Who We Are
Friends of Dorchester County Parks is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization dedicated to improving quality of life in our communities through supporting countywide park and recreation initiatives. We believe our county parks system is a tangible reflection of our quality of life.
Our Mission is to improve the quality of life in our community by supporting county wide efforts to enhance diverse public park and recreation opportunities.
Friends of Dorchester County Parks supports the goals and objectives of our partner, Dorchester County Parks and Recreation Department.
What We Do
The Friends group seeks to support county park development and enhancement efforts through fundraising, advocacy, and facilitating volunteer service projects. We hold fundraising events, seek corporate and private gifts, and work to match enthusiastic volunteers with meaningful projects that enhance recreation opportunities throughout Dorchester County. If you share our vision for a robust, connected park system in Dorchester County, show your support through becoming a Park Friend today!
Board of Directors
Mike Montei – Chairman
Mike traveled the world as a military brat, graduating from high school in Seoul, Korea and four years later from The Citadel with a BS in Business Administration in 1987, where he met his wife Jane. He is the Business Development Manager for Wells Fargo Dealer Services in Charleston. Jane retired after nearly 30 years as an educator and they have called Summerville home since 1988. Mike and Jane are all about their family, which includes daughters Sarah and Allison, Allison’s husband Matt, and their daughter (and slightly spoiled granddaughter) Emma Grace. Mike serves as a board member for Dorchester Habitat for Humanity, the Dorchester County Parks and Recreation Commission, and in 2009 with the help of the Ashley Ridge High School National Honor Society created Rosebrock Park.
Joseph Debney – Vice Chairman
Growing up on a large farm in the Pee Dee, Joe came to understand the need for conservation and recreational opportunities at an early age. Joe moved to the Lowcountry to attend Charleston Southern University and met his wife Jana. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Charleston Southern University. He is also the Executive Director of the Charleston County Board of Elections and Registration.
Joe and Jana have three children and live in the Summerville area. They frequent state and national parks on a regular basis, backpack, and work to cultivate a love of the outdoors in their children.
Lindsey Culley – Secretary/Treasurer
Lindsey is a native of West Columbia and a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Tourism Management with an emphasis in Meeting and Event Planning. She serves as the Community Development and Marketing Manager for Dorchester County Economic Development. With a deep love for the outdoors, running and fitness, hunting and fishing, and spending time with her dogs, Lindsey always finds a way to choose being outside over almost any indoor activity. Lindsey resides in Summerville and is currently pursuing her Master of Public Administration degree through Clemson University. Lindsey also serves on the Summerville Tourism Council and the American Marketing Association- Charleston Chapter.
Born and raised in Summerville, Steven graduated from Summerville High. He went on to play baseball and graduate from Clemson University. After Clemson, Steven went on to play 9 years of professional baseball with 5 different organizations. He lives in Summerville now with his wife Lindsay and two girls Molly and Campbell. Steven currently is the General Manager of NW White, a trucking company located in North Charleston. He enjoys hunting and fishing every chance he gets. Steven is also involved with helping many local baseball players in chasing their dreams.
A Lyman, SC, native, Kathy holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Columbia College and a M.Ed from USC, where she later returned to earn her Juris Doctorate from the USC School of Law. She currently serves as President of The Randall Group, a government and public affairs consulting company that specializes in crisis communications and legislative strategy. Kathy is very active in Summerville organizations such as the YMCA Board and Rotary Club. Her love for walking and finding new trails has led her to join Friends of Dorchester County Parks. That passion stems from her father who took her on many hikes and taught her how magical this world is if you only take the time to explore. Kathy is married to Bob Randall, a local dentist and has a daughter, Audie Randall.
Shannon was born and raised in the city of Tulsa, OK where parks were a way of life. They provided trails for walking, running, and biking; activities for families; shelters for events; beautiful green space; and access to nature. Since marrying her husband Josh, a wildlife biologist, Shannon has grown to love the outdoors and appreciates the need for providing outdoor recreational opportunities for families in our community.
Shannon and Josh moved to South Carolina 20 years ago and have enjoyed raising their two children, Caroline and Brandon, in Summerville. Shannon graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Journalism & Broadcasting and Public Relations and has worked/volunteered for the past 18 years in fundraising and development. She currently serves as chair of the Dorchester Two Educational Foundation.