Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission

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Victoria Smalls, Executive Director, is a Gullah Geechee native of St. Helena Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina, who specializes in Gullah Geechee history and culture, as a preservationist, historian, educator, artist, and arts advocate. She proudly served the National Park Service as a National Park Ranger with Reconstruction Era National Historical Park, served at Penn School National Historic Landmark District – Penn Center as Director of the History, Art and Culture Program, Director of the York W. Bailey Museum, and Assistant to the Executive Director, served as Program Manager for the International African American Museum in Charleston, SC, served as an educator for Beaufort County School District, and served as a Federal Commissioner on the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission. Ms. Smalls is a Leo Twiggs Arts Diversity Leadership Scholar, Riley Fellow in Diversity Leadership with The Riley Institute at Furman University, and is currently, a State Commissioner for the SC African American Heritage Commission. She attended South Carolina State University, Technical College of the Lowcountry, and University of South Carolina-Beaufort. Ms. Smalls is the newly appointed Executive Director of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor National Heritage Area.  In this role, she helps to recognize, sustain, and celebrate the important contributions made to American culture and history by the Gullah Geechee; to assist federal, state, and local governments and public and private entities in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida in interpreting the story of the Gullah Geechee and preserving the culture for the benefit and education of the public.

Tendaji Bailey, Program Coordinator, is a Gullah Geechee native of St. Helena Island, South Carolina. He attended Port Royal Elementary, The Humanities School of Beaufort, and received the Spirit of Beaufort award from Beaufort High School. There is no greater joy than to bring home all the lessons He’s gathered in his journey since leaving Beaufort. After graduating from Morehouse College with a B.A. in Mathematics, he chose to become a math teacher. Upon first moving to New York, He was a 7th and 8th grade Special Education Math Teacher at a charter school in Brownsville, Brooklyn. His next venture to serve the community was through KAVI (Kings Against Violence Initiative) as their Community Intervention Coordinator. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed him to create a new venture to support young people in mathematics through an organization he founded called “Black Kids Love Math” to promote and inspire a love of mathematics in children.


Page Meyer, Finance and Operations Officer, is a lifetime resident of the Low Country with a strong background in accounting, bookkeeping, business management and human resources. After graduating from the University of South Carolina, Ms. Meyer spent more than a decade as an art buyer and gallery manager in Charleston, SC before entering the world of business finance.


Current Full-time Staff Openings

* Chief of Staff 

* Communications Coordinator 

* Outreach Coordinator 

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Current Part-time Staff Openings


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