BOARD OF DIRECTORS
July 2020 - June 2021
Al Heacox, President
I have owned a camera for as long as I can remember. It may have been a Kodak Brownie, or a Polaroid, a Nikomat, and most recently a series of Canon 5D’s. Photography was always a hobby. I have a BA and MS in Biology and a Ph.D in Zoology with a specialty in developmental and cell biology. I also spent some time as a post-doctoral candidate in Cologne, Germany and worked for the USDA. Most of my work career has been in the biotech field involved with the preservation of human tissue for transplant, tissue engineering and the development of surgical adhesives and hemostatic agents. However, it is my love of nature and environment that has once again brought me back to photography. I enjoy being outdoors and incorporating nature into my images. I am particularly interested in intimate landscapes, macro photography and taking creative approaches to everyday subjects. I am a past president of CCHHI and have previously served on the Board of PCoB.
Rebecca W. Bass, First Vice President
Rebecca is a past president of the Photography Club of Beaufort and current member of the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association (“CNPA”). Rebecca’s images have been published in the CNPA magazine, “Camera in the Wild”, DUDE magazine, CH2/CB2 magazine, Local Life (Hilton Head) and the CPC Yellow Pages. Rebecca is an FAA Certified Commercial Drone pilot.
Rebecca is owned by three rescued Doberman pinschers. She and her husband have been very active in Doberman pinscher rescue. She is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the American Kennel Club and a Tester/Observer for the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.
Pam Keith, Second Vice President
I am a native of Southern California, and moved to Port Royal in 2016 in pursuit of fresh air, exotic birds, and a much needed Southern hug. I retired (the first time) from a 27+ year career as a Corporate Officer and SVP of HR and Risk Management for a national engineering firm. My interest in photography goes back to school days when I was dating a sports photographer for CBS Studios, and spent a lot of hours with him and his Leica camera for both work and he artistic work in black and white photography. After retiring out here I had time to enjoy exploring wildlife refuges and bird sanctuaries in the South, and sharing with my family and friends the beauty of our southern nature.
I am grateful for the generosity of PCoB members in sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge of photography, and look forward to being more active with PCoB, and as a Member of the Board.
Karen Norwood, Secretary
Having spent over 30 years on Wall Street with no time for anything except packing and boarding yet another flight, I couldn’t wait to stay off planes and sink myself into non-financial activities. Initially retirement was all about sports, but I soon learned, like many before me, that becoming a scratch golfer took more than just practice and I was never going to have a tennis serve like Serena.
My husband is an avid photographer and he inspired me to give it a try. He bought me my first real camera for my birthday four years ago and I’ve been working on my creative side ever since. It opened up a whole new world for me—a technical education, a new way of looking at the world around me and most important, new friends. I’m back on airplanes again but now it’s interesting destinations with a camera in my bag.
I most enjoy creative approaches to specific themes, macro photography and action shots. I look forward to learning more through PCoB and serving as Secretary of the Board.
Jeff Coyle, Treasurer
I am a recent transplant to the Lowcountry, moving here in 2017 from Northern Virginia. I am a semi-retired self-employed Systems Consultant, with a BA in History from UCLA and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
My interest in photography has gone in cycles. I owned a couple of film cameras, but I became more serious when I bought the original digital Canon Rebel. Lately, I have been using photography to get out and see more of the world, so travel and landscape photography is what I enjoy most.
Paul Nurnberg, Immediate Past President
Paul was born in the mid-west, grew up in Elmira, a small city in upstate New York, and has lived in a variety of places on the east coast, ranging from Boston, MA to Washington, NC, to Savannah, GA. He now lives in Beaufort, South Carolina with his wife and several cats. He enjoys being outdoors, where he enjoys paddling, biking and hiking. He travels frequently and, of course, makes lots of images while on the go.
Locals will see many of his images in the pages of Beaufort Lifestyle magazine and in marketing materials for Beaufort Memorial Hospital.
Paul is highly involved in both photographic and local communities. He recently served as the president of the South Carolina chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP/SC), after serving on the board for four years. Paul also served a two year term as national secretary for the American Photographic Artists. A founder of GreenDrinks Beaufort, Paul also volunteers for civic and environmental organizations. He enjoys teaching others about photography and has taught classes through his studio, the local ARTworks organization, and the Technical College of the Lowcountry.