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The Coastal Law Foundation has selected the following new board members to serve in 2014: Robert F. Spohrer, president and CEO and senior partner of the Jacksonville law firm; James E. Farah, partner at The Farah Law Group; James "Jamie" R. Holland II, attorney with the Jacksonville law firm Harrell & Harrell; London Kite, senior division chief and homicide prosecutor for the Office of the State Attorney Fourth Judicial Circuit; Annette Ritter, dean of experiential learning and professional development at Florida Coastal School of Law; and Lee T. "Tad" Griffin, partner at Pajcic & Pajcic.
The Coastal Law Foundation raises, manages and invests funds for charitable and educational programs to benefit the students of Florida Coastal School of Law and their community.
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Jared Mauldin and Tonya Creamer have been hired by Flagler College as members of the Office of College Relations.
Mauldin will serve as the college's social media and web content coordinator in the Office of Web and New Media Services. Creamer has been hired as an events coordinator.
Nicole Polinski, Navy commander, was selected as director for mental health at Jacksonville Naval Hospital. Polinski will provide oversight, guidance and direction for mental health care and substance abuse rehabilitation at the Jacksonville hospital and five branch health clinics.
Leanne McKnight Prendergast, an attorney with Smith Hulsey & Busey, has been selected by the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation to participate in its upcoming leadership summit.
IWIRC is a global network of women in the insolvency and restructuring professions.
The First Coast Apartment Association has two competitors in the upcoming Maintenance Mania national competition at the 2014 National Apartment Association Education Conference & Exposition.
Jimmy Garcia of Avistele of Ponte Vedra and Renaissance Property Group, and Kyle Slagle with Addison Landing Apartments and WRH Realty Services will compete on June 20 in Denver.
The Avondale and San Marco office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realtors announced that Cindy Guy, and her husband, Doug, were recently honored by the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission.
The two were honored at the annual awards ceremony for the renovation of their home on Riverside Avenue. The couple also received an Outstanding Home Renovation award from Riverside Avondale Preservation.
Marco vision diagnostics of Jacksonville has hired G. Timothy Petito as manager of professional relations.
Petito will develop relationships between Marco and their customers in the optometric and ophthalmological communities.
Sarasota-based FCCI Insurance Group hired James Kotas as its new government affairs specialist.
Kotas will serve as a liaison between FCCI and the Florida Legislature. Prior to joining FCCI, Kotas served as the chief of staff to Florida Senator Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach).
The Florida Department of Transportation hired Ron Tittle as the new public information officer for the Jacksonville urban region, which includes Clay, Duval and Nassau counties.
Gov. Rick Scott appointed Randolph Brunson to the St. Augustine- St. Johns County Airport Authority.
Brunson, of St. Augustine, is the owner of Brunson Custom Homes Inc. His term runs through Nov. 11.
Gov. Scott appointed Matthew Carlton to the Clay County Development Authority. His term runs through July 1, 2017.
Scott also reappointed three to the Authority: Gregory Clary, Ernest Dobson and William Randall.
The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce hired Greg Voss as vice president of operations.
Voss will oversee the Chamber's marketing, membership programs, communications, finance and human resources.
Retirement Alliance hired Andy Ives for its business development team as a regional pension consultant.
Ives will oversee sales efforts in the Southeast Territory for the New Hampshire-based company from his Fleming Island office.
Atlantic Beach Country Club has hired Karen M. Donnelly as its inaugural general manager.
Donnelly will oversee the entire club operation, including golf, tennis, dining, catering, fitness, aquatics, and more.
Jacksonville University hired Christine Sapienza to lead its College of Health Sciences.
Sapienza, who has extensive work in speech-language pathology, has been named dean of the college, and began her new role on May 28.Send items for it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos, attached to emails and press releases, are welcomed.