Live Oak Adoption Program In Good Hands

Posted By Bill Payer on Dec 11, 2023 | 0 comments


Our Live Oak adoption program is very important to DIHS, which is why we’re so pleased to announce it will continue to be in good hands. Although Mark Haebig is stepping away from the project, he has helped recruit his replacement…in fact two of them.

Husband and wife Kevin and Joy Kelly will be taking over the program while Mark will be available to help get them started.

Mark Haebig (rear) with Kevin and Joy Kelly

Mark Haebig (rear) with Kevin and Joy Kelly who are succeeding him with the DIHS Live Oak Adoption program.

The Kellys are fairly recent transplants to Daniel Island….brought here, like many of us, by children and grandchildren. Joy recounts their path.

“Kevin and I both lived in the Northern Virginia area for more than 40 years.  Kevin taught American history in Fairfax County Public Schools for over 30 years.  I also worked for Fairfax County Public School for over 20 years as an administrative support person.  I worked in elementary and middle schools, and eventually supported the School Board Chairman and then the Chief Operating Officer as his executive administrative assistant.  

We retired to Milton Delaware in 2007, where Kevin was on the board of the Milton Historical Society and served as the interim director several times as they worked to find the perfect full-time director.  He also was elected to the town council and served as vice mayor during his final term.

We moved to Daniel Island in March 2021.  We’d been visiting for years as two of our three daughters moved down here long before we did, one to Daniel Island and one to Mount Pleasant.   After Covid, we felt we were just missing too much time with our children and grandchildren and decided to make the move.  Shortly after we moved, our third daughter and her family moved to Charleston as well, settling in West Ashley.  

We love Daniel Island and have enjoyed being members of the DIHS.  We are happy to have found a way to contribute to your great organization.”  

Welcome aboard! We look forward to working with you.

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