ABOUT

 The Old Baldy Foundation is a non-profit organization established for the preservation of Old Baldy Lighthouse on Bald Head Island, NC and for the promotion of and education about the man-made histories of Smith Island.

Staff

Chris Webb
Executive Director

Travis John Gilbert
Educator and Collections Coordinator 

Chris Webb was raised in the Hudson Valley of New York.  She relocated to Bald Head Island by way of Lexington, KY to be closer to family living in Hampstead, NC.  Her love of the beach, sailing and waterfront living brought her to Bald Head Island as a full time resident in 1999. Chris has been very active contributing to the community of Bald Head Island.  She served on the Board of Directors of The Old Baldy Foundation, Inc. taking over as President from 2006 until 2016 when she was hired to become the Executive Director.

Travis Gilbert received a Bachelors of Arts in History from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. Travis shows his passion for history by serving on the Board of Directors at the Historic Wilmington Foundation, Southport Historical Society, and volunteering at Tryon Palace. When not visiting other historic sites, you might find Travis on the beach attempting (struggling) to catch a wave or watching the latest theatrical performance at Thalian Hall. 

Abby Overton

Communication and Development Coordinator

Jess Woodard

Director of Purchasing and Bookkeeper

Abby Overton joined the Foundation at the start of 2017 and enjoys being a core party of the team by bringing her marketing and event planning experience to help the mission of the Old Baldy Foundation. Abby earned a Bachelors of Science in Piano Performance and music history from West Chester University in 2012. She lives in Carolina Beach with her husband Justin and enjoys all the amenities of the coastal Carolina lifestyle! 

Jess Woodard joined Old Baldy Foundation in 2018.  She is a native of Asheville, North Carolina and moved to the coast to pursue her love with water and sailing.  She and her dog Fen, otherwise known as our Shop Dog live full-time on their sailboat.  She is passionate about making sure we carry a little something for everyone in our shop and is a dedicated steward of Old Baldy.

McCallie Givens

Gift Shop Associate 

McAllie Givens

Visitor Services and Collections Associate

McAllie Givens  was born and raised in Cartersville, Georgia. She holds a BA and MA in History with a concentration in Public History and joined the Old Baldy staff in May 2019. In her free time McAllie enjoys going to concerts and visiting historical places.

Board of Directors 

Jane Mago

   Retired Attorney

Anita Schnog

   The Stainless Corp.

Graham Mitchell

   W.B. Brawly

Doreen Fairbanks

   Professor Meredith College

Julie Showalter

   Jules Salty Grub and Island Pub 

Mark J Prak- President

   Brooks Pierce, LLP

Jim Henry- Vice President

   Discovery Land Company

Kim Gottshall- Secretary

   Retired Urban Planner

Christi Golder

   Brand Place

Randy Jones

   Director of Tourism and Public      Information Officer City of Southport

   

   

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