Board Members 2022-02-04T14:49:06+00:00

Founded in 1998 by longtime island resident and family entertainer Gregg Russell and his wife Lindy, Hilton Head Heroes was born out of a desire to help very ill children, and their entire family, enjoy a vacation that would not be ordinarily possible.

With a strong Hilton Head Island Board of Directors made up of local business people and the support of several high profile Honorary Board members such as Corey Pavin of the PGA tour, Jim Nantz of CBS Sports, and former Wimbledon Champion Stan Smith, Hilton Head Heroes has been fortunate to receive donations and support from many individuals and corporations.

(top row from left to right: Gregg Russell, Nancy Conder, Rob Bender and Mark Hammond) (bottom row from left to right: Leila Nelson, Nancy Kelly, Lindy Russell, Marilyn Healy and Jan Raisch) (not pictured: Paul Griz and Elizabeth Millen)

Board of Directors 2021 – 2022

  • Rob Bender, Fundraising
  • Nancy Conder, Gift Certificate Books
  • Eileen Cooper, Host Coordinator
  • Paul Griz, Treasurer
  • Mark Hammond, Fundraising
  • Marilyn Healy, Host Families
  • Nancy Kelly, Hero House Tours
  • Elizabeth Millen, Publicity
  • Leila Nelson, Secretary
  • Jan Raisch, Host Families
  • Gregg Russell, Founder, 100 HEROES
  • Lindy Ellison Russell, Founder, Admissions

Honorary Board Members

  • Paul and Toni Azinger
    PGA Tour – Ryder Cup Captain
  • Jim and Courtney Nantz
    CBS Sports
  • Corey and Lisa Pavin
    PGA Senior Tour- US Open Winner
  • Stan and Margie Smith
    Tennis Pro/Wimbledon Champion
  • Chuck Strauch
    Hilton Head Island, S.C.
  • Jack and Jean Ward
    The Ward Family Foundation