OUR LEADERSHIP

Steve Ware

Founder/CEO

Steve Ware founded River’s Edge Retreat in 2010.  He is the CEO of AA Holding Co, LLC.  He is the past president of Ware House of Cars, Inc.  Ware We Customize, LLC, CSI Investments and Caliente Clothing Stores. He has been a partner in Young Development Group, Dynamic Properties, LLC and Carolina Mortgage Group.  Presently he is the managing partner in PAAK Jr.  He is the proud father of 4 daughters and 1 son. 

Tara Butler

Vice Chairwoman

Tara is currently the Provider Relations Representative at Palmetto GBA. She has been actively involved in River's Edge Retreat and is currently serving as the Vice Chairwoman of the Board of Directors.  Tara has a passion for the mission of the Retreat and believes in the service it renders to homeless and disadvantaged children.  She is active in her community and her church.  She is a busy mom of sons who keep her going. 

George Hazin

Secretary

George is a Graduate of Emmanuel College and Oklahoma City Southwestern College. He has served as an Evangelist, Bible College teacher, and Pastor. He has worked for the State of South Carolina for the past 25 years. He is currently employed as a Program Manager at the South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority.

Jim Petty

Treasurer

Jim is currently serving as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for River's Edge Retreat. Experienced Professional Sales Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the Automotive, Real Estate and oil & energy industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Sales, Foreclosures and Management. Strong sales and management background.  He is working as a Professional Consultant at Quality Chrysler-Doge-Ram in Greenwood, SC.

Fred Kennedy

Fredrick Kennedy, has been married for 40 years to Jan Kennedy and is the father of 3 girls. He graduated from Georgia Southern, and then received his law degree from Atlanta Law School. Frederick has served as an attorney in North Augusta for 40 years.

Kathy Ware

Kathy is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. She captained a coed cheerleading squad that finished 4th in the nation. She currently teaches first grade at Harbison West Elementary school where she was awarded rookie teacher of the year in 2008.

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 ADVISORY BOARD

Sonya Alewine                Victoria Halydier      Jeffrey Wheeler             

Chris Anderson               Mildred Harris          Curtis Wilson

Mark Burt                       Jim Hatchell             Chris Wooten

Tara Butler                      Al Haynes                Jadda Wylie                                        

Tim Christiansen             Kim Pipkin               Crystal Baker

Rhyno Coetsee               Jerry Ott

Cindy Curtis                   Robert Spafford

Michael DiMaria             Marlene Spurgin

Brad Giles                      Jesse Stone

Misty Goldiner               Bryon Thomas

Mike Gula                      Cindy Touma

Andy Hall                       Raymond Washington