Good Friends of the Lowcountry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is governed by a Board of Directors.
Administrative and operating functions are managed by the Board of Directors. Distributions of funds for financial assistance are managed by the Distribution Coordinator. All donations to Good Friends of the Lowcountry are tax deductible.
Way Way Allen
Way Way Allen
Way Way is an artist with The Charleston Artist Collective and has been involved with Good Friends of the Lowcountry for the last four years. She has enjoyed being a part of such an active group of ladies lending a helping hand to women and their families here in our community. She is a wife and mother to two young boys.
Evelyn is an original founder of Good Friends of the Lowcountry. She started this wonderful organization in 2015 and has worked to grow Good Friends since the beginning. After many years in both the Atlanta and DC areas, Evelyn moved to Charleston in 2013. Evelyn worked in the framing industry and is also an accomplished art dealer. She continues to elevate Good Friends all while volunteering with other organizations in the Lowcountry.
Leslie grew up in Birmingham, AL and attended the University of Alabama, after graduation she moved to Charleston. She and her husband Bowen live on James Island with their three young boys and two dogs. Her children attend school at Charleston Day and First Scots where they are church members. Besides being actively involved in Charleston Day and First Scots she serves on the board of Good Friends of the Lowcountry and has been involved with numerous committees at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Leslie enjoys being involved in these great organizations that help so many people in our community. When not with her family you will find Leslie playing tennis, gardening, or at pilates.of the Lowcountry. Leslie enjoys being involved in these great organizations that help so many people in our community. When not with her family you will find Leslie playing tennis, gardening, or at pilates.
Margaret is married with three children. She graduated from UNC– Chapel Hill in 1986. She went on to get her Interior Design degree from the American College of Applied Arts in Atlanta and practiced commercial and residential design. She has enjoyed being on boards and committees over the years that support education and promote opportunity. Before moving to Charleston 11 years ago, she was a long time member of Good Friends Charlotte and is now thankful to have the opportunity to be a Good Friend in the Lowcountry.
Janet moved from NYC to Charleston 14 years ago. She is a designer with a focus on jewelry. Her initial introduction to Good Friends was at their first luncheon at The Library Society, 5 years ago. She was extremely moved by the event and especially by the speakers. Janet is passionate about this wonderful organization and very touched to be on the board.
Jennings was immediately drawn to the Good Friends of the Lowcountry after attending the inaugural luncheon and each one thereafter. She loves the niche of friends and how they can help women with immediate needs. Following careers in graphics and pharmaceutical sales, over the last 10 years. Jennings has crafted, operated and owned her own photography business, Jennings King Photography. She concentrates her creativity, drive, organizational skills and personal attention on weddings and family photography. A graduate of Clemson University, she enjoys football games, golf with son Miller and husband Brennen, and gardening. One who values longtime friends from all aspects of her life, Jennings admires friends coming together for pleasure and a purpose of service.
Claire grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and attended the University of Georgia. She is an interior designer and moved to Charleston in 2014. Claire is an original member of Good Friends and has served on the board or as the luncheon chair since it's inception! She is married with two sons. Claire enjoys travel, knitting, architecture and living the gluten free lifestyle!
Eleanor grew up in Oklahoma City and attended the University of Georgia. Having started her career in New York City, she moved to Charleston in 2020 with her husband, Peter. She works as a Senior Account Manager for Digital Ignite, a digital marketing agency based here in Charleston. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, going to the beach, and walking her corgi, Artie. She is delighted to be part of the Charleston community and the Good Friends organization.
Cindy spent much of her adult life in Connecticut and Virginia where she was active in numerous non-profit boards. She graduated from Vanderbilt University and the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Graduate School of Business.
In 2015, she and her husband Jim moved to Charleston and are delighted to be a part of this community. Cindy is involved with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, integrative health, contemplative practices and is excited to be associated with Good Friends of the Lowcountry.
“I am particularly grateful to be able to focus on women in our community who need a “hand up.” Good Friends of the Lowcountry is a great organization serving a valuable need in Charleston and I am honored to be a part of its story.”
Lindsay Bissell Marko
Lindsay Bissell Marko
Lindsay is Co-Founder of A Signature Welcome. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business and New York City's Parsons the New School for Design. She is a former Terry Young Alumni board member and has served on the board and as the luncheon co-chair of Good Friends of the Lowcountry for two years. In her spare time she enjoys discussing the Enneagram, taking reformer pilates classes, and traveling around the world with her husband and son.
Teeny is the Southeast Brand Ambassador for Loro Piana Interiors. She blends her interior design degree with a passion for photography in her office and retail space at Studio Shoppe in Old Village Mt. Pleasant. Teeny lives downtown with her husband, Trey, and French Bulldog, Scooter. They are very excited about their baby boy on the way in December!
Meg grew up in North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She moved to Charleston in 2013 with her husband, Jordan. Meg and Jordan have three young children and two dogs. She enjoys tennis, yoga and travel. Much of her time is spent on family and supporting the Charleston and Kiawah Island communities. Meg is a co-founder of Good Friends of the Lowcountry. She previously served on the board of the Charleston Animal Society and currently serves on the Gibbes Museum Society 1858 board. Meg also helps serve the Children's Museum of Charleston.
Cat grew up in the Midwest and made her way south to attend the College of Charleston. After starting her career in public relations in Chicago, she moved back to Charleston in 2015 to partner with her good friend, Annie Byrd Hamnett, at ByrdHouse PR. Since then, ByrdHouse has grown to be a premiere hospitality public relations and marketing firm in the Lowcountry. While food is her main obsession (when she’s not talking about it, she’s cooking it!), Cat is equally as passionate about giving back to the local community. She’s served as co-chair of Spoleto SCENE and currently serves on boards at the Gibbes Museum of Art; March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction; College of Charleston’s Communication Advisory Board and Martin Scholars Program; American Cancer Society’s Shuck Cancer; and Lowcounty Local First.
Lesa is very happy to be serving on the board of Good Friends of the Lowcountry. She first learned of Good Friends in Charlotte, North Carolina where she lived for almost 20 years. It was there that she learned of the important mission of GF and how this amazing, life changing organization can make a meaningful difference in our community. GF has been life changing not only for the individuals we serve, but for the members of Good Friends. By hearing the touching stories from our speakers and learning about the lives who have been helped we all see what a blessing Good Friends is for our community. Lesa is so glad to be back in the Lowcountry again and to continue her involvement with Good Friends! Lesa loves the outdoors and enjoys outdoor pursuits with her family and dogs. Decorating, reading and traveling (especially to visit her children) are her favorite hobbies. She is a representative for Rungolee and Ed•it, both women’s clothing lines.