Board Members

Chesterfield County




John Long is a native of Chesterfield where he grew up working on a farm all through high school and during summers while he attended University of South Carolina.  Upon graduation, John continued his agricultural career as a salesman with USS Agri-Chemicals, and he went on to eventually work with Elanco Products Company.  After years in the agricultural community, John shifted gears and began his banking career, which led him to a move in 1998 to Cheraw. John currently serves as the EVP and Regional Manager for First Bank, managing all locations in Cheraw, Florence, Dillon and Latta.  John never lost his love for the land, and he still enjoys spending time with his wife Bron in the Pee Dee outdoors. Mr. Long joined the PDLT Board of Directors in 2016.

Andrew McLeod
 is a partner in the law firm of Harris, McLeod & Ruffner.  Originally from Chesterfield, he resides in Cheraw with his wife Christie and their three children.  Andrew is a graduate of Clemson University and the University of  South Carolina School of Law.  He is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Cheraw and currently serves as scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 655.  He joined the PDLT Board in 2013.

Darlington County

Keith Williamson grew up at Oaklyn, a PDLT-protected property located in Darlington County.  After attending college and later obtaining his MBA from Stanford, Keith returned to the Pee Dee to work in the agricultural products industry. Keith, an avid tennis player, and his wife Caroline live in Hartsville, and have two sons.  Keith joined the board in 2015.
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Mary Caroline has lived in the Pee Dee for most of her life. She spent her childhood in Conway, married the next door neighbor and together they raised their four children in Florence.  She has served on several boards, volunteers with local organizations, she has served as an Elder in First Presbyterian Church, Florence where she continues to wear any hats. She and her husband Wallace live on a new farm in  Darlington County where they raise beef cattle, heritage pigs and vegetables for their own table.  Wallace and Mary Caroline became involved with the Low Country Open Land Trust in 1999.  She recognizes the importance of preserving the land for future generations and will  continue to support land conservation.  She joined the Board in 2016.   

Dillon County

 Dickie Sherman  

Dickie Sherman is a businessman owning and operating several forestry-related businesses in Dillon County.  In 2009, he helped organize the Dillon County Forest Landowners Association and currently serves as the past president of its board of directors. Mr. Sherman and his wife Janet live in the Minturn community of Dillon.  He joined the PDLT Board in 2012.
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Douglas Lynn
 - Secretary/Treasurer is Vice President of Dillon tractor & Implement Co., Inc.-Case IH Dealership in Dillon, SC. A graduate of Clemson University, Douglas passes on his love of the outdoors through his role as Assistant Scout Leader of Dillon Boy Scout Troop 761. Douglas also serves on a variety of boards and commissions in Dillon, including McLeod Health Dillon Advisory Board, First Bank Advisory Board, and the City of Dillon Tree Committee. He lives in Dillon with his wife, Valerie, and their two sons, Jack and William. 

Florence County


Elizabeth C. “Diddy” Anderson, a Florence native, serves on the board of Charles Ingram Lumber Company.  She also participates in the Women in Philanthropy group of the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation.  She is a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and is married to Jim, also a Florence native.   Mrs. Anderson joined the PDLT Board in 2010.
James Johnson
an avid sportsman, grew up in Lake City.  After graduating from The Citadel, he began his career at his family owned company, W. Lee Flowers, an IGA and KJ's Market grocery distribution center based i Scranton.  Johnson currently serves as the VP of Merchandising and he takes pride in W. Lee Flowers having become the largest grocery distributor and sell of "Certified SC Grown" agricultural products in our state.    
Mr. Johnson, who joined the PDLT Board in 2017, lives in Florence with his wife Erin and their three young children.

Georgetown County

johnny weaver  

Johnny Weaver hails from Bennettsville but has lived in Pawleys since 1980's.  Johnny is a partner and broker with Realestar group at the beach and is the dockmaster for the annual Georgetown Wooden Boat show.  Johnny is married to the former Janette Jennings and has two grown children.  He joined the board in 2014.
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Steve Jones,
Vice Chairman, 
is a PDLT easement donor, having put nearly 1000 acres of his family property along the Black River under easement in 2007.  Professionally, Steve has served in many capacities, as an aide to U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond and as an executive at MUSC. A graduate of Clemson, USC, and MUSC, Dr. Jones' most recent assignment was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health Affairs in the Pentagon.  He is married to Bee and lives at Isle of Palms.  He joined the PDLT Board in 2014.

