Staff Director / Lowcountry Home of Hope Manager

Stan Burtt

Stan served on active duty in the US Navy from 1974 -79 and 1982-84 and later retired from the Navy Reserves. Subsequently he had a career working with the South Carolina Department of Corrections from 1985 to 2008.  During this time, he was promoted through the ranks from Correctional Officer at the beginning to Warden in 2001 until 2008, retiring at the end of that year after twenty three years of service. He has a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice/Corrections, graduation in 1991 from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Earlier on, he obtained a B.S. in Science at Excelsior College through US Navy from University of New York at Albany.  After retirement from the SC Department of Corrections, Stan served on volunteer missions with Water Missions International as Volunteer Manager in Malawi for 6 months in 2009 and went to Haiti for disaster relief in 2008. Other Community Service/Volunteering through his church, he was involved with Palmetto House Homeless Shelter, Habitat for Humanity and the Alston Wilkes Society, and has been active for many years in the Kairos Prison Ministry.

Board of Directors - Dorchester County Community Outreach

 Frank Dreyer - Executive Director

After serving in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, Frank became an architect in his hometown of Chicago.  After living in Wisconsin for 10 years, he moved his family to the warmer climes of Summerville in 1988.  His family quickly fell in love with the community and its people.  Soon, Frank was invited to serve on the Dorchester County Economic Development board.  After holding the Chairman position for several years, Frank was asked to join the board of the newly formed Dorchester County Development Corporation which raises funds for economic development.  Six years ago, he moved to the position of President, a position he still holds today.  Frank is also a charter member and past president of the Summerville Oakbrook Breakfast Rotary Club.  His past experience shows a passion for being involved with projects that better the community.  He believes if you love your community, you will want to be involved in its preservation and its success.  When Mayor Collins asked for volunteers to help bring the Lowcountry Home of Hope to fruition, it was only natural for Frank to embrace the challenge.  Perhaps with God’s help, we can give those without a home a sense of belonging we all embrace in Summerville.

Gerald musselman (Honorary Charter Member)

Gerald Musselman is a transplant to Summerville from Pennsylvania.  He and his wife, Waltraud, moved to their present home in 1986, after retiring from a career in the United States Air Force.  He served in many community charitable activities both in the states and in a variety of overseas locations.  This included reading to children with the Kiwanis Terrific Kids Program and Special Olympics both here and abroad. After retirement, he served as the Dorchester County Veterans Affairs Officer for 7 years.  Thus, then the original Palmetto House was opened, he quickly volunteered his service through the Outreach Services of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.  Seeing the positive changes that were developed among many residents there, his resolve was strengthened to assist this segment of our population, especially those who have served our country in the military.  He considers being a part of the Home of Hope as an opportunity share opportunity and friendship.  As we know, friends are God’s way of taking care of us.

marty Thomas - Board President


After almost 40 years of experience in serving in the U.S. Army and in corporate management, including 32 years with National Grid, an international gas and electric utility, Marty moved to Summerville in 2009 from Long Island, New York.  His vast experience included outreach activities such as managing corporate blood drives, working with employees within an employee assistance program and is currently the Clinic Manager of the Medical Outreach Clinic of Summerville, Inc. which is a free medical clinic serving the poor and uninsured with basic healthcare.  Additionally, for the past three years Marty has served as the Director of Outreach for Ashley Ridge Church, which includes the programs "Expanding the Table", a mobile soup kitchen serving the homeless and poor in the Summerville community, along with coordinating the Change for a Dollar program that each week directly meets some tangible need of someone in the community who is struggling financially.  Using his past experience in the military coupled with a passion for serving others, Marty is a welcome addition to the board.

reverend Gary Beson - Board member

Bio coming!

Betty black - board member

Bio coming!

dave Dixon - board member

Bio coming!

Jan Freeman - Board member

Bio coming!

Joseph Friday - Board member

Bio coming!

Jamy Mendez - Board member

Bio coming!


Contact the board

If you would like to contact a board member, fill out the form below and one of our staff members will get back to you.

Name *