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Land Trust Announces New Board Members

The St. Simons Land Trust welcomes the addition of four new board members for the term beginning May 2017.

 James "Greer" Brown is managing partner of Brown-Rose Wealth Management Group of Morgan Stanley. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of the South and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business in 2000. Locally, Brown serves as a trustee for the College of Coastal Georgia Foundation, Frederica Academy, the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association, Glynn Visual Arts, and as finance chair for Christ Church, Frederica. Brown now serves as the Land Trust's Musgrove Campaign Committee chairman, and returns to the Land Trust board for his third term. Brown and his wife, Laura, are active communicants of Christ Church, Frederica. They reside on St. Simons Island with their three children, Maidee, McKenzie and Joe.

Robert "Jay" Buchert, president of American Heritage Properties Inc., is a Cincinnati native who now splits his time among Kentucky, Naples, Fla., and St. Simons Island. Jay began his career in the homebuilding and construction industry as a laborer and carpenter helper during summer vacation in high school. In 1973, he started his own homebuilding business, becoming involved in numerous subdivision developments, single and multi-family homes, and thousands of commercial properties. For 24 years, he also owned a self-storage company with locations in three states. In 1992, Buchert served as president of the National Association of Homebuilders. He served presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush on the Small Business Administration's National Advisory Council and other commissions. He was director and chairman of the Fifth District Federal Home Loan Bank and on the board of the Ohio Housing Finance Agency. He and his wife, Linda, have four children and four grandchildren.

Deborah Blanchard Murphy, originally from North Haven, Conn., is a graduate of Pine Manor Junior College and has made a career of volunteer service in the places she has lived.  She was a member of the Junior League in New Haven, Conn., Washington, D.C., and St. Louis. As Miss Connecticut in 1973, she participated in various charitable and educational events across the state. Murphy has served in various roles for Taft School and the Archdiocese of St. Louis. After vacationing on St. Simons Island for 50 years, she and her husband, Peter, moved to the island from St. Louis in 2011. Locally, Murphy is involved with the Sea Island Gardening Group, the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia, and the Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia. Debbie and her husband have four children and ten grandchildren.

Thomas J. Regan Jr. was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from Penn State with a degree in chemical engineering in 1967. During his career, he worked for PPG Industries, Olin Corp., and Texas Gulf Inc., finishing with Potash Corp. as president of the Phosphate and Nitrogen divisions. Regan has served on several boards throughout his career in various towns, including local hospital and chamber of commerce boards. He supports Art for Art's Sake in Winston-Salem, N.C., and has been a contributor to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Regan moved to St. Simons Island in 2012 and spends some of his time in Pensacola, Fla., visiting his three children and grandchildren. Locally, Tom is a member of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society and is president of the King's Point Homeowners Association.

Frances McCrary continues to serve as chairman of the board. The board thanks retiring members for their service: Dave Fox, Lewis Glenn, Jennifer Leavy, and John Rogers.