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Dr. Emily Bollin has joined Bishop Eye Center as a practicing optometrist. She will see patients at both the Hilton Head Island and Hardeeville locations.

Dr. Bollin previously practiced optometry in her hometown of Charleston, W.Va., and has been practicing on Hilton Head Island and in Okatie since 2007. She has experience and knowledge in managing glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, retinal emergencies, and anterior segment abnormalities, as well as primary eye care, fitting glasses and contact lenses.

A third-generation optometrist, Dr. Bollin graduated magna cum laude from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition. She continued in her father's footsteps at Ohio State College of Optometry, where she graduated cum laude with a doctorate in optometry.

She is certified by the National Board of Examiners in optometry and the South Carolina Board of Examiners in optometry. In addition, she is a member of the American Optometric Association as well as the S.C. Optometric Physicians Association.

She is a lifelong equestrian and World Grand Champion, competing in American Saddlebred shows throughout the the eastern United States. Additionally, she was a gymnast and skilled snow skier. She and her husband, Dr. Nick Bollin, have two children, Lakin and Annette.

For more information visit BishopEye.com or call 843-689-3937.

Brad Zervas has been named executive director of Lowcountry Legal Volunteers.

Zervas brings a wealth of nonprofit leadership experience to his new post. During his career, he led the Boys' Club of New York (the largest organization of its kind in the nation) for nearly two decades. His expertise includes community outreach, fiscal oversight, fundraising, institutional advancement and governance.

Zervas is also an award-winning educator, published author, speaker, thought-leader and committed and effective advocate for those community members who are most in need of a helping hand. His life-long call for greater societal unity and the restoration of families and communities is his passion.

Lowcountry Legal Volunteers provides free critical legal services and education to families and individuals in need of help.

Zervas joins the organization at a time when it is anticipating significant growth, has recently joined the Family Justice Center, and will soon be celebrating its 20th anniversary.

For more information, call 843-815-1570 or visit LowcountryLegalVolunteers.com.

Tom Beavor has joined the realtor team at Premier Properties by Haig Point team.

Beavor and his wife, Toni, have resided full time on Daufuskie Island since January 1995 and are Haig Point members.

Beavor was formerly associate broker at Weichert Realtor Coastal Properties, and before that broker-in-charge of Daufuskie Properties Realty. He holds a South Carolina and Georgia real estate license.

The couple jointly started Daufuskie Properties of SC Inc. in 1998, closing more than $70 million in real estate business spanning all of Daufuskie Island.

For more information, contact Beavor at tbeavor@haigpoint.com or 800-686-3441.

  • The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce recently honored several businesses that believe diversity and inclusion is as important to the community as it is to the success of the business.

Aunt Laurie's of Bluffton was one of three finalists for the Workplace Diversity Award, Small/Medium Employer category. Finalists and winners were honored at the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce's 39th Annual Summit Nov. 27 at The Sanctuary Resort.

The Workplace Diversity Award recognizes companies for their significant contributions to the advancement of South Carolina through diversity initiatives and inclusion efforts. Criteria considered in selecting the winners included diversity initiatives, effectiveness, and applicability and replicability.

Launched in 2015, Aunt Laurie's is a Bluffton-based national e-retailer committed to helping local businesses and people with special needs by offering a unique collection of products and gift baskets made, assembled, and shipped by individuals with disabilities.

For more information about Aunt Laurie's, visit auntlauries.com or contact Laurie Brown, founder and owner, at 843-415-8230 or laurie@auntlauries.com.

  • Julianne Dirks and Courtenay LaMountain have joined the sales team at the award-winning Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island.

In her new role as a sales manager at the resort, Dirks will be responsible for booking small meetings, wedding room blocks, golf groups and all government-military groups.

Her experience in hospitality began seven years ago at The St. Louis Union Station Hotel as a front office agent, rooms controller, and assistant front office manager.

Dirks continued her career with Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort as a sales administrator, and at the Homewood Suites by Hilton North Charleston as an opening sales manager.

LaMountain joins the resort as a senior sales manager, and will handle group sales in the South Carolina market and ConferenceDirect accounts.

Her hospitality experience encompasses more than 20 years, including roles as conference services manager, sales manager and destination sales executive for Westin Hilton Head Resort, and a senior sales manager for Sea Pines Resort.

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island seeks team members who will eagerly work to enhance the overall Sonesta experience for guests and associates as well as adopting our core values. For more information, visit Sonesta.com/careers.

For more information about the resort, visit Sonesta.com/HiltonHeadIsland.

  • Studio 77, a new hair salon, has opened at 29 Plantation Park, Suite 403 in Bluffton.

Alba Cuervo, the owner of the salon, has been a stylist in Bluffton for 13 years.

Stylist Patty Keaton has 40 years' experience.

The salon includes furnished individual studio suites that are available for lease.

For more information and appointments, call Cuervo at 786-493-3405. For appointments with Keaton, call 843-384-1458.

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