Benton House Senior Living in Bluffton has been honored as a Great Place to Work for the second consecutive year.

The certification process considered more than 900 employee surveys from across all Benton House locations.

Mike Allard, CEO of Principal Senior Living, who manages the community, said, “We’re so proud to receive this certification for the second time and are so grateful for the support of our 1,100-plus team members.”

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Dr. Kathleen Casey has been named medical director at Greater Bluffton Jasper County Volunteers in Medicine (BJVIM).

Dr. Casey recently completed a 32-year career at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in central New Jersey. She has spent most of her career as Chief of Infectious Diseases and had the distinction of originally starting and subsequently managing a primary care HIV clinic for more than 30 years.

Dr. Casey has also been the director of a tuberculosis clinic for the past 15 years, in addition to running an STD clinic for most of her career. Her expertise is in general infectious disease with a particular interest in Hepatitis C and HIV.

She has participated in internal medicine inpatient care, rotating as the hospitalist for indigent care in the Jersey Shore Medical Center.

During her career she has trained medical students in physical diagnosis and internal medicine and worked with internal medicine residents and infectious disease fellows.

Dr. Casey joined BJVIM in April 2019, after moving to the Bluffton area with her husband.

Dr. Ronald E. Smith is stepping down after serving as medical director for the past five years.

BJVIM is also pleased to announce the 2020 board of directors for the clinic. Tom Upshaw will serve as executive committee board chair; vice chair, Barbara Elberston; treasurer, Zina Harter; and secretary, Joe Pantano. Joining the executive team and continuing as board members: Danny Henderson, Dot Jeger, Renty Kitty, Rich Reed, Martin Saul and Pam Toney.

New to the board for 2020: Tom Wood, Christina Brzezinski and Dr. Kathleen Casey.

Also, BJVIM executive director Pam Toney was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the S.C. Free Clinic Association, during the Association’s November meeting.

Noa Geyne has joined Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR) on Hilton Head Island as member services coordinator.

In her new role, Geyne will serve PPR’s fast-growing membership and is responsible for supporting all aspects of membership.

The Tennessee native recently moved to the island. Geyne comes to PPR with a solid customer service background and passion for pickleball. She also has experience running tournaments.

Sports participation runs in Geyne’s family. Her father, a professional soccer player, introduced her to soccer, tennis and pickleball. She played soccer and tennis in middle school, and in high school, she achieved district and regional championships in both sports.

By then, her father was playing badminton and pickleball, showing her how to play the latter. After playing this new sport for less than a year, Geyne won a gold medal in her first tournament.

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Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) recently celebrating another significant milestone of safety. As of Dec. 31, 2019, the authority’s staff has worked safely 1,743 days to accumulate 1,558,313 hours of safe work without an injury resulting in a lost workday.

This remarkable record is a result of every employee’s commitment to safety and compliance with their robust safety program and the board of directors’ focus on providing a safe and healthy work environment for all employees.

Safety specialist Steve Lee, along with management staff, ensures that all hazards are identified, with the appropriate personal protective equipment provided and implemented before any work begins. Lee’s commitment to safety is contagious: “A company’s main asset is its employees; giving them a safe work environment is my passion.”

BJWSA has reached the one million milestone twice previously, and is aiming for the 2,000,000 safe hours mark. This goal is projected to be achieved by April 2021.

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Amy Lee Caimano has joined Hilton Head Real Estate Partners as a sales agent.

Caimano, a resident of the Lowcountry for nine years, previously worked in property management. She is a certified Island Ambassador through the program at USCB.

She can be contacted at 843-290-7939 or

JoAnne and Tony Rizza are the owners of Hilton Head Real Estate Partners, located at 1000 Main St., Suite 100D on Hilton Head Island. For more information, visit

Bud Scully recently joined the Charles Schwab branch in Bluffton. As a financial consultant, Scully has more than 30 years of investing experience on behalf of clients to develop customized, personal wealth management solutions.

Scully has served in multiple senior roles within the investment industry. He has been a branch manager for a large New York-based brokerage firm; regional vice president for an investment management firm, with responsibilities spanning 21 states; mid-Atlantic regional vice president for a large New York-based mutual funds company; and regional director for an institutional investment services firm based in San Diego.

Most recently, Scully worked for TD Ameritrade as a senior investment consultant in its Savannah branch. He holds numerous securities licenses across multiple investment disciplines.

Scully was born in Pittsburgh, attended Duquesne University, and now lives in Bluffton, where he lives with his wife Jean.

Charles Schwab’s Bluffton branch is located at 67 Towne Drive in Belfair Towne Village. For more information, call 843-548-4005 or visit

• Brad Marra has been promoted to the position of chief operating officer (COO) at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

Previously Marra was vice president of resort operations for Greenwood Development Corporation. He has been with the company for 15 years.

Greenwood president and CEO Bubba Self said, “This new title more accurately reflects Brad’s role and responsibilities. He is ultimately responsible for all Greenwood’s resort operations at Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove Marina. This is a well-deserved recognition that Brad has earned. We appreciate his leadership and look forward to working together in the years to come.”

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort recently celebrated its 40th year of Greenwood’s ownership. The resort offers guests a wide range of amenities and vacation programs including golf, pickleball, tennis, biking, dining and catering. Shelter Cove is Hilton Head Island’s largest deep-water marina with charters, boat rentals, fishing expeditions and more than 40,000 square feet of shopping and dining options.

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• Sarah Tillman has joined Outside Brands as controller.

She is an Ohio State University graduate, majoring in international business. She has had a 33-year accounting career since moving to Hilton Head Island with her family in 1986.

Outside Brands includes Outside, Outside Hilton Head, Outside Palmetto Bluff, Outside Savannah, Destinations DMC, Moreland Outfitters, The Moreland Bike Shop – Pedego Palmetto Bluff.

2019 marked Outside’s 40th anniversary of local operations.

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