Jada L. Gaines

Jada L. Gaines, Esq. has joined the Elder Law & Estate Planning Center as associate attorney.

Gaines holds a B.A. from Winthrop University and is a graduate of Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Gaines completed an internship at Cooley’s Sixty Plus, Inc., Elderlaw Clinic, where she was a recipient of the clinic’s Outstanding Lawyering Award.

Upon graduation, she began her legal profession as a litigation paralegal for a leading nationwide finance company for three years, and later served as in-house counsel following her admission to the South Carolina Bar Association. She is also a member of the South Carolina Black Lawyers Association.

Gaines grew up in a military family and understands the importance and needs of maintaining a comprehensive estate and financial plan.  Her legal experience includes contract law, corporate law, insurance, litigation, and dispute resolution.

Brian T. Treacy is the owner and primary counsel of Elder Law & Estate Planning Center. The firm is located at 10 Pinckney Colony Road, Suite 400 in Bluffton. For more information, call 843-757-5294 or visit hiltonheadelderlaw.com.

Dr. Linda Lane

Rev. Dr. Linda D. Lane has been appointed Secondary School Assistant Principal at Cross Schools in Bluffton.

Rev. Dr. Lane has spent much of her career in and around the field of education, working with nonprofit organizations and school districts in several states. She has a wealth of administrative experience serving in executive-level positions for more than 30 years.

Some of her endeavors include program development for agencies that serve children and adults with disabilities, grant writing, budget oversight, quality assurance, and program and income growth. She spent the past 15 years working for Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tennessee, where she served as a professional school counselor and a mentor for new teachers and counselors. 

Rev. Dr. Lane also coordinated and developed programs to promote and ensure academic excellence, coordinated family support programs, served as the community liaison and was a member of the crisis team and various other leadership roles.

During this time, she also was a lead pastor in the Methodist church. Rev. Dr. Lane earned a Bachelor of Science from Southeastern Louisiana University, a Master of Education and Counseling from Providence College, and a Doctorate of Christian Education from Jacksonville Theological Seminary.

She is married to Cleo Lane, and together they have four children and eight grandchildren.

Wilma Clark

Wilma Clark, front desk lead at Marriott’s Heritage Club on Hilton Head Island, has been named a Way to Go! Diamond Honoree, the top honor in Marriott Vacations Worldwide’s (MVW) global associate recognition program.

She is one of only seven associates across more than 120 resorts globally to receive this honor this year. Clark is a four-time Way to Go! Diamond Honoree.

MVW’s Way to Go! program recognizes associates who are specifically named in guest surveys and other review methods for going above and beyond their normal roles and responsibilities. Associates who have received 500 or more Way to Go! awards over the course of their careers are recognized as Diamond Honorees.

Clark has been with Marriott’s Heritage Club for more than 32 years. She has been recognized by guests for always taking the time to talk with everyone who comes through the front door, and her warm smile and positive attitude. 

Jessica Mugrage

Jessica Mugrage has joined The Peirce Group, Keller Williams of the Lowcountry, as a real estate agent.

Her real estate career began more than 20 years ago in Kauai, Hawaii. There, she successfully achieved her clients’ goals, whether they were a first-time homebuyer, or looking for a vacation home, investment property, agricultural land, and more.

Mugrage and her two children relocated to Bluffton in the summer of 2014. She has worked in the retail furniture industry, helping furnish thousands of properties in the Lowcountry over the past seven years.

She is also an active advocate for childhood cancer awareness and fundraises for the 501(c)(3) CURE Childhood Cancer, in memory of her late son Michael.

Mugrage can be reached at 843-305-4090 or Jessica@thepeircegroup.com.

• The Benton House of Bluffton was recently awarded “Best Assisted Living” by U.S. News and World Report. The award was achieved based on recent resident and family surveys.

More than 3,000 communities participated, with the top 25% nationwide recognized for excellence. In all, 20 Benton Houses were honored.

Benton House is a senior living community offering assisted living and memory care. For more information call the community at 843-757-3111.