Board of Directors
Founded in 2004, The Marshes of Skidaway Island is a not-for-profit retirement community professionally managed by Life Care Services (LCS). As the nation's leading and most progressive force in the senior living management industry, LCS has over 40 years of experience directing more than 100 communities.
The Marshes is owned and sponsored by Skidaway Health and Living Services, Inc. (SHALSI), a Savannah-based non-profit corporation. SHALSI is governed by a dedicated board of directors comprised of leaders from our local community.
SHALSI Board of Directors
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M. Wallace Smith
M. Wallace Smith
Wallace Smith has lived in Savannah for 14 years after retiring from Proctor & Gamble. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and a Masters in Business Administration in marketing from Harvard University.
He joined Richardson Merrill, a pharmaceutical company, where he spent his career in marketing and general management, both domestic and international. He has served on numerous boards, including the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association and the Chamber of Commerce. While President of the Latin America division he was on a Presidential Commission dealing with U.S. – Latin American issues. While in Savannah, Mr. Smith was a board member of The Landings Association, president and board member of The Landings Company, and served on numerous other Landings committees.
Prior to his retirement in September 2009, Beau Anders was the KPMG LLP office managing partner-in-charge in Silicon Valley as well as the Western Area Partner-in-Charge, of KPMG's Transaction Services for the prior five years. KPMG's Silicon Valley office has over 750 employees, providing tax and advisory services to technology companies throughout the South Bay. In his managing partner role, Mr. Anders was responsible for all market-facing activities of the firm in Silicon Valley as well as providing direction and guidance in "making KPMG a great place to work and build your career."
As western area partner-in-charge of KPMG's Transaction Services practice, based in Mountain View, his focus was on high technology companies doing mergers and acquisitions. He provided both due diligence and structuring advice to buyers as well as capital advisory services to early stage middle market companies. He joined KPMG in 1997 having spent 12 years in senior level financial positions in industry with several public and private companies, including three start-ups. Prior to that, he worked in Philadelphia and London for 12 years with Price Waterhouse.
Mr. Anders' extensive CFP experience included participation in two initial public offerings, completion of a three-way highly-leveraged merger in the medical device industry and numerous acquisitions of products and business in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries. This experience also included responsibility for raising more than $300 million in public and private debt and equity. He has participated in a wide variety of due diligence and transaction engagements, both from the company side and as a financial advisor. He has completed well in excess of 100 due diligence engagements on high technology companies. In his various positions in the industry, in addition to his financial responsibilities, Mr. Anders has also directed the investor relations, human resources and legal departments in both a public and private company environment.
Mr. Anders received a degree in accounting from Duke University. He is the former president of the Board of Trustees of the San Jose Repertory Theatre and a member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He has spoken to a wide variety of students and groups of young professionals in the subject of leadership and taking risk. Mr. Anders currently resides with his wife on Skidaway Island, where he is a member of the Board of Governors and Treasurer of the Landings Club.
S. Stewart Bromley, CPA, CFP
S. Stewart Bromley, CPA, CFP
Stewart Bromley is a native of Berlin, Md. and graduated from Duke University in 1982. He has over 25 years of experience, including nine years with Price Waterhouse. Mr. Bromley's experience has been primarily devoted to tax planning and compliance for privately owned businesses and high net worth individuals, estate planning and business advisory services.
Ms. Mason is a partner in HunterMaclean's litigation practice group, with over 20 years of experience. She attended Whitman College and received two bachelor's degrees, before attending the University of Georgia School of Law. Ms. Mason is licensed to practice in Georgia, South Carolina, and Montana. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Savannah Bar Association and an elected board member of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association. She also currently serves on Hancock Day’s School board, SunTrust’s advisory board, and the Emmaus House board. Ms. Mason has also served as a board member for Savannah's Rape Crisis Center and the Boy Scouts of America; participated in Habitat for Humanity's Women's Build; served on the Allocation Panel of United Way for several years; and participated in Leadership Savannah.
Tom is a partner in the law firm, Bart, Meyer & Company, LLP and focuses his practice in the areas of corporate law, estate planning, estate and gift taxation, trust and estate administration, and the representation of trustees, executors and administrators. Tom has experience as a practicing CPA in public accounting, including the preparation of corporate and fiduciary income tax returns as well as estate and gift tax returns and related issues. Tom graduated, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law, and he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Indiana University. He has been listed as an “AV” rated Preeminent attorney, Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards by Martindale Hubbell since 2009. Tom has been selected as a Legal Elite by Georgia Trend magazine as a Top Attorney in Taxes, Estates and Trusts. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, Savannah Bar Association (past chairman of the probate and estate planning section), Savannah Estate Planning Council, Georgia Society of CPAs and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a current Board member of Goodwill of the Coastal Empire, Inc. and past Board member of Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island and Senior Citizens, Inc. He currently serves on SHALSI’s Finance Committee.
Mr. Grosse is retired from the Procter & Gamble Co. with 31 years of management responsibilities in US, European and Asia Engineering and Manufacturing operations. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla and did post graduate studies at the University of Tennessee College of Business Administration. He also taught for two years at a technical school in St. Louis, Missouri and served four years active duty in the US Navy.
Dr. Emerson Ham
Emerson Ham, Jr. was reared in Savannah and graduated from Emory University in 1960 and Emory University Medical School in 1964.
He completed an internship at the University of Florida Teaching Hospitals and then residency in Neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
After completion of training he served in the USAF at Wilford Teaching Hospital in San Antonio before returning to Savannah to establish a solo private practice. This ultimately grew into Neurologic Institute of Savannah from which he retired in 2005.
