A dedicated staff and board manage Deep Well's programs and volunteer efforts.

This has long been a hallmark of Deep Well — a spartan staff, supported by an incredibly active and involved Board of Directors, many of whom serve as volunteers themselves.  Board members each have unique backgrounds and real-world experience, either in business or other non-profit organizations.

The Staff
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Sandy GIllis
Executive Director

After a 29-year career in advertising and marketing on Hilton Head Island, and a five-year stint on the Deep Well Project board of directors, Sandy joined the staff as the executive director when Betsy Doughtie retired in early 2018.  As director, it’s Sandy’s job to make sure all programs run effectively, to work with the board on ideas for program expansions or new programs and to do community outreach to educate and improve awareness about the organization and its programs.   Grant-writing and other forms of income generation are also a big part of her job, as well as hosting site tours and maximizing public speaking opportunities all designed to spread the news of Deep Well to clients, donors and volunteers.  Sandy and her husband, Bubba, are long-time island residents, and they have twin daughters.  In her spare time, Sandy loves playing tennis, walking the beach and trying valiantly to train her high-energy rescue dog, Shadow.

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Rita Jones
Assistant Director /
Island Livable Housing Program Coordinator

Rita is a native of New York City.  She has strong ties to our community, since both of her parents are Hilton Head Island natives.  Rita is a retired naval officer, and she has seen the island transform over the years.  She started at Deep Well as a volunteer.  As Island Livable Housing Program Coordinator, she gathers home repair requests and makes home visits to assess the projects.  Then, she prioritizes and schedules work for our Livable Housing volunteers or contractors.

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Sherry Pritchard
Operations Manager

Sherry has lived on Hilton Head for 38 years, coming from Pennsylvania with her husband, three children and a grandchild on the way.  Sherry came to Deep Well twelve years ago with an extensive Human Resources background; she had also been a faithful school volunteer for decades.  She's responsible for vetting and approving clients’ aid requests and handling all day-to-day accounting tasks.  Sherry is also the point person for ordering school supplies and coordinating Christmas toy registration along with the Santa Shop team.  In her spare time, Sherry loves spending time with her grandchildren.

Gina Rice
Pantry Manager

Gina grew up in Ohio the youngest of 10 children. She has many food memories from her youth and cherished the time spent in the kitchen with her mom preparing meals. She quickly learned that feeding a family is often challenging, and that meals bring people together! Her childhood memories cultivated a lifelong commitment in support of food charities.  Gina joined the staff of the Deep Well Project in the summer of 2019; however her relationship with DW began in 2017 as a volunteer. Gina brings practical experience in project management and organizational skills to the pantry. Gina relishes the challenge of keeping the shelves stocked while working with all the generous families, community partners and volunteers that make the DWP work.

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John Wilson
Mainland Livable Housing Coordinator
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Ella A. Chisolm
Furniture Room Manager

John and his wife Susan relocated to Hilton Head Island six years ago from the Washington DC area.  After a successful career in marketing and sales for large engineering and construction firms in DC, John founded his own real estate re-development company, bringing abandoned and blighted buildings back to life, doing much of the construction work himself.  John joined the Deep Well Project team in March 2021 and his role is to coordinate Livable Housing home repair projects on the mainland.   This includes assessing and budgeting out the project, working with the client on the plan, procuring the necessary supplies, and lining up volunteer as well as contractor labor to execute the repairs on owner-occupied homes.  In his spare time, John is a renowned bird dog trainer and judge, with his two well-mannered German Shorthair Pointers being beloved members of his household.

Ella is a native of Jasper County but has lived on Hilton Head for the last 47 years.  She works part-time at Deep Well assisting clients with picking out donated furniture once they’ve been approved to receive “new to them” furniture, appliances and household items.  Ella also works part-time at Marriott’s Hilton Head Beach Resort in the kitchen/pantry.  Ella loves meeting new people and helping them select items for their home from Deep Well’s donated inventory.  She has one adult married son in Charleston, and she's also an Evangelist at the Historic First African Church on Beach City Road on Hilton Head.   In her free time, Ella loves plants and gardening, a perfect fit for her nurturing, kind heart.

The Board of Directors

This group of dedicated people provides support not only through active guidance and governance of the organization, but by bringing their range of professional skills to bear.  Their personal volunteer work is extensive and saves the cost of additional staff. 


Current Board of Directors

  • Boyd McCleary, Board Chair

  • Mary-Stuart Alderman, Vice Chair

  • Charlotte Gill, Board Secretary

  • David Helms, Board Treasurer

  • Helen Hinds-Immediate Past Chair

  • Denny Bozic

  • Morris Campbell

  • Ted David

  • Tim Drake

  • David Gaal

  • Ashley Gluck

  • Linda Hyslop

  • Jan Johnson

  • Galen Miller

  • Nancy Simonetti

  • Ben Shelton