John Parker, 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, Vice Chairman

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 Joshua 1:9:  "Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

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.”

Lewis Campbell, Assistant Treasurer

Lewis Campbell received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business from the University of Georgia. He has worked in the agriculture industry in the southeastern United States for the last fifteen years.  

Mr. Cambell 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., Secretary

After completing twenty successful years in the United States Army retiring as a Personnel Officer, Mr. Cooper served for more than twenty years in various civilian industries as well as teaching business management, leadership, and human resources courses at the technical school and university level. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Management, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-SCP), and is a Certified Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

Don is married with one daughter and two grandchildren.

A favorite Bible verse is Hebrews 1:11: “ Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we cannot see.”


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.   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.”

Arthur Timothy "Tim" Jones, Trustee

Tim Jones grew up in Greenville, South Carolina.  He attended the University of Virginia for undergraduate studies and received his law degree from the University of South Carolina.  Mr. Jones served in Vietnam as a Captain in the United States Army.  After serving our country, Mr. Jones practiced law with the same firm for forty-eight years and was a member of the South Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, and Texas State Bars.  Mr. Jones retired to Bluffton.  He and his wife Karen have two adult children and are members of The Church of the Cross and serve in various ministries.   

The excitement Mr. Jones feels for the children attending Cross Schools comes naturally.  He has had a heart for children's Christ-centered education for many years.  Prior to moving to Bluffton, Mr. Jones spent many years working with and visiting a ministry that operates a faith-based training center and preschool for abandoned women and children in Uganda.  He strongly believes that faith and education are the most important ingredients in the life of every child.  

One of the many Bible verses that Tim treasures is Mark 9:37:  "Whoever welcomes the little children in my name welcomes me;  and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."  

Marty Strauss, Trustee

Mr. Strauss studied business, Environmental Engineering and Molecular Biology.  He worked for Monsanto Company for thirty-two years on agriculture, trade, food standards and food production policy issues.  Although he spent most of his career in Washington, DC he also worked at the international level on these issues.  He continues to consult and oversees the family tree farm.

A favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:6:  "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

Kimberly Wilhite, Trustee

Mrs. Wilhite is the owner of Kimberly Designs, LLC, an interior design consulting firm. Her career began as a clothing designer and she also worked as a marketing liaison for a design firm. 

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mrs. Wilhite and her husband Tim have two sons and two granddaughters. They have been in the Lowcountry for eighteen years and members of Church of The Cross for seven years. She has worked with the youth at Church of the Cross and is passionate that they develop a personal relationship with Christ and grow in His Word. 

A favorite Bible verse is Colossians 2:2-3 :  “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”