Sophia Drzewiecki has joined the listings team at Collins Group Realty as a listings coordinator. She will provide comprehensive support and assistance to the team in the processing and logistics of properties listed throughout the Lowcountry.

Born and raised on the shores of Lake Michigan, Drzewiecki studied early childhood education, graduating from Indiana University. She has worked as a private school teacher for the past five years in both Scottsdale, Arizona, and Bluffton.

She recently moved to the Lowcountry with her fiancé.

Collins Group Realty is the No. 1 real estate team in the HHIMLS, by volume (2021), with offices in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. The company was founded in 2002 by Chip Collins and is celebrating 20 years in the residential real estate business.

Thomas W. Lennox has joined the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Center for Strategic Planning as a facilitator.

Lennox has 40 years of experience in commercial banking and finance.

He graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s in Economics, and from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware. After working for Mellon Bank and Keystone Financial in Pennsylvania, he founded the Legacy Bank of Harrisburg.

In 2006, Lennox moved to Hilton Head Island as president and CEO of Harbourside Community Bank. He was elected to Hilton Head Island Town Council in 2014, re-elected in 2018, and currently chairs its finance and administration committee. Previously he served on the Town’s Planning Commission.

The mission of USCB’s Center for Strategic Planning is to empower local businesses and organizations to achieve their vision. In his new role at the CSP, Lennox will guide groups through their strategic planning processes.

For more information visit USCB.edu/csp or call 843-208-4845.

Jeff Gulakowski has joined The Seabrook of Hilton Head as its safety and security manager.

Celebrating 40 years of service as a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization, The Seabrook now has its own Safety and Security Department. This new department will be responsible for patrolling the 21-acre property, taking important resident calls, and maintaining the front gate house.

Gulakowski will manage the safety and security priorities as they pertain to Seabrook residents, employees and property.

He comes to The Seabrook after 31 years of service with the FBI. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he attended the University of Indiana in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

For more information about The Seabrook of Hilton Head, visit theseabrook.com.

Libby Parent has been hired by Libby O Marketing, Inc. a Hilton Head-based, boutique marketing firm. Parent joins as a content creator for the firm, now in its eighth year in business.

Originally from Connecticut, Parent moved to Savannah to attend Savannah College of Art & Design, where she simultaneously worked for a nonprofit called Positive Development. She graduated SCAD with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration and a minor in creative writing.   

Parent is responsible for producing creative and on-brand content for client websites, blogs, and social media channels.

Parent resides in Savannah with her longtime boyfriend and two cats and will travel to Hilton Head weekly.

Chef Francine Marz has joined Technical College of the Lowcountry to serve as Dean of the Culinary Institute of the South.

Chef Marz has over 30 years of industry experience, most recently serving as culinary director for Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. While at Northampton, Marz oversaw the renovation of the school’s student-run restaurant, culinary kitchen and related facilities. She also headed up the college’s culinary program overseeing faculty, catering and students in the program.

Marz replaces Chef Miles Huff, who retired in June after working to launch the Culinary Institute of the South, which opened in November of 2021.

A native South Carolinian, Marz said she was also excited to be relocating to South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

Prior to working for Northampton Community College, Marz worked for Montgomery County Community College in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, where she was responsible for opening its Culinary Arts Institute and launching the school’s curriculum. She was also instrumental in opening two additional foodservice outlets and managing the institute’s rapidly growing programs.

Before moving into education, Marz worked in a number of restaurants, hotels and resorts across the country, such as Marriott Hotel and Contemporary Resort in Walt Disney World, often serving in leadership roles or as executive chef.

Marz recently earned her doctorate in Organizational Leadership, Innovation and Learning in 2021 from Wilmington University in New Castle, Delaware.

In addition, she holds a Master’s Degree in business administration,  and a Bachelor’s Degree, and two associate degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales in Charleston.

While in college, Marz worked for several venerable Charleston institutions including the Mills House Hotel, Seabrook Island Resort and Peninsula Grill.

For more information, visit tcl.edu.