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
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.
Tonya, a native of Hilton Head Island, is blessed with knowledge of the locals and southern charm. She received her Bachelors degree from University South Carolina-Beaufort while raising 2 children, Christopher and Danielle. She also volunteers her time with the local youth football and cheer organization. Through the last two years, her role at Bluffton Self Help has evolved as she combines her unique blend of creative ideas and operation administration to manage numerous programs and devoted volunteers while preserving the vision of Mrs. Ida Martin. “I truly want to see everyone succeed in life. I cannot be successful in life if I cannot help my neighbors over their obstacle,” says Tonya.
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 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."
Director of Development
Allison came to Bluffton Self Help in May of this year after working with the United Way of the Lowcountry during their 2018 campaign. Originally from Eastern NC, she spent the last 15 years of her career raising funds for the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh; with over 20 years of experience as a professional fundraiser. Allison moved to Bluffton in 2018 and she absolutely loves the area and feels that the Lowcountry is her new forever home. “Every day here is fulfilling and it is such an honor to be a part of this mission and to witness the impact that Bluffton Self Help has in this community”. She and her fiancé, Walter, spend most of their weekends working on projects on their land in Tillman, SC joined by their Golden Retriever, Oliver.
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.
owner, Hibernian Design
Elaine Morris, born in Dublin Ireland, studied and worked in the hospitality field until moving, with her husband, to the US in the mid 1990’s. Having had a successful career in academia as a lecturer in Hospitality Management in the University of Ulster, on moving to the US she focused on raising her two sons. Elaine maintained her affiliations with universities back in Ireland and provided consultancy services for various projects over a 10-year period. In the mid-2000s she returned to work full time to open her own soft furnishing design business. Elaine and her husband have lived in four places in the United States and she has always sought out opportunities to play a role within the community where she has lived. She started volunteering at Bluffton Self Help over six years ago, working every Wednesday in the food service shift. She joined the board five years ago and has taken a special interest in events and activities including the Postal Food Drive, the Holiday program in conjunction with WSAV and the annual event planning committee. She took on the role of Vice Chairperson on the board in January 2018.
Retired Business Executive
Diane Bullock joined the Bluffton Self Help’s Board of Directors in 2019 and currently serves as Treasurer. In 2009, after 30+ years working and traveling for several large, global organizations headquartered in the Midwest, she and her husband, Chris, moved to the Lowcountry. She is a retired business executive with broad-based finance and business experience in the automotive, electronic component and financial services industries. Over the years, Diane has worked with a number of charitable and non-profit organizations and is excited to be a part of this Bluffton Self Help team.
General Manager, Bluffton Today
Katie Goodman moved to the lowcountry in 2010 after graduating from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Integrated Marketing Communications and Psychology. She joined Bluffton Today in 2011 as an account executive and now serves as the Advertising Director/General Manager overseeing the sales strategy, operations and community partnerships for the Bluffton Today, Sun Today and the Jasper County Sun Times. Katie joined the board in 2014 and in her spare time loves to attend local community events and spend time with her soon to be husband Wayne and their three rescue dogs Marina, Duke and Belle.
Town of Bluffton Councilman
CEO, Coastal Carolina Hospital
Retired Education Professional