Former IBM Executive
Beautiful Gate Center Board Member since January 2020. Shirley is an accomplished business professional with a keen interest in supporting the arts community, with a special emphasis on children’s programs, including those of differing abilities.
Her IBM 23-year management career was stellar in that she enjoyed every moment. As a Senior Program Manager, she managed Software Developers designing and bringing to market advanced technology. Throughout her career, Shirley developed creative approaches to resolving process inefficiencies, with a high point of developing the Business Case for bringing to market the IBM Fellow Touch Technology. She was recognized for her accomplishment and assigned to oversee the Software Development Division incorporation of the Touch Technology into the OS2 Operating system and ensuring the Hardware Division in Japan was compatible.
Prior to retirement, as Manassas Choral Society President she noted conflicts with other organizations regarding scheduling. Shirley founded the Cultural Arts Federation in Manassas, Va. After retirement, she founded the Gig Harbor Key Peninsula Cultural Arts Commission in WA state. These volunteer efforts brought the business community millions in business profits, but more importantly the overall community benefitted culturally from the various programs, e.g., Croatian Vella Luka Dancers, her Four Seasons program consisting of Spring Sing (Bands and Singers), Summer Dance (Cultural Dances), Autumn Sounds (Various Country instruments and their history) and Winter Visuals (arts of all mediums) and hundreds of community programs brought thousands of tourists and Hotel-Motel Tax income to the government coffers.
Retirement gave Shirley the opportunity to develop creative programs for her community benefiting artists, children and adults. As a strong leader with excellent people skills, Shirley developed volunteer teams and together brought multitudes of programs to fruition. Her successes were built on a foundation and proven record of success and a determination to encourage her community to have access to the arts for all. Shirley has lived in Summerville SC since 2008.
In 2018, she became a Summerville Noon Rotary Club member and was asked to be Secretary 2019-2020, 2020-2021 Vice President, and 2021-2022 President for over 103 membe3rs. This opportunity has provided a multitude of business, government civic and community contacts which assist her endeavor to build a Cultural Arts Center which will provide, in addition to the norm, art-based programs for children and adults of differing abilities
Shirley has extensive college education, first attending Community College. IBM sponsored her college education to meet IBM position requirements. She attended Princeton University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, George Washington, and Texas Western for IBM business related courses and certification.
Shirley is the widow of Anthony A. Berardo, entrepreneur. Her two sons are her joy. Arthur J. Kenney Jr., retired Army Chief Warrant 5 retired Helicopter Maintenance Test Pilot and Brigade Aviation Commander in Clarksville, TN. He is currently a Helicopter Pilot for a large Oil Company. John W. Kenney, retired Coast Guard Lieutenant, now schedules Soccer for a South Carolina Region. Shirley has four grandchildren – Grandson graduated the Coast Guard Academy, Granddaughters, one I the Air Force the other a nurse, and youngest grandson is a Citadel Junior. She now has four great grandchildren – three great granddaughters (2 years old) and one great grandson (1 year old) with another great grandson due in June 2020. To date she is blessed not to have a disabled family member. However, she has minimal insight into the plight of the caretaker as her husband Anthony was in hospice eight months and she is aware of the feeling of imprisonment, excessive stress, watching someone suffer and not being able to relieve their pain. Her heart is determined to provide for the lives of those affected with a sense of self and confidence through arts programming and give caretakers a peaceful respite.
Recently nominated and accepted into Marquis Who’sWho – Preeminent Publisher of Biographical Profiles Since 1898. Her biography will appear in national communications and 2021-member catalog. Shirley is a singer, published author and artist painting in both oil and watercolor, and enjoys crocheting afghans for family and non-profit fundraisers.
Beautiful Gate Center
Angela M. Muirhead was elected Chair, and Executive Director, of the Beautiful Gate Center in September, 2015. As an accomplished business professional, she presents a thirty year foundation and proven track record of achievements in business within the real estate, banking and legal industries. Her family recently moved to the Charleston area in the summer of 2014.
Angela was President and Co-Founder of Emerald Mortgagee Assistance Company, a private company providing support services to the secondary mortgage market for mortgage-backed securities sold on Wall Street and led the company to become a multi-million dollar company providing collateral supports to the largest banks, mortgage servicers and federal servicing agencies in the country. She sold the company 5 years later to a $6 billion dollar publicly traded company based in California. After the sale in 2000, she founded her second company, Paragon Property Services, a private Colorado real estate brokerage and consulting firm for clients in both the commercial and residential markets.
Director, Center for Behavior Analysis
Billy has been directly involved in service delivery to persons with
disabilities for over 20 years. He has practiced as a Board Certified
Behavior Analyst since 2000 and is an active member of The Association
for Behavior Analysis International and The Texas Association for
Behavior Analysis (TxABA). Following his tenure as President he assumed
the role of Annual Conference Coordinator and Chairman.
During his tenure as Executive Director of Behavioral Innovations, the company expanded it's operations to include seven service locations throughout Texas and it became widely regarded as an industry leader as a result of its services and efforts to work with insurance companies and families throughout the state of Texas. Billy is now the Director of the Clemson University Youth Learning Institute Center for Behavior Analysis where he is creating an online educational program in Behavior Analysis, an International Outreach program in Behavior Analysis, and working with multiple state organizations to improve the quality of services for those with Developmental Disabilities.
Assoc. Professor of Finance
School of Business Administration
Dr. Michael Barth is an Associate Professor of Finance in The Citadel’s School of Business Administration.
Prior to joining the faculty in 2007, he spent nine years in the Department of Finance and Quantitative Analysis at Georgia Southern University, including two years as the acting department chair. Before beginning his career as a college educator, he spent five years as a Senior Research Associate with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners where he was the primary staff specialist on risk-based capital issues. He has been a program director for the Associate in Underwriting program of the American Institute for Chartered Property-Casualty Underwriters/Insurance Information Institute and was a product manager with an auto insurance group for several years. He served nine years on active duty with the U.S. Army and another six years as a reservist.
He received his Ph.D. in Risk Management & Insurance from Georgia State University in 1993. He also holds the Chartered Property-Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) professional designation and the Associate in Underwriting (AU) professional designation.
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician Professor of Pediatrics
Medical University of South Carolina
Dr Jane Charles is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.
She is an active clinician, researcher, and educator. Her areas of specialization are in the fields of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), intellectual disabilities, and genetic disorders. She provides developmental follow up and medication management for comorbid behavioral disorders for children into adulthood.
Dr. Charles has received research funding as the principal investigator, or co-Investigator for a variety of grants exploring issues related to developmental disabilities including investigating the prevalence of ASD and Fragile X as part of the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.