I am from a very old South Carolina family. Originally from Spartanburg, I lived in Aiken then Pinehurst until my father, P.J. Boatwright, a South Carolina Hall of Fame golfer, was appointed Director of the United States Golf Association and we moved north.
All of my relatives were in Beaufort, Aiken, Spartanburg and IOP, so I spent every holiday here and all summer tagging along to my cousins' family forays to Pawleys.
I came south for college, earning my BA from The University of the South, Sewanee (YSR!) I made my career in communications and business strategy, particularly marketing. I have an excellent business background in management and innovation. My MA is from Columbia, then I decided to switch gears and become a licensed counselor, so, it was back to grad school at Rutgers and Kean University.
Along the way I raised two wonderful children, Blakely in her 4th year of a Ph.D program in School Psychology and Tom, a professional singer. My husband, Mike, has two great kids, Meredith, a Neuroscientist and Tom (yes, we have two Toms) who keeps climbing the ladder in the insurance business.
I moved to Charleston 6 years ago with my mother to bring her "home." All of my family lives here, both sides. Mom is 87 and a pistol. To my many hats I added caregiver to an elderly parent. I know many of you are stretched with elder care as well.
My husband, Mike, and I enjoy music and are often at concerts and venues like Awendaw Green. Both of us love outdoor activities, especially golf ( sadly I got my Mother's swing, not my Dad's), kayaking and going to the beach.
I am a major foodie and love eating around Charleston. I am a pretty good cook according to everyone who eats my food, especially my husband and my kids. My son comes to visit for my crab cakes.
During my years at Sewanee, I became an Episcopalian and have been active in Episcopal churches ever since. Currently, I am a member of Grace Church, which is an amazing community of faith.
Despite the "rushing rushing to get things done," life is great. I am looking forward to the new challenge of representing District 99 in the Statehouse. I will approach this new episode the same way I've led my life: trying my best to listen and solve problems and putting every ounce of my energy into this District and this state. It needs our attention.