I was born and raised in Haddonfield, New Jersey, a small town outside of Philadelphia. As the youngest of four, I had developed a sense of humor and a strong sense of competition, which probably helped prepare me for my current job. Upon graduating from Dickinson College, I moved to Hilton Head determined that I wanted to carve out my own identity. My arrival in 1974 was not seamless.
Hired to work for Sea Pines, I arrived only to find the man that had hired me had been released in the 70’s lay off’s from Sea Pines. My teaching certificate was not reciprocal in two states, and South Carolina was one of them so I needed to scramble for a job. I worked as a receptionist for an insurance company and then spent 7 years teaching school at a local private academy. Making an exorbitant $5,000 a year, I was forced to look for a new career and ended up as a property manager. Property management is what I have done ever since including working with Shipyard since the 1980’s.
I am married to David Warren, who is in advertising, and we have have one son, David Jr., who is a consultant for Deloitte. As a family we love sports, family gatherings and a good laugh. My husband says I am a division one worrier and have kept every piece of paper that ever crossed my desk. So stop in sometime, you might be able to see me behind the stack of files. My goals are to make Shipyard a premier community and to take time to stop and smell the roses along the way.
Meredith Elmore Simmons
I am from Savannah, but lived many of my formative years in New Brunswick, NJ. I am a graduate of Bennett College, in Greensboro, NC where I majored in English and Business Administration. I worked in Human Resources at Savannah State University right after graduation and also began work on my MBA at Georgia Southern University. Just shy of a year later, I came to work here at Shipyard where I have recently celebrated 20 years. Currently, I am working on the final phase of my PhD.
My son (Noah) and I live in Pooler, GA. Football is BIG in our house. My son has played in a local league since he was four, so we really enjoy being “part of a team”. We are also huge Cowboys and Georgia Bulldogs Fans. We enjoy traveling to just about anywhere, and we are currently planning several college tours for the coming months. I am an avid reader and I journal daily. I truly enjoy learning whatever I can about different places, cultures and religions. I love a good debate, especially when it comes to politics and current events. I am a licensed Realtor, but plan to stay inactive for the time being. Being active in my community is very important to me, so I volunteer through my Junior League and local sorority chapters. I also serve as President of my local college alumnae association. In short, I have a very busy life but I try to enjoy every single minute of it.
Originally from Chicago, I joined the United States Marine Corps and enjoyed being stationed in various locations to include Okinawa, Japan and Southern California. During my career, I married and had three beautiful daughters. Following 26 years of service to our country and retiring as a Master Sergeant, I relocated to the Beaufort County area. After enjoying one year of retirement, I found that he was not ready to slow down completely and decided to pursue another career. I joined the Shipyard Security team in the fall of 2012. In my spare time, which I never seem to have enough of, I enjoys coaching girls’ basketball and playing golf.