Team

Prentice Brower
Executive Director
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Prentice has been with the Lowcountry Maritime Society since the beginning, helping to create the first programs LMS launched and working to build a sustainable organization with a meaningful and exciting impact.

Prentice was raised on the waters of the Lowcountry teaching sailing in the summers and racing throughout the year. He graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in Political Science. Shortly after graduation, Prentice began an apprentice with a local wooden boat builder and helped a newly formed wooden boat building company get started. After two years, he went on to help start the Lowcountry Maritime Society.
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Zoë Coombs Niehaus
Chief Operations Officer

Zoë has been with the Lowcountry Maritime Society since Fall 2016. She enjoys working with all of the students at the schools as well as in LMS’ family programs and camps.

Zoë grew up in Mt. Pleasant and got into the sailing community in Charleston her freshman year at the College of Charleston where she was pursuing a dual BA in History and Political Science. After graduation she moved to Michigan with her now husband and began her first major wood working project, an 18′ Greenland Kayak. In 2016 she moved back to Mt. Pleasant to finish planning her wedding and got in contact with Prentice again and began working with the Lowcountry Maritime Society.
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Hall West
Director of Education
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Hall is new to the Lowcountry Maritime Society team, but has been involved in educational outreach in the Charleston area since 2008 when she was serving as an Americorps VISTA with a local environmentally-focused educational outreach program. She enjoys evaluating learning environments in after-school, summer learning, and elementary school settings and is focused on promoting diversity and improving equitable access to high quality and authentic learning experiences.

After graduating from the College of Charleston with an M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education, Hall continued her studies at the University of South Carolina and received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research in 2016.
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Coulson Bayne
Shipwright and Boatyard Manager
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We are proud to have Coulson on our team as our Boatyard Manager and Lead Shipwright. Coulson has boat building in his blood. Son of a local boat builder, Coulson is carrying on the tradition of wooden boat building in his family and in our community. Thanks to Coulson, our boatyard is now open! The yard is semi-full service but we specialize in wooden boat construction and repair.
Learn more about the LMS boatyard here.