Michael Weaver

Michael Weaver stands over 6 feet. He wears smart-looking schoolboy glasses. He has a full head of blonde hair, despite his 66 years of age. In his European-style clothing and Oxford shoes, he looks like he just flew in from Manhattan. And he did — sort of. After 25 years in advertising on Madison Avenue, he moved to Hilton Head Island.

Margaret McManus

She traveled the world while serving her country as a Central Intelligence Agency analyst for more than two decades. Now, Margaret McManus is focused on making the Lowcountry a better place by giving of her time.

“I always had a sense of patriotism,” said McManus, who is a long-time member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. “I thought I’d work at the State Department coming out of college at American University in D.C. But the CIA proved to be a wonderful fit.”

Larry Bergin

Larry Bergin was no stranger to water while growing up in New York and New Jersey.

He turned his love of water into a career after graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, with a degree in marine transportation and an unlimited license as third mate. 

Murray Sease

In just eight short years, Murray Sease has gone from picking up a paintbrush to showcasing her paintings in two Bluffton galleries and in local art festivals. 

The 57-year-old graphic designer did some illustration work for clients of her small business, Shine On Art. It was a natural progression once she realized that she could do more artistic renderings with a paintbrush. She started painting homes for real estate clients, and her passion for painting blossomed from there. 

Juan Carlos

On April 19, 1960, Juan Carlos Jiménez’s father told the 7-year-old and his 6-year-old sister that they were going on a vacation. 

“It turned out to be a very long vacation,” said the Lowcountry resident, now 64. The trip was really A one-way ticket out of Fidel Castro’s Cuba under the Pedro Pan program. Jiménez and his sister spent the next eight years living in Miami with an aunt as Cuban refugees, eating Spam for breakfast, lunch and dinner.