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Charleston Parks Conservancy Welcomes New Members to its Board of Directors

CRBJ Biz Wire //January 19, 2024//

Charleston Parks Conservancy Welcomes New Members to its Board of Directors

CRBJ Biz Wire //January 19, 2024//

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Charleston Parks Conservancy Welcomes New Members to its Board of Directors

The Charleston Parks Conservancy, dedicated to enhancing and maintaining over 24 parks and green spaces in the Lowcountry, announces the appointment of new members to its Board of Directors. The Board plays a pivotal role in providing governance, strategic direction, and oversight to ensure the success of the Conservancy’s mission.

“Together, we are not just maintaining parks; we are crafting experiences, fostering inclusivity, and shaping the future of Charleston. The dedication of our Board members ensures that the Charleston Parks Conservancy thrives and evolves, making a lasting impact on the beauty and vitality of our beloved city,” said Charles McLendon, board chair of Charleston Parks Conservancy. “Their collective passion is the catalyst for positive change, and we are grateful for their unwavering commitment to making our organization even better.”

Sean Holleran, Vice President of Retail and Small Business Banking at First National Bank, brings his 15 years of experience leading high-performing sales teams in the financial services industry to the Board. Holleran’s commitment to community service is reflected in his advocacy for local charities and nonprofits in South Carolina. Recognized as a recipient of the 2022 Charleston Regional Business Journal’s “Diversity Leaders” Award and the 2021 Charleston Businessperson of the Year, Holleran’s passion for the community extends to his involvement with other organizations as well.

Reverend Matthew Rivers Jr., Rector of St. John’s Chapel on the East Side of Charleston since 2018, extends his spiritual commitment and leadership to the Board. With a background in real estate and import/export, Rivers answered the call to serve the Lord at the age of 10. His passion for discipleship, leading people, and fostering healthy families aligns seamlessly with the Conservancy’s mission. Rivers is a theologian with a Master of Divinity from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry.

Amanda Slade, Multifamily Asset Management & Development Analyst at The Beach Company, is a devoted advocate for preserving parks and green spaces. Having witnessed the growth and development of Charleston since moving in 2005, Slade is passionate about maintaining parks to preserve the city’s history and memories. Her commitment to supporting underserved communities through park initiatives aligns with the Conservancy’s goal of creating clean and safe spaces for all residents to enjoy and engage.

Leslie Turner, Broker in Charge at Maison Real Estate, is a former marketing strategist for CNN, TNT, and Cartoon Network who blends her deep knowledge of local history and expertise in real estate. Turner’s skills in positioning and selling properties are complemented by her legal background as a licensed attorney and certified mediator. Her commitment to guiding clients through property investment decisions reflects her passion for helping people love where they live. As a resident of downtown Charleston since 2001, Turner intimately understands the community’s nuances and cherishes living in Charleston.

The Charleston Parks Conservancy is confident that the diverse backgrounds and expertise of these new Board members will contribute significantly to the organization’s continued success in enhancing the beauty of Charleston’s parks and green spaces.

For more information about Charleston Parks Conservancy and its initiatives, please visit

About the Charleston Parks Conservancy
The Charleston Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring the people of Charleston to connect with their parks and create stunning public places and a strong community. For more than 15 years, the Conservancy has had a hand in renovating and beautifying 24 parks in partnership with the City of Charleston. Notable projects include the renovation of Colonial Lake, the Rose Pavilion at Hampton Park, Moultrie Playground, St. Julian Devine Community Center and Park, Magnolia Park and Community Garden, Medway Park and Community Garden, and Corrine Jones Community Garden. For more information, visit