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COMMUNITY SERVICE

Suncoast High School Foundation has announced the appointment of Peter Blatt organization’s 2018-18 president. He served as vice-president of the board since 2016. He is president of Blatt Financial Group in Palm Beach Gardens, and has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry. Blatt earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Boston University, in addition to a law and post-doctorate degree in tax from the University of Miami School of Law. He is a member of The Florida Bar Association.

EDUCATION

Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beachhas hired six teachers. Maria Dona-Morice has been hired to teach Spanish in the school’s languages department. Dona-Morice holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and French from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, and two master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix. In addition, she has degrees in Latin American and Spanish literature from San Francisco State University. Dona-Morice has been teaching in the U.S. for the past 17 years, and has extensive training in differentiated instruction as well as project-based learning; she has presented on both topics at the Florida Foreign Language Association and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Prior to joining Oxbridge, Dona-Morice taught at several elite institutions including The San Francisco School, San Francisco State University, and Montverde Academy. She resides in Port St. Lucie.

Andrew Johnson has been hired to teach physics in the school’s science department. He will also teach engineering and innovation. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in applied physics from the Colorado School of Mines. He has taught introductory and upper-division physics at the University of New Mexico and at the Florida Atlantic University Honors College. Johnson was trained as a theoretical and computational physicist. He has worked in academia and in the industry at Los Alamos National Laboratory, NextEra Energy Resources and the Max Planck Florida Institute. Johnson resides in Jupiter.

Amy Jonas has been hired to teach Spanish in the school’s languages department. Jonas holds a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Spanish coupled with a master’s degree in Latin American and Spanish Peninsular literature from Florida Atlantic University. Jonas has spent 15 years teaching at different institutions in the U.S., Europe and South America. Prior to launching her teaching career, Jonas was a horse trainer, interpreter and educational counselor/agent for Latin Americans seeking to study abroad. Jonas resides in Delray Beach.

Zoe Losada has been hired as an associate director of college counseling in the school’s college counseling office. She has 25 years of experience in college and school guidance counseling. She has spent the majority of her career working in rigorous Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate schools in Venezuela. Most recently, Losada served as the upper school counselor at the International School of Florence in Italy. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Bennington College and SUNY Albany before going on to earning a Master of Arts in counseling programs at Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela. Losada is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and International Association for College Admission Counseling. Losada is a resident of Palm Beach Gardens.

Anika Pack has been hired to teach world and American history in the school’s social sciences department. She earned her bachelor’s degree in geography and Spanish language from Colgate University. Pack began her teaching career at The Out of Door Academy, teaching chemistry and marine science. Prior to Oxbridge, she taught honors world history, Advanced Placement United States government and politics, and honors economics at the University School of Nova Southeastern University. Pack resides in West Palm Beach.

Lindsay Van Loon has been hired as an English teacher and will teach tenth grade English honors. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame, where she earned her degree in English and Spanish. Van Loon taught English literature at the American School Foundation in Mexico City before completing her master’s degree in humanities at the University of Chicago. She has years of experience teaching at private schools in the U.S., and most recently taught English literature in South Korea. Van Loon resides in Royal Palm Beach.

HEALTH

Linda Nelson has been hired by Toby & Leon Cooperman Sinai Residences of Boca Raton as director of nursing. Nelson will focus on building relationships with local influencers in the medical profession. She is a graduate of Palm Beach Community College, and has worked in numerous management positions in nursing and rehabilitation. Nelson has been a registered nurse since 1983.

INSURANCE

Nathan C. Flah has joined Flah & Company in West Palm Beach as director of portfolio modernization. He specializes in private placement, insurance portfolio analysis, insurance reviews, dual benefit products and disability insurance. Flah previously worked for MetLife, where he started as an insurance underwriter, was promoted to senior product consultant and competition liason, and ended as the company’s youngest regional vice president in the nation. He graduated from the University of Tampa, with an honors distinction in business economics. Flah also earned his Master’s of Finance degree from the university. He holds Series 7, Series 6, 2-15 and Series 66 licenses.

