Dorchester Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is pleased to announce Phillip Wilson as its new Chair of the Board of Directors beginning July 1st for the upcoming fiscal year. Phillip brings a wealth of of experience as a part of the commercial banking team at pinnacle financial partners and an Associate Pastor of St. Andrew’s Church in Park Circle. President and CEO of Dorchester Habitat for Humanity, Jaye Jones Elliott, is excited to see what Phillip will bring to the board as chair.

“I am honored to serve with Phillip and thrilled that he has committed his skills, expertise, and passion to the issue of affordable housing and leading our Board of Directors,” she said. “Having volunteered with Dorchester Habitat for Humanity for a number of years, Phillip has a deep understanding and passion for our Mission of “Putting God’s Love Into Action by Bringing People Together Building Homes and Hope.””

A member of the Summerville Rotary Club, Phillip is actively involved in the community he serves.

“As board chair, I am most excited about working diligently to make affordable housing not just a continued priority for Dorchester Habitat, but to see this become a priority for our local leaders in the towns and county we serve,” Phillip said.

This year Dorchester Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 30 years of building affordable housing in Dorchester County by planning to build its 80th home in Summerville in partnership with a hardworking family. In the 2021/2022 fiscal year, Dorchester Habitat’s ReStore on Greyback Road in Summerville was the highest sales producing ReStore in South Carolina thanks to donations of furniture, building supplies, appliances, and gently used household goods from community members and local businesses. Phillip hopes to compound on that success by generating more support to build homes in partnership with those in need of a decent and affordable place to live.

“My hope is that as we enter into a new fiscal year and a challenging economic environment, that we as leaders can gather around tables to have discussions on how to best serve the housing needs of those who live in our communities.” Phillip said.

Phillip succeeds Brent Tatum (Edward Jones) as Chair. Tatum will continue to serve on the Board and Executive Team as Immediate Past Chair. Phillip’s term leading the Board will include two new members: Tim Lengen (Ryan Homes); and Aaron Schmitt (SeamonWhiteside).

2023/2024 Board of Directors

Phillip Wilson, Pinnacle Financial Partners – Chair

Sandy O’Keefe, First Capital Bank – Vice Chair

Deb Cooley, Lowe’s Home Improvement – Secretary

Kelley Steen, Forvis – Treasurer

Brent Tatum, Edward Jones – Immediate Past Chair, At-Large Executive Team

Chris Ackerman, ESP Associates – At-Large Executive Team

Todd Friddle, retired Lowe’s Home Improvement

Gil Gatch, Gatch Law Firm

Brooks Hearn, Accredited Public Relations Professional

Tim Lengen, Ryan Homes

Cassandra Manigault, Dorchester County Library

Mike Montei, Wells Fargo

Aaron Schmitt, SeamonWhiteside

Alicia Smith, Brookfield Properties, Nexton Development

Duane Thompson, Lowe’s Home Improvement

Ashley Wimberly, Pharmacist

If you or your team would like to volunteer to build a home, serve on a committee, and/or volunteer in (or donate to) the ReStore, please visit for more information.

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