Meet the Candidates!
There are four open seats on this year’s ballot. Here is a brief introduction of the four candidates. Election Day is Tuesday, November 7 at GMFSA Headquarters. We will have a Drop In on November 2, 6:30-7:30 at GMFSA Headquarters. The Community is invited to attend.
WILLIAM “BILL” ATKINS
Bill was born on a farm in Middle Tennessee, but moved to Michigan at age thirteen. Before moving to South Carolina in 2010, he also lived in Maryland, Connecticut and Georgia.
Before his thirty-five-year career as a management consultant with Deloitte, Bill held positions from systems programmer to technology director. His work in management consulting involved clients in both the public and private sectors. In addition to working with clients he also held various management positions, including leader of the Global Technology Practice, managing director for South America and the southern region of the United States, and Chairman of their subsidiary technology companies located in the United States, Canada and Japan. After a successful career, Bill retired in 2001.
Bill and his wife, Marion, have been married almost 50 years. They have five children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
After purchasing their home on Glassy Mountain in early 2009, they were in the process of having some remodeling work completed when fire threatened their home. The Glassy Mountain Fire Department responded to the call, and after a six-hour battle in very windy conditions, the firefighters were successful in saving most of their home. In November 2010, Bill joined their ranks as a volunteer and served a little over a year.
Bill is a volunteer counselor with SCORE, an organization that helps people start businesses or improve existing businesses. He also is the President of the Glassy Mountain Home Owners Association.
Bill is now seeking a new way to serve the community and department as commissioner. “I would appreciate (the citizens) giving me that opportunity – by voting for me.”
RICHARD E. BAKER
Richard earned his BA degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1961. Upon leaving University, he joined A National Public Accounting firm which was a predecessor to PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He received his certification as A Certified Public Accountant in 1961. In 1966 he joined MCA, INC. as an Internal Auditor. MCA was a Fortune 500 Company in the Entertainment Industry. It owned and operated Universal Pictures, MCA Television, MCA Music & Records, and Theme Parks. He was elected Corporate Controller in 1974 and Vice President/Chief Financial Officer in 1990. Richard retired in 1997.
In addition to his direct responsibilities at MCA, he served as a Trustee for the Pension, Health and Welfare plans for the Screen Actors Guild and for the Motion Picture Industry. He was elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science in 1983. He served as a trustee for the Providence St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation for twelve years, and for the last six years served as Chair of the Foundation. Richard also served for 23 years as a Trustee for Research to Prevent Blindness Foundation(RPB) which funds basic research in Ophthalmology departments at Universities across the United States. The last eight years he served as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committees. From 2014-2017 he has served as a Commissioner and Treasurer of the Glassy Mountain Fire Service Area (GMFSA).
Richard and his wife of 44 years, Johanna, relocated from Los Angeles to South Carolina in 2006. They currently reside at the Cliffs at Mountain Park. They were avid skiers for many years, but now their recreation is focused on playing golf and adventure travel.
Richard is currently running for a second term as a GMFSA Commissioner. He believes his career as a financial officer and manager provides him with the skills to work with other Commissioners and GMFSA leadership to continue to provide a high level of service to the GMFSA.
RICHARD “DICK” DUSA
Richard has lived in Travelers Rest for the past twelve years and prefers his nickname, Dick. He and Carla, his wife of 49 years, settled here after living in Hilton Head for a number of years.
Dick holds an MBA and spent 37 years of his career with Parker Hannifin Corporation, Cleveland, OH. With 43 years of Manufacturing Management experience, his career led Dick and his family to Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida, and South Carolina. During his career, he spent many years in purchasing and production control. He then held a variety of Managerial Positions. During the fourteen years prior to his retirement, he served as General Manager of several divisions. Dick retired in 2003.
Dick has always found time to use his talents to serve on a variety of Committees and Boards in the public sector. He has served on numerous HOA Committees. In 2012, Dick was elected to serve as commissioner for the Glassy Mountain Fire Service Area. During his tenure, he served as Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair as well as serving on various other committees.
Dick and Carla enjoy a very active retirement. They enjoy golfing, gardening, traveling, spending time with their son and his family, and many other social activities.
ANDREA L. MARTIN
Andrea L. Martin has been a resident of South Carolina for five years. She moved to Travelers Rest in 2012, with her husband and five dogs, from St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands. Andrea and Steve had been residents of the Virgin Islands for over 33 years. They choose the Upstate as the place where they wanted to spend their retirement years.
However, Andrea is not quite retired. She continues to travel to and from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for her work as a consultant and contract employee. Currently she serves as the Executive Director of the non-profit organization, Caribbean Cable and Telecommunications Association, and provides tax accounting for the firm BDO USVI.
Since graduating from the University of Delaware in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in communications, Andrea has worked primarily in the communications and management fields. She served as the Executive Officer of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority; President and General Manager of St. Thomas-St. John Cable TV; and Caribbean General Manager of Cable Services for Innovative Communications. She formed her own small business, Cloudwalk Services, in 2002. Her clients have included Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. of the Virgin Islands (2007-2016); St. Thomas Chamber of Commerce; Southland Gaming; Thatch Cay LLC; Coral World and others.
Andrea has also been extremely active in charitable and community organizations. She served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of St. Thomas for 20 years, and during that time she held the positions of President and Campaign Chair. In honor of her contributions, she was awarded the Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award from the United Way of America in 1987, which was presented by President Gerald Ford. She also served as a Director and President of the Humane Society of St. Thomas for a number of years. Currently she holds the position of Secretary of the Garrenterra Property Owners Association.
Andrea is very happy to be living in the Upstate and wants to offer her organizational and management skills to the community. She believes that serving the Glassy Mountain Fire Department would be a way to serve a great organization that provides invaluable services to the area. And she has always had a secret desire to ride on a fire truck!