To develop the highest quality affordable and workforce housing possible while enhancing the lives of our residents and improving the communities in which we develop through affordability, education and advocacy.

Since 1992, Humanities Foundation has made a significant impact in the communities we serve by developing over 2500 units of affordable and workforce housing.

Beyond serving as a non-profit developer of affordable housing, The Foundation has numerous resident services programs in place. Our ShelterNet program provides emergency financial relief that has helped over 40,000 individuals avoid eviction or loss of essential utility services since it was established in 1995.

The Foundation is also a dedicated advocate whose members serve on many local, state and national committees. In addition, we provide educational and health services to our housing residents as well as technical assistance to organizations and government entities.


Tracy T. Doran, President & Board Chair

Tracy has been a fundamental principal in all aspects of the Foundation since its creation in 1992. Her hands on experience allow her to oversee and achieve its vision, purpose, and objectives. Tracy was named 2013 Person of the Year of the Affordable Housing Coalition of SC and also served as VP and Public Policy Comm. Chair. She was Chairman of Mayor Riley's Council on Homelessness and Affordable Housing in the City of Charleston and currently is President of the Mayor's Commission on Homelessness and Affordable Housing. In March 2017, she was featured on the front page of Affordable Housing Finance magazine, and most recently awarded as the 2019 Homeless to Hope Honoree. Tracy has a nursing degree from MUSC and is a SC licensed Real Estate Broker.

Cheryl Ferraro, Vice President

Cheryl is a CPA with more than 25 years of experience in accounting and financial management. She globally manages all financial facets of the Humanities Foundation. Cheryl has a BS degree from the College of Charleston, serves as a board member and Treasurer of Humanities Foundation and the Charleston Redevelopment Corporation. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the South Carolina Association of CPAs.

Clark Mills, Director of Real Estate Investment

With Private Equity/Venture Capital experience, Clark brings an entrepreneurial perspective to the Humanities Foundation. He oversees the performance of company assets, monitors growth and profitability, and develops long term investment strategies. He received his MBA with Finance Concentration from the University of South Carolina, Darla Moore School of Business, and graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business. Clark also serves on the board of East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, as a business consultant, and the Mayor's Commission on Homelessness and Affordable Housing.

Julie Davis, Director of Business Operations

With a depth of knowledge in diverse business functions, communications, and real estate, Julie works with each department to ensure business is well-coordinated and company objectives are efficiently accomplished. She oversees all real estate closings and works closely with HF's legal team. She also leads the marketing, program development and resident services team. Previously, she worked in the legal field, commercial real estate brokerage and development for over 20 years. She received her MBA from Southern Wesleyan University and BA degree from Limestone College. Julie is licensed by the SC Real Estate Commission, is a certified paralegal and committee member of the Affordable Housing Coalition of SC.

Kirk Williams, Chief Financial Officer

Michael Meyer, Director of Construction

As a part of the development team, Michael oversees new construction and rehabilitation of the Foundation's real estate portfolio. Further, he assists his team in the financing process for all developments. Michael graduated from Clemson University and received a BS degree in Financial Management, with a Concentration in Real Estate Finance. He is a member of the Town of Mount Pleasant, SC Affordable Housing Committee and serves as a Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Charleston, SC.

Tracy Williams, Director of Human Resources

Tracy oversees human resources for the Foundation.

Joseph Lamar Mowatt, Director of Resident Services

Lamar oversees resident services for the Foundation. He performs needs assessments and develops partnerships with community groups, churches and other non-profit organizations to collaborate and improve the overall quality of life for residents. He established the summer camp and afterschool programs and is a key contributor to the success of the Foundation's food delivery service- exceeding a 1,000,000 pounds of distributed food to residents. Lamar graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina A&T State University. He also serves on the Charleston Area Justice Ministry (CAJM) Affordable Housing Committee.

Reagan Smith, Community Outreach Counselor

After serving as an AmeriCorps Family Navigator with the Foundation for a year, Reagan administers the Humanities' Shelternet Program. She works with referring agencies and identifies clients to financially assist. She also provides financial literacy courses and networks with community groups & organizations to establish resources for residents. Reagan attends the College of Charleston and majors in political science.

Courtney Knebel, Office Manager

With long-term experience in day-to-day office management, Courtney provides administrative support and customer service for the Foundation. She coordinates all front desk activities, including calls, reservations, meetings and monitors and orders office supplies. She assists each department as needed, keeps staff well informed by effectively communicating and maintains a professional work environment. Courtney is a mentor and active member at North Palm Community Church.


