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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William E. Craig

William E. Craig

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.

LeeAnn W. Aldridge
Vice President

LeeAnn W. Aldridge

LeeAnn Williams Aldridge is an attorney at Hunter, Maclean, Exley, and Dunn in Savannah. Ms. Aldridge concentrates her practice on all aspects of Commercial Real Estate and Commercial Finance, with a particular specialty in franchise finance. She has extensive experience representing lenders and borrowers in the negotiation and documentation of loans and sale leaseback transactions across the United States.

Prior to moving to Savannah 17 years ago, Ms. Aldridge was a commercial litigator in Philadelphia. She graduated from Princeton University and from Villanova University School of Law. Ms. Aldridge is a member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA), was a Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2005 and 2006, a Georgia Super Lawyers for 2008 – 2011, included in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 editions of The Best Lawyers of America in the specialty of Real Estate Law for the years 2007-2013, and Best Lawyer for Real Estate Law in Savannah in 2012. Ms. Aldridge is also a member of the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia and South Carolina Bar Associations.

Ms. Aldridge is the owner of Great Harvest Bread Co. of Savannah, which opened in June of 2013. Great Harvest is a bakery specializing in freshly milled whole wheat flour, and bread and sweets made from scratch, on-site, with no preservatives or additives.

Ms. Aldridge is also a member of the board of directors for the Humane Society for Greater Savannah and Union Mission.

Thomas L. Curless

Thomas L. Curless

During his 40-year career, retired certified public accountant Thomas Curless spent more than three decades in New York City with Price Waterhouse & Company, an international accounting, tax and advisory firm. He belonged to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and served as a member of the Board of Regents of the Chartered Bank Auditor Program for the Bank Administration Institute.

Actively involved in the local community, he is a board member, treasurer and chairman of the finance committee for the Community Health Mission, a not-for-profit that provides access to free health care to the uninsured and underinsured in the Savannah area. He volunteers his time to the Skidaway Island United Methodist Church.

Previously, Mr. Curless served as board member and treasurer for the Skidaway Island Republican Club, The Landings Company and The Landings Association and as finance chairman of the Golf Tournament Committee for the American Cancer Society. In New Jersey, he was a member of the Board of Trustees and chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee for the Overlook Hospital Association.

Mr. Curless holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters of Business Administration from Amos Tuck School of Business. He moved to The Landings in 1995.

Robert DiBenedetto, M.D.

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.

William (Bill) G. Foster, Sr.

Bill Foster was born and raised in Savannah, Ga. He retired as a principal owner of Thomas and Hutton Engineering Company after 45 years of service. He was the chairman of Thomas and Hutton's Board of Directors at the time of retirement. He is an elder in the Presbyterian Church and a charter member of the Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church.

He presently serves on the Board of Trustees for Presbyterian Homes of Georgia. He is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Savannah South. He is a past member of Wachovia Banks Coastal Advisory Board, past president of The Landings Property Owners Association and past president of the King & Prince Condominium Association of St. Simons Island, Ga. He is also past chairman of The Georgia 12 Advisory Council.

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.

Lisa Birch

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

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James K. Emery

James Emery is president and a founding partner of Viewfinder Consulting, which specializes in brand positioning. Clients include AT+T, BellSouth, Brown-Forman, Campbell Soup, Coca-Cola, Kraft General Foods, Lending Tree, MGM Grand, Pepperidge-Farm, Perrier, Prudential, Quaker Oats, Revlon, the University of Virginia and Walt Disney. He recently co-authored the book, "The Navigator's Guide – How to Position Brands Successfully."

Locally, he has consulted for Armstrong Atlantic University, Bethesda, Greenbrier, Kiwanis, the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, Savannah Airport Commission, Savannah Country Day School, the Savannah CVB, SEDA, the Savannah Morning News, Senior Citizens, Inc., SunTrust, the Telfair and Union Mission.

He has served on the Lucas Theatre and Savannah Music Festival boards and is currently on the boards for Bethesda Academy and the Garcia-Thayer Group.

He received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of New Hampshire and a Master in Business Administration degree from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth. He worked in brand management for Colgate-Palmolive and Chesebrough-Pond's prior to starting Viewfinder.

Mr. Emery and his wife, Melissa, built a vacation home on Skidaway Island in 1985 and moved here full-time in 1992. They are members of Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church and were honored in 2010 as "Savannah Stars" for their volunteer efforts.

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.

Beau Anders

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.

Russell Peterson
Honorary Board Member

Russell Peterson
Honorary Board Member

Russell Peterson moved to The Landings in 1997 after spending 35 years with Allstate Insurance Company. He retired from Allstate as the vice president for the Ohio Region, with responsibility for a $390 million profit center with over 1,200 associates.

Mr. Peterson is also a past president of the Marshes of Skidaway Island Board of Directors and the past president of The Landings Association, which is the non-profit property owners' organization responsible for promoting the welfare and safety of residents of the Landings. Mr. Peterson is very active in a number of other non-profit organizations, including the Foundation Board of Trustees of St. Joseph's and Candler Hospital, American Cancer Society (past president of local board), and the State of Georgia's Public Policy Advisory Committee (past chairman). In addition, he served as the past chairman of the Skidaway Island Republican Club.