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A native of St. Helena Island, Roland Gardner, is quoted as saying, "What has been most gratifying and inspiring to me is to live and work in the Beaufort community where I was born and reared." No evaluation of the quality of life in this community would be complete without mention of his many contributions.
For more than 30 years, Mr. Gardner has served as the very effective Chief Executive Officer of Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. which provides quality, accessible health services to more than 19,000 patients in three rural counties. Mr. Gardner has also served as director of Beaufort County Department of Social Services, director of Mental Health and Social Services for Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. and as a mental health specialist for the District of Columbia Hospital in Washington, D.C.
A "graduate" of Penn Center's Nursery School, Mr. Gardner is a lifetime committed supporter of Penn Center, and is a former chairman of its Board of Trustees. Most recently, through his advocacy, the Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Services, Inc.'s St. Helena Island Health and Senior Citizen Service Replacement facility will be located on the Penn Center campus extension next to the planned St. Helena Library.
Roland is married to Constance Smith Gardner. The father of two daughters, LaChelle (James) Watkins and Erin; he recently became the proud grandfather of Chelsea Victoria Watkins.