A. Jacqueline DoutJackie Dout is President of JD Advisors LLC-a firm specializing in business operational and financial planning. Jackie has been an executive in charge of operations, finance and administrative functions for both profit and non-profit companies during her career. In her specialties, she has been involved with foundations, hospitals, long term care facilities, and educational institutions in addition to medium/large for-profit companies.
Jan and her husband Don have owned property on Hilton Head Island since 2001 and made the island their home in May 2020. Jan’s career began as a registered nurse in a number of clinical settings and geographies prior to 1992; a community hospital in Eastern Kentucky, a university medical center in Cincinnati, an FQHC in Alabama and a staff model HMO in Missouri. Jan transitioned to executive management positions in Kansas City with Coventry Health Care serving as their regional CEO for 14 years till the company was acquired by Aetna, Inc. Jan continued her role with Aetna as a regional vice president for Medicare Advantage and Medicaid plans in the midwest and east regions of the USA. Jan led the development and implementation of care management programs in Indiana, Louisiana, Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine. During her career, she served on National Multiple Sclerosis local chapter, John Knox Village a retirement community, Prime Health Foundation, and Kansas City Hospice Quality committee. After her retirement in 2014, she was a volunteer with Kansas City Hospice until 2020. Jan also served from 2014 to 2020 on the Board of the Christus Health Plan in Dallas and as a Board member of Global Health in Oklahoma.
“Lissa” Brown and her husband, Gary, moved to Hilton Head from the Philadelphia area in 2016. Both Lissa and her husband are ophthalmologists and have transitioned their efforts from private practice to consulting work at The Center for Value-Based Medicine where Lissa serves as President and CEO. The focus of the work is quality-of-life assessment in healthcare and healthcare economics. She currently serves as invited advisor to the Director on the Council of Councils at the National Institutes of Health and is Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University. Lissa and Gary have three married daughters who have gifted them with 6 grandchildren and counting. . . boxer, Gus, completes the family.
Ray Andrews and his wife, Melanie, moved from Delaware to Bluffton in 2015. His career as a corporate accounting and finance executive started at the DuPont Co. and concluded at Checkpoint Systems, Inc., a global small-cap public company where he was Chief Accounting Officer and then Chief Financial Officer. Ray is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He has been actively involved with not-for-profit hospice and palliative care since he joined the board of Delaware Hospice, Inc. in 1993, where he was past President and Treasurer and where he last served as chairman of the Strategic Advisory Committee.
Rick and his wife Paula have been Hilton Head residents for 20 years, after having lived in eight other states from New York to California. Rick was the co-founder of a national retained executive search firm and has had prior marketing and sales VP assignments with domestic, Swedish, and Australian consumer products companies. He has also served on the boards of the Lowcountry Autism Foundation and Programs for Exceptional People. When living in Atlanta he was on the Advisory Board of the Jack & Jill Late-Stage Cancer Foundation and served as an elected school board member in St. Joseph, Ml. Rick and Paula have two daughters (Atlanta and Charleston) and four grandchildren.
Janet Porter and her husband, Jim O’Sullivan, moved to Hilton Head from Boston five years ago. Janet has been a hospital administrator, most recently the Chief Operating Officer of Dana-Farber-Cancer Institute where she was responsible for a large hospice, and the Chief Operating Officer of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where she started a pediatric hospice. Janet currently is an adjunct professor teaching healthcare strategy and leadership at University of Miami, University of North Carolina, and Ohio State University, where she also serves on the Board of Trustees. She has been active in end-of-life issues, currently lecturing in Harvard’s Palliative Care Leadership Program, and serving on the board of directors of AARP.
Cindy has lived on the Island for 39 years. Cindy and her husband Mark have 4 children between them and two grandchildren! Earning a place among the Lowcountry’s highly respected real estate professionals, she offers extensive knowledge of the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton area communities. Cindy is the 2020 Treasurer for the South Carolina Realtors. She served two terms on the South Carolina Realtors Association Executive Board as the Regional Vice President for 2016 and 2017, and was also President of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors in 2018 and 2015. Cindy is consistently ranked within her company’s top agents each year since starting her real estate career. In the upcoming year, Cindy has been appointed 2021 SCR President-Elect. She has held numerous leadership positions for the past 23 years.
Jean and her husband Jim moved to Hilton Head Island in 2003 from Connecticut. Jean serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Hilton Head Area Realtors® where she is responsible for the management of a 1500 plus-member professional organization. Her job duties include ensuring compliance with the governing laws and documents pertaining to the 501 (c)(6) entity, managing personnel and programs, as well as oversight of a 14-member Board of Directors and over 100 volunteers. Jean began working for the Association in September 2006, following three years of sales experience as a realtor. Prior to real estate, Jean had an extensive management career as Operations Supervisor of a Corporate Travel Reservation Center in Hartford, CT.