Elisa Glazer has joined The National Council on Compensation Insurance as executive director of talent development. She will work the company’s human resources department, overseeing leadership development, talent review and succession, performance management, competencies and course design and delivery. Glazer will also oversee NCCI Cares, the company’s charitable program. Prior to NCCI, Glazer worked as a principal at Avion Consulting, and led the learning and organization development team at Office Depot. She graduated from the University of Albany with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business. Glazer earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in organizational psychology from Baruch College.

LEGAL

Tasha K. Dickinson has been admitted to practice in the state of New York. She is a board member for Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs in West Palm Beach. Dickinson concentrates her practice in estate planning and trust and estate administration. She is also admitted to practice in Florida and North Carolina. Dickinson is board certified by The Florida Bar in wills, trusts and estates, a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a current member of the Executive Council of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar. Dickinson is the past-president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers , a past co-chair and member of The Florida Bar probate rules committee and the past-chair and member of the wills, trusts and estate certification committee of The Florida Bar.

NONPROFIT

Karen Davidson has joined Gulfstream Goodwill as the organization’s CFO and VP of administration.She previously worked for Sunrise Community, where, as CFO, she managed the financial, accounting, budget, information technology, procurement and treasury functions for healthcare entities in seven states. She will be responsible for the accounting, budgeting, financial reporting, business planning and cash management for the organization, as well as oversee the finance, technology, procurement and property management divisions for Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. Davidson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Saint Leo University, and her master’s degree in accounting from Nova Southeastern University.

REAL ESTATE

Jane Vergari has joined Tauber Real Estate Services as an associate in the firm’s Jupiter office. She has over 40 years of experience in the industry and is licensed in Florida and New York. Vergari’s expertise in residential sales includes investment properties, condominiums and cooperatives, multi-family homes and single-family residences. In her new position, she will concentrate on residential listings and sales in the Northern Palm Beach area. Vergari is involved in community organizations to include South Florida Special Olympics, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lighthouse Center of the Arts, Maltz Theater, The Everglades Foundation, and Community Fund. She is a member of the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches, the Florida Association of Realtors, the New York State Association of Realtors, the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Vergari is resident of Jupiter.

RECOGNITION

Argos Homewatch has received the Accredited Member status from the National Home Watch Association. The company opened in 2015 under founder Jason Hackbarth. Hackbarth parners with Dennis Hanner and Elizabeth Hanner. Argos serves Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River counties.

Ashley C. Drumm has received a Special Projects Award from the Palm Beach Legal Aid Society, where she was recognized for her pro bono work in critical need, domestic violence and guardian advocacy. Drumm is the project coordinator for the society’s pro bono program, and is an associate at Carlton Fields’ West Palm Beach office.

CALENDAR

The Wellington Chamber and Small Business Roundtable Committee will host a speed networking event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Wellington National Golf Club, 400 Binks Forest Drive, Wellington. Make business contacts, and meet new clients and customers. $30 members, $35 nonmembers, $40 nonmember walk in. Call 561-792-6525 or visit wellingtonchamber.com

The Palm Beach County Hotel & Lodging Association will hold a meeting on Sept. 13 at noon at the Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens, 3505 Kyoto Gardens Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. The meeting’s host will be Achim Kuhn, general manager of the hotel and treasurer of the association. The meeting will also review the initiatives of Els for Autism, Gulfstream Goodwill Industries and Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County. The cost is $35 for members and their guests in advance, $40 at the door. $45 for nonmembers, who must pay in advance. For more information, call 561-882-9813 or visit hotelassociation.com

The Boca Real Estate Investment Club will present “Landlording” at the group’s September 14 meeting at 7 p.m. at Renaissance Hotel Boca Raton, 200 NW 19 Street, Boca Raton. Club president David Dweck will lead the presentation. The keynote speaker will be landlord/tenant attorney Charles Simon. The cost is $20 for nonmembers, free for BRIC members. For more information, call 561-391-7325 or visit bocarealestateclub.com

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