Richard Hansen, Chairman

Richard Hansen graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer and later earned an MBA in Finance from NYU.  After serving as a junior officer in the Navy, Mr. Hansen moved to New York City and began a 30-year career in Commerical Banking, financing  Forture 500 Corporations, and international energy and mining projects.  He retired in 2006 and moved to Bluffton.  

Mr. Hansen joined The Church of the Cross in 2018.  He was attracted by the energy of the church and its focus on and faithfulness to God's message.  He was also attracted by Cross Schools, which he views as a testament to the strength of the church's commitment to spreading the Christian message to the next generation.  

As a Trustee, he enthusiastically embraces the two goals of imparting a Christian world view and values to the children of Cross Schools while also providing an excellent academic education.  

He is married and has two sons and two grandchildren.  

A favorite Bible verse is Matthew 7:7-8:  "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.  

 


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."


Jenna Vaughn, Secretary

Jenna Vaughn is a South Carolina native; however, new to the Lowcountry. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and is a passionate Gamecock fan.  Dr. Vaughn has served in the field of education for 15 years. The majority of Dr. Vaughn’s research has been conducted in the area of 21st-century assessment and student achievement. She has led and coached several schools through the accreditation process. Dr. Vaughn has served the state of South Carolina as a Milken Award panelist and South Carolina Teaching Fellow panelist. She has written various federal grants and has been awarded thousands of dollars to support literacy in schools. Dr. Vaughn’s husband is the owner of Bluffton Pharmacy. They have three children that attend Cross Schools. Dr. Vaughn is grateful that all three children can
attend school together while receiving a Christian Education.


A favorite Bible verse is Psalm 121, " I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth."


Alan Restivo, Treasurer

Alan graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing. He is also the holder of a Masters’ Degree in Business Management from Bryant University. 

Mr. Restivo and his wife, Beverly, moved to Bluffton, SC in 2014, and joined The Church of the Cross in 2015 where they are involved in various ministries. Prior to moving to Bluffton, they lived in Rhode Island where Mr. Restivo, a CPA, was the Controller at Johnson and Wales University.  He has over twenty-five years of experience in the Education field, mostly in financial management. 

The Restivos enjoy spending time with their two children and four grandchildren.  They also enjoy golfing and the beach.

A favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13:  I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.


Wayne Bowerman, Trustee

Wayne Bowerman grew up on a dairy farm in western New York.  After High School, he graduated from Erie County Technical Institute with an AAS in Mechanical Technology.  He then served in the US Navy on an aircraft carrier, then spent 29 years at Xerox Corporation working in Research and Development.  After retiring in 1998, he continued working in a career of flying for a small charter company based in Rochester, New York.  

He and his wife, Phyllis (Phyl) have two sons and six grandchildren.  One son is an Maryland with twin boys, and the other is a private equities investor with four children.  Both sons graduated from a private, Christ-centered school, thus Mr. Bowerman's interest in promoting and assisting with a Christ and academic centered education.  

His verse of choice is John 3:16," For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."  It is probably the most well-known verse and signifies the level of love God has for all of us, a level that none of us can even begin to comprehend.  

 


Lewis Campbell, Trustee

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."


Tom Conner, Trustee

 

Dr. Conner and his wife Beverly moved from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2002 after he retired as a school superintendent in 1999. Dr. Conner holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Clarion State College, a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Maryland, as well as a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Pittsburgh. After retirement, he established a management consulting company with clients in both the education and private sectors which included the Beaufort County School District, Academy for Career Excellence, Turnleaf Solutions, and the National Even Start Family Literacy Association Board.

Dr. Conner has been involved in a number of community organizations and church activities as both member and chairman prior to joining Church of the Cross. During these years he was involved in eleven mission trips to Egbe, Nigeria where he worked with children, teachers, and administrators at an orphanage and a private Christian school. He worked to develop an education strategic plan with the community council of chiefs and completed the construction of a “bush” school. He continues to volunteer at Allendale Correctional Institute where he and the inmates developed a sixty-hour course to allow inmates to teach classes toward a General Education Diploma in five South Carolina prisons.

There are three quotes that he keeps on the front burner: "Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Col 3:17, “What you focus on you find”, Rod Hairston, CEO of Trusum Visions LLC, and “Always do your personal best. “ Anonymous.  


Don A. Cooper, Jr., Trustee

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.

Mr. Cooper 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.”

 



Matt Kovalcik, Trustee

Matt Kovalcik is a native of the great state of Ohio. He is the mananging partner of Kovalcik and Geraghty Wealth partners, a fee-only, financial planning and investment advisory firm with offices in Bluffton, South Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Kovalcik earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Franklyn University in 1993. Post-college, he earned the marks of Certified Financial Planner (CTP), Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), and is currently a candidate for the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation.

Mr. Kovalcik has three children, the youngest of whom is a member of the first freshman class at Cross Schools. He and his family have been members of the Church of the Cross since 2011.

One of his favorite Bible verses comes from Matthew 19:26: “But Jesus looks at him and said with man this is possible, but with God all things are possible.”


Stephanie Maldonado, Trustee

Stephanie Maldonado holds a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design from Philadelphia University and a Masters Degree in Historic  Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design. She and her family have called the Lowcountry home since 2016.  She has been a member of the Church of the Cross for the past four years.

Mrs. Maldonado has been part of the Cross Schools family since 2017 and has children in both the Lower School and Preschool. She is very grateful that her children are able to attend such an amazing Christian based school and is excited to see her family grow with the school. 

Currently, she works at a local Christian based interior design firm, Southern Grace Interiors. 

A favorite Bible verse is “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 


Lauren Marcinkoski, Trustee

Lauren Marcinkoski is the mother of two boys at Cross Schools and is the CEO of The Levy Group, a consulting firm that focuses on digital marketing and market strategy. 

After beginning her studies at Savannah College of Art and Design, Mrs. Marcinkoski transferred to Carleton College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology.  She then went on to earn a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University. Growing up, she had several personal accomplishments. She was a science enthusiast who presented to the American Academy of Science at fourteen years old about allelopathy. Her botanical discovery about Golden Rod as an allelopathic plant won multiple awards at the ISEF International Science Fairs. As an equestrian, Lauren placed 5th while representing the United States for the Savannah College of Art and Design at an intercollegiate Nation’s Cup competition in Germany. That same year Lauren rode her mare Moon Dance to the American Horse Show Association Horse of the Year in the Working Confirmation Division.

 

As a sociology/anthropology major at Carleton College, Mrs. Marcinkoski’s personal experiences in Hurricane Katrina were turned into her thesis. Her studies of rumor networking in communities under stress were presented on NPR and she had the honor of participating in several NPR panels about the Katrina crisis. Her paper was later published by several journals and is still used as a teaching tool at Harvard University. Mrs. Marcinkoski's favorite Bible verse is:  "Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." Romans 5:3-5


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.”