Horry County


Brice Harry grew up in Darlington and is a graduate of Clemson University.  He is employed by Dargan Construction Company of Myrtle Beach and lives in Conway with his wife and two small daughters.  He became one of the first representatives of Horry County on the PDLT Board in March of 2011.
Ruell Hicks, Chairman

Ruell Hicks, a Florence native, has lived at the beach for most of his career.  Employed with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, as a Financial Advisor, Mr. Hicks and his wife Deborah have two grown children.  Mr. Hicks serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Waccamaw Community Foundation.  He currently serves as Chair of the PDLT Resource Committee.

Marion County


Katherine Battle was born in High Point, NC, although both parents were originally from the Pee Dee.  She grew up on her grandparents' farm in Dillon County.  After graduating from Columbia College with a major in Elementary Education, she married James A. Battle, Jr. and moved to the town of Nichols in Marion County.  There, she served two terms on the Nichols Town Council and has been active in The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, the Brookgreen Gardens Friends organization, and Wildlife Action where she specialized in environmental issues.  Katherine is a member of the Nichols UMC and serves on the Administration Board.  She and Jim have a daughter, Elizabeth A. Battle, an attorney in Marion.  Mrs. Battle joined the PDLT Board in 2016.
Gwen George Strickland is a long time resident of Marion County and continues to honor her family farm in Dillon County. She graduated from Clemson University, served as a Special Agent with the US Dept. of State, then returned to SC and finished the Physician Assistant program at MUSC.  Since then she has lived in Marion, working as a Physician's Assistant, raising a son, George, a 2015 graduate of the US Naval Academy, and instilling in him the same love of the family farm.  Gwen has been active in the Marion community previously serving on the Marion School Board and is presently a Trustee at the Marion UMC.  Gwen can often be found on the farm hiking, busting beaver dams, finding arrow heads, and just enjoyed the solitude as she serves as a caretaker of the land for her son and future generations.  She joined the PDLT Board in 2016.

Marlboro County

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Catherine Rogers
is a native of Bennettsville now living in Charleston. A talented artist, Catherine owns Rogers Art Conservation, LLC, in Charleston where she specializes in mural restoration.  Catherine has graciously hosted PDLT members for an experience at her newly restored family home in Marlboro County, Argyll Place (c. 1810.) Catherine joined the board in the fall of 2014.


Billy Hinson is a fifth-generation farmer in Marlboro County.  He is actively involved in his community through Farm Bureau and Chesterfield-Marlboro-Dillon Housing Incorporated.  Mr. Hinson also actively manages land under the Quail Conservation Program.  Mr. Hinson is married to Ella Reese and has served on the PDLT Board since 2009.

Williamsburg County


Louise "Lou" Easterling is a retired educator.  A dedicated community servant, Mrs. Easterling serves on the boards of many area organizations, including RALI Williamsburg and the Williamsburg Technical College Foundation Board.  She is married to Barney Easterling and has two grown sons.  She joined the PDLT Board in 2010.
Atwood McIntosh, is a native of Kingstree, SC and received an MBA from Francis Marion University. He is an 8th generation farmer, commercial pilot and owner of Homegrown Cotton clothing line.  McIntosh grows all the cotton in Kingstree that is then sewn in the Carolinas for the Homegrown Cotton polo shirts.  He is the president of Tri County Gin, a Williamsburg County Soil & Water Commissioner, chairman of the Williamsburg County Farm Service Agency County Committee, a board member of Williamsburg County Farm Bureau, a board member of Williamsburg County Aeronautics Commission and a member of Midway Evangelical Presbyterian Church. McIntosh joined the Board in 2017.
At Large Seats    

Tim Dargan 
Tim hails from Conway but has lived in Darlington for many years.  A consulting forester at Dargan, King, and Knight LLC, Tim has served PDLT as a community member of the Land Protection Committee and also as interim Director of Land Protection in early 2013. He helped lead the merger with Black Creek Land Trust in 2014 and currently serves on the Black Creek Committee.  Tim is married
to Caroline and
has two grown children.
Kent Caudle
Kent is an avid outdoorsman and has a true passion for the Pee Dee.  As a realtor with Palmetto Commercial Real Estate, Kent has worked with clients to purchase and preserve some of the most beautiful resources in our area.  He brings a wealth of knowledge gained from his professional experience in the financial, insurance, staffing and real estate industries.  Kent currently serves on the Florence County Council for District 5, along with many other boards and organizations working to better our community.  Kent and his wife Carolyn live in Florence and are active members of First Presbyterian Church.  They have three grown children that have all attended Clemson University.  He looks forward to helping on the Board level to grow our conservation community. Kent joined the Board in 2016.