Serving as a member of the Bluffton Self Help Board of Directors is both rewarding and challenging. As stewards of our clients and donors, we serve to fulfill our mission to help neighbors in need in every possible way, while at the same time carefully safeguarding the time and investments made by community volunteers and donors.

To learn more about involvement in the activities of Bluffton Self Help, and board-related commitments and activities, we encourage you to contact our Executive Director Kimberly Hall

BLUFFTON Self Help Staff

Kimberly Hall

Executive Director

Kimberly Hall came to Bluffton Self Help two years ago from Orlando, Florida where she most recently led statewide marketing, volunteer and fund development functions for Easterseals Florida. Her mission is to continue with Mrs. Ida Martin’s legacy of serving the Bluffton community and individuals in need while delivering resources to help them become self-sufficient within the community. Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and Masters in Business Administration from The University of Tampa. She and her husband, Chris, reside in Bluffton with their two young children. They have developed a love for the community and the people for which is serves.

Jean LEBlanc


Jean came to Bluffton Self Help in May, 2018 after working as a CPA for 13 years and as an educator for 24 years. A life-long learner, Jean earned an undergraduate degree in accounting and a doctorate in Educational Leadership. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and served as an elementary principal in the Chicago suburbs. She and her husband retired to Bluffton in 2017. Having worked in schools with high levels of at-risk students, Jean is happy to be serving the families of Bluffton. Working part-time at BSH allows Jean to pursue her interests in crafts, physical activities and enjoying time with family.

Barbara Bowers

Education and Resource Center Manager

Barbara Bowers moved to Bluffton from the Northeast where she worked as a social worker for many years. Barbara was essential in opening our Education and Resource Center (ERC) in 2018. She is now the face of the ERC, has grown the programs and workshops offered to fit our neighbors needs. Many of our clients stop in just to see Barb and update her on their progress.

Julia Violi

Program Manager

Julia came to Bluffton Self Help after 15 years of Resort Food and Beverage Management, Catering Sales and Event Management with a bachelors degree in Hospitality Management and Tourism from the University of Kentucky in 2003. In January 2018, her husband, Courtney and she welcomed a daughter, Paisley Jane. After a year at home she stepped back into the workforce to support our team as Office Coordinator. "I'm grateful that I have found such a wonderful organization to work for and have enjoyed seeing the positive impact BSH makes in our community every day." In February 2020, Julia was promoted to Program Manager overseeing Food, Clothing and Special Programs.

Sharonica Gavin

Development MANAGER

Sharonica Gavin, a local of Hilton Head Island, graduated from the University of South Carolina – Beaufort where she majored in Public Health. She has years of experience in the public health spectrum – providing support to communities, patients, families, medical professionals and industry personnel. She is the mother of an amazing daughter, Domonique and in her spare time she enjoys volunteering in the community. Sharonica is enthusiastic about being the Development Manager because she understands the impact and importance of providing help for those in need.

Genesis Gonzalez

ERC Coordinator

In 2012, Genesis moved to South Carolina and quickly fell in love with the Lowcountry. She earned a bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina - Beaufort. That is where her experience in program coordinating began; creating associations/clubs, volunteer opportunities, and serving as a liaison between students and administration. Genesis is thrilled to be a part of Bluffton Self Help and the expansion of the Education and Resource Center to the community of Hardeeville..

Candyce Childress

Office Coordinator

Candyce has been with Bluffton Self Help since March 2020.

Danielle Dekruif

Marketing & Communications Manager

Danielle moved to Bluffton in 2018 with her family, from Phoenix, Arizona where she earned her Bachelors in Nonprofit Management at ASU. With over 10 years of marketing and development experience in the Nonprofit sector, Danielle enjoys giving back and became involved in the community as a BSH volunteer. She is now a staff member and helps reach others interested in giving back. Danielle enjoys spending time at the beach and outdoors with her husband and two young daughters, Hayden and Holland.

Amanda de Verona

Education Director

Adriana Curry

Assistant Program Manager

Corina Altamirano

HHI Program Manager

Rosa Benitez

Assistant Program Manager

Bluffton Self Help 2020 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Doug Adamson

Retired Business Executive

Doug Adamson has been a member of Bluffton Self Help's Board of Directors since 2014 and has served as its Chairman since 2017. Adamson and his wife Ronda retired to the Lowcountry in 2010 following his 40-year career in the banking industry. He held executive management positions in a community bank and large regional bank before joining the American Bankers Association in Washington, DC, where he served for 24 years as Executive Vice President. Doug, a self-described servant-leader, has held leadership positions in civic, charitable and professional organizations throughout his life. While living in Bethesda Maryland, Doug was ordained an Elder in the Presbyterian Church and currently serves on the Session of Lowcountry Presbyterian Church in Bluffton.

Joel Taylor

Vice Chairman
CEO, Coastal Carolina Hospital

Joel Taylor was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Coastal Carolina Hospital, a 41-bed hospital, effective September 12, 2016, bringing with him many years of experience in successful leadership for several healthcare facilities. Effective April 11, 2018, he was named Hilton Head Regional Healthcare Chief Operating Officer, in addition to his position as Chief Executive Officer at Coastal Carolina Hospital.  In this expanded role, Joel took on more operational leadership at Hilton Head Hospital, a 93-bed hospital, and is focused on driving growth in the health system’s key ancillary service lines.  Joel was instrumental in the planning and opening of Tidewatch Emergency Department, a department of Coastal Carolina Hospital, the area's first freestanding Emergency Department.Joel Taylor joined the Bluffton Self Help’s Board of Directors in 2019 and currently serves as Vice Chair.

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