Advisory Council

The Lowcountry Autism Foundation Advisory Council is a group of individuals who have joined together to advise the LAF Board of Directors and Staff to help maximize the foundation’s efforts to achieve it’s mission.

We are currently accepting applications for our 2018 Board of Directors and Advisory Council.  

Elizabeth L. Boineau

Elizabeth L. Boineau, founder and owner of E. Boineau & Company, based in Charleston, S.C., is a 34-year veteran of the marketing communications and public relations industry. She offers extensive senior management experience in the marketing communications field, with an emphasis on public relations, media strategy and crisis communications for professional service firms, tourism/hospitality and destination entities. Clients include companies, cities, towns, chambers of commerce and non–profits. Over the years, Elizabeth has served in leadership positions on many boards and committees and has been recognized for excellence by industry peers. She was awarded the American Advertising Federation’s Annual Silver Medal Award in February 2010 for industry leadership and community involvement. 

For many years, she authored a monthly marketing column for the Charleston and Columbia Regional Business Journals. She is past president of the Advertising Federation of Charleston, and Charleston Stage Company. She previously served as a trustee member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and as board member of Charleston Trident Chamber of Commerce. She has served for several years on board and now on the Ambassador’s Council of the BB&T Wine & Food Festival, and on the marketing advisory committee of the Coastal Community Foundation. Elizabeth graduated from Randolph–Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Va., with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Jane Charles, MD

Dr. Jane Charles is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.

Dr. Charles is an active clinician, researcher, and educator. Her areas of specialization are in the fields of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), intellectual disabilities, and genetic disorders. She provides developmental follow up and medication management for comorbid behavioral disorders for children into adulthood. 

Dr. Charles has received research funding as the principal investigator, or co-Investigator for a variety of grants exploring issues related to developmental disabilities including investigating the prevalence of ASD and Fragile X as part of the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network. 

Catherine C. Bradley, Ph.D.  

Dr. Bradley received a B.A. in Psychology and Child Development from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina.  She completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) with a focus on autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  She is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at MUSC.  Dr. Bradley’s clinical interests include assessment and diagnosis of ASD and other developmental disabilities and she provides supervision for psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows in the Autism Spectrum Disorders clinic.  Dr. Bradley’s research interests focus on the prevalence and assessment of ASD, including the transition from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5, and issues facing individuals with ASD as they transition into adulthood.    

Nancy Appel

Nancy Appel joined the Coastal Conservation League in July 2014. A Minnesota native with more than 15 years of fundraising experience, Nancy previously worked as the director of philanthropy at The Trust for Public Land and director of development at the Hazelden Foundation and at several nonprofit organizations in Baltimore, Maryland. Nancy is a certified fund raising executive (CFRE) and is passionate about helping people give joyously. Nancy and her husband live in Mount Pleasant where she enjoys running, going to the beach, gardening, bird watching, reading and playing with her three cats.

Brandon Clark

Brandon is the founder of Progressive Behavior Consulting LLC in Bluffton, South Carolina. Brandon is a board certified behavior analyst who treats children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. He graduated with a bachelors degree from Florida State University, and earned his masters degree in applied behavior analysis from Ball State University. In addition to the advisory council, Brandon is also an author of the book, "Transcend, walking in the shoes of a behavior analyst," to be released in 2017, and participates in the human rights committee in Beaufort county. He is passionate about rehabilitating children with special needs and raising autism awareness. Brandon hopes to use his seven years of experience in the field of behavior analysis to help Lowcountry Autism Foundation reach their goals. 

Sophia Fakoury Townes

         Sophia Fakoury Townes is a native South Carolinian, educator and autism mom.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in French Studies from the College of Charleston. On an extension program in Paris, France,  Sophia attended the Sorbonne, where she earned her Master’s Degree in French Civilization from Middlebury College. Sophia has been an educator of the French language in the Bluffton/Hilton Head area since 2000.  She and her husband, Dr. George Townes, live in Bluffton with their three sons.

    Sophia was introduced to LAF in October of 2014, after her three- year-old son, Jack, received his autism diagnosis from MUSC.  Sophia remembers vividly the emotional drive back home to Bluffton, with Jack asleep in his car seat.  The following day, she reached out to Lowcountry Autism Foundation for support and guidance.  The Townes family is now entering the third year of their “journey” through autism.  Along with her husband, Sophia has taken on a role of parent support in their hometown.  She enjoys reaching out to families whom have recently received an autism diagnosis.  It is this first year that is the most stressful for these families—digesting the diagnosis while trying to organize a plan of care for their child.  Sophia decided to join the advisory council because she is passionate in promoting autism advocacy, awareness and support.  Lowcountry Autism Foundation is truly one of the only support organizations in our area.  Together with LAF, Sophia believes that the Lowcountry can better serve those affected by autism and their families. She brings the everyday reality of autism to the LAF advisory board.     

In addition to supporting LAF, the Townes family are very involved in the Els for Autism Foundation.  Their team, “The Jack Pack,” has placed in the top 20 fundraising teams for the past two years.