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SAVANNAH, GA – December 18, 2023 – Barry Shelley has joined Coastal Heritage Society’s (CHS’s) Board of Directors. This nonprofit organization operates six historic museums including Savannah History Museum, Georgia State Railroad Museum, Savannah Children’s Museum, Old Fort Jackson, Pin Point Heritage Museum, and Harper Fowlkes House. It has been a regional leader in historic preservation and community engagement for nearly 50 years. 

Barry Shelley was elected to his first term and serves on the Finance Committee. He worked in a variety of finance and accounting positions throughout his career and spent the last 30 years working with a national non-profit membership association, 28 years as CFO and two years as CEO, prior to his retirement and relocation in 2020 from Connecticut to the Lowcountry. 

Having served on the CHS Board of Trustees since 2017, Ryan Sewell was also reelected for his third term, is the new Chair of the Board, and sits on the Executive Committee and Savannah Children’s Museum Steering Committee. Ryan is a Partner with Sterling Seacrest Pritchard in Savannah and has expertise in commercial, real estate, hospitality, and non-profit spaces. Carol Coppola will serve as the Past Chair of the Board, Kristen King of Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah (Memorial Hospital) will serve as Vice Chair, Lisa Puhala of Savannah Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) will serve as Secretary, and Barry Shelley will serve as Treasurer. 

“We are so fortunate to have these talented and well accomplished individuals join and serve Coastal Heritage Society’s Board of Trustees,” said CHS CEO Nora Lee. “Their experience and commitment to our mission will help grow the educational experiences for our community and visitors, as well as guide our future organizational growth.” 

The mission of Coastal Heritage Society is to provide educational experiences for the public through the preservation and presentation of the historic resources of coastal Georgia and adjacent regions. Coastal Heritage Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation founded in 1975 which operates six historic museums. For more information about CHS, please visit 

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