Who’s News for the week of September 17th-23rd

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Photo above from left: Mike O’Regan and Olesya Matyushevsky.

Weidner, Wegmann & Harper welcomes new attorney

Weidner, Wegmann & Harper, LLC welcomes new law associate Olesya Matyushevsky to the firm. Ms. Matyushevsky is originally from Russia and immigrated to Bluffton at 17 years of age, obtaining her high school diploma from Hilton Head High School.

Upon graduating from the College of Charleston, Ms. Matyushevsky became a US citizen in 2005 and entered Western Michigan University Cooley Law School becoming licensed to practice law in 2008. Ms. Matyushevsky was previously employed by CODA (Citizens Opposed to Domestic Violence) as a staff attorney for four counties in the 14th Judicial Circuit. Ms. Matyushevsky will be working in the firms, Family Law, Estate Planning and Immigration Divisions. Olesya Matyushevsky is one of four lawyers in the state of South Carolina fluent in the Russian language.

The Exchange Club of Beaufort presents Emergency Medical Person of the Year award to Mike O’Regan

Beaufort County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is proud to announce that on Friday September 11, 2015, the Exchange Club of Beaufort presented The Emergency Medical Person of the Year award to Paramedic Mike O’Regan.

Mike O’Regan, a paramedic and Crew Chief, has been with EMS for over 12 years. “Mike is dedicated to great patient care and demonstrates very well the professional care we provide at Beaufort County EMS”, said Donna Ownby, director of Beaufort County EMS. When O’Regan is not on duty at EMS he is teaching at Technical College of the Lowcountry. O’Regan has been an Emergency Medical Technician instructor in Beaufort for years. He also teaches CPR classes to professionals and laypersons.

The Exchange Club of Beaufort presents the EMS Medical Person of the Year award to someone who has demonstrated outstanding contributions and professional service to the citizens of Beaufort County through the field of Emergency Medical Services.

Parris Island fire fighter named Beaufort County Fire Fighter of the Year

Kevin Averill, a fire fighter with the Parris Island Fire Department, received the Beaufort County Fire Fighter of the Year award Sept. 11, 2015, during a 9/11 commemoration ceremony at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort. Ron Voegeli, treasurer of the Exchange Club of Beaufort, presented the award to Averill for his outstanding efforts throughout the year. “This is not a personal award to me,” said Averill, 29, from Beaufort, S.C. “This award shows all of the great things the men and women I work with have done for this community.” Averill has served with the Parris Island Fire Department for four years.

Gough and Bennett join Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic

The Board of Directors of the Clinic recently reorganized the Clinic’s paid staff, which includes three part-time employees. Carol McConn MBA, RN serves as Clinical Director, and manages the patient care program with Judy Gough BA, RN who joined the staff as Assistant Clinical Manager in mid-August. The Clinic’s most recent hire is Linda A. Bennett MA, LBSW, who will serve in the new position of Outreach Director. Most of the Clinic’s services are provided by volunteers: medical services are provided by more than 20 licensed clinicians who provide medical care, and more than 20 nonclinical volunteers staff the front office, prescription assistance program and spiritual support services.

“The new organization of paid employees allows us to put all of the Clinic’s funds to work serving the Clinic’s patients and reaching out into the community in an effort to ensure that every person eligible for services at the Clinic knows where we are and how to qualify for services,” said Wendy Nagy, Board Chair and CEO.

Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic is a faith-based clinic that provides primary health care services at no cost to adults in Beaufort County who have limited income and no health insurance. The Clinic is located in Professional Village off Route 21 on Lady’s Island. Information is available at 843-470-9088 or www.gnfmcbeaufort.org.