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Chris Newport is the first executive director of Sinai Residences of Boca Raton, a new continuing care retirement community being built on the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County campus. He will handle residents’ service including dining, social, cultural and educational opportunities and health and wellness programming. He is currently hiring the upper-level management team. When complete, the community will serve approximately 450 residents with over 225 full and part-time employees.


Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach recently announced the promotion of four employees to leadership positions. Carolanne Brown was promoted to assistant provost. Brown is a double alumna of Texas Tech University, with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and master of education degree. Diane Esposito was promoted to associate dean for Graduate Nursing Programs. Esposito holds a bachelor’s of science in nursing degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, a master’s of science in nursing from Adelphi University and Ph.D. from Barry University. Marcus Braziel was promoted to director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. Braziel received his master’s of science in organizational leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a bachelor’s of arts degree in mass communication-journalism from University of South Florida. Michael Brown was promoted to senior associate athletic director for External Operations. Brown completed his master’s degree in athletics administration from University of California-Pennsylvania.


Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs in West Palm Beach announced that 19 lawyers were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2016, including: Larry B. Alexander, David E. Bowers, Margaret L. Cooper, H. Michael Easley, Scott G. Hawkins, Thornton M. “Tim” