has served on multiple boards and is currently the Executive Chairman of the Board at Crescent Mortgage Company and an Elder at Coastal Community Church, in Conway, SC.

Jerry holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Bob Jones University.

William Stewart, Board Member

Will is a veteran of the U.S. Army and 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; and independent financial advisor for various entities and individuals. He brings enthusiasm for telling the FreshStart Visions story to his volunteer work and is leading the Board, staff and program participants in building awareness of our mission and ministry.  Will is committed to working with FreshStart Visions both as a mentor for newly released ex-offenders and as a visionary who helps the organization to look to the future. 

Will holds a bachelor of science degree from Columbia University.

Bonum S. Wilson, Board Member

Bonum  served as the chairman of FreshStart Visions board during its initial start-up in Charleston SC.  In his career he held many executive positions including Group Vice President of Latin America, Asia/Pacific and South Africa for the Carborundum Company, a division of BP Corporation.  His qualifications are primarily attributed to his financial expertise and entrepreneurial skills, both of which have served FreshStart Visions well. Bonum has a passion for the impact of the Kairos prison ministry on incarcerated individuals and for the second chance FreshStart provides when they are released from prison.

Bonum holds a bachelor of science degree in ceramic engineering from Clemson University.