Appraisal

Rachel K. Brint has joined Prospect Real Estate Partners & Prospect Valuation as director of operations. She has more than 10 years of experience in the appraisal and property management industries. She has a bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech.

Benefits

Jon Taylor has been named senior vice president and South Carolina employee benefits practice leader at Neace Lukens. Previously, he was managing director of the company's Nashville, Tenn., office.

Engineering

William Kent, Brad Smith and Joey Woody have joined Davis & Floyd.

Kent is project manager. He has 13 years of experience. Previously, he was a project manager at Constantine Architecture LLC. He has a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia.

Smith as a senior engineer. He has 21 years of experience. Previously, he was a staff civil engineer and project manager with the City of North Charleston. He has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University.

Woody is a senior engineer. He has 15 years of experience. Previously, he was a water resource engineer at TranSystems. He has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and master's degree in engineering management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Government

Tiffany Norton has joined the town of Summerville as events and media coordinator and public information officer. She has a bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston. She has experience in event planning, marketing and advertising, emergency management preparedness and governmental affairs.

Higher education

Hai Yao has been named interim director of the Clemson University-Medical University of South Carolina Bioengineering Program. He is associate chair and associate professor of bioengineering at Clemson and associate professor in the MUSC College of Dental Medicine's department of oral health sciences. He has a bachelor's degree and a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University in China, and a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Miami.

Law

Mary F. Fishburne has joined the Wigger Law Firm as an attorney. Her practice focuses on employment, personal injury, workers compensation and Social Security disability. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of the South and a law degree from the Charleston School of Law.

Nonprofit

Leigh Jones Handal has joined the Preservation Society of Charleston as manager of the annual Fall Tour of Homes, donor communications and special events. She has more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit management, communications and marketing fields. For 13 years she directed the annual Spring House and Garden Tours at the Historic Charleston Foundation.

Real estate

Frank Cox and Diane Gorczyca have formed The Cox & Gorczyca Group at Carolina One Real Estate's Highway 17 North office in Mount Pleasant. Cox retired from law enforcement after 25 years. Gorczyca previously worked in the travel agency business for 22 years and has real estate experience in New Jersey and Ohio.

Liz Harris Nimmich has joined the Isle of Palms office of AgentOwned Realty as an agent. She has a bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston and has previous experience in the insurance industry.

Seafood

Danny Hieronymus has joined St. Jude Farms as operations manager. He attended Johnson & Wales University in Charleston.