Bob DiBella is a retired financial executive with over 30 years of diverse experience. Bob was a founding principal of The Heights Group, a financial consulting practice that provided interim financial executive services, project management and litigation support services. As a Heights Group principal, Bob provided litigation support services associated with the bankruptcy estate of Adelphia Communications Corporation.
Prior to The Heights Group, Bob was a partner in the Pittsburgh office of Tatum, LLC. As a Tatum partner, Bob joined Adelphia Communications Corporation, the fifth largest cable television company in the country, to lead certain aspects of the restatement of the company’s financial statements in light of allegations of fraudulent activities by former senior management. During the company’s complex bankruptcy, Bob provided summary witness testimony at the Rigas criminal trial as well as in certain bankruptcy hearings and other litigation matters. Prior to the Adelphia engagement, Bob was the managing partner of Tatum’s Pittsburgh office.
Bob worked for over thirteen years for Westinghouse Electric Corporation, including serving as Chief Financial Officer of the power generation business unit, as Vice President and Controller of Westinghouse Electric Company and as Senior Vice President and Controller of Westinghouse Financial Services, Inc. At Westinghouse, Bob also served as Managing Director of Real Estate and Director of Corporate Audit.
In addition to Bob’s Westinghouse experience, he also served as Managing Director, The Meridian Group, an investment banking and financial consulting firm, and as Audit Manager for Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).
Bob serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Upstate SC Chapter and Flat Rock Playhouse. He is an Advisory Board Member for the Cliffs at Keowee Falls South Property Owner’s Association and a member of the Cliffs Note Holder Committee. He is also a volunteer with the South Carolina Botanical Gardens and Friends of Lake Keowee. Bob is a past president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Financial Executives International.
He resides with his wife, Carol, in the Cliffs at Keowee Falls South in Upstate South Carolina. Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University and is a former CPA.
Donna is the 2017 GCSC President-Elect. Donna grew up in Staten Island, New York and moved to Elloree, South Carolina in 2001 when her husband retired. She is the mother of three grown sons and Mimi to four grandchildren. She was a Registered Nurse for thirty-eight years, specializing and certified in Labor & Delivery and Neonatal Nursing.
Donna has fond memories of her 25 years of volunteer work in Staten Island, especially for the Staten Island Historical Society, which included sitting on their Board of Directors for 4 years.
Upon her move to the Southern Hemisphere, she joined the local garden club and subsequently volunteered for chairmanships on the state level. This led to moving up the officer ladder of The Garden Club of South Carolina (GCSC) and holding every office including a short stint as Treasurer during the last twelve years.
In her free time, Donna and her husband are avid birders. She is currently working with Dr. Patrick McMillan and Dr. Drew Lanham on her GCSC President’s Projects about birds and the contribution GCSC will play in the SC Botanical Garden expansion project.
Mary Elder was born, raised and educated in the Midwest. She received her B.S. degree from the University of Iowa and her MBA from Drake University. Mary had a career in healthcare administration at a major medical center in Des Moines, Iowa. She retired from healthcare to see the world by cruising on Crystal Cruise Lines and teaching computer classes for five years, which she feels was one of the best adventures of her life.
Mary moved to The Cliff’s at Glassy twelve years ago to experience living in the Southeast. She had a major organizational role in the inaugural Sip and Stroll event at the SCBG.
Mary has many interests. One of her greatest passions is gardening. She is a Master Gardener, having studied gardening with Fergus Garrett at Great Dixter in East Sussex England. She enjoys duplicate bridge, golf, and traveling. Mary is married to Chuck and they have 3 daughters and Dylan, The Wonder Dog. She loves being called Nana by her two grandchildren.
Heather Hilliard grew up in Anderson, South Carolina and is married to Glenn, a 1965 Clemson graduate. Heather and Glenn have lived in Washington D.C., Colorado, the Netherlands, Atlanta, Georgia and just recently have moved back “home” to Greenville, South Carolina. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.
Heather attended Clemson University and the University of Colorado, has served on numerous boards and has been a member of numerous organizations including Leadership Greenville, the Junior League of Greenville, Chair of the South Carolina Children’s Theatre, Board Member of the Greenville Animal Shelter and PTA Board Member for Augusta Circle and Hughes Middle schools. She is a member of the Carolina Foothills Garden Club and the Heritage Garden Club and acquired her love of gardens and gardening from her father, Dr. Claude Prevost, and her brother, Ernest Prevost. She recently became interested in bee keeping, locating two hives at her Greenville home. She is excited about working with Dr. Patrick McMillan and the wonderful Board members of the South Carolina Botanical Garden.
