Scott and Christine Wellinger of Bluffton have opened Senior Helpers of Hilton Head to serve aging adults in the Lowcountry.

After 25 years of service as a law enforcement officer, Scott Wellinger began the business to continue to help others.

Christine Wellinger, co-owner of Senior Helpers, serves as its Director of Client Relations. She currently provides home care for the family’s 7-year-old special needs child, and previously worked in banking management for 15 years.

Senior Helpers, a leader in the senior home care industry, focuses on client care and assisting seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

The company provides a full spectrum of services to the community’s aging adults.

For more information, call 843-815-3333 or visit HiltonHead-Beaufort-SC.

  • Brad Tholen Home Inspectors LLC is now doing business as Horizon Home Inspectors.

Under its new brand, Horizon Home Inspectors provides residential and commercial property inspection services for Realtors, homeowners, home buyers and home sellers in Southern Beaufort County.

In 2013, company owner and president Brad Tholen began operations under his own name until the rebranding in October 2017.

The success of the business was the result of a solid reputation in the local real estate market, allowing Tholen to grow his inspector team.

Tholen chose the new brand to reflect the growth of the business and to create a more regional image.

Tholen remains with the company as the sole owner, president and one of three inspectors in the growing business.

By the end of 2017, Tholen and his team will produce nearly 1,000 inspections of residential and commercial properties for owners, sellers and buyers.

For more information, visit www. or call Taylor Halpin, general manager, at 843-290-2258.

Kristy Stewart has joined Hampton Hall Club as director of membership, marketing and communications.

A Nebraska native, Stewart moved to the Lowcountry in 2006. She served as the club manager at Dolphin Head Golf Club for nine years. Most recently, she was director of membership relations and communications at Sea Pines Country Club.

Stewart is a member of the Professional Club Marketing Association, where she currently serves as secretary for the Lowcountry Chapter.

For more information call 843-815-9343 or visit

Kelly Graham has been named executive director of the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society.

Graham, a resident of the Lowcountry for 36 years, is an artist and marketing professional with extenstive experience.

Among his duties are promoting the Heyward House Museum and Welcome Center.

For more information, call 843-757-6293 or email Kelly@HeywardHouse .org.

Lexie Frazier and Alex Castellanos have joined The Alliance Group Realty as buyer agents with The McTernan Team.

Frazier, originally from Connecticut, moved to the area with her family in 1994. She has a degree in Hospitality from Harrison College and worked in hospitality for 16 years.

She most recently worked as an on-site agent for a local home builder.

Castellanos has lived in the area for the past 18 years. He has experience in construction and has worked with Habitat for Humanity for four years.

He is fluent in Spanish and will be assisting The McTernan Team with their Spanish-speaking clients.

For more information, call 843-540-1398 or visit

Erin Kaylor has joined the Berkeley Hall Club team as chief financial officer and controller.

Kaylor joins Berkeley Hall with more than 20 years of financial experience, having served with McDonald’s in a number of finance roles, including regional controller and finance director.

Most recently she served as finance director for McDonald’s U.S. Restaurant Portfolio, where she successfully led restaurant portfolio management for the national operating company.

Kaylor holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business management from Ohio University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, with specialized fields of study in international business and finance.

For more information, visit

  • Three books published by Lydia Inglett Publishing, headquartered on Hilton Head Island, have been named as a winner and two finalists in the 14th annual USA Best Book Awards, it was announced Nov. 9.

“Dogs, The Family We Choose” by Melanie Steele, photography by Holli Murphy, was a winner in the Animals-Pets: General category.

“Still Before The Dawn” by Jody Bennett Reichel was a finalist in the Spirituality: Inspirational category.

“Charleston Salt and Iron,” edited by Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer, was a finalist in the Non-Fiction: Narrative category.

The annual awards competition drew more than 2,000 entries this year.

Lydia Inglett Publishing is a national award-winning publisher of beautiful, high quality coffee table books with an emphasis on the Southern experience today; Starbooks is the online bookstore and distribution subsidiary.

Joni Vanderslice, president and owner of J. Banks Design Group, was the recipient of the Leadership Media Award at the ASID Carolinas Chapter conference held Nov. 17 in Charleston. The award recognizes outstanding contribution to promote the profession of Interior Design and ASID.

Celebrating 31 years of industry experience, Vanderslice has led her design team to create innovative projects around the world.