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  • John Oviedo
  • Kelly Crosby
  • Laura Farless
  • Mary Adair
  • Michael Solomon
  • Adam Hart
  • Drew Morris
  • J. Brandon Gaffney
  • Jennifer Fournier
  • Lanae Wimberly

NEW HIRES/PROMOTIONS

DREW MORRIS

New job title: Physical therapist at Hinesville location

Company: West Rehab &Sports Medicine

Duties: Treat patients with a variety of diagnoses including: orthopedic diagnoses, proprioceptive issues, post-surgical rehabilitation, and neurological diagnoses; create treatment plans that could include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, modalities, dry needling, and home exercise programs.

Related experience: Physical therapist, Physiotherapy Associates, Stockbridge

Education: Bachelor of Science in biology,Valdosta State University; doctorate of physical therapy, Armstrong Atlantic University

JOHN R. OVIEDO

New job title: Physical therapist at the Pooler clinic

Company: West Rehab &Sports Medicine

Duties: Work with patients to overcome the adversities associated with physical injury and serves as their personal advocate and provider of care throughout their rehabilitation process; perform diagnostic evaluations to determine the status of a patient’s physical abilities, diagnosis and age specific needs, and develops and implements individualized treatment plans with measurable goals and methods to achieve those goals.

Related experience: Physical therapist, Optim Healthcare

Education: Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science and master’s in physical therapy, East Carolina University

MICHAEL SOLOMON

New job title: Chief operating officer

Company: Senior Citizens Inc.

Duties: Oversee customer service programs; provide strategic counsel and growth advisement to its directors.

Related experience: various posts, recently vice present and area manager, SunTrust Bank,

Education: Bachelor of science, business administration, Auburn University; MBA, Troy University

KELLY J. CROSBY

New job title: Chief audit officer

Company: Armstrong State University

Duties: Oversee risk assessment, audit activities and compliance with state guidelines.

Related experience: Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, most recently as interim chief financial officer, administering the school system’s budget; vice president of finance, Georgia Heritage Federal Credit Union; various audit and accounting roles at Union Camp Corp./International Paper and at Hancock, Askew &Co. She is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Law Enforcement Auditor with a

Education: BBA in public accounting, Georgia Southern University.

ADAM HART

New job title: Savannah branch manager

Company: Starkey Mortgage

Duties: Grow the Savannah market by increasing loan production, hiring additional loan officers and establishing satellite offices.

Related experience: Vice president, regional sales manager, United Community Bank

MARY ADAIR

New job title: Development officer

Company: Humane Society for Greater Savannah

Related experience: Major gifts officer for One Hundred Miles

Education: Graduate of Boston College.

J. BRANDON GAFFNEY

New job title: CEO

Company: J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center

Duties: Provide oversight, strategy, and vision for the center’s growth and execution of its mission.

Related experience: COO, Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Service

Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science, Morehouse College, Atlanta; master’s degree in health administration from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.

VITA CANIZARO

New job title: Sales manager

Company: The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort &Spa

Duties: Responsible for all international corporate groups and those originating from the northeast and midwest United States.

Related experience: The Westin Maui Resort &Spa; Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Ala.; Marriott Bay Point, Panama City and Emerald Grande in Destin, Fla.

LANAE WIMBERLY

New job title: Assistant vice president and mortgage loan officer

Company: Southeastern Bank, Richmond Hill branch

Duties: Responsible for origination of mortgage loans for customers through a new partnership with Quicken Loans.

AWARDS/HONORS

HunterMaclean in Best Law Firms rankings

HunterMaclean was recognized by the 2017 edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”with first-tier rankings in eight practice areas: admiralty &maritime law, commercial litigation, insurance law, litigation – construction, medical malpractice law – defendants, product liability litigation – defendants, real estate law, and trusts &estates law. HunterMaclean also received rankings in corporate law, health care law, personal injury litigation - defendants, and tax law.

Bouhan Falligant in Best Law Firms list

Bouhan Falligant was recognized by the 2017 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” with first-tier rankings in four practice areas: Admiralty &maritime law; bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights / insolvency and reorganization law; personal injury litigation – defendants; and real estate law.

Farless, Fournier earn Innovation award

Laura Farless, director of the Steward Center for Palliative Care, and Jennifer Fournier, clinical special services manager of the Nancy N. &J.C. Lewis Cancer &Research Pavilion, were recognized by the Georgia Medical Society with the Health Care Innovation award for their leadership in integrating outpatient palliative care into a cancer center in our community.

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