Kiawah Island Digest June 2016

June 2016 D I G E S T The Official Publication of the Kiawah Island Community Association KICA Hires New Security, Finance Directors Al Cannon, who worked with Elder on numerous occasions, praised the selection. "When faced with the most challenging situations, Deputy Chief Elder's collaborative leadership style and intricate understanding of people and communities has consistently delivered the best possible outcomes. Throughout the Mother Emmanuel church tragedy, Tony was the quiet force who successfully worked throughout Charleston, with families, institutions and government leaders, to ensure the appropriate response, decorum and necessary levels of security were maintained throughout the difficult several week period. This spring, two of KICA’s senior staff positions opened as Controller Deborah Retalis accepted another opportunity, and Security Director Joe Croughwell celebrated his well-deserved retirement. Interest in both positions was strong, with more than a hundred resumes submitted. After weeks of considering qualifications, reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates, KICA has selected Tony Elder as its new security director and Jane Ovenden as its new director of finance. The two bring decades of experience and expertise to KICA’s leadership team. Elder, a native of Virginia Beach, joined KICA on May 16. He brings over 30 years of law enforcement experience, most recently as deputy chief of police and bureau commander for operations for the Charleston Police Department, in command of 360 law enforcement officers. Prior to joining CPD in 2007, Elder spent 22 years with the Virginia Beach Police, in roles of increasing responsibility. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member for the Citadel and other institutes of higher learning. Tony's very strong relationships with SLED, Charleston and Berkeley counties, numerous other local agencies and the community have proven invaluable as we have come together to address local issues with regional solutions. I look forward to continuing to work with Tony in his new position. Collaboration between the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, The Town of Kiawah Island, and Kiawah Island Community Association Security are critical in providing safety and security for the citizens and guests of Kiawah Island." Jane Ovenden is a CPA with 30 years in public accounting. She will join KICA on June 6. Since 2012 Ovenden has served as senior director of operations with the Spartanburg (SC) Regional Healthcare System Foundation. In this position she oversaw financial reporting and audits, operating budget, treasury functions and donor-related reporting for the foundation, which had net assets in excess of $40 million. Prior to 2012, she worked as controller for the Spartanburg Humane Society, and as a tax manager for Dixon Hughes. She is well-versed in fund accounting and Financial Edge, both of which are employed by KICA. Elder holds a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Troy University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with honors from Saint Leo University, and is a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police. Ovenden, a Clemson native, is a summa cum laude and Phi Betta Kappa graduate of Wofford College, with a double major in accounting and humanities. She is a member of AICPA and the SCACPA. Her nonprofit experience includes serving as controller for the Spartanburg Humane Society. Elder’s performance at CPD and demonstrated ability to build relationships in the local law enforcement community were key attributes that led to his selection. Charleston County Sheriff “Security and Finance are two vital functions of KICA,” said KICA COO Jimmy Bailey. “We are excited to welcome these highly qualified individuals to the KICA team.”