Bernadette Bryant

Bernadette Bryant has joined Coastal Care Partners as its new director of finance.

Bryant comes to the company from Hospice Savannah, where she was director of finance. Her previous experience includes Ellis, Painter, Ratteree, Adams, LLP, where she was assistant controller.

In her new role, Bryant will have a vital role on the Coastal Care Partners leadership team and contribute to strategic business development, planning and growth. Her other responsibilities include employee payroll, account receivables, medical billing and coding, and budgeting.

Bryant earned her M.B.A. degree in from Webster University and Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Savannah State University. She also received an associate degree in health information technology from Ogeechee Technical College.

A native of Greenwich, Conn., Bryant has lived in Savannah for more than 20 years. Her community involvement includes the Junior League of Savannah, where she has served in several leadership positions and board placements.

Coastal Care Partners is a registered nurse-managed aging services company that serves the Lowcountry of South Carolina as well as Savannah. For more information, visit

Melissa Brock

Melissa Brock has been promoted to the position of director of business development at The Greenery, a premiere landscaping services company based on Hilton Head Island.

In this new position, Brock will be responsible for overseeing the business development team. Her main focus will be to continue to build relationships with clients to generate opportunities for company growth in all markets served by The Greenery, including Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Beaufort, Savannah, Greenville, Daytona, Fla., and surrounding areas.

Brock has been with The Greenery for 10 years.

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Jeff Dekruif

Jeff Dekruif has joined the Berkeley Hall team as assistant general manager and chief financial officer.

A financial and operational leader, Dekruif brings more than 20 years of valuable experience in the golf resort and country club industries. His wide-ranging knowledge of data and benchmarking best practices are instrumental assets that greatly enhance and elevate the membership experience.

Most recently, Dekruif served as the chief financial officer and assistant general manager for Blackhawk Country Club in Danville, Calif. Prior to that, he served as chief financial officer at Belfair Golf Club in Bluffton.

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Chef Eric Golden

Chef Eric Golden has joined Chez Georges Bistro & Bar on Hilton Head Island as its new head chef.

Over his 20-year career, Golden has worked in a variety of restaurants across the U.S. His love of cooking began as a teenager working at Jake’s Del Mar in Pacific Beach, Calif., and then at Duke’s Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii. Years later, he became the private dining chef at Hotel Solamar’s Jsix restaurant in downtown San Diego, where he led the local and sustainable sourcing of restaurant ingredients.

After his time on the West Coast, Golden went on to explore other regions to further his culinary expertise. He first landed in St. Simons, Ga., where he was chef de cuisine for the Sea Island Resort, a five-star Forbes, five-diamond restaurant. He then became the executive chef for CO Sushi in downtown Savannah.

Golden’s appreciation for all things Southern led him to Hilton Head Island, where he now resides. Golden served as the executive sous-chef at Sea Pines Country Club, and then Chef de Cuisine at the Lucky Rooster.

When Lucky Rooster closed their doors, Chez Georges Bistro & Bar became his new culinary playground.

Golden will be leading the kitchen staff and working closely with owner George Casalicchio to create new dishes.

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• Brooke Hasselwander, Isabella Possinger, Aimee Rusch, and Amelia Sauter have joined the team at J. Banks Design Group, serving Hilton Head Island and Bluffton.

Hasselwander and Possinger join the group as residential design assistants. Both are currently completing their interior design degrees from Savannah College of Art and Design and will graduate in March.

Hasselwander comes with three years of independent design experience. Possinger was previously the procurement and fulfillment manager for Salacia Salts.

Rusch joins J. Banks as executive assistant after relocating to the Lowcountry from Columbus, Ga., where she worked at Hinson Galleries. Prior to Hinson Galleries, Rusch was with Nandina Home in Aiken, where she was buyer and director of merchandising.

Rusch will assist the firm’s president, Joni Vanderslice, as well as the director of design operations, Amanda Ives.

Sauter joins the team as commercial design assistant. She is a graduate of Colorado State University, where she obtained her degree in interior design. Prior to coming to J. Banks, Sauter was a commercial design intern for MCG Explore Design in Alaska.

J. Banks is a full-scale design firm with more than 40 employees.

Michelle Elliott

Michelle Elliott has joined Charter One Realty as an agent, partnering with Becky Herman and Monica Davis of Herman and Davis Properties.

Elliott and her team bring more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and real estate in the Lowcountry.

Michelle comes to the company from a national franchise brokerage in the Lowcountry. She has been involved in all aspects of real estate, starting her professional career in the banking and real estate industry, focusing on mortgage lending, operations, and compliance.

Elliott serves on several boards including Hopeful Horizons, the Shipyard Board, and Hilton Head Association of Realtors. She was a Realtor Service Award winner in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Elliott has joined the company at its Park Lane office on Hilton Head Island. She can be reached at 704-737-3128 or