The Team

McGill_Denise_2013Denise McGill  is director, producer and director of photography. Ms. McGill is a photojournalist with a focus on migration, faith and multicultural issues.  She worked as a staff photographer for daily newspapers until earning a spot as an overseas correspondent for the award-winning magazine The Commission. She went on assignment to 25 countries in three years. She now shoots photos and video, and teaches at University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism & Mass Communications.

sherardheadshot-smSherard Duvall is producer and editor. He is an accomplished editor, director and producer for projects for VH1, Discovery Channel, MTV, BET, American Cancer Society and more. He specializes in visual storytelling, media literacy, marketing communication and is an advocate of hip-hop culture.  He is also the owner and executive producer at OTR Media Group and is a 2001 University of South Carolina graduate.


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Eric Crawford is the Director of Music. He has done extensive field recordings of traditional music and Negro spirituals on Gullah islands. His transcriptions are held at the Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. In 2013, he supervised the Saint Helena Island Gullah Spirituals project, and the recordings were published by The Atheneaum Press on the DVD Gullah: The Voice of an Island. A master pianist, Crawford composes jazz and gospel music, and he directs several modern gospel choirs.

ron-daise-cd-coverRon Daise is a Story Consultant. He is best known as the star and cultural consultant of the television series Gullah Gullah Island. Now he is involved extensively as a writer, songwriter and Gullah culture preservationist. He currently works as Vice President for Creative Education at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet. Daise is past chairman of the federal Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, and he has written several books about Gullah culture. He is a recipient of the South Carolina Folk Heritage Award, given for lifetime achievement and excellence in folk art that has enriched the lives of the people in their community and state; South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest honor; and the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


Victoria Smalls is a Story Consultant. She is the International African American Museum Program Manager. Smalls has developed and coordinated numerous cultural education programs and events during her tenure as Director of Development and Public Relations at Penn Center on St. Helena Island. She has strong ties to the historic school; her father Elting Smalls graduated from Penn School in 1943; her parents first met on the historic grounds at a religious conference during the Civil Rights Movement. Currently, Smalls serves as a Commissioner on the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission, Board Member of the First Shore Tourism and Education Network, and as Advisory Board Member for the Gullah Geechee Consortium of Beaufort County. She has a personal mission of promoting and preserving her Gullah Geechee history, art and culture. Smalls attended South Carolina State University and University of South Carolina—Beaufort with concentrations in Education.

car-avatarAlexandria Cone production manager. She recently graduated from The University of South Carolina with a BA in Visual Communications & Media Arts. While in undergrad, Cone worked with a number of production companies in Columbia, S.C like Mad Monkey Inc. and Gamecock Productions (UofSC’s Athletic Production Department) to create promotional content for thousands within the southeast.



Jordan Ferguson a video editor and graduate student at the University of South Carolina. Ferguson recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology.

Michael Tolbert social media project manager for The Gullah Project. Mr. Tolbert is known for the documentary series, Operation Adventure, and recently founded Carolina Film Network a nonprofit organization that supports film in the Carolinas.

Drew Jordan
 motion graphics designer for the documentary film. Jordan specializes in motion graphics, video editing, web design, and photo illustrations.

Ali O’Hara
 video contributor, and production assistant for The Gullah Project. Currently Ms. O’Hara is a marketing and sales rep for The Tide radio station in Virginia Beach.

Kelly Nash web developer and designed The Gullah Project logo. He is also a video contributor. He shot and edited the “Penn Center History” segment.

Andrew Hida contributed significant editing and script writing. Hida is a multimedia storyteller and visual journalist who specializes in telling stories about health, environmental, and social justice issues and photojournalism.

Dr. Robin “Buz” Kloot video contributor for The Gullah Project. Dr. Kloot is a soil scientist in the School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.

Ski Dauphiney video contributor to The Gullah Project.