Frazer Pajak received a Bachelor in Pre-Architecture in 1972 and a Master's degree in Architecture in 1974, both from Clemson University. He was also the 1974 Alpha Rho Chi medal recipient.
Frazer worked at Prather Thomas Campbell Pridgeon from 1974-1981, Lockwood Greene from 1981-1985, and the Converse College Interior Design Program from 1985-2015. Frazer designed Bob and Betsy Campbell's home in Gaffney, S.C., their two condo interiors in Florida and their church's columbarium and stone signage. He also designed several buildings in Saudi Arabia while working with Lockwood Greene. He was one of the architects for the control tower in Jeddah's port.
Frazer has restored several cemeteries in South Carolina with students from Converse and members of the community. His students, in cooperation with Tim Drake, worked on Woodburn Plantation and did the measured drawings that the house will use for restoration work.
A native of Mississippi and graduate of the Landscape Architecture program at Mississippi State University, Dabney Peeples began his landscape design career in Birmingham, Alabama with Nimrod Long and Associates. Subsequently, Dabney worked with Edward Daugherty in Atlanta, Georgia before starting his own garden and landscape design firm in Easley, S.C. Dabney has become regionally renowned for his ability to adapt historically accepted design principles to fit the contemporary lifestyles of his clients. He has enjoyed teaching about garden design at Furman University for over 20 years.
Dr. Richard Porcher was born in Berkeley County, SC and currently lives in Mt. Pleasant. He received both his M.S. and his PhD from the University of South Carolina and taught countless students and mentored many graduate students including our Director, Patrick McMillan, during his tenure as professor at The Citadel. Richard is well-known as the author of A Guide to the Wildflowers of South Carolina, Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry and Lower Pee Dee, The Market Preparation of Carolina Rice, and The Story of Sea Island Cotton. He has also authored numerous articles in scientific journals, and other publications, as well as numerous photography credits. He is a sought-after lecturer and presenter at professional meetings, seminars, conferences, workshops and symposia. Richard has membership in many organizations, including the Georgia Historical Society, the South Caroliniana Society, the Charleston Horticultural Society, and the South Carolina Native Plant Society. He has served on many boards in the past and is an icon of the Carolina Lowcountry.
Born and raised in Germany, Karin came to the US in 1966 and, after other stops, landed in Greenville in 1970. Her education took place in Germany and Switzerland, but her real education in horticulture came from her parents and her grandfather, all of whom were dedicated naturalists.
In 1975, Karin opened a business called The Houseplant, modeled after the European flower shops. Over the next forty years, her shop grew and prospered. A substantial part of that business was for PR and marketing companies, where she create floral designs suitable for very specific occasions. Her work has been published in several local and national publications.
Karin has served 2 terms on the board of Friends of the Reedy River and she is a member of Upstate Forever and the SCNPS.
Marcia Radakovich is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and attended Penn State before graduating with a BS/BA Management Degree from University of Florida in 1979. Marcia and her husband, Dan, were married in 1986 and have two sons. Christian is 25 and lives and works in Atlanta. Grant is 21 and has just graduated from Mercer University where he plays football. He will begin his MBA in two weeks and play two additional seasons.
Marcia retired nine years ago as a Director of Sales in the blood products industry. She became a Master Gardener and also went back to school for a Landscape Design Certificate. Marcia and Dan have lived in Clemson just over two years and love it. She enjoys hiking, gardening and boating and is looking forward to being part of the SCBG Board.
Carol Savage is a retired senior financial executive with extensive experience in fraud matters, business reorganizations, acquisitions and divestitures, SEC reporting issues, and other financial matters. Her career included serving as project leader for a multi-year financial statement restatement involving a $3 billion fraud, Chief Accounting Officer for a large multi-national corporation, Fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board, and numerous other positions primarily at Westinghouse Electric Corporation/CBS Corporation. She also is a former CPA.
Carol currently resides in Upstate South Carolina with her husband. She enjoys volunteering at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, running, biking and other outdoor activities, serving on various community committees, and attending theater and other performances at numerous regional venues.
Joe Turner is the CEO of First Sun Management Corp. which owns and operates 46 Wendy’s restaurants in four Southeastern states. Joe graduated from Clemson in 1971 with a BS in Industrial Management and earned an MS in Management in 1977. He is also a member to the Will to Lead Capital Campaign Executive Committee.