The Friends of McLeod, Inc.
Dedicated to the preservation of McLeod Plantation

About Us

Many people have asked about who is on our Board of Directors, so this is about us. We're a group of truly diverse people, but we all come together with one interest and that is preserving and protecting the heritage of McLeod Plantation, the last of the great Sea Island plantations.

Carol Jacobsen, Chairman of the Board of Directors, is a graduate of the University of Louisville. She is an honorary Kentucky Colonel, past President of Naval Officers Wives Clubs, past member of the Advisory School Board in Naples, Italy, a founding member of the board for the Louisville Automobile Museum, a member of the board of the University Club at the University of Louisville, and has worked with children as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and a volunteer Guardian ad litem.

Dottie George, Immediate Past Chair, is a Registered Nurse and holds a BS degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston. She served as a Governor's appointee to the South Carolina Protection and Advocacy System for the Handicapped, Inc. and an appointee to the Charleston County Board of Health. She is past president of the Garden Club of Charleston and is currently a Presbyterian Elder and Junior Superintendent of the Ladies Benevolent Society.

Jerry Owens, Liaison with McLeod Steering Committee, holds a BS from Furman University, a medical degree from MUSC, and was a resident at Emory University in Internal Medicine. He has been a practicing physician in Charleston since 1968.

Thomas Johnson,(deceased, but his spirit remains with us), retired from the US Navy in 1988 as a Master Chief. He's been a resident of Westchester for many years, and has worked diligently to improve the area. He is the President of the Westchester Civic Association, while also serving as chairman of the James Island Land Use Commission, and now serves on the city of Charleston Recreation Committee, Charleston Greenbelt Committee, the SC Cemetery Board, among others. Thomas is a leader in many community, regional, and state-wide efforts to improve the quality of life for everyone.

Alvin Green, (not pictured) is a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran. He retired from the Navy Shipyard, and as a long-time community worker, has worked to start Boy Scout troops, in baseball recreation services and civic associations, and is a founding member of the Friends of Burke. He is also a limited partner in Gullah Grub, a restaurant on St. Helena's Island.

Marie Thrower, Co-Chair of the Membership Committee and Program Committee, has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has worked for newspapers in North and South Carolina and Washington, D.C. She was one of the first staff members of the Coastal Conservation League, and is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Charleston Library Society. Marie grew up working on her parents' farm that has been in their family since 1791.

Glenda Owens, Way and Means Chair, received her BA degree from Winthrop University, and she has served as President of the Winthrop Alumni, as well as on the Foundation Board. She presently is serving on the Board of Trustees for Winthrop. Glenda has been the President of the Charleston County Medical Auxiliary, and a board member of the State Medical Auxiliary. She has volunteered as a tutor with the Trident Literacy Association, and works as a volunteer with the National Kidney Foundation of South Carolina where she was named State Volunteer of the Year in 2003.

Ernest Parks, Vice Chairman, (not pictured) joined our Board in 2006. Ernest is a Planning Commissioner for the Town of James Island, a member of the historical Massachusetts 54th Regiment re-enactors, and is on the Executive Board of the Island Heritage Festival. Ernest wants to help maintain the historical and cultural identification that our unique island has to offer the world.

Eugene Frazier, History Chair, (not pictured) is the author of two books, one about his experiences as a black policeman, and the other describing life on James Island told to him by descendants of slaves. Eugene was a Charleston County Sheriff's officer, and is a member of St. James Presbyterian Church USA, where he serves as a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Board of Trustees, a member of Son's of Elijah Masonic Lodge, and a 32nd degree Mason.

Robert George, Executive Steering committee, holds a BS in Civil Engineering and a MBA from the Citadel. He owns G. Robert George Associates, Inc., Consulting Engineers, Surveyors, and Land Planners. He served on the Charleston County Special Disabilities Board for 18 years and Charleston City Council for 8 years. He is a Presbyterian Elder and a member of several professional organizations. He enjoys sailing and is a Life member of the James Island Yacht Club.

Jack Duane, Special Events Chair, is a native Charlestonian who now resides in Dogwood Park where he is an active member of the Dogwood Park Neighborhood Association. He is a graduate of Bishop England and Trident Technical College. Jack is a former commissioner with Keep Charleston Beautiful, a member of the Men's Senior Baseball League, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a former member of the Preservation Society of Charleston.

John Meffert, Co-Chair of the Membership Committee and Program Committee, resides in Riverland Terrace. He owns Heritage Consulting Services and works as a consultant in travel, tourism, and strategic planning. He served as the Executive Director of the Preservation Society of Charleston for 8 years preceded by serving as the Director of the Southern Regional office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation from 1982-1988. Currently, John works with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Smithsonian Institution, and Colonial Williamsburg as a study leader for their travel programs, both domestically and internationally.

Ivy Blake, Historian, graduated with a nursing degree from Charleston Southern University, and then received her BA in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston. She is a member of the SC Historical Society, the Georgia Historical Society, a member of the Friends of Ashantilly, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Sierra Club. She has been an active member of St. James Episcopal Church on James Island for 47 years.

George Hughes, (deceased, but his spirit remains with us) was a native of Columbus, Ohio. He retired from the Air Force after 24 years of service, and was also a retired SC State Constable. He received degrees from Trident Technical Institute in Criminal Justice and Human Resources. An active member of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Co. I, he was a re-enacter for Civil War battles.

Jody Terzo, Oral History Chair, received a BA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is a pioneer in the cable television Industry having produced one of the first ever weekly public access programs in 1973, with over 4 million viewers. Over the next 17 years he was a Textile Stylist for Springs Industries, relocating from Manhattan to Fort Mill, SC in 1980. While at Springs, he produced numerous corporate videos and started his own video production company in 1985. Currently he is the owner of Southeast Video Productions based in Charleston SC. Jody and his wife Jacqueline relocated to James Island in 2007 and are the proud parents of 4 adult children.

Herb Butler, Secretary,


Friends of McLeod, 520 Folly Road, Suite 25 PMB 253, Charleston, SC 29412