Kim Mackay-Pearson is a practicing mental health counselor (specializing in grief, bereavement and end of life issues) and massage therapist. Kim has been involved with hospice since the early 1980’s when she attended college to study death and dying from psychological, sociological and religious perspectives. Since then she has worked and/or volunteered with hospice organizations from New Hampshire to Texas. Kim has been everything from a volunteer to a Bereavement Coordinator. Kim received her MS in Counseling from the University of North Texas in 2019. Kim has returned to HHI for the 3rd time, having lived here 1988-93, 2003-2012 and 2021 to now where she hopes to remain! When Kim is not working, she enjoys her family, the beach and tennis.
Ted Bliman is a health law attorney on Hilton Head Island, SC with the Jolley Law Group, LLC. Ted served for over 15 years as a facility-based compliance and privacy officer with the Tenet, Steward and Hartford Healthcare organizations. Ted began his career as a commercial litigator in Hartford, Connecticut, and shifted to health care focusing on Medicare litigation and coverage appeals. Ted has also worked as a sales engineer and content developer for Wolters Kluwer, an international firm delivering software solutions to legal and compliance health care business segments. Mr. Bliman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Binghamton University, a Masters of Public Health from New York Medical College, and a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Maryland School of Law. He also holds a Certification in Health Care Compliance (CHC). Ted lives in Bluffton with his wife and two school-aged kids and get out and play often.
Barry Long is a native of South Carolina having attended Coastal Carolina University earning a BS in Business Administration and earning a Master of Accountancy at University of South Carolina. Barry worked for Ernst and Young before joining Robinson Grant as a tax manager. He started his own accounting firm in 2018 and then established the Hazel and Long accountancy in January 2021. Barry serves as adjunct faculty at University of South Carolina Beaufort where he teaches accountancy and tax courses to juniors and seniors. Barry and his wife and three children live in Estill, SC.
Lynsey made her home on Hilton Head Island over 23 years ago. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from East Carolina University in 1999 and a bachelor’s degree in Radiological Sciences in 2005. During her studies, she worked in many capacities for Hilton Head Hospital including 15 years as a Radiology Technologist and then moving on to be Physician Relations Manager. In 2020, Lynsey had the opportunity to employ her radiology knowledge alongside her community relations expertise when offered a position with Alliance Healthcare Services as an Account Executive for Oncology. She was Co-Chair for the prestigious Hospice Care of the Lowcountry 2022 Yacht Hop. Lynsey is married to Robert Rini, Owner and Broker-in-Charge of Remax Island Realty. Her passions include playing tennis and animals and has a special place in her heart for German Shepherds. She volunteers with Sauver Des Chiens German Shepherd Dog Rescue in Texas.
Mark Piegza is co-owner and co-founder of Synergy HomeCare of the Lowcountry and Synergy HomeCare of Charleston (collectively, “Synergy”), companies which provide quality care to residents of the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. Synergy is recognized for its excellent care, having been awarded the prestigious “Best of Home Care: Provider of Choice” Award by Home Care Pulse each year of its operation in the Lowcountry. Additionally, Synergy provides great employment opportunities, employing over 100 people in the Lowcountry.
Mr. Piegza was also the founder and President of Convergence Advisors LLC, a company started in February 2008 to provide advisory services to clients, primarily in the media, telecommunication, and technology arenas. Mr. Piegza was also the co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of U.S. Space LLC, a company which was formed in 2009 to provide satellite services to commercial and government clients.
Mr. Piegza has served on multiples boards of directors and board committees for public and private companies, in both the U.S. and Canada.
Prior to entering into the world of entrepreneurship, Mr. Piegza had over 25 years of investment banking experience, over which time he developed senior relationships across a broad range of sectors and companies and executed a variety of transactions, including public and private offerings of debt and equity, merchant banking transactions, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings. Mr. Piegza was a Managing Director in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group at Banc of America Securities from October 2002 until October 2007. At Banc of America Securities, Mr. Piegza had global responsibility for the satellite sector and was also responsible for coverage of accounts in several other sub-sectors, including cable, diversified entertainment and sports.
Prior to joining Banc of America Securities, Mr. Piegza was an Executive Director in UBS’s Media Group, focused on the satellite and broadband sectors. Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Piegza worked in the Investment Banking Group, in New York and Hong Kong, of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (“DLJ”) from 1993 to 2000 and Credit Suisse First Boston (after its acquisition of DLJ) from 2000 to 2001. Prior to joining DLJ, Mr. Piegza worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Citibank and had previously started his investment banking career in 1989 in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Drexel Burnham Lambert.
Mr. Piegza holds a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois.
The Rev. Manuel Holland
Anna Painter, RN, MS Ed