TRACY T. DORAN, Board President

Tracy is the President and co-founder of The Humanities Foundation, Inc. (HF) and has been a fundamental principal in all aspects since its creation in 1992. Her hands on experience in each facet of HF’s structure allow her to oversee and achieve its vision, purpose, and future objectives. Under her leadership, HF has developed more than 2,000 units of affordable housing; 27 communities in SC, VA, GA & LA; and managed a portfolio valued at more than $148,000,000. Her dedication has also led HF’s designation as one of the Top 50 Affordable Housing Developers in the US in 2011, 2013, and 2016 by Affordable Housing Finance.
Outside of Tracy’s expertise in the financial structuring, development, and management of affordable housing and a NPO, she has a passion for addressing homelessness, food insecurities, financial difficulties, child enrichment, and the quality of life of those in need. Her devotion and advocacy to help others have played an essential role in implementing the Resident Services Program which targets these specific needs within each of HF’s communities. Tracy’s ambition in fulfilling HF’s purpose has guided HF in administering federal, state, and local grants, whether for development, resident services, or the ShelterNet and Sustaining Seniors Aging in Place (SSAIP) programs, throughout the duration of HF’s existence.
Tracy graduated from MUSC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, currently is licensed as a SC Real Estate Broker and previously held a Series 7 securities license. She was named 2013 Person of the Year by the Affordable Housing Coalition of South Carolina, served as VP and Public Policy Committee Chair of the Affordable Housing Coalition of South Carolina, was Chairman of Mayor Riley’s Council on Homelessness and Affordable Housing in the City of Charleston, SC, and currently is President of HF’s Board and the Mayors Commission on Homelessness and Affordable Housing. In March 2017, she was featured on the front page of Affordable Housing Finance magazine, and most recently, awarded as the 2019 Homeless to Hope Honoree.

CHERYL FERRARO, Board VP, Secretary & Treasurer

As controller, Cheryl Ferraro oversees the accounting functions at Humanities Foundation and James Doran Company. Cheryl is responsible for financial reporting and for managing all financial systems for the organization. Previously, she worked at the accounting firm of Hyland, Ruddy and Garbett. Cheryl is a member of South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).


As President of Utopia Marketing, a Greenville, SC based creative marketing agency, Anne has over 18 years of marketing and branding experience. Anne previously served as Assistant Director for Humanities Foundation from 1994-1999. She holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of South Carolina and an M.B.A from The Citadel College of Graduate and Professional Studies.


A real estate professional with experience in the development and leasing of retail properties, Stephen brings experience in all aspects of product creation, pre-leasing, land acquisition, performance analysis and property financing, as well as the creation and ownership of multi-unit properties.


Patty grew up in northern New Jersey, spending time as a child at her parents’ home on the Jersey Shore. She attended University of South Carolina Williams Brice College of Nursing and then began her 35 year career as a Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care nurse. She worked as a Neonatal nurse in New Jersey before moving to Isle of Palms, South Carolina in 1981. She continued her nursing career at Medical University of South Carolina in the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. She also was the Pediatric Nurse Coordinator for the MUSC Pediatric Surgery Clinic for twenty years. She presently works at Roper Mt. Pleasant Hospital in the newborn nursery. Patty enjoys biking, walking (after many years of running marathons for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) and sewing.


Mosley is founder of Association Solutions, an association and nonprofit management and consulting firm,
working with non-profit organizations on strategic planning, restructuring issues, hiring strategies, workplace
diversity, team buildings, assertiveness, and communication skills. She has worked with a diverse group of
clients that include affordable housing, law enforcement, health care, small business, education, and legal

Rosie Doran

Born and raised in Charleston, SC, Rosie has evolved in all facets of the Doran Family companies, especially in real estate and investments. With a skillful mindset and a broad array of talents, Rosie exhibits herself best with a modern and innovative approach. She is on the cutting edge of technology and social media. Her knowledge of the latest marketing trends provides the vision needed in all restoration and rehabilitation development projects of Humanities Foundation. Rosie studied Economics at the Darla Moore School of Business at University of South Carolina and is licensed by the South Carolina Real Estate Commission. She also is engaged in the community by attending professional networking events and assists in fundraisers benefiting non-profit organizations, including the Humanities Foundation.


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