Lori Cohen

Lori Cohen has joined Collins Group Realty as real estate specialist in its Hilton Head Island office. She will be working closely with clients seeking to purchase real estate on the island and the surrounding mainland areas.

A native Western New Yorker, Cohen moved to Hilton Head with her husband Howard (a broker associate with Collins Group Realty since 2010) and their family 12 years ago. A long-time educator, she taught English in the Beaufort County School District before joining CGR.

Her goal as a real estate specialist is to share her love and knowledge of Hilton Head Island, and the seemingly endless area services and amenities, as a way of helping families transition and feel connected to their new community.

Cohen has a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Suffolk University in Boston, and a Master of Science degree in Communications from SUNY College at Brockport. She earned certification in secondary English education from Roberts Wesleyan College.

She and her husband have three grown children, two daughters-in-law and their first granddaughter on the way.

Collins Group Realty is a leading real estate firm with offices in Hilton Head Island and Bluffton in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Founded in 2002 by Chip Collins, the Group specializes in residential real estate sales in the Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort areas.

For more information, visit CollinsGroupRealty.com.

Codee Yeske

Codee Yeske has been named head softball coach for the USCB Sand Sharks. She is the fourth head coach in program history.

Yeske comes to the position from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., where she was an assistant coach overseeing hitters and outfielders. In 2019, APSU set single-season records in home runs, slugging percentage, hits, doubles and on-base percentage.

Yeske previously served on the coaching staff of Kristy Norton at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, following a year as associate head coach for the Carolina Mojo 14U club team.

Yeske competed on the USA Baseball Women’s National Team as part of the 36-member Trial Team in 2015 and 2016. She earned a gold medal at the Pan-American Qualifying Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Yeske played three seasons on the Gamecocks softball team, which posted an overall record of 93-79 during that time, including back-to-back appearances in the NCAA regionals.

Lot 9 brewing co., a locally owned nano-brewery, won Best of the Southeast for its Mai Lord Mai Bock beer in the 27th annual United States Beer Tasting Championship (USBTC) held this summer.

The brewery also received two Honorable Mentions for its Dana’s Big DIPA Imperial Hazy IPA and its Lil’ Slice of Hefen Wheat Beer.

This competition analyzed a total of 775 beers from 177 breweries across 18 different beer categories. Within each category, the USBTC determined both a Grand Champion and the best entry from each of seven US regions.

Lauren Herndon

Lauren Herndon has joined Deo Volente Hair Salon as a stylist.

Herndon has experience with working with male and female clients, specializing in designing styles that work best with a person’s face shape.

Deo Volente is located at 68 Bluffton Road, Suite B in Bluffton.







Cleophus Lane

Cleophus Lane has joined the staff of Cross Schools in the role of football coach, strength trainer, and campus security manager.

In Lane’s new role as football coach, he will oversee the football program at both the high school and middle school level. In his role as campus security manager, he will patrol both lots and buildings during the day and oversee security at larger school events, in addition to serving as a liaison between the school and local emergency personnel. 

Lane earned his degree from Holmes Community College along with University of Memphis. He served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years, before seeking a career in education.

He has coached football for more than 20 years, serving in both private Christian schools and public schools as large as 5A and 6A, many of which won regional and championship titles. 

Lane and his wife, Linda, relocated to Bluffton from Grenada, Miss. Contact Coach Lane at c.lane@crossschools.org.

Located in Bluffton, Cross Schools was established in 1998 as an independent Christian school. The school expanded to its Buckwalter Campus, at 495 Buckwalter Parkway, and serves more than 600 students in preschool through high school.

For more information, visit crossschools.org or call 843-706-2000.

Dr. Rick Toomey has been appointed to the Area Commission for the Technical College of the Lowcountry by Gov. Henry McMaster. He will represent Beaufort County.

Dr. Toomey earned his undergraduate degree in management science and Master’s Degree in hospital administration from Duke University. He also holds a Doctor of Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina.

He has more than 32 years of public health administration and executive management experience, most recently as director of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and as president and CEO of Beaufort Memorial Hospital. Dr. Toomey and his wife, Dr. Linda Hawes, make their home on Lady’s Island.

The TCL Area Commission sets policy and oversees regulatory compliance. Members are appointed by the governor upon recommendation of the local legislative delegation, and represent TCL’s four-county service area: Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties.

Other members include James Boozer, Randy Dolyniuk and Heath Duncan representing Beaufort County; David M. Smalls representing Colleton County; Dr. William Small Jr. representing Hampton County; and Sheree Darien representing Jasper County.

For more information about the commission or its members, visit tcl.edu/about-tcl/tcl-commission.