OHC Board of Directors

OHC leadership is drawn from our general membership.  Directors serve staggered 2-year terms.  

Elections occur in January.  For information about becoming a member of the board please contact us.


Kevin Robinson  President – Kevin Robinson is a graduate of Clemson University and currently works for Oconee County’s Delinquent Tax Office.  He is a lifelong resident of Oconee County.

Jonathan Fritz – Vice-President – Jon Fritz is a graduate of Clemson University and Landscape Designer with Bluestem Landscape Design LLC.  Jon has worked with the OHC on branding concepts, marketing materials, and exhibit design.

Melissa Higgs – Secretary – Melissa has been an English teacher in Oconee County for 10 years.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Government, and a Master’s degree in City & Regional Planning. Her experience as a planner allowed her to work with public relations, budgeting, grant writing, supervision, event planning, regulatory compliance, and historic preservation.

Patsy Earnhardt – Treasurer – Patsy Earnhardt is a resident of Salem.  She works for Duke Energy as Project Manager.


  • John Bodiford – John has over 30 years of experience at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, with 10 as Manager. He is a native of Walhalla and frequently offers educational programs about the natural history and unique ecology of Oconee County.
  • Andy Brooks is a native of Pickens County and graduate of Clemson University. He has worked with Michelin for 22 years, currently in Quality Assurance. Andy plays 5 instruments and has taught fiddle lessons as part of the OHC’s Young Appalachian Musicians/Evening Music Program since its beginning.
  • Paul Coker – Paul has been an Environmental Field Scientist for 12 years. He currently helps with Environmental Compliance at Johnson Controls in West Union.
  • Kevin Harbin is a lifelong resident of Oconee County and employee of Tugalo Gas.  Kevin restores and preserves antique farm equipment at Snow Creek Mills.
  • Dave LaVere earned his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Clemson University.  He has published several items related to the Cherokee Lower Towns.
  • Megan Shockley is a Professor of History at Clemson University and coordinates the Public History/Museum Studies undergraduate program.
  • Dennis Taylor – Dennis works as Clemson University archivist in the Special Collections Library.  He is author of Images of America: Rural Life in the Piedmont of South Carolina.
  • Betty Wallace is a long-time resident of Walhalla and a Charter member of the OHC Board of Directors.