On The Move: October 2014

On the Move

Dr. Rochelle “Shelly” Ringer has joined Hilton Head Hospital’s national-accredited Breast Health Center. Ringer is a fellowship-trained breast surgeon dedicated to caring for patients with breast disease.  She earned her medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a residency in general surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. She went on to complete a breast surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. 


andrewsJust Cushions new division, Just Drapes, has added Carolynne Andrews, a window treatment specialist and consultant, to its staff. Andrews has 25 years of design experience in the area, crafting the finest draperies and specialty window treatments. She can be reached at 843-681-9995.

Paul Bell, formerly of Chatham Parkway Lexus, has joined the sales staff at Hilton Head Lexus. Bell looks forward to serving his Lowcountry clientele at this newly expanded facility.

wendypurdyThe Storybook Shoppe has added Wendy Purdy to its staff. Prior to joining bookstore in Old Town Bluffton, Purdy worked at Barnes & Noble and at the on Head Library . She was the children’s programmer at the Bluffton Library for the last three years. Purdy brings love and knowledge of books and storytelling to The Storybook Shoppe. She will be hosting storytimes twice a week. For more details, visit www.thestorybookshoppe.com.

In order to continue to provide guests the five-star experience they’ve come to expect from Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, the company has named Jeff Anthony as its new director of banquets and Theresa Anthony as its new catering sales manager.

wAndersonDr. Paul W. Anderson opened his counseling and coaching practice in Bluffton on Aug. 4. He specializes in marriage counseling, career coaching and addictions treatment. He is the author of “New Rules for Relationships and Modern Marriage: Love Is Not Enough” and “BulletProof Recovery: Stop Addiction Forever,” both available from Amazon. A licensed psychologist in South Carolina, Anderson can be reached at 843-422-1408. For more information, visit www.marriagefamilycounselingblufftonsc.com.


bradprettwayBrad Pettway has joined Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty as a sales associate in the Bluffton and Hilton Head market. Pettway started his real estate career as an assistant to a top-selling sales associate in the area, learning the intricacies of all aspects of the real estate field. By working alongside a top seller, he honed his skills to ensure the highest level of customer service and professional expertise.

Andrew Schembra has joined Lancaster Real Estate Sales. Schembra started his real estate career in the Poconos of Pennsylvania in 1971. In 1976, he moved to Hilton Head Island to help with the sales and marketing of Palmetto Dunes. He is a broker that has earned the designation of a Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Club. He will continue specializing in homes, villas and lots in Palmetto Dunes. Schembra can be reached at 843-290-6868 or at AndewSchembra@gmail.com

Michael-GTompkinsMichael G. Tompkins has been named the new CEO of Hilton Head Health. Tompkins has served in multiple capacities within the fields of health and wellness and luxury hospitality for more than 25 years. He started his career as a registered nurse and later earned his massage therapy certification. He has served as associate managing director for Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires and most recently as the CEO of Miraval Resorts.

Angela Harriott has returned to Skull Creek Marina as marina director. With her knack for superb customer service and a history of exceeding customer expectations, Harriott's primary goal will be to revamp the culture of Skull Creek to be as customer-friendly as possible. Several outstanding repair issues, such as fixing the lift station for the restrooms and showers, and repairing the fuel dispensers have already been resolved.

nettlesandersonH & H Auto Service Inc. has added two new service advisors to its staff. Elizabeth Anderson relocated from Walnut Creek, Calif. She has over 25 years of experience in sales and customer service, including 23 years in the automobile industry. Mark Nettles hails from the South and has almost 20 years of experience in the auto industry.  They can be reached at 843-681-8384 or stop by and see them at 35 Hunter Road, Hilton Head Island.

Mark Hammerle, a local home building and remodeling expert with Pure And Simple Homes, has joined Keller Williams in the role of real estate agent. Hammerle was recently featured on the new HGTV program “Vacation House For Free,” a show about helping people find and remodel their dream vacation home. Hammerle, a 13 year resident of the Island, will continue to help customers in the Hilton Head and Bluffton market to purchase, sell and renovate homes.

MephamSarah Mepham has joined LAVA Physical Therapy Group as the new director of Marketing and Business Operations for LAVA 24 Fitness Originally from the Grand Rapids, Mich. area, Mepham has been a teacher and in marketing and business operations in Raleigh for the past six years and is new to Hilton Head Island. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Aquinas College in East Grand Rapids.

Copper Penny, an upscale Charleston-based women’s boutique, has opened in Shelter Cove Towne Centre. The shop is located next to the new Poseidon restaurant. The local Copper Penny franchise is owned by Mary Margaret McGaughey, a life-long lowcountry resident and daughter of Margaret and Wes Jones of Bluffton. Copper Penny Hilton Head features designer fashions, shoes, jewelry and accessories. For more information, call 843-505-6252.

maulCoastal Properties Owners/Brokers-in-Charge, Joe and Karen Ryan, welcome Robert Moul to the agency’s sales team. Moul is a member of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors as well as the National Association of Realtors. Prior to real estate, he pursued a sales career with a franchise of national retailer. He began as the operations manager for one store. In 2009 as a store manager he was named the top sales producer in the franchise and joined the Million Dollar Sales Club. He then became the District Manager and eventually the Franchise Manager of seven store locations.


The YMCA of Beaufort County is offering an Afterschool Meal Program to help children stay healthy and succeed in school. Through a national partnership between YMCA of the USA and the Walmart Foundation, the program combines learning enrichment activities with physical activity to keep minds and bodies active, while also serving a healthy meal to kids who may otherwise be at risk of hunger when the school day ends. To learn more, contact the YMCA at 843-522-9622 or visit www.ymcabeaufortcounty.com.

