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Two Bethesda Academy Teachers Earn “Master Teacher” Status Awarded by SCISA

Two Bethesda Academy Teachers Earn “Master Teacher” Status Awarded by SCISA

(SAVANNAH, GA) Two teachers at Bethesda Academy, a private day and boarding school for young men grades six through 12, were granted “master teacher” status after evaluation by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA).

Craig Sherman, Bethesda Academy

Craig Sherman, Bethesda Academy

Jennifer Gilmour, Bethesda Academy

Jennifer Gilmour, Bethesda Academy

Craig Sherman and Jennifer Gilmour are the recipients of this honor. Sherman teaches social studies and history. Gilmour is a science and mathematics teacher, as well as a cottage teacher, whose responsibilities include ensuring all students staying in the cottage complete homework assignments, finish chores and are in bed on time.

“This is a major accomplishment for Mr. Sherman and Mrs. Gilmour, as well as for Bethesda Academy on several counts,” said Michael Hughes, president of Bethesda. “Firstly, an amazing amount of work goes into the application, so it is a lengthy and arduous process. Additionally, it is very rare for one school to have two master teachers named at once.”

The application process includes meeting rigorous teaching qualifications and submitting an entire portfolio for evaluation by a peer committee. It also entails presentations and exhausting interviews, endorsement letters from school officials and sample lesson plans.

“In their evaluation, SCISA staff also noted a ‘surge in professional development and teaching quality at Bethesda,’ because two of our teachers, Kim Godbee-Glisson and Elizabeth Peek, had been recent finalists for Teacher of the Year,” said Hughes. “This recognition is a tribute to our entire faculty and staff. Each consistently personifies Bethesda’s commitment to ensuring students receive a superior education that will enable them to mature into young men with the potential to lead exemplary lives.”

Having formerly been affiliated with the Georgia Independent School Association, Bethesda Academy has been a member of the South Carolina Independent School Association since 2014. SCISA is a non-profit voluntary association of independent schools responsible for establishing accreditation standards, coordinating athletic and academic competitions and providing professional development opportunities for member schools.

Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private day and boarding school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit or call 912.644.4376.

Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Holiday Meals Delivered to Thunderbolt Firefighters, Police Officers and Utility Workers from Local Commercial Construction Firm, the Dewitt Tilton Group

Holiday Meals Delivered to Thunderbolt Firefighters, Police Officers and Utility Workers from Local Commercial Construction Firm, the Dewitt Tilton Group

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm in the Lowcountry, showed its gratitude in a special way to the Town of Thunderbolt’s firefighters, police officers and utility workers.

Dewitt Tilton Group Donates Thanksgiving Meals to Thunderbolt First Responders

Dewitt Tilton Group Donates Thanksgiving Meals to Thunderbolt First Responders

The leadership team and employees of the Dewitt Tilton Group personally delivered Thanksgiving lunches from Thunderbolt restaurant Coach’s Corner at 12 p.m.

“This is our small way of saying thank you to these men and women who work tirelessly to ensure our safety and comfort throughout the holiday season,” said Chris Tilton, one of two principals at the Dewitt Tilton Group. “While we’re enjoying this Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, we wanted these folks, who often don’t get that time off, to know we’re thinking of them and all they do for us.”

This is the second year that the Dewitt Tilton Group has delivered holiday meals to Thunderbolt’s first responders and the first year of providing the meals to the utility workers. In total, over 20 meals were delivered.

The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walkthrough. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit

Kim Thomas
The Dewitt Tilton Group

Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC

Leadership Southeast Georgia Announces 2020 Board of Directors

Leadership Southeast Georgia Announces 2020 Board of Directors

(SAVANNAH, GA) Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA), an innovative leadership program serving a 10-county area of southeast Georgia, has announced its Board of Directors. Brynn Grant now chairs the board, assuming the role filled previously by Lee Beckmann of the Georgia Ports Authority.

Brynn Grant of Leadership Southeast Georgia

Brynn Grant of Leadership Southeast Georgia

Grant is the chief operating officer of the Savannah Economic Development Authority, where she has been on staff for more than 18 years. COO since 2013, Brynn also serves as vice president of the World Trade Center of Savannah, a role she has held since the organization was launched in 2011. The Liberty County native holds a journalism degree from the University of Georgia and is a graduate of Leadership Savannah, Leadership Southeast Georgia and Leadership Georgia.

LSEGA’s new vice-chairman is Jared Downs with the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. He, too, is a product of the program he now helps lead — in addition to completing the Leadership Georgia program in 2019, he and his wife Kathryn graduated from LSEGA in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and Jared participated in Leadership Savannah in 2008.

Other members of LSEGA’s executive board include: Treasurer: Jesse Bentley, Evans General Contractors (Chatham Co.); Secretary: Margaret VanHouten, DS Smith North America Packaging and Paper (Liberty Co.); and Immediate Past Chairman: Lee Beckmann, Georgia Ports Authority (Chatham Co.)

