The mission of the Leadership Hilton Head Island-Bluffton program is to systematically inform,
challenge and educate the participants regarding opportunities and needs in the community,
as well as the dynamics and social and economic change; to create a dialogue and rapport
among the participants and existing community leaders; and to identify organization and individual
opportunities for community involvement and assist in the placement of participants in these positions.
The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton
Chamber of Commerce
began its Leadership program in 1985. It was designed to cultivate leadership
resources within the community by giving participants the opportunity to study and experience the
Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Okatie and Daufuskie Island communities, including their history, government,
economy, human services and culture.
Leadership Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Class of 2015
(Click to enlarge)
Sitting Left to Right:
Julie Serafino (Hargray),
Brad Tadlock (Town of Hilton Head Fire Department),
Catherine Lewallan (Novit and Scarminach),
Kent Berry (The Greenery, Inc)
Standing Left to Right:
Janet Turley (Island Synergy Group),
Nick Kristoff (RBS Citizens),
Erin Schumacher (Town of Bluffton),
Diane Bartlett (USCB), Kevin Quat (Absolute Island Management),
Lori Ross (Hilton Head Hospital),
Scott Chandler (Town of Bluffton Police Department),
Christina Marion (Saltwater Marsh Works)
The curriculum provides broad-based leadership perspectives to familiarize participants with the
area's challenges, opportunities and resources. It also includes a class initiated community project
challenging participants to explore current needs and issues first hand.
The Leadership Class runs from August through May. For more information on applying for
Leadership Hilton Head Island-Bluffton, please click here.