Meet the Culture & Arts Advisory Committee

Tayloe Cook

Tayloe Cook moved to Hilton Head in 1992 at age 8 and attended Hilton Head public schools until 2001 when he finished his education at Christ School in Arden, NC until 2003. Cook attended the University of The South from 2003-2007 where he graduated with a degree in Comparative Politics and Political Theory. In 2007, Cook worked for an online wine startup, GrapeThinking/Tastevine in Raleigh Durham/Atlanta and then relocated to Mobile, Alabama, to work in the wine retail store Red or White Wine. In 2011, Cook was hired by Norton Lilly International as a Boarding Agent and worked in their Honolulu, HI, office from 2011-2013 when he transferred back to Savannah with Norton Lilly. Cook founded the craft brewing company Wooden Skiff Brewing Co in 2014 and sold to Bev364 in 2016. Having produced pottery as a hobby from 2000-2015, Cook apprenticed with Jacob Preston in 2015, and after started Tayloe Pottery. Initial clients were James Beard recognized chefs such as Clayton Rollison (Lucky Rooster), Pen Ten Eyck (Sweetgrass Dawtaw), Brandon Carter (FARM) and Digby Stridiron (FISH Restaurant CHS, Parcel 32).

Terry Herron

Terry Herron spent his career with a series of International business start-ups, beginning in music electronics, and several years in food & chocolate imports. I located my business to the Lowcountry in 1979. For most of my life, performing as a musician & singer and producing concerts have always been my first love. Recent shows are “Sinatra’s 100th Birthday”, “Unity through Song”, “Music of Johnny Mercer” and “Holiday Swing”. In retirement, I have focused on activities in Lowcountry Arts, Gullah Culture, Entertainment and History throughout Beaufort County and the region. Currently, I devote my time to sports including running, biking, organizing Europe Bike Tours, and tennis. In addition, I currently operate Concert Events producing cabarets and concerts for large music venues, country clubs, festivals and fundraising events. On Hilton Head Island, I’m a member of the Town of Hilton Head Island’s Venue Committee, the Arts & Culture Advisory Board, Kickin’ Asphalt Bike Club, and Greater Island Council. Other recent pursuits include working with the Beaufort Arts Council, the Savannah Jazz Festival, the Gullah Consortium, Gullah Goes to Washington, the Santa Elena Foundation. My passions are the preservation of Gullah Culture and resiliency for our local eco systems; to draw national attention to our regional history, eco, and heritage assets; and to help prepare Hilton Head & Beaufort County to create our future, not merely predict our future.

Jane Joseph

Jane Joseph moved to Hilton Head Island in 1996. She joined the board of the Art League of Hilton Head in 2007, serving seven years, and since then has dedicated much of her energy to the promotion and expansion of Entertainment, Arts, Culture and Heritage organizations and events on Hilton Head Island. She is invested in ensuring that the town achieves its maximum potential for both residents and visitors. From 2015 through 2017 she was Chairman of the Town’s Arts & Cultural Strategic Planning Committee, which recommended a Town Office of Cultural Affairs, and is currently Vice Chairman of the Town’s Venue Committee. Jane has been a member of Congregation Beth Yam since 1996 and has held numerous leadership positions there, including Board President. She also has been active in a number of other non-profit organizations on the Island. Jane has a BA degree in mathematics from Cornell University and had a long career with IBM in a variety of technical and marketing management positions. Later she was Director of Quality and Information Technology for Manugistics, Inc., a software and consulting company. In 1998 she became an independent management consultant providing services to corporations throughout the United States in strategic planning, organizational development and effectiveness, quality management, communication, marketing, project management and meeting facilitation. Jane is married to Hart Joseph. They have five children and eleven grandchildren.

Miho Kinnas

Miho Kinnas, born and raised in Japan, is a poet published in various journals and anthologies and is the author of Today, Fish Only (Math Paper Pres, 2015). She is also a literary translator and gives poetry workshops centered on haiku written in English. Recent workshops were held at book festivals and schools in Shanghai, Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from City University of Hong Kong. She is a member of the Poetry Society of South Carolina and Hilton Head Island Writers’ Network. Prior to embarking on her writing career, she worked in technology, finance and professional training sectors in Atlanta, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai. She and her husband, Ben, have been full-time residents in Palmetto Dunes since 2014. Her other affiliations include US Masters Swimming, Hilton Head Island Audubon Society and World Affairs Council Hilton Head. Miho loves chamber music.

