FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Board of Education takes on two new
members, elects new slate of officers
BEAUFORT – The Beaufort County Board of Education took on two new members tonight and also elected a new slate of officers.
Career educator Patricia Felton-Montgomery will represent District 6 (Okatie and Sun City), and physician Christina Gwozdz will represent District 9 (Bluffton). Their terms will run through 2020.
The Board also elected its officers for 2017: Patricia Felton-Montgomery as chair, Earl Campbell as vice chair and Geri Kinton as secretary.
Felton-Montgomery is a former superintendent of the Lawnside School District in New Jersey, and she also has served as Director of Educational Leadership for the U.S. Department of Education’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory. Felton-Montgomery is a board member of the Mitchelville Preservation Project and a member of the League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island/Bluffton. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree from Douglass College at Rutgers University, a master’s degree in elementary education from Syracuse University and a doctorate in educational administration from Teachers College Columbia University. She is corresponding secretary of the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Gwozdz is a Board-certified otolaryngologist, owner-manager of Palmetto Ear, Nose and Throat, P.A., on Hilton Head Island and co-founder and co-owner of the Outpatient Surgery Center on Hilton Head Island. In addition, she is the current president of the South Carolina Society of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and a member of the South Carolina Medical Association House of Delegates. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and an M.D. from Cornell University. Her sons attended Bluffton-area schools, and her volunteer activities have included school-related events, the Boy Scouts and the Hilton Head Youth Orchestra.
Photo caption: Front row, from left, Vice Chair Earl Campbell, Chair Patricia Felton-Montgomery and Secretary Geri Kinton. Second row, from left, JoAnn Orischak, Bill Payne, David Striebinger, Joseph Dunkle, Mary Cordray, Evva Anderson and Christina Gwozdz.