SWEETGRASS INN COMING TO HILTON HEAD HEALTH
Weight loss resort Hilton Head Health expects to open the Sweetgrass Inn by January 2021. The 18,000- square-foot property will have 30 guest rooms, a game room and theater room. It will also include a rocking chair porch that overlooks Hilton Head Health’s heated pool.
NEW STARTUPS JOIN DON RYAN CENTER FOR INNOVATION
Two local businesses have joined the Don Ryan Center for Innovation. RightNowHelp and BeachBiscuit are startups. Founded by Karam Tascoe, RightNowHelp connects customers who need chores completed with background-checked, self-employed providers earn money using their skills on their own schedule. BeachBiscuit, founded by Melissa Christian, began making organic treats and has expanded into custom-made dog collars and other sewn dog accessories.
LOWCOUNTRY LEGAL VOLUNTEERS WELCOMES STAFF MEMBER
Michelle Meier has been hired as administrator/ grants manager at Lowcountry Legal Volunteers. Meier, a Jasper County resident, is a graduate of the American University Washington College of Law. She worked in Washington, D.C., as counsel for government affairs with Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. LCLV is a nonprofit that provides free legal representation to lower-income residents in Beaufort, Jasper, and Hampton counties.
BJWA’S SEXTON HONORED BY WITH TOP OPERATOR AWARD
Kevin Sexton, Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority operations manager, was honored with the Meritorious Service Operator Award for 2020 by the South Carolina American Water Works Association.
The award is given to a certified water works operator for outstanding performance as a water plant operator, based on health department standards for excellence in operation and maintenance.
Sexton has been with BJWSA since 1994 and was promoted to water operations manager in 2015.
DERMATOLOGY ASSOCIATES OF THE LOWCOUNTRY ADDS 2 STAFF MEMBERS
Taylor Owens and Elizabeth Liggett have joined Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry.
Owens is a physician assistant certified by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed to practice medicine through the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners.
She has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the Medical University of South Carolina. She began her career in dermatology in 2013.
Liggett, is a certified nurse practitioner with six years of experience. She earned a master’s degree in adult and geriatric nursing from Columbia University in New York. Liggett has worked in internal medicine in long-term care, urgent care, and as a hospitalist. She has professional affiliations with the Honors Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
HILTON HEAD AREA COUNCIL OF ESTATE AND FINANCIAL ADVISORS NAMES NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS
Janice Robinson is the new president of Hilton Head Area Council of Estate and Financial Advisors. Other newly elected officers and directors include: Rebekah Freeman will serve as vice president for programs; Eric Magnin is in charge of membership, and Christopher Tassone will oversee communications. Laura Clark was elected treasurer and James Moore was named secretary. The new directors are Don Davis, Alisa McCrary and Michael Putich.
COASTAL CARE PARTNERS HIRES TONYA HILLIS
Tonya Hillis has joined Coastal Care Partners, a registered nurse-managed aging services company based in Savannah, as director of operations and community engagement. Coastal Care Partners serves Savannah, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island. Hillis previously worked for Hospice Savannah as director of community services. In her new role, she will establish and grow relationships with medical providers and community business partners. Hillis attended Georgia Southern University and Armstrong State University and is a member of Georgia CARE-Net Coalition and Greater Savannah Coalition on Aging, where she served as a board member.
DON RYAN CENTER LAUNCHES WEBSITE
The Don Ryan Center for Innovation has a new website that includes a portal where
businesses owners can sign up for a free year of membership. The membership includes waived cost of rent at The HUB at Buckwalter Place for 12 months.
Other membership benefits include pro bono legal assistance to businesses; assistance in helping businesses adapt to the pandemic; members-only events and webinars; and access to DRCI mentors.
Visit the site at donryancenter.com.
COLLETON RIVER CLUB NAMES MARKETING MANAGER
Kerri Neiderer has joined Colleton River Club as marketing and membership manager.
Neiderer will oversee the strategic membership development program, generating leads, and nurturing relationships with existing and potential members.
Neiderer has more than 25 years of experience in advertising and marketing. A native of Barrington, R.I., she moved to the area in 2014. She previously worked for J. Banks Design. In 2004, she formed a home staging business (Show & Sell Home Staging), which she operated for seven years in southern New Jersey. A graduate from the University of Richmond with a bachelor of arts in journalism and political science, Neiderer started her career working for a variety of advertising agencies in New York, San Francisco, Baltimore and Annapolis.
FOOD BANK ADDS 8 EMPLOYEES
The Lowcountry Food Bank, which serves the 10 coastal counties of South Carolina, hired eight new employees.
Joining the Operations Team are route drivers Kyle Banks, Jose Padilla and Algernon Jackson, and CDL Driver Robert Hee. Dontez Hubert is a Warehouse Associate. Suzy Johnson joined the LCFB Myrtle Beach Regional Food Center as the Nutrition Education Coordinator. Joining the Community Initiatives Team are Kim Bowlin and Misty Brady.
STYLE IT SALON ADDS STYLIST
Lauren Hull Herndon has been hired as a stylist at Style It Salon. Born in Bluffton, Herndon has been in the industry for several years.