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The Cypress of Hilton Head Island


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Meet Our Team



Not just staff or crew but a part of our extended family.

At The Cypress, we don’t simply hire to fill a position; we seek out individuals who are as passionate about providing excellent service as we are. From the gatehouse to the Preston Health Center and everywhere in between, you will always be greeted with a warm welcome and friendly smile. Our staff is our family and in turn a caring and capable extension of yours.

Sandra K. Griffin-Bukoskey, Executive Director

“Sandy” became the Executive Director of The Cypress in August 2012.  Before joining The Cypress, she was the Administrator of The Heritage of Brentwood in Brentwood, Tennessee, Executive Director of Capital Mano in Salem Oregon, Marshes of Skidaway in Savannah, GA and Laurel Crest in Columbia, S.C.  She is licensed as a long-term care administrator in PA, TN and SC.   Sandy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Physical Education and Recreation from Lock Haven State College in Lock Haven, PA.  In addition, she has served as Continuing Care Accreditation Commission Evaluator and Continuing Care Accreditation Commission Surveyor.  In accordance with the Club’s management agreement with Life Care Services, Sandy is an employee of Life Care Services.

Rebecca Davis, Sales & Marketing Manager

Originally from Virginia, “Becky” holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Operations Research from Virginia Commonwealth University.  A brief period of employment in Fixed Asset Management led to a lifetime career in Continuing Care Retirement.  Becky moved to Hilton Head in 1995 with her son Jack and will be celebrating 20 years with The Cypress in 2015.  Her passions are her son Jack, dog Lucy and partner Howard (not necessarily in that order). The Cypress and its equity model offers the best in lifestyle and financial stability in the continuing care retirement community sector and she is thrilled to be a part of its success.

Gwynn Spearman, Human Resources Director

Gwynn joined our team in 2014 as the Human Resources Director. Gwynn began her career, over 15 years ago, in the healthcare industry and brings 8 years of experience in Human Resources leadership. Gwynn earned a Master of Business Administration degree in 2003 and is a current member of the Society for Human Resources Management. In her free time, she enjoys biking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and fossil hunting.

Ann Harrison, Home Health & Cypress Clinic Administrator

Ann Harrison has been in nursing since 1981.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, NJ.  She has worked for the Cypress Home Health Agency since 1998 and has been the Administrator since 2006.  She implemented the successful Independent Living Plus program at the Cypress and manages the Cypress Club Clinic.  Ann Harrison lives in Hilton Head Plantation with her husband, two cats and dog.

Susan Lentz, Move-In Coordinator

Susan moved to Hilton Head in 1988 with her husband John and two daughters, Shawna and Erin from North Olmsted, Ohio.  She began working for The Cypress as a concierge and was promoted to work in the Sales and Marketing Department in 1996.  She loves her job helping New Members seamlessly move to The Cypress and working closely with contractors and Cypress staff.  Susan enjoys swimming, gardening and most of all playing with her 4-year-old granddaughter Grady.

Linda Heise, Accounting Director

Linda has been the Accounting Director at the Cypress for 15 years.  Linda came to the Cypress with twenty years of experience in the banking industry.  In anticipation of a move to Hilton Head, Linda studied for and passed the CPA exam.  Originally from Ohio, she has lived in various places following her husband Bob’s Army career. Linda’s undergraduate degree is from Wittenberg University and she received her MBA from Georgia State. In her free time, Linda enjoys running, tennis, kayaking and spending time with her two daughters and grandchildren.

Nona W. Story, Broker in Charge

Nona moved to Hilton Head along with her husband Mike and their two children, Annemarie and Scott in 1977.  In 1990, Nona was the Cypress Move-in-Coordinator and advanced to Sales and Marketing. After working in general real estate throughout the Low Country, Nona returned to The Cypress as a Sales Counselor and Broker-in-Charge.  Nona knows first-hand the benefits & luxury of living at The Cypress since her parents Anne and Lyman Wooster moved to The Cypress in 1994.  Nona loves spending time with her husband, children and 5 grandchildren and of course, her 100-pound Goldendoodle puppy Grover.  Nona’s other talents include needlework and home decorating.

Pete Nowak, Executive Chef

Pete is originally from New Jersey but has been proud to call the South his home for the past 25 years.

Pete’s culinary journey has allowed him to spend time at some of the finest properties in the southeast including The Cloister Hotel of Sea Island, GA, The Charleston Place Hotel, The Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in historic Charleston SC, The Grove Park Inn, The Peninsula Club and exciting turn at The Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Pete and his wife Stephanie live in Mooresville with their two daughters. Brianna is a junior, anxious for college graduation and Elena is happy to be a senior at Mooresville Sr. High School.  The Nowak family also includes two Chinese Shar Pei dogs, Bucco and Portabella.

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