Additional board members are: Alyce Thornhill, Georgia Lottery (Camden Co.); Brianne Yontz (Bryan Co.); Cedric King, Pinova (Glynn Co.); Frank Fortune, The Fortune Image (Bulloch Co.); James Coughlin, Camden County Joint Development Authority (Camden Co.); Jason Coley, Georgia Power (McIntosh Co.); Jessica Hood, Effingham County Industrial Development Authority (Effingham Co.); Joe Marchese, Joe Marchese Construction (Effingham Co.); Jon Seagraves, Citizens Bank (Bryan Co.); Kendria Lee, Georgia Southern University (Bulloch Co.); Marcus Sack, P.C. Simonton (Liberty Co.); Patton Dugas, SunTrust Bank (Chatham Co.); Robert Grant, Junior Achievement (Effingham Co.); Stephanie Dammen-Morrell, Hussey Gay Bell (Liberty Co.); and Wade Herring, HunterMaclean (Chatham Co.).

For more information, visit

Leadership Southeast Georgia is a five-month region-wide program designed to equip, empower and connect community leaders to most effectively advance positive growth and improve the quality of life in the southeast Georgia region. The executive board and program participants represent a variety of industries across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. From February through May, the class spends two to three days a month traveling to surrounding counties exploring regional issues such as healthcare, education, natural resources, economic development and transportation. For more information, visit

Brynn Grant
Leadership Southeast Georgia

Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Chris Gignac Recognized as an FPC Platinum Plus Recruiter in Production

Chris Gignac Recognized as an FPC Platinum Plus Recruiter in Production

(SAVANNAH, GA) Chris Gignac, with FPC of Savannah, has been recognized by FPC National as a Platinum Plus Recruiter for her success in placing top-level candidates with companies that are the best fit.

Chris Gignac FPC of Savannah

Chris Gignac FPC of Savannah

Since 1990, FPC of Savannah has served the city as an executive recruiting firm specializing in the placement of top-tier business professionals. This year, the firm was recognized as the top producing office among 65 franchises nationwide.

This marks the third time Gignac has made the list of Platinum Recruiters in only her fourth year with FPC of Savannah. In 2018 she became the top FPC recruiter nationwide and is projected to rank within the top 10 again this year.

Gignac, who joined FPC of Savannah in 2015, specializes in recruiting for supply chain and procurement positions after spending 13 years coaching college basketball, including a stint as the women’s basketball coach at Georgia Southern University.

“I was attracted to a career with FPC of Savannah because the skills from my basketball coaching career actually proved transferrable,” said Gignac. “I wanted to keep recruiting, but starting a young family made following my career all over the country difficult, and I have loved being able to settle down here.”

She received a master’s degree in English literature from the University of New Hampshire. Gignac has an undergraduate degree from Providence College, where she played collegiate basketball and graduated with honors.

“Those years on the basketball court taught me invaluable business lessons,” Gignac said. “Among them managing relationships, juggling multiple obligations simultaneously, prioritizing, as well as the importance of hustle and competitiveness.”

Gignac and her husband Marc are parents to two sons, aged 5 years and 18 months.

Founded in 1990, FPC of Savannah is an executive recruiting firm specializing in the placement of top-tier business professionals. Nationally, FPC is listed as one of Forbes Top 50 Executive Search Firms. In 2018, FPC of Savannah was recognized as the top producing office in the nation out of the 65 franchises. The firm is owned by Mort Shor and operates out of two offices, both located in Savannah’s historic district and his team of recruiters specializes in placing executives in a variety of fields including: distribution and logistics; engineering and project engagement; environmental, health and safety; finance and accounting; hospitality; human resources; lean and six sigma; legal; operations and senior management; quality; sales and marketing; athletics; educational systems; healthcare; specialty chemicals; and supply chain For more information, visit

Computers Donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jasper County from Peacock Automotive

Computers Donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jasper County from Peacock Automotive

(JASPER COUNTY, S.C.) Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jasper County received 16 refurbished desktop computers that will be used to advance educational programs as the Club aims to empower youth to excel in school, practice good citizenship and lead healthy, productive lives. This donation was presented by Peacock Automotive.

Computer Donation to Boys and Girls Clubs of Jasper County from Peacock Automotive

Computer Donation to Boys and Girls Clubs of Jasper County from Peacock Automotive

The Boys & Girls Clubs are so grateful for this donation. Our world is driven by technology, but it can still be costly to provide our Club members with access to the equipment necessary to develop computer skills they will need every day,” said James Dismond, area director of resource development for the Clubs.

Dismond especially looks forward to the impact the computers will have on the Clubs’ literacy program, which bridges in-person tutoring with online learning engagement to help members learn and retain improved reading abilities.

“My team with Peacock Information Technology is thrilled that we can do well by the Boys & Girls Clubs with these computers,” said John Chapman, chief technical officer for Peacock Automotive. “Although we quickly outgrow PCs in our industry, they still make great additions for any classroom, learning center or lab.”

