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News Clips 10/21/2013
Source: Herald-Tribune, 10/21/13
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New College of Florida has welcomed nine new professors to its faculty. The hiring is the result of a careful budgeting plan, developed in cooperation with the college's academic departments. In response to state budget cuts, the college held nine tenure-track positions open for two years until lawmakers restored higher education aid.
The restored funding allowed the college to fill six of those positions this year. Five are newcomers to New College, while one is a professor already on staff. The other four new faculty members are visiting professors, who will fill in for faculty conducting research or serving in administrative roles.
The five new tenure-track faculty members are David Gillman, assistant professor of computational science; Jack Reilly, assistant professor of political science; Tyrone Ryba, assistant professor of biology; Xia Shi, assistant professor of history; and Q. Meccasia Zabriskie, assistant professor of sociology.
The sixth new tenure-track faculty member is Professor Tracy Collins, assistant professor of economics. Collins has taught at New College for two years via a postdoctoral fellowship. She received her doctorate and master's degrees from North Carolina State University and her bachelor's degree from the Univrsity of Paderborn, Germany.
The new visiting assistant professors are: Naomi Campa, classics; Eric Greenwood, physics; Melanie Hubbard, English; and Travis Lee, mathematics. Campa, Hubbard and Lee are graduates of New College.
Dr. Diane Stewart, of Lyte2 Touch Chiropractic in Sarasota, was chosen by the American Business Women's Association as one of its 2014 Top Ten Business Women of the Year at the association's national conference in Little Rock, Ark.
The Top Ten designation is the highest honor awarded to a member of ABWA. Winners are chosen for their career accomplishments, community involvement and contributions to the association.
As president of the local ABWA Sunrise Chapter, Stewart accepted a 2012-13 Best Practices Level 2 Award, which recognizes team excellence in chapter management.
Maryann Mize, senior vice president and senior credit officer at Charlotte State Bank & Trust in Port Charlotte, will moderate a panel discussion at the CCIM Live national conference Oct. 25-26 in Denver. The conference is organized by the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute, governing body of the largest commercial real estate association in the world.
Mize's panel, "Evaluating Today's Financing Options," will discuss the most efficient way to find commercial real estate financing in today's market and how historical trends, job growth, housing and other factors affect commercial lending.
David Holmes and George Williamson, both of the Farr Law Firm in Charlotte County, recently received accreditation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. They can now prepare, present and prosecute veterans' benefit claims. To receive accreditation, federal law requires an attorney to complete continuing legal education covering VA representation, disability compensation, dependency and indemnity compensation and pension benefits, claim procedures, eligibility requirements and appeal rights.
J. Ronald Skipper and Richard Gans, shareholders in the Sarasota law firm of Fergeson, Skipper, Shaw, Keyser, Baron & Tirabassi PA, are included in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers In America.
Both attorneys are board certified by the Florida Bar as specialists in wills, trusts and estates and both are Fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.
Gerald Keane, a partner in the law firm of Keane & Keane, has been granted board certification in marital and family law by the Florida Bar until 2017.
Board certified since 1987, he is one of less than 300 Florida attorneys board certified as an expert in marital and family law. Keane is peer rated by Martindale-Hubbell as an AV lawyer, the highest rating available in both legal expertise and ethical standards.
Insignia Bank has hired Roger Roberts as vice president commercial lending. He will be based out of Insignia Bank's office at Cattlemen and Fruitville roads in Sarasota.
Roberts has more than 30 years experience in commercial lending. His background includes lending for both community and regional banks, both in and out of the greater Sarasota and Manatee County area.
Roberts has served on the boards of the United Way of Manatee County, St. Joseph Catholic School and Suncoast Workforce.
The Luhrsen Law Group has hired attorney Kristy Guy Zinna. A Manatee County native, Zinna graduated from the University of South Florida and Stetson Law School.
She was a prosecutor and a public defender for five years.
Anthony Abate, Cheryl Gordon and Gregory Marks, all lawyers in the Sarasota office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP, were included in "The Best Lawyers in America 2014." Abate is listed under construction law and Gordon and Marks under tax law.
Best Lawyers is is based on a peer-review survey in which leading attorneys cast millions of votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.