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Joheida FisterA MOM WITH MANY HATS

Joheida Fister has many titles. Fire marshal. Public information officer. Deputy fire chief. Mom.

In September, Fister will celebrate 20 years with Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue. For 15 of those years, she has held the title of mom.

While many women work full-time jobs in addition to raising families, Fister has a lot riding on her shoulders.

MICHELLE MAYERSSHE’S GOT THIS!

Sgt. Michelle Mayers is a single mother of two daughters, Alana (14 years old) and Lauren (12 years old) and has worked for the Bluffton Police Department since 2010. Radiating positive energy, she will disarm you with her smile, her outlook on life will capture your heart, and her badge of honor is motherhood.

AMBER ADKINSHELPING THE COMMUNITY

Hilton Head nurse Amber Adkins was no stranger to juggling her busy family schedule. With an active duty Marine husband, a 12-year-old son and twin 9-year-old girls, family life required organization and effort, a task that she gladly embraced.

However, the last year of life during a global pandemic and a job change to the frontlines of Hilton Head Hospital’s emergency room have proved both a challenge and a joy.

MORRIS CENTER FOR LOWCOUNTRY HERITAGE PRESERVES HISTORY

The Sinclair Service Station building sits on a bustling corner in the center of Ridgeland’s downtown. With its red-tiled roof and antique gas pumps, it is a relic of another time. 

The Mission Revival-style service station was built in 1937 and operated for three decades. But today, thanks to the vision of a local businessman, it embodies both the past and future of the Jasper County seat. 

1. BERKELEY HALL CLUB NAMES ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER, CFO 

Jeff Dekruif has joined the Berkeley Hall team as assistant general manager and chief financial officer. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the golf resort and country club industries. Most recently, Dekruif served as the CFO and assistant general manager for Blackhawk Country Club in Danville, Calif. 

1. BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF HILTON HEAD NAMES NEW BOARD MEMBERS 

Jan Cooper, Lt. Andres F. Florencio and Carla Seebald are the newest Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head board members. Cooper has had a successful career with Deloitte Touche in strategy and innovation, operations, and marketing. She has a passion for youth development and has experience with the United Way, Girl Scouts and other organizations. 

ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ IS ONE OF THE LOWCOUNTRY’S PREEMINENT FORAGERS 

Roberto Rodriguez is excited about his latest find. An expert forager, this native Argentinian has made countless discoveries while on one of his many treks through the forests of the Lowcountry. It’s usually the wood that calls to him; fallen limbs and trunks that he drags back to his shop and converts into beautiful works of art and furniture through his company, Wild Wood Rescue. 

Today, it’s a mushroom. Draped over the crook of a tree, it’s a vision of pure white, a mass of white shaggy fibers that resembles a furry hat. Its unique look is what lends it the name “Lion’s Mane.” 

1. SECOND HELPINGS NAMES NEW OFFICERS, ADDS NEW BOARD MEMBER 

New officers and a new board member assumed leadership roles for nonprofit Second Helpings. Margaret (Peg) Marty, a retired consumer banking executive who lives on Dataw Island, is board president. The officers for 2021 are Mary Ann Bell, Vice President (Indigo Run); Anthony Berkant, 

SELECTIONS THAT CELEBRATE WOMEN IN WINEMAKING

As we surge into the new year, certified sommelier Stephanie Skager of Rollers Wine & Spirits has hand-picked wines that celebrate women and winemaking. These selections offer a “cheers” to women who are pioneers in the industry: