My first Magazine 2018 Quarter 4 Town Notes with Election Candidates - Page 6

Candidates for Council Maryanne Connelly After retiring in 2015, my husband and I moved from Morristown, NJ to Kiawah Island to live full time. Our property was purchased in 1984 so we had enjoyed many vacations and family gatherings here. Why Kiawah? There were many properties under consideration, but the decision was based on the environmentally sound master plan, the proximity to Charleston and the availability of an airport nearby. The natural beauty and wildlife were prime considerations. My first few months of living here full time were used to become familiar with the “Maze of K’s” on Kiawah. Because of my previous experience, it was only a matter of time before I got involved with the community. In my prior life, my community involvement spanned 20 years so I am anxious to continue to be an active member of the Kiawah community working to preserve the natural environment and to consider the impact of new developments on the existing infrastructure and public safety. My community involvement started with a Building and Zoning issue with my New Jersey home. It concerned conflicting information on a floodplain abutting my property. I decided then to become part of the solution to this problem. I was appointed to the Planning Board and the Environmental Commission and subsequently elected to Town Council also serving as Police Commissioner for nine years before being elected Mayor. The highlight of my political career was running for the United States Congress which was an honor I will never forget. I was one of 435 candidates across the United States and while I didn’t win, I will never regret running. As a Human Resources Executive at AT&T my 30 years career involved the development and implementation of corporate strategy and Human Resource needs in several AT&T businesses including International, Business Services, Consumer Products, and Bell Laboratories. I completed several Executive Development Programs including the Tuck School at Dartmouth and the Thunderbird School of International Business. I was also a member of the executive planning team for the AT&T Divestiture. In looking to expand my knowledge of the Kiawah Island Community Association, I became a member KICA nominating committee which interviews and evaluates candidates for the KICA Board. In wanting to apply my Public Safety experience I was appointed to the Public Safety Committee for the Town of Kiawah. I volunteer for Respite Care, Charleston and I am on the Family Services Committee for Habitat for Humanity. As a Kiawah Cares volunteer, I tutor and career counsel St. John’s High School students. My educational background includes a BS Nutrition - College of St. Elizabeth, MBA - Management Fairleigh Dickinson University, MA Education - St. Peter’s University. Also: Professional Certification Dietetics - Cornell Medical Center, Special Education Certification - St. Peter’s University. 6 Dan Prickett Our kinship with Kiawah began twenty-two years ago when my wife, Nancy, and I first visited the island and, a week later, decided to purchase a Tennis Club Villa. Ten years later we built a home on Whimbrel Road and became full-time residents. As with many of you, we were attracted to this wonderful coastal community by its stunning natural beauty, its carefully planned and executed development, and its proximity to the cultural experiences available in Charleston. Rarely does one find this carefully blended combination of maritime forests, expansive sandy beaches, picturesque marshes, beautiful residential homes and a world- class golf and tennis resort. As a community, our challenge going forward is to protect and preserve all that we love about Kiawah in its later stages of growth and development. The Town of Kiawah has grown along with everything else in Charleston County and we need a strong partnership with KICA, The Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Partners, Kiawah Conservancy, the County and our neighbors on Seabrook and Johns Island. The Town should and can take a lead in insuring these partnerships are communicating with each other and working together. Improving the roadways we all depend upon to travel to and from Kiawah safely is a top priority. I have had the privilege of serving on the Town’s Planning Commission for the last six years and currently serve as vice chairman. I also co-chaired the development of the Town’s current Ten-Year Strategic Plan. I was a member of the committee appointed to plan and design our new Municipal Center on Betsy Kerrison and later served on the committee that oversaw the actual construction of the building. I also co-chair the Kiawah Residents Art Guild. Nancy and I both have been active volunteers with a variety of non-profit organizations here on Kiawah, on Johns Island and in Charleston. We play golf and tennis and are members of the Kiawah Island Club and the Governor’s Club. My educational background includes holding a BS from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Missouri. I was a commissioned officer in the United States Army and, during my tour, served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General of STRATCOM. In 1970, I was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. My civilian career focused on investment management and banking. Highlights include leading the Investment Management and Trust Division of the Boston Company, and heading the U.S. Private Bank at Chase Manhattan in New York. I retired as executive vice president for Wealth Management at Wachovia Corporation, now Wells Fargo. Nancy and I have two wonderful children. Our son, Clark, lives in Chicago with his wife, Michelle, and three active young boys. Our daughter, Lindsey, and her husband, Taylor, live in Venice, CA with their equally active young daughter and son. They, too, also love Kiawah. I ask for your support and will do my best to represent the long-term interests of all our residents and guests.