Beacon Insurance Group recently finalized contracting with three additional homeowners insurance carriers who will be offering choices for South Carolina homeowner. The new homeowners insurance companies are all rated A or better by either A.M. Best or Demotech rating agencies. The insurance and financial marketplace, along with decreasing reinsurance costs, have allowed companies to expand into coastal homeowners insurance writings in South Carolina areas such as Hilton Head Island, Charleston and Myrtle Beach. Homeowners will still find that newer, better constructed homes and higher credit scores will obtain them the best possible rates.

frankhodgeshawnleiningerBluffton Town Manager Marc Orlando recently appointed Frank Hodge as deputy town manager. Hodge, the former director of growth management, will manage inter-governmental relations and special projects. With more than 37 years of local government experience, Hodge previously worked for Beaufort County and the Town of Hilton Head Island before coming to Bluffton to establish the Building Safety Department seven years ago. Additionally, Orlando recently appointed Shawn Leininger as director of growth management. Leininger was formerly the assistant director of growth management for Bluffton. Leininger will manage the activities, policies and projects for the town’s long-range planning, historic preservation, community development, zoning, development review and building safety. Leininger has worked for the town for more than three years as the planning and community development manager and as a principal planner. Prior to the town of Bluffton, Leininger worked for more than 15 years as a municipal planner in central Ohio communities.

Hilton Head Hospital recently announced that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is now available at the Bluffton Medical Campus, offering Bluffton residents a more convenient location for advanced diagnostic imaging. MRI appointments are available from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Patients who have a signed physician order from any doctor or hospital for a head, spine, musculoskeletal or breast MRI imaging study may elect to schedule their MRI at the Bluffton Medical Campus by calling 843-689-8121.

Anita Jennings
recently joined the design staff at Plantation Interiors. Jennings worked for the firm in the mid ‘90s. She has returned to Hilton Head Island from South Florida, where she owned and managed an interior design firm in Delray Beach. In other news from Plantation Interiors, Alanna Frye has been named design assistant. Frye graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in interior design. She studied abroad throughout Italy and has traveled through Europe, South America and the United States. She recently completed an internship with Design Continuum Inc. in Atlanta. Both Jennings and Frye can be reached at 843-785-5261.

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) recently announced a partnership agreement with the International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA). PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 15,000 members in a record 125 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and servicing tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game. Visit www.ptrtennis.org.

Beach Properties of Hilton Head has announced the move of its reservation and administrative offices to a recently renovated building located at 64 Arrow Road on Hilton Head Island. It has also refurbished its property management office at 39 Bow Circle. Both the new location and renovation has provided the company with additional office space and technological improvements that will help it maintain the high level of customer service its guests expect.

The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau announced that tourism professionals Kathy Winings, Kim Nelson and Leta J. Salazar have successfully completed their third-year and second-year terms at the Southeast Tourism Marketing Society.

Kara Letien is bringing the Pure Barre technique to Hilton Head Island with her Pure Barre studio, opening in late October at Shelter Cove Town Centre. While attending the University of South Carolina, Letien took her first Pilates and yoga classes and instantly fell in love with the positivity and energy found in the fitness studio. She now hopes to share her experience with the island. Find more information online at www.purebarre.com/sc-hiltonheadisland.



Libby Hardy, Dawn L. Page and Jack Hardy have opened new offices in Bluffton at 29 Plantation Park, Suite 701. The counselors provide individualized collaborative services to individuals, couples, families and teens. Services include but are not limited to marriage and family therapy, life transitions, depression, anxiety, stress, adolescent challenges, women’s issues, career decisions, self-esteem, men’s issues, parenting, grief and divorce recovery.

A veteran school counselor and retired U.S. Marine has been selected as the lead counselor for Beaufort County’s schools and alternative education programs. Geri Henderson has served for the past four years as the lead counselor at Whale Branch Early College High School, where she worked with Principal Priscilla Drake to introduce an early college program.  Students can graduate from the program with South Carolina high school diplomas and also with an associate’s degree from the Technical College of the Lowcountry.


corkernChristopher Corkern, of the Prudential Insurance Co. and president of The Corkern Group of Bluffton, was recently named a member of the Prudential Agency Distribution President’s Council. The exclusive program, established in 2011, recognizes the prestigious achievement of top-performing financial professionals. Only 200 agents in the country are awarded this distinction. This distinguished affiliation reflects Corkern’s commitment to helping his clients achieve financial security by offering insurance and financial products that support their individual financial goals.

Citing impressive fiscal growth, Inc. magazine recently listed Spartina 449 (www.spartina449.com), a women’s handbag and accessories firm, as one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States in an overall poll of American firms. Ranked at No. 1,521 nationally and 19th in South Carolina, this is Spartina 449’s second year in a row on the list. The Inc. 5000 is an annual ranking of the country’s fastestgrowing privately-held companies and represents an important segment of the economy: America’s entrepreneurs. Among top companies based in South Carolina, Spartina 449 was ranked as No. 19 with 281 percent growth over the past three years.

tassoneLocal resident Christopher Tassone, a financial professional with AXA Advisors, recently attended the company’s At Retirement Forum held at The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Tassone has earned a Certificate in Retirement Planning from The Wharton of the University of Pennsylvania and is one of nearly 700 financial professionals nationwide to complete this retirement planning education program. The Wharton/AXA Equitable retirement education program is a customized program developed for AXA Equitable to provide AXA Advisors’ financial professionals with intensive training in retirement planning. The Wharton School is recognized around the world for its academic strengths at every level of business education.