Amy Santos was elected to the Board of Directors of Edison Academics Inc., a private not-for-profit, fully accredited school, for grades 7-12 in Bradenton. Santos is an associate professor and chair of the business/technology department at State College of Florida, where she teaches courses in business, finance and accounting at the associate and baccalaureate level.
Cathy Layton was named chair of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Board of Trustees and Emily Walsh was named vice chair. J. Allison Archbold, an estate planning attorney, was also appointed as a new trustee.
JoAnn Froman, director of learning and development at Goodwill Manasota, recently won a scholarship to "Play by Design: A Bridge to Learning." Scholarships were offered to a limited number of non-profit professionals as well as graduate students. The conference is aimed at exploring the intentional use of play to improve learning. Conference sessions will bridge the gap between traditional board games and digital games, as well as face-to-face play and eLearning.
John Avery has joined the University Park office of RE/MAX Alliance Group as a sales associate. He joins his wife, Marie Avery, who is a broker-associate in the same office.
Avery has lived in the area for 23 years and has owned an industrial contracting business since 1980. He received a bachelor's degree in business from the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Representatives of RE/MAX Platinum Realty recently returned from A Place in The Sun International Real Estate Showcase in Birmingham, England, where they
represented developer communities in Tampa as well as RE/MAX Platinum Realty's listings in the Sarasota area. Co-owner Cheri Guentner and Global New Homes Division Manager Teresa Witte shared with Great Britain buyers and real estate professionals about the numerous benefits of buying retirement and vacation property in the Tampa to Sarasota corridor.
Dr. Joelle Angsten has been named Tidewell Hospice's chief medical officer. She has been a contributor at Tidewell since 2006, including serving as associate medical director for the children's and admissions teams before accepting the interim CMO position this year. Before joining Tidewell, Dr. Angsten worked in private practice in internal medicine and pediatrics at First Physicians Group in Sarasota and was a staff member at the North County Health Center, a collaborative effort between Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Manatee County Rural Health Services that provides medical care for underserved populations in north Sarasota County. She is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Miami School of Medicine.
J. Mack Reid has joined the board of directors of Caldwell Trust Co. after a unanimous vote of the board. Reid came to Sarasota in the 1970s to work at what was then the Boys Club of Sarasota County. Under his leadership, it expanded to become the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, an entity comprising four clubs and six after-school programs within the county.
Alyssa M. Nohren, of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, has been named a 2013 top rated lawyer in ethical standards and legal ability by Martindale-Hubbell. She received the highest "AV Pre-Eminent" rating through a peer review process. Nohren primarily practices real estate law, with an emphasis on residential and commercial real estate transactions, manufactured and mobile home law, and real estate litigation. She is the immediate past-president of the Sarasota County Bar Association, volunteers as a board member of PACE Center for Girls/Manatee County and has been honored over the years for her pro bono legal services to the needy.