He and his wife, Mary Schofield Ham, have two sons who reside in Savannah and five grandchildren.
He continues working part time for the Social Security Disability Administration as a Neurologic consultant.
As a graduate of the University of Georgia's School of Environment and Design, Lisa Birch has had an accomplished career as a landscape architect. In 1985, she founded Birch and Associates, Inc., a landscape architectural design firm, and currently serves as the company's president. Mrs. Birch's work has been featured in Southern Living and Coastal Living magazines for her design of outdoor kitchens, pools and water features, hardscapes and landscape renovation.
Mrs. Birch is an active member of the Skidaway Island United Methodist Church, and has served as chair of the Board of Trustees, finance committee and stewardship committee. In addition, she designed the church's memorial garden, playground and labyrinth. She is also an active member of the Savannah South Rotary Club, where she has held the positions of membership orientation chair, sergeant at arms, treasurer, president-elect and the club's first female president; Mrs. Birch is a Will Watt and Paul Harris multiple fellow.
Mrs. Birch was president of the Hesse Elementary School Parent Teacher Association from 2010-2012 and is currently the chairman of their grounds committee. Residents of The Landings since 1984, she and her husband, Chip, have two sons; the eldest recently graduated with highest honors from Georgia Tech, while their youngest is enrolled at Hesse Elementary. Her mother is currently a resident at The Marshes.
Keith Dimond, M.D.
An Ohio-native, Dr. Keith Dimond was born in Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1962 and from the University Of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1966. After completing his nephrology and internal medicine training in 1973, he and his wife, Julie, moved to Savannah with their three children. Dr. Dimond began his career in Savannah with Paulson Square Medical Associates.
Board-certified in nephrology and internal medicine, Dr. Dimond partnered with Dr. Lamont Danzig in 1974 to start the first hemodialysis unit in Savannah at the former Memorial Medical Center. He was involved in developing Savannah's first free-standing, outpatient dialysis center—Coastal Dialysis and Medical Center—and has been the medical director there since 1977. Dr. Dimond has served at Memorial Health University Medical Center as the chief of staff and chairman of the credentials committee; he was also on the board of directors for nine years.
Currently practicing with Medical Associates of Savannah, Dr. Dimond is the medical director of two local dialysis units and is a member of the Southeastern Kidney Council Medical Review Board.
Janet Kwaiser Kuhn, EdD, RN
Mr. Ruhl is retired from the pharmaceutical business. He worked for Parke- Davis/Warner Lambert and Pharmacia/Upjohn. He was a consultant with Novartis, Adams Labs and Cardinal Health Care. His areas of expertise are Sales and Marketing. He holds a bachelor of science degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Detroit and a master's of management from Aquinas College. Mr. Ruhl has been President of the Lansing-Waverly Rotary Club and a board member of the Morristown American Cancer Society.
Melissa Bouchillon is a resident of The Landings with her husband, Kelly Bouchillon, and four children. Mrs. Bouchillon is the Resident Director of the Merrill Lynch Skidaway Island Office. In addition to her responsibilities as Resident Director, she serves as a Wealth Management Advisor working with families on their investment strategies and overall financial plans. Melissa Bouchillon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She has her Masters in Special Education from the College of Charleston. Melissa Bouchillon is a Certified Financial Planner ®. Mrs. Bouchillon has volunteered as a Board Member for Park Place Outreach; served on the Allocation Panel for the United Way of Savannah; and is a volunteer for a medical mission, Faith In Practice, serving as a translator in Guatemala.
Honorary Board Member
Honorary Board Member
William Craig is a retired Connecticut attorney. He has been a resident of The Landings since 2002. He spent his entire professional career with the New Haven, Conn. based firm, Wiggin and Dana, LLP, where he served on the firm's Executive Committee and chaired its Real Estate and Environmental Law Department. His experience with real estate development led to him being retained in the early 1970's to represent the non-profit sponsor of the first continuing care retirement community (CCRC) constructed in New England. He subsequently represented other CCRCs, both non-profits and for-profits, from initial development and financing through all aspects of operations. Mr. Craig holds degrees from Dartmouth College and Yale Law School. Before moving to Savannah, he was a trustee and president of the Quechee Lakes Landowners Association in Quechee, Vt. He also served on the City of New Haven's Board of Finance and was a director, treasurer and life fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation.
Robert DiBenedetto, M.D.
Honorary Board Member
Robert DiBenedetto, M.D.
Honorary Board Member
Dr. Robert DiBenedetto was born and educated in New York. He attended St. John's University and the State University of New York, Downstate College of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care. He served in the U.S. Navy at the Beaufort Naval Hospital. In 1969, he entered practice in Savannah and was one of the founders of Medical Associates of Savannah.
He was the first pulmonologist and critical care physician in southeast Georgia and was instrumental in developing the Pulmonary and Critical Care Departments at Memorial Medical Center. Dr. DiBenedetto was one of the founders of both the School of Respiratory Therapy at Armstrong Atlantic University and The Physician Assistant School at South University. He served as the medical director of both programs for many years.
In 1990, he moved to Memorial where he served as Director of Internal Medical Education and Vice President of Medical Affairs and Education. Dr. DiBenedetto was Clinical Professor of Medicine at The Medical College of Georgia and Professor of Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine. He currently is Professor Emeritus at Mercer. During his time at Memorial, he was responsible for the affiliation of Mercer School of Medicine and the development of the Savannah Campus of the School of Medicine.
He is a fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians. He has authored more than 40 medical publications. Dr. DiBenedetto has received the Laureate Award of the American College of Physicians and the Founders Award for his contributions to the development of Memorial Medical Center.