Amy Morton has been named vice president of sales and operations for American Nursing Services Inc. She will be responsible for operations in Augusta, Atlanta and several markets in Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma.
Chris Cooper has joined the firm of Cooper and Co. CPAs. Mr. Cooper, who has done mission work in Asia, earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Georgia.
Gina Lynn Adrales, a gastrointestinal surgeon, has joined the faculty of the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Adrales recently completed a laparoscopic surgery research fellowship and a clinical fellowship at the University of Kentucky. She is a 1996 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
Kathryn Brucks has been named information security officer for MCG Health Inc. She has 24 years of experience in the information technology industry and was MCG Health's manager of technical support. She earned a degree in electronic business management from Southern Illinois University.
Gail Allison has been promoted to property manager for Cogdell Spencer Advisors' Augusta region, where the company manages more than 500,000 square feet of medical office buildings for the downtown campus of University Hospital in Augusta and its four satellites. Ms. Allison served as a project accountant for Cogdell and in the financial services department of University Hospital.
John T. Walraven has been appointed vice president of construction and development lending for First National Bank & Trust. Mr. Walraven will work closely with the bank's recent expansion into the Savannah, Ga., market. The Savannah operation, named Queensborough National Bank & Trust, is the 12th Georgia county in which the institution offers financial services.
Mary Ruth Spence recently joined First National Bank and Trust's Martinez office. Ms. Spence has nearly 30 years of mortgage lending experience and is a member of the Classic South Board of Realtors.
Chris Swan has joined Garrett Aviation as vice president/general manager for the company's facility at Augusta Regional Airport. He was most recently regional director of the company's Aircraft Engine Global Commercial Field Service Americas Region. Previously, he was the owner/operator of Sierra Aviation and airport manager for Starke County Airport, both of which are in Knox, Ind.
Meybohm Realtors announced that the following agents have achieved certification as Cendant mobility inventory specialists, mobility marketing specialists and referral specialists: Anita Mullenix, west Augusta; Beverly Hixon, Columbia County; Peggy Pennington, west Augusta; and Donna Cooper, Columbia County.
Meybohm's Ann Parham and Tammy Simpson recently earned their accredited buyer's representative designation from the Real Estate Buyers Council of the National Association of Realtors.
The Aiken chapter of the Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina elected the following officers for 2003-2004: Trey Ledbetter, Ledbetter Housing, president; Jimmy Walker, Omega Homes, treasurer/vice president; John Wight, Founders Mortgage, secretary; Earnest Lee, Aiken Housing Center, director; Ted Ledbetter, Ledbetter Housing, director; and Linda Toomer, Aiken Housing Center, director.
Augusta City Administrator George Kolb was recognized for 30 years of service in local government at the International City/County Management Association's annual convention in Charlotte, N.C.
Rich Borden, operations supervisor of Borden Pest Control, has been elected to the board of directors for the South Carolina Pest Control Association for the 2003-2005 term. Directors are chosen by the 242 members of the organization based on past club experience and knowledge of the industry. Mr. Borden has served as treasurer, secretary, vice president and president of the CSRA Pest Control Association.
James W. ank) Hankinson of Hankinson Retirement & Investment Specialists Inc. has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the Association for Investment Management and Research. The designation is the only globally recognized credential for investment analysis and management. Mr. Hankinson has 10 years financial industry experience and is a certified public accountant, certified financial planner and has a master's degree in taxation from Georgia Southern University.
John E. Bartus an engineer at Savannah River Site, has been appointed by South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford to serve as a member of the South Carolina Perpetual Cemetery Board. Mr. Bartus was instrumental in lobbying the state legislature to regulate perpetual-care cemeteries following complications with the interment of his wife, Delores, in 1999.
Mary Ellen Quinn, associate professor of nursing science and graduate studies at the Medical College of Georgia, has received the Marietta Suhart Award from the Georgia Gerontology Society. The award recognizes excellence in teaching, leadership and vision in the field of gerontology.
Joseph Hobbs, chairman of the Medical College of Georgia's Department of Family Medicine and vice dean for primary care and community affairs in the MCG School of Medicine, has received the 2003 American Academy of Family Physicians' Thomas W. Johnson Award for contributions to family medicine education. Dr. Hobbs also has been named the Georgia Rural Health Association's 2003 Distinguished Educator for serving rural and medically underserved populations.
MCG Health System is one of 16 major teaching hospitals named to the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals list for 2002.
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