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Published on April 11, 2018

Tidelands Health Foundation welcomes new board members

The Tidelands Health Foundation is welcoming two new members to its board.

Kathryn Schwartz, founder and CEO of Pawleys InvKathryn Schwartzestment Advisors and Pawleys Capital Management, and Kevin Strickland, assistant vice president for South State Bank, are the newest additions to the 16-member board.
The board provides guidance and leadership to the foundation, which works in concert with Tidelands Health to help ensure high-quality health care is available to the region’s residents.

“Our board serves as heart of the foundation,” said Jessica Sasser, executive director. “We are fortunate to have such a gifted group of people helping lead the organization.”

Schwartz, a Pawleys Island resident, holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in New York. She has extensive experience in finance and business, starting with roles at Charles Schwab and Dean Witter Reynolds. From 2004-2009, she headed operations for a start-up international coffee company, helping it grow from a small, privately held firm to the point it offered public stock.

In 2009, she moved from California to South Carolina, where she founded Pawleys Investment Advisors and Pawleys Capital Management. In 2012, she was appointed to Kevin Stricklandserve as a securities arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, a not-for-profit organization authorized by Congress to regulate broker-dealers in the securities industry.

For 13 years, Schwartz volunteered in Colorado with the National Sports Center for the Disabled, teaching skiing to disabled and terminally ill people. She also served from 2011-2016 on the board of the Friends of the Kaminski House, including three terms as treasurer. She played a central role in establishing a public-private partnership with the City of Georgetown to operate the museum.

Strickland, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Coastal Carolina University, started his career in marketing, advertising and graphic design before serving, from 2003-2007, as vice president of operations at Condar Properties in Myrtle Beach. From 2007-2010, he was operation supervisor of United Parcel Service in Myrtle Beach, also working simultaneously as a real estate agent for Century 21 Boling and Associates, Inc.

In 2010, the Surfside Beach resident joined Walmart Inc. as an assistant manager in its Myrtle Beach store, transitioning in 2012 to the role of assistant financial center manager for First Federal. In 2014, First Federal merged operations with three other banks to become South State Bank, where Strickland is employed.

Strickland is a member of the Pawleys Island Rotary Club and the 2018 class of Leadership Georgetown. He has volunteered for a variety of organizations, including Junior Achievement and the United Way of Horry County.


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