The Lowcountry Food Bank (LCFB) announced a new board chair, Monica Scott, and six new board members: Rev. Dr. Byron Benton, James Chilton, Jr., Lindsey Douglas, Maria Mungo, Joel Smith and D. Michael Wilson.
The LCFB Board is comprised of community leaders who are responsible for good stewardship of the LCFB, a commitment to the LCFB mission, managing policies and bylaws, identifying key areas of strengths and opportunities for board development and understanding and supporting the fundraising needs of the organization.
“We are excited to expand our Board of Directors with these new members and a new board chair who will bring additional insight and diverse expertise to our work,” said Nick Osborne, LCFB President and CEO. “I look forward to serving with each of them toward continued fulfillment of our mission to lead the fight against hunger in our community.”
The new LCFB Board Chair, Monica Scott, has served on the LCFB Board since 2011. She retired from the College of Charleston after serving as Vice President for Facilities Planning. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of South Carolina State University and she serves on the Board of Directors of Tri-County S.P.E.A.K.S. She holds a degree in Political Science and a graduate degree in Urban Planning from Pennsylvania State University.
The Rev. Dr. Byron L. Benton serves as the Senior Pastor of Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston. He is also a board member for the African American Chamber Fund, an advisor to The Four Rivers Outreach Community Development Corporation in Charleston and founder and host of the Mountaintop Manna Podcast. Pastor Benton is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a degree in Business Education and Administrative Systems. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Eastern University in Pennsylvania.
James Chilton, Jr., is Managing Director of Corporate Accounting and Tax at Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC. He was previously Board President of People’s Building and serves as a board member and the Treasurer of Palmetto Masters Swimming. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Grove City College, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Business Administration from Charleston Southern University.
Lindsey Douglas is the director of Business Operations at Boeing South Carolina and its 787 Program. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Puget Sound, where she also earned a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree.
Maria Mungo is a community activist, food blogger, and health and wellness enthusiast. Maria served for more than three years on the Board of Directors of the International African American Museum. She is a longtime volunteer and supporter of the Lowcountry Food Bank. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Columbia College.
Joel Smith is Director of Operations for 22 Food Lion stores in the Myrtle Beach area. He has been with Food Lion since 1993. He has consistently served his community through philanthropic organizations, focused on hunger relief and food sustainability, including Food Lion Feeds, Meals on Wheels, Hunger Has a Cure, and Habitat for Humanity. He is a previous Food Lion Store Manager of the Year. Joel attended Lenoir Community College and Beaufort County Community College.
D. Michael Wilson is Chief Executive Officer of Prince International and director of ASP Holdings. Michael has served on the Boards of Directors of Vulcan Materials Company and several professional organizations, including the American Chemistry Council, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Philadelphia and Charleston Metro Chambers of Commerce. He established the Michael and Pam Wilson Family Fund, which most recently instituted dollar-for-dollar matching programs to benefit the LCFB, the South Carolina Aquarium, and Reading Partners South Carolina. He previously served on the Board of Directors for Trident United Way (Greater Charleston) and on the board and finance committee of Philabundance, Philadelphia’s largest hunger-relief organization. Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
“I want to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to Shelley Yuhas, who is concluding her service as our Board Chair, for her outstanding leadership and dedication to our mission, and will continue to serve in an ex-officio capacity as past chairman,” said Osborne.
About the Lowcountry Food Bank: Feed. Advocate. Empower.
The Lowcountry Food Bank serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina and distributed more than 39 million pounds of food in 2020. The Lowcountry Food Bank helps fight hunger by distributing food to nearly 300 partner agencies including on-site meal programs, homeless shelters and emergency food pantries. The Lowcountry Food Bank advocates on behalf of those who experience hunger and helps empower people to make healthy and nutritious food choices. For more information, go to the Lowcountry Food Bank website and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.