Anthony Philip Carter M.D., a third-year resident in Floyd Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency program, has been named 2015 Family Medicine Resident of the Year by the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. This award recognizes a resident’s leadership, academic achievement, professionalism and contribution to the community.
Ryan Earnest, President of Rome-based Heritage First Bank, announces Charles W. “Chuck” Thornton, Jr. has joined the bank and will serve as its chief financial officer. In his new role, Thornton will direct the financial functions of the Rome-based bank.
University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby awarded Linda Corbin with the Chancellor’s Service Excellence Award, which is given to employees for demonstrating consistently high levels of performance while accomplishing normal job responsibilities as it relates to service for the past year.
Harbin Clinic’s Dr. Brad Bushnell has been selected to join the society of American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES). Membership into this organization is granted to leading orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in surgery of the shoulder and elbow.
Rome, Ga. — Shorter University staff member Joan Blackwelder has been tapped to serve as Executive Director of Shorter’s University Office of Advancement, overseeing the University’s fundraising efforts.
Vicky Story is a full-time Realtor with Ayers Realty, LLC, representing buyers and sellers. She is a lifetime resident of Northwest Georgia, first in Bartow County, then moving to Floyd County in 2003 to be closer to her church, and has been a Roman ever since. She started her college education with Georgia Highlands and then transferred to Shorter University, finishing as an honor graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
Paul Meredith, director of manufacturing for the BCF Fiber Extrusion Group at Mohawk Industries, and Murry Weaver, vice president of Georgia Power’s Northwest Region, were recently sworn in as Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s (GNTC) newest Board of Directors members.
21st Century Financial Inc., one of the leading financial services companies in the southeast U.S., announces the appointment of Norman Barden to the position of financial representative. In his new position Barden’s responsibilities will be to provide a full complement of financial services to families and business professionals throughout the Atlanta, Athens and Rome metropolitan areas. These responsibilities will be focused on the creation and development of impactful economic strategies for his clients.
Makervillage Inc. announces the hire of Ruth Demeter as executive director. In this position, she will work to advance the mission of Makervillage to grow the creative economy of Northwest Georgia by nurturing maker-minded businesses and professionals. She will be responsible for the management and execution of the organizational strategic plan, which includes the administration of the business accelerator program, nurturing strategic community relationships, organizing the calendar of special events and workshops, and assisting with fundraising and sponsorship support.
Harbin Clinic welcomes Dr. Whitney Jennings to Harbin Clinic Gastroenterology. Jennings joins the practice of Dr. Stephen Finn, Dr. Roman Galysh Jr., and Dr. George Goldin at 1825 Martha Berry Blvd. in Rome.
Steven Craig, speech-language pathologist, received LHC Group’s National Therapist of the Month award for June 2015. LHC Group has more than 10,000 employees, including 3,000 therapists in 29 states. Currently serving as coordinator of speech therapy services for Floyd, Chattooga, Polk and Gordon counties, Craig has been an employee of Floyd Home Care, an LHC company, for four years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Berry College, and a Master of Arts degree from University of Memphis.
Cancer Navigators, Inc. announces Scharla Battle has been promoted to community outreach manager for the Rome-based nonprofit organization which supports cancer patients and their families. Battle will develop and maintain a relationship with community organizations and public agencies with a shared interest in the mission of Cancer Navigators, plan and oversee all fundraising events and activities, assist individuals and community organizations to develop and implement events and programs which will provide resources to Cancer Navigators or its patients and publish regular communications to stakeholders and the public about its mission and activities.
Garden Lakes Realty Co. announces Bill Pelfrey Jr. has joined its firm as a licensed Realtor. Steve Miller, principal broker of the firm, said Pelfrey’s initial primary focus will be on all things involving residential real estate services.
Shorter University announces the addition of three new faculty members for the 2015-2016 academic year. Robert Stinchcomb is serving as assistant professor of sport management in Shorter’s Robert H. Ledbetter College of Business. David Webb is assistant professor of mathematics in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. Also joining the College of Arts and Sciences is Veronica Tudor Allen, who is biology laboratory instructor/coordinator.
Kim Hawkins has joined the staff at Darlington School as a nurse in the Student Health Center. She holds an A.S. degree in nursing from Floyd Junior College and a B.S. degree in nursing from West Georgia College. A registered nurse, Hawkins has over 34 years of experience in the medical field, most recently as a contracted anesthesia, pre-op and pain management nurse at Redmond Regional Medical Center. Hawkins is certified in CPR and ACLS.
Harbin Clinic welcomes family medicine physician, Karen A. Eberhart MD to Harbin Clinic Family Medicine in Cedartown. Dr. Eberhart joins the practice of Dr. Heather Pryor, Dr. Robert Pyle and Dr. Todd Robinson.
AUGUST - Georgia Highlands College has named Elijah Scott the Dean of Libraries, College Testing, and Curriculum Innovation. On top of overseeing GHC’s libraries, Scott will additionally take charge of the college testing sites at each of the five campuses and the college’s curriculum innovation processes.
Cristy Baldwin has joined the staff at Darlington School and will teach Spanish in the middle grades. A native Spanish speaker, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in teaching English as a foreign language from Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico and a Master of Arts degree in education from Regent University.
Team Legacy Cheerleading and Tumble Center, 309 Dodd Blvd. Suite 200, introduces its newest staff member, Coach Madison Bercich. Bercich is the center’s new director of community relations - athlete recruitment and retention.
Dixie Cook, senior employment manager for Mercy Care Rome, 300 Chatillon Road, was recognized on for 25 years of service at the Saint Joseph’s Health System Employee Recognition Celebration held in Atlanta on June 19.
Monica Smith has joined Redmond Regional Medical Center as laboratory director. Smith earned her Bachelor of Science degree in medical laboratory technology from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She did her clinical rotation at Emory University Hospital. She later attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she earned her Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in operations management.
Chris Lynch has joined SAI Digital as software engineer. In this position, Lynch will be responsible for the complete life cycle of new and established software products. He will consult on application and feature development, write code to support desired specifications following best practices for security and scalability, and provide technical support for products owned by customers as well as software owned and maintained by SAI Digital.
Tonia Schrader is now part of Seven Hills Salon & Day Spa. She has been in the beauty industry for 27 years. Schrader believes continuing education is the key to success and gives credit to King and Queen Salon for encouraging that. She also worked at Shear Professionals and continued to grow with the industry.
Matt Robbins, senior lending officer of Greater Community Bank, was among the 168 bankers receiving graduation diplomas on June 5 from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. The three-year program provides courses covering all aspects of banking, economics and related subjects. Sponsored by 15 southern state bankers associations, in cooperation with the Division of Continuing Education at LSU, the banking school requires attendance on campus for three years with extensive bank study assignments between sessions. The faculty consists of bankers, business and professional leaders, and educators from all parts of the U.S.
Ryan Earnest, president of Rome-based Heritage First Bank, announces Susan Dunwoody, who has served in the Rome banking environment since 1987, has joined the bank as vice president. In her new role, Dunwoody will serve as human resources officer, internal audit officer and accounting support officer.