Jessica Joyce, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, has joined Psychological & Counseling Associates of the Lowcountry, LLC, a generalist mental health practice. 

Dr. Joyce recently moved with her family to Bluffton from California, where she worked as a psychologist and psychology assistant in private practice, community-based settings, and group homes. She also served as clinician and program manager for an opiate treatment center.

Dr. Joyce is licensed as a psychologist in both South Carolina and California. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Alliant International University – California School of Professional Psychology.  Her undergraduate degree is from Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she double-majored in criminal justice and psychology.

Dr. Joyce provides assessment, evaluation, mediation and psychotherapy for individual adults, children, families, parents and couples. She has particular expertise in working with individuals in high-stress employment positions, such as law enforcement officers, dispatchers, military personnel, firefighters and EMTs. 

For more information, call 843-290-6828.

Tonya Hillis has joined Coastal Care Partners, a comprehensive, registered nurse-managed aging services company in Savannah, as director of operations and community engagement. In addition to the greater Savannah area, Coastal Care Partners serves Bluffton and Hilton Head Island.

Hillis comes to Coastal Care Partners from Hospice Savannah, where she started in community outreach and education and most recently served as director of community services. Prior to that, she was operations manager for Wound Care Clinic ESU.

In her new role, Hillis will establish and grow relationships with medical providers and community business partners. She will also oversee and manage the daily and strategic operations, staff and employee performance.

Hillis attended Georgia Southern University in Statesboro and Armstrong State University in Savannah. She is an active member of Georgia CARE-Net Coalition and Greater Savannah Coalition on Aging, where she also served as a board member and board secretary.

For more information, visit

Lisa Randall has joined the team of Hilton Head Real Estate Partners as a sales agent.

Randall moved with her husband from North Shore, Mass., to the South Carolina Lowcountry. She has more than 20 years of experience in the education and local municipality fields, giving her the ability to work well with consumers and high expectations.

Randall will specialize in single family, condominiums and land sales. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Hilton Head Association of Realtors.

Hilton Head Real Estate Partners is owned by JoAnne and Tony Rizza, and is located at 1000 Main Street, Suite 100D, on Hilton Head Island. For more information, call 843-301-5825, email, or visit

To contact Randall directly, call 978-500-6460.

Courtney Heidik has joined Charter One Realty as a Realtor, partnering with Alison Melton of The Melton Group.

Heidik joins the company at its Berkeley Hall office in Bluffton. She is knowledgeable about the Lowcountry real estate market, and will work with buyers and sellers, guiding clients through the real estate process.

Heidik can be reached at 843-540-5967 or by email at For more information, call 844-526-0002 or visit

• Two staff members have joined Hopeful Horizons as DSS liaisons.



Dee Scott, formerly coordinator for the Strengthening Families Program at Hopeful Horizons, will serve as DSS liaison and therapist, focusing on Colleton and Hampton counties.

She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Limestone College and a master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina. She joined Hopeful Horizons in 2015 as an intern.





Bahja Peeples will serve as DSS liaison focusing on Beaufort and Jasper counties. She graduated from South Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in psychology. She is currently an MSW candidate at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University.

Peeples was previously employed with the S.C. Department of Social Services, where she gained a wealth of knowledge in child welfare services.

Scott and Peeples will act as liaisons between victims and families experiencing domestic violence, and DSS. While working in collaboration with DSS, the liaisons will provide case consultations, case staffings and client consultations as well as trainings and education. The liaison will be able to attend DSS meetings with the non-offending caregiver as well as be an avenue to domestic violence services such as individual counseling, group counseling, case management and safe shelter.

Hopeful Horizons is a children’s advocacy, domestic violence and rape crisis center serving Beaufort, Allendale, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. For more information on the mission and vision of Hopeful Horizons, visit

Two community managers have been appointed for the newly opened Okatie Pines Retirement Communities in Hardeeville.  Tammie Jimenez and J.R. Jimenez have assumed their new roles after many years serving in the senior living industry.

Tammie, originally from California, has worked in property management, and most recently spent the past 11 years working in senior living centers throughout the Southern United States.

USMC Sgt.Maj. (ret.) J.R. Jimenez has served the in senior communities in many roles for more than a decade, after 23 years of military service.

Tammie and J.R. have been married for 41 years and are the parents of three grown sons and nine grandchildren. They now make their home in Okatie.