The Dell all-in-one computers features include updated operating systems, 23-inch screens, a minimum of 4 gigabytes of RAM, built-in DVD drives, integrated Intel graphics and Ethernet ports, headphone and mic jacks, keyboards and mice.

Peacock Automotive owns and operates 12 automotive dealerships representing 21 brands in Ga., S.C. and Fla., employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Jaguar Land Rover Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Genesis of Hilton Head, and Hilton Head Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Ga., S.C. and Fla. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit

Jill Jauch
Peacock Automotive
265 Drivers Way
Hardeeville, SC 29927
Office: 843-208-1217

Skylar Lanier Joins Carriage Trade Public Relations® and Cecilia Russo Marketing as Public Relations Specialist

Skylar Lanier Joins Carriage Trade Public Relations® and Cecilia Russo Marketing as Public Relations Specialist

(SAVANNAH, GA) Skylar Lanier has returned from graduate school in Scotland to her hometown of Savannah to accept the position of Public Relations Specialist with the collaborative companies Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. and Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC.

Skylar Lanier, Cecilia Russo Marketing and Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.

Skylar Lanier, Cecilia Russo Marketing and Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.

Lanier will coordinate communications, media and print collateral to build strong relationships between local businesses, nonprofits and the community.

“I had the privilege of working with these firms as an intern before I completed my undergraduate degrees, so this homecoming has been twofold for me,” Lanier said. “I am looking forward to rediscovering Savannah through the exciting lens of this career.”

Lanier will be working with public relations and marketing veterans Cecilia Russo Turner of Cecilia Russo Marketing and Marjorie Young of Carriage Trade Public Relations®, along with junior partner Cynthia Cradduck and a team of writers, photographers, videographers and marketing and public relations coordinators. The two companies conjoin to serve a diverse clientele across the Southeast.

“We were impressed with Skylar’s talents during her internship and are thrilled that she has matured into a full-time role with us,” said Turner. “Her addition has been a reinforcement of the strong work ethic and positivity we always strive to embody as a team.”

Lanier earned bachelor’s degrees in public relations and English from the University of Georgia, where she was enrolled in the Honors Program and graduated summa cum laude. She minored in Spanish and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, as well as in Oxford, England, during her time at UGA. Lanier went on to earn a master’s degree in contemporary literature from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she was an editor for the FORUM Postgraduate Journal and a member of the finance and investment club.

In addition to undergraduate internships with The Georgia Review and South Magazine, Lanier was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority and a Phi Beta Kappa inductee. She also served as Public Relations Chair and Head Mentor with the Thomas Lay After-School Program, where she was responsible for coordinating mentors, running a kids’ cooking club and raising awareness among UGA students to maintain a steady base of volunteers.

During her free time, Skylar enjoys reading, practicing Zumba, taking long walks on the beach and blogging about cooking.

Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. is Savannah’s premier reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their visibility in their community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.

Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC was founded by Cecilia Russo Turner in 2008. The firm puts the power of publicity to work, helping organizations, businesses and individuals move the needle and achieve their specific communications objectives through key reputation management strategies. For more information, call 912-665-0005 or visit

Cynthia Cradduck

Palmetto Animal League Donation Drive to be Held During December Through “Santa Paws at Pinnacle” Program

Palmetto Animal League Donation Drive to be Held During December Through “Santa Paws at Pinnacle” Program

(BLUFFTON/BEAUFORT, SC) Santa Paws at Pinnacle, a holiday donation drive benefiting Palmetto Animal League (PAL), will launch for the month of December with a kick-off party hosted at Pinnacle Medical Group’s Sheridan Park office at 7 Mallet Way on Thursday, Dec. 5 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The kick-off event will feature door prizes, refreshments and a visit from PAL’s furry friends. Guests are encouraged to bring new blankets, towels, dog toys, food, cleaning supplies, shampoos, collars, leashes, beds and tennis balls. Pet store gift cards and cash donations are also accepted.

All donations will be given to PAL and distributed among rural shelters with limited resources. With each donation, guests will receive a $50 gift card toward an injectable treatment at Pinnacle Medical Group.

“The holiday season is a time to give back,” said Dr. Audrey Klenke, plastic surgeon and principal of Pinnacle Medical Group. “With Santa Paws at Pinnacle, we’re able to give much-needed resources to our local shelters, while also providing a fun celebration for the community as a ‘thank you’ for their generosity.”

PAL is a nonprofit no-kill shelter in Okatie that houses dogs and cats in need of a good home. Currently in its fifth year of operation, PAL offers fostering and volunteer opportunities in both its shelter and free-standing thrift store.

This will mark the sixth year Pinnacle Medical Group has partnered with PAL to collect supplies for rescue pets. Previously called “Blankets for Botox,” Santa Paws at Pinnacle will continue collecting donations throughout the entire month of December at the Pinnacle’s Bluffton and Beaufort offices during normal business hours.

While the kick-off event is free and open to animal lovers of all ages, it is limited capacity and Pinnacle and PAL encourage interested individuals to reserve their spot online at

The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Bluffton, South Carolina and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area, as well as, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815- 6699, or visit,, and