Meet the Board

LindsayLindsay Gifford

Lindsay has been a proud member of Junior Service League of Beaufort since 2011. A native of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, Lindsay is originally from Luray, S.C. she spent every summer in Beaufort and made it her permanent home in 2008. She has worked as the Art Director of Pink Magazine and Paisley Magazine for nearly 9 years and enjoys bringing a positive, empowering magazine to women throughout the southeast. Lindsay was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Lowcountry Young Professional Award by the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce.
Lindsay is very honored to serve on the Board of Directors and serve as President after serving as Publicity Chair for 5 years. She says volunteering in her community allows her to use her time and talents to help others without asking for anything in return. Although, each smile that lights up a child’s face or silent look of thankfulness from a parent makes every minute worth it. In choosing to volunteer with an organization like Junior Service League of Beaufort, she’s able to work together with dedicated women to make a greater impact than they would individually. Lindsay is very thankful for the wonderful, strong women she has met through this great organization.


Marlena Mattingly

Marlena joined the Junior Service League of Beaufort in 2015, soon after moving from Kentucky to join Beaufort Memorial OB-GYN Specialists as an OB-GYN physician. Her passion for women’s health and interest in serving the community led her to join the league. As the Ways and Means Chair last year, she enjoyed learning about the many non-profits in Beaufort county, and felt honored to participate in their impact on the community through the grant process. This year she is excited to serve again on the Board as the Vice President. She strongly believes in the League’s mission to support women, children, and families. When she is not busy delivering babies, you can find Marlena spending time with her fiancé or planning their upcoming beach wedding.


Erin Walker
Administrative Vice-President

More info about Erin coming soon!


MikieMikie Bertholf
Financial Vice-President

Mikie, a native of Kawasaki City Japan, has been a low country resident since 2001.
After completing her undergraduate education in radiologic sciences and starting her career in the computed tomography (CT) at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Mikie was excited to Join JSLB in 2014.  Mikie truly enjoys serving the community through the league and making new friends and connections every year!  In 2016, Mikie was named member of the year by the rest of the JSLB membership!  It was one of her proudest moments topped only by successfully chairing the wildly successful 2017 JSLB Touch a Truck Event!
Mikie keeps busy shuttling her two children, Kiwa 12, and Kai 7, between dance and jiu jitsu and she also really enjoys working out.  Family vacations are a joy for her and she also likes to keep  her family in the river at the sandbar all summer long!
Mikie has been featured in Pink Magazine as a “featured woman” and has long been an advocate for the Technical College of the Lowcountry where she served as a Presidential Ambassador.  TCL is where it all started for her education journey eventually earning her degree from Midwestern State.
Beaufort is her home and she enjoys serving the community with her husband Reece, the Beaufort Port Royal Fire Chief.  Look for Mikie in every Beaufort parade walking in front of the fire trucks!

Claire Marie Smith
Appropriations Director

Claire Marie returned to the Lowcountry in 2013, having fallen in love with the region during her time at the College of Charleston. She joined the Junior Service League of Beaufort in 2016 and is thrilled to serve on the Board of Directors this year as the Appropriations Director. In this position, Claire Marie will lead the appropriation of JSLB grant funds to organizations in the Beaufort community. Claire Marie is a Senior Project Manager, specializing in flood protection, for a small water resources firm in Northern California. She and her husband live in Bluffton.


MissyMissy Nelson
Service Director

Missy is a Beaufort native and joined the Junior Service League of Beaufort in 2015. She was voted “Provisional of the Year” by her peers for her passion and dedication to the League. In 2017, Missy co-chaired our annual Prom Boutique where 74 local Junior and Senior high school girls were able to leave with their dream prom dress for FREE! She is a mother to 4 beautiful daughters and is married to an awesome photographer. She works for a local pillow manufacturer and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and cheering on her girls at local sporting events. Her passion for children spills over into the work we do as a League and she is excited about serving on the Board as our 2017-2018 Service Director.


LaylaLayla Manning
Member at Large

A native of Charleston, Layla moved to Beaufort in 2006 after graduating from Hollins University with a degree in English and a double minor in history and art history. She first worked as a Senior Sales Associate at Bay Street Jewelers for nine years before leveraging her sales experience into a new position as a Financial Services Rep at First Citizens Bank.

Layla and her son, Logan (JSLB’s unofficial mascot!), joined the League in 2015 eager to make more friends and give back to the community they love. She has since served as a Committee Chair for the JSLB BBQ, Prom Boutique, and Jubilee and is delighted to be this year’s Member at Large, which she considers the “happiest job in the League!” Layla is looking forward to helping the League grow, and supporting and encouraging the ladies who give so much of themselves through the year to make Beaufort a better place for women, children, and families.


KristenONealKristen O’Neal
Communications Director

Kristen joined the Junior Service League of Beaufort in 2016. She was voted “Provisional of the Year” in 2017. Originally from Florida, she relocated to Beaufort in 2012 and fell in love with the community.  She joined the league to get involved with the community and to serve with like-minded women. Kristen is currently a Territory Partner Manager with Xerox and lives in Beaufort with her husband, Patrick, and their lab, Bailey.


Version 2Hayley Dawson
Membership Director

Hayley has been in the low country for 5 years. She is originally from Georgia and she attended the University of Georgia where she majored in Statistics. She moved down here in 2012 with her husband, Jeff, and her Labrador retriever, Stryker. She owns a fitness studio downtown where she teaches small group fitness classes. She joined JSLB in 2013 when her neighbor invited her to a social event and has been a member ever since. “I have loved getting to know the amazing women involved in this organization and I can’t wait to meet all of our new members!”


CourtneyDukes2Courtney Dukes
Past President

Courtney is originally from Pensacola, FL, but did a lot of her time growing up in Okinawa Japan. She works as a District Sales Manager for a steel company, and has a three year old little boy and a lab that still thinks she’s a puppy.
Courtney moved to Beaufort just over three years ago from Columbia SC and joined the JSLB immediately upon arrival. She has loved serving in the JSLB ever since, and has worked on the Prom Boutique as a Co-Chair, served on the board as Placement Chair, Secretary, President and now Past President,  and has been heavily involved in the BBQ. “Service with the League has not only given me some of my most dear friends, but connected me to this new community that I entered. It’s been invaluable to my experience in Beaufort!” -Courtney


Gloria Duryea
Sustainer Liason

More info on Gloria coming soon!