ReStart is a volunteer group of individuals and professionals of all ages from diverse industries and backgrounds.
The goal of the organization is to reach out to individuals in the community with the love of Christ and provide the support and tools needed to be successful in their job search. ReStart was founded in 2011 and has since trained over 1800 individuals in multiple Career Conferences and Workshops, earning a 95% approval rating by participants. ReStart also offers Community Groups to provide ongoing support to conference participants and individuals needing support with additional tools for their job search.
The ReStart Career Development Community is a Christian partnership between Seacoast and East Cooper Baptist Churches committed to help people:
- Re-start life by teaching the best possible ways to find employment;
- Provide a framework for individuals to boldly step forward in a new career;
- Develop a broad network of engaged people to help find employment; and
- Join an ongoing network to assist others who may experience the trauma of job loss.
The objectives of the ReStart Career Development Community are to:
- Reach out to individuals in our community with the love of God;
- Provide a biblically based framework to boldly step forward in a new career;
- Provide tools to enhance an individual’s job search; and,
- Create a missional community in the context of these goals.
Our Leadership Team
Tom Young, Founding Member
Retired as President of YMG, Inc. a consulting practice working with Southeast and Midwest U.S. financial service companies and a former bank president. He is a Board member of Re-Member, a not-for-profit working with the Oglala Lakota Native Americans on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Byron Davis, Founding Member & Sponsor Chair
A Seacoast Church Trustee, Retired COO Seacoast Church, Board Member-In Every Story and Retired CEO, Fisher Price Toys.
Butch Howard, Founding Member and Curriculum Chair
Owner & President of ChoicePoint Consulting, a business consulting practice, working primarily in the Charleston Metro area. Butch specializes in organizational development, talent management and career transition.
Brad Reed, East Cooper Baptist Church Chair
Director of Business Development and Innovation at Ingevity Corporation. Brad has over 35 years of experience in for profit and nonprofit organizations, and has served as President of Water Missions International and as Vice President / General Manager of Celgard, LLC.
Mark Edington, Outreach Chair
Mark Edington first began his career serving 3 tours in the U.S. Marine Corps as a JAG Lawyer from 1992-2001. Aside from serving in various legal roles such as military prosecutor, defense counsel, Special Assistant U. S. Attorney, and Chief Civil Law Officer, Mark also served as a Commander for a company that supported the Marine Corps’ anti-terrorism unit. Mark resigned from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2001 at the rank of Major. read more.
Todd Hicks, Core Team Chair
Todd is a leader/entrepreneur with over 35 years of diversified domestic and international business and management experience. Todd is a member of Seacoast church and became involved in ReStart in 2014. As a "job seeker" himself, he found the ReStart Conference and community group experience the reason for his success in landing the job "God had intended".
Deirdre D. Ragan, Ph.D., Volunteer Chair
Deirdre Ragan has always had a thirst for knowledge, a quest for organization, and a passion for people. She spent years doing scientific research, volunteering at literacy-focused non-profits, working in early childhood education, and being a stay-at-home mom before she came to ReStart in 2014. The ReStart conference and community group materials were instrumental in her appreciating her skills and choosing a path forward. Deirdre has been a volunteer with ReStart since 2015, assisting with the Mt. Pleasant community group, presenting at conferences and serving on the Leadership Team.
Paul Walter, Community Group Chair
Paul is employed by as Competency Manager for the Ashore Systems Engineering Competency at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic in Charleston, South Carolina. As a hiring manager, Paul has participated in numerous recruiting events and interview panels and has reviewed hundreds of resumes. Paul has served as a volunteer for the ReStart Conference since 2014. His has given him the opportunity to provide useful resume building and interviewing technique feedback to ReStart participants.
MaryEllen DeVore, GCDF, CPBA, CPDFA,
Mrs. MaryEllen DeVore is a Senior Business Consultant with ChoicePoint Consulting. She has a diverse background in Workforce Development and Adult Education, with an array of expertise in career counseling, workforce skills training, career transition services, and organizational process creation and improvement. She excels in training the incumbent workforce to learn and embrace new technology and information systems. MaryEllen is a long-time member of the South Carolina Association of Adult and Community Educators and is a CCE certified Global Career Development Facilitator. She is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst of DISC Behaviors (CPBA) and a Certified Professional Driving Forces Analyst (CPDFA) who is committed to using her talents and education to help those in transition learn who they are, how they are wired for work, and how to market themselves accordingly.
Karen Sofge, Marketing Co-Chair
Human Resources/Administrative professional with skills in networking, process improvement, editing/communications, team management, and customer service.
Richard Sykora, Marketing Co-Chair
Richard Sykora has been in customer service management for over 23 years. Richard developed successful support models in both national and global operations. He also has navigated through several large scale transformation projects resulting in significant cost savings throughout the support organization. Richard is Manager, Customer Support at Blackbaud, and Lean Practitioner Certified. Richard joined Restart 3 years ago as a volunteer and table leader for conferences and Mount Pleasant Community Group sessions, and joined the Restart Leadership team March, 2018.