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
Has been a strategic advisor and leader for more than 21 years including serving 3 tours in the U.S. Marine Corps as a JAG Lawyer, being a senior Human Resources leader and consultant, and now serves as the COO of the Charleston metro Chamber of Commerce.
Todd Hicks, Core Team Chair
Todd is an executive/entrepreneur with over 35 years of diversified domestic and international business and management experience and is employed by Total Comfort Solutions in North Charleston, as a Building Performance Advisor. 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, Marketing Co-Chair
MaryEllen is a Workforce Development professional. She has taught, trained, and counseled adults for over 15 years. She holds a Global Career Development Facilitator credential, which affords her the privilege of providing tailored career transition services to students of the program. MaryEllen as Co-Chair of Marketing and Summerville Community Group leader is a proud member of the ReStart Core Team.
Karen Sofge, Marketing Co-Chair
Human Resources/Administrative professional with skills in networking, process improvement, editing/communications, team management, and customer service.