Frank Byrd, Chairman
Frank Byrd holds a Bachelors Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Virginia, as well as a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Xavier University. He retired from General Electric Aircraft Engines after thirty-five years working with airlines and aircraft companies around the world.
Mr. Byrd and his wife, Joanne have three grown children: Laurel, Jonathan, and Michael. Mrs. Byrd is a retired school teacher. Mr. and Mrs. Byrd have been active members of The Church of the Cross since 2004, and participate in various church ministries.
Mr. Byrd states: "I feel that I am called to be on the board in a leadership capacity to help grow and strengthen the school both academically and spiritually while maintaining the values and attributes that God has blessed us with thus far. It is very much my honor to be associated with the Cross Schools community of teachers, staff, parents and students as we move forward to serve God and our community."
A favorite Bible verse is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son so that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John Parker, Vice Chairman
John Parker is a retired Marine Corps officer who spent over twenty years serving our nation. Following his military career, he worked in marketing and communications completing a second career as President and COO of Anderson Communications Group. He and his wife Elaine have been members of The Church of the Cross for over nine years and continue to serve in a variety of ministries.
Mr. Parker feels blessed every time he walks through the school and sees the wonderful smiling faces of the children. A favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him, and He will make your pathways straight.”
Carmen Traywick, Marketing and Secretary
Carmen Traywick, MD is the owner and founder of May River Dermatology. Dr. Traywick is a native to South Carolina, growing up in Lexington and attending Emory University for undergraduate, medical school and Dermatology residency. She returned to Bluffton in 2009 where she and her husband started the medical practice. She is also the co-founder and co-owner of LUX, a Medical Spa.
Dr. Traywick is married to Bernie Traywick and they have three children who have been attending Cross Schools since age three. They share a love for Cross Schools and for The Church of the Cross where they are members. Dr. Traywick is passionate about Cross Schools' commitment to a strong academic education in a Christian environment.
A favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your pathways straight.”
Stephen Markwood, Treasurer
Stephen Markwood was President Emeritus of Alderson-Broaddus University, a church-related school. Dr. Markwood and his wife have two adult children and four grandchildren. They belong to the Church of the Cross where he has served as Chair of the Finance Committee and on the Vestry. Dr. Markwood treasures the devoted students, faculty, and staff of Cross Schools who provide an inspired education nurtured in a caring Christian community.
A favorite Bible verse is Matthew 22:37: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Paul Halvorson, Building and Grounds
Paul Halvorson is owner and CEO of Halvorson Trane, an Iowa based provider of building comfort and energy solutions. Mr. Halvorson and his wife, Kaye, moved to the low country from Des Moines, Iowa and have been Church Of The Cross members for seven years. In addition to being a Cross School board member, Mr. Halvorson is a Stephens Minister and volunteers at God's Goods.
A favorite Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 13:11-12: "When I was a child, I spoke like a child. When I became a man, I gave up my childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part: then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known."
Lester Hardegree, Quantitative Analysis and Board Evaluation
Lester Hardegree is a retired university professor and administrator. He has undergraduate degrees in chemistry and medical laboratory science and graduate degrees in science education and higher education administration. He taught upper level courses and administered as Dean of Health in health science programs at community colleges and universities in the US and in the Middle East. Dr. Hardegree was also an expert witness in multiple medical malpractice lawsuits and a consultant for medical facilities. He and his wife, Johanna, have been active members of several ministries at The Church of the Cross since 2004.
Dr. Hardegree believes that all truth is God's truth and thus Christian education begins with God. A favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 22:6: "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
Richard Peacock, Legal
Richard Peacock is a Member of The Citadel Class of 1998. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, and received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from The University of Richmond School of Law. He was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2006. In 2007, Mr. Peacock and his family moved to Bluffton and in 2009, Mr. Peacock opened Peacock Law Group of the Lowcountry, LLC.
Mr. Peacock is a member of the South Carolina Bar. He is a past president of a Business Networking International (BNI) chapter and a current member. He and his wife, Claudia, are members of the Church of the Cross, and have two children who attend Cross Schools. Mr. Peacock sits on the Board for the Men of The Cross (Men's Ministry) at the church. He has previously served as a Board Member for Hospice Care of the Lowcountry. He is the 2015 favorite Bluffton Attorney Winner of the Readers' Choice Awards of Hilton Head Monthly magazine.
A favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 21:31: "The horse is made ready for the day of the battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.”
Holly Brooking, Trustee
Holly Brooking received both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Education from Florida State University. Her passion for education led to a ten year career as a history teacher at Hammocks Middle School in Miami, Florida. As an educator, Mrs. Brooking was involved in various school-wide organizations committed to the enrichment of its students. Mrs. Brooking was also involved in extracurricular activities at HMS where she served as the coach for the school dance team.
Holly and her husband Keith are parents to four children. Although not originally from South Carolina, they decided to make Bluffton their home. Mr. and Mrs. Brooking believe the area is a wonderful place to raise a family. Cross Schools provides their children with a challenging education, while creating a safe and wholesome learning environment. Mrs. Brooking feels strongly about the benefits of a Christian education. It is her hope that other families may experience the opportunities Cross Schools delivers to our young generation.
A favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:8: "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things."
Lewis Campbell, Trustee
Lewis Campbell received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business from the University of Georgia. He has worked as a Grain Broker at Palmetto Grain Brokerage for the past fourteen years.
Lewis and his wife, Emily, have been members of The Church of the Cross since 2005 where he has served in many ministries. They have three children. Mr. Campbell grew up attending a small, private school and he is thrilled to have the same type of academic and caring environment for his children's education. He is very thankful for the Christ-centered education that Cross Schools provides for his family.
A favorite Bible verse is Colossians 3:23: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not men."
Don A. Cooper, Jr., Trustee
After completing twenty successful years in the United States Army retiring as a Personnel Officer, Don Cooper served for more than twenty years in various civilian busineeses and industries. He worked in textiles, healthcare, and public education in positions of responsibilty including the Chief Human Resources Officer. Mr. Cooper taught various business management and leadership courses at both a technical school and a university. He has served as an Executive Coach for myriad of leadership levels and organizations. Additionally, he taight professional courses realted to SPHR, SHRM-SCP, and PHR national certification. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Management, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-CP), and is a Certified Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma.
Mr. Cooper has been an active member of various civic and professional organizations to include the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, Society for Human Resource Management, House of Heroes, the Valley Rescue Mission, and the Church of the Cross.
Mr. Cooper is married, and has one daughter and two grandchildren. He enjoys reading, sports, ballroom dancing, gardening, family, friends, travel, and a good discussion.
A favorite Bible verse is Hebrews 1:11: "Now faith is confidence in waht we hope for and assurance about what we cannot see."