Officers and Board Members:
President: Lee Higdon
Vice President: Craig Hanson
Treasurer: Calhoun Witham
Secretary: Carl Wise
Sebastian von Marschall
This committee’s mission is to help preserve architectural integrity and quality of life in our historic district. The Committee reviews applications to the Board of Architectural Review and Board of Zoning Appeals and provides neighborhood input to those Boards in certain instances. In addition, the Committee reviews zoning, planning and ordinance amendments considered by the Planning Commission and offers input. The Committee endeavors to consult with preservation organizations as well as neighbors of affected properties in formulating input to the City’s governing bodies.
Therese Smythe (Chair)
The Committee focuses on the quality of City services provided in the neighborhood, street and sidewalk conditions, traffic impacts and parking. It monitors events and developments that impact City services, streets, traffic and parking and recommends modifications to the City to improve conditions for residents.
Susan Rosen (Chair)
This committee’s mission is to convey information to CNA members about issues and developments affecting our neighborhood, including information concerning actions proposed by the City. Information is conveyed through CNA’s website, Facebook page and emails to members. The committee also assists with preparing messages for external constituents such as the press. Working with the Membership Committee, the Communications Committee helps to enhance the understanding of CNA’s role in the neighborhood and the benefits of joining CNA.
JoAnn Dobres (Chair)
Crime and Safety:
Working with the Charleston Police Department and CNA residents, this committee strives to maintain the environment of safety and security in the Charlestowne Neighborhood. Committee members regularly communicate with the Police Department and Tourism Enforcement Officers to share concerns and receive information about incidents. The committee also attends meetings with the Police Department and educates neighbors on best safety practices.
Gil Kerlikowske (Chair)
The committee seeks to identify and engage potential new members, as well as promote involvement by existing members. The size and breadth of CNA’s membership throughout Charlestowne promotes CNA’s ability to advocate with the City on behalf of our neighborhood. Membership dues support the costs associated with communications, meetings and routine accounting and filing costs for nonprofit entities.
Lee Tawes and JoAnn Dobres (Co-Chairs)
This committee cultivates and recruits new Board members and works with the Board to nominate officers for the coming year.
Craig Hanson (Chair)
Charlestowne is significantly affected by tourism and special events, including horse carriages, tour buses, walking tours, cruise ship-related traffic, vehicular traffic, parking, pedicabs, rental bikes, parades and foot race routes. This Committee monitors the impacts and endeavors to advocate for appropriate tourism management and regulations to preserve livability and quality of life for neighborhood residents.
Bill Brenizer (Chair)
The CNA Board, with your input, has identified the following issues as 2023 priorities: Flooding & Drainage (focus areas include the Army Corps proposals, the Low Battery project and Calhoun-West), Crime & Safety (focus on police responsiveness and Securitas patrols), and Tourism & Livability (including all tourism impacts and issues such as noise pollution.) The CNA, through its other committees, remains active on Cruise Ships, Short-Term Rentals, City Services (parking, traffic) and preservation and development.