Andrea Murray

Andrea Murray Is young, talented and gifted. A Native Islander of Hilton Head Island, SC and a graduate of Hilton Head High School, Murray holds a Bachelor Degree of Science in Business Operations from DeVry Institute of Technology. Murray is known for being the first African American Female General Manager of the UniverSoul Circus, the only African American owned and operated circus in the world. Prior to joining UniverSoul Circus, Murray was the Marketing Manager for Feld Entertainment Disney on Ice productions (North East Territory). Since returning home to have her son Christopher, she has produce her very own circus in Bluffton, SC and in the Bahamian Island of Nassau, Abaco and Eleuthera. In addition, she is the publisher of the Gullahzine which is a Gullah magazine publication created for the Native Islander, Tourist, Visitors and Local here on island and abroad. Murray’s latest ventures include being the creator, promotor and producer of The Gullah Food Festival and the Gullah Soul Christmas for the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island and the Co-Founder of the Hilton Head Hornets AAU Basketball Team. In her spare time, Murray enjoys boating, producing events, and traveling.

Carol Nelson

Carol Nelson is a versatile and accomplished senior-level institutional advancement professional with 25+ years of experience in the non-profit sector in the areas of development, education, and marketing. She has provided innovative leadership for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations, including higher education administration, private secondary school administration, the arts, corporate conference development, and special event development related to fundraising. In 2009 Carol founded Lodestar Advancement Strategies, a consulting practice focused on providing small and mid-sized non-profits with expertise in all areas of institutional advancement. Specific areas of expertise include capital campaign management, major gifts, strategic planning, membership programs, special event development, volunteer management, prospect/donor cultivation and community outreach. In 2015 Carol and her family relocated to Hilton Head Island from Bucks County, PA. Since then she has been active with her consulting work and has become involved in the Hilton Head Island community as a volunteer in several organizations and events. Currently she is serving as Co-Chair of the 2018 Long Cove Club Neighborhood Tour of Homes, appointment to the Culture and Arts Committee for the Town of Hilton Head Island, member of the Long Cove Club Charitable Advisory Committee for the LCC Community Charitable and Endowment Funds, and has volunteered at local festivals and events. She enjoys both the challenges and the rewards of working to promote and further enhance the unique and vibrant arts and culture found on Hilton Head Island.

Linda Piekut

Linda is a graduate of Eastern Washington University. She began her career as a Middle School and Senior High School English and French teacher in Kennewick, Washington. She then took a position in a Management Training program for the Department of the Army Electronics Command in Philadelphia, PA.

After moving with her husband to Central Pennsylvania, Linda went to work for Electronic Data Systems, working primarily on AT&T accounts. During her career with EDS, she was a team leader, supervisor, training specialist, and then managed 4 teams of specialized business analysts responsible for working with AT&T corporate customers. She eventually retired as a Project Manager for software development in 1999, and then continued to work in the software development field as a consultant in business processes for several smaller local companies.

After retirement, genealogy became an obsession, and Linda became President of the local genealogy club for several years. She also taught genealogy and computer classes at the public library. It was a natural transition to begin volunteering at the Heritage Library on Hilton Head Island as the Director of Information Technology and as a genealogy class instructor. In June, 2012, she accepted the position of Executive Director of the Heritage Library Foundation, responsible for the financial and day-to-day operations of the foundation. Her project management skills have been invaluable in raising funds and pulling together teams of people to manage the library’s research projects. She retired from that position in 2018.
Linda has also served on the Board of the Hilton Head Island Computer Club, as Vice-president and Education Coordinator.

Kathy Reynolds

Kathy Reynolds is a native of Atlanta, Georgia who has been involved with Hilton Head Island since the early 1980s. As a permanent resident, Kathy is committed to enhancing the rich cultural, art and history of Hilton Head Island. She holds an MBA from Emory University and a BA in Interior Design from Brenau University. Over her 43 year career in business, Kathy held various executive positions in the apparel industry, more specifically intimate apparel. She is proud to have been affiliated with such national brands as Vanity Fair, Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria’s Secret, Jockey and SPANX. While a resident of Atlanta, Kathy served as a Board Member of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Chair of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. On Hilton Head Island, Kathy is a Council Member of Christ Lutheran Church, a past President of the Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island, and she has served on the Board of the Hilton Head Island Carolina Shag Club. Kathy and her husband Gary enjoy travel, music and walking on the beach. They have two sons who live in Eugene, OR and Port Orange, FL and five grandchildren.

Dan Shapiro

Dan Shapiro has pursued business consulting activities since 2004 predominantly related to the scrap metal recycling industry building on his over 40 years of experience in both family-owned and corporate entities. He has worked with many scrap companies around the country and Canada to coordinate and install significant equipment installations and deal with management issues across a broad range of topics including systems, software, accounting procedures, equipment selection and installation, etc. In addition, he has facilitated implementation activities for companies utilizing management systems, such as the Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS) and Responsible Recycling for Electronics (R2), to effectively manage their operations, environmental compliance and health and safety issues. Dan is from Chicago, Illinois. He received an AB in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, an MFA in Theatre from Smith College, and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He has served on boards of directors in various capacities including the Institute of Recycling Industries (ISRI), a national recycling trade association, for a privately held company and a university alumni association. Dan is a graduate of Hilton Head Island Leadership 2006, served as a Regent from 2006-2008, and again for 2010-2012. Dan and his bride Joy have been engaged with HHI for over 40 years.