The SGBD Charleston Board of Directors
Christyn Dunning - Chapter President
Christyn Dunning is an Interior architect and designer based in Charleston, SC. As the proud owner of The Guest House Studio, I strongly believe that the spaces we inhabit are not just buildings we have placed our “stuff” in, but rather they are a personal testimony to who we are and how we want to live. The home is where we celebrate life’s most precious moments and seek shelter for its worst. Therefore, we strive to not only create thoughtful and functional spaces but also ones that are uniquely crafted for those who inhabit it.
A little over a year ago I sat in a church pew listening to people give testimonies about my grandfather who had recently passed. He was a man that selflessly gave his time, his money, and the shirt off of his back if you let him. His life was a life well lived and I was raised to believe that giving and serving was the only way to live. Since then I have been looking for an organization that would allow me to utilize my skills and experiences in design to further better someone who really needed it. That's when I found Savvy Giving by Design on Instagram and instantly fell in love!
Having once been in a wheelchair and experiencing first hand how the space you inhabit can greatly affect your mental health and your healing, I am so thrilled to be able to transform not only a recipients room but also their state of mind! I want their spaces to be functional and catered to their medical needs but also so uniquely them that there is no denying whose room it is!"
Susan Matthews - Chapter Secretary
I'm Susan Matthews, owner of The Matthews Group and a REALTOR® with Carolina One. After founding a political action committee that advocated on behalf of children in Pennsylvania, I'd been looking for a way to make a difference in kids' lives here in Charleston. Also, my daughter underwent major surgery during high school and spent a month confined to bed. We received so much love and support from others and I'm happy for the opportunity to pay it forward.
Margaret Wright - Chapter Board Member
I'm Margaret Wright, and I'm an Interior Photographer with a passion for design. I couldn't be more excited to be part of an organization that gives back to our community through just that--thoughtful design and quality of life improvements for those who need it most. I'm privileged to be able to share these stories of hope, perseverance, and beauty.
Elizabeth (Beth) Russell - Chapter Treasurer
Beth and her husband of 31 years, Chris are Mt. Pleasant residents. She has three children Cody, Morgan, and Maddie, and two rescue dogs Savana and Lucy. She's attended the University of Michigan and has been in the financial services industry for 20 years. Currently, she is a Business Development Manager at JP Morgan Chase working with small to medium size companies helping them achieve their financial goals. Beth was immediately drawn to the idea of Savvy Giving by Design as soon as she learned about it as the mission and goals of the organization align perfectly with her compassion for children. As a mother, she knows there is nothing more important that the safety, health and happiness of children. Knowing how difficult it would be to see any child suffering and ill, the opportunity to play a part in bringing them comfort and happiness during an extremely hard time will be rewarding. The ability to make a difference in a child's life and their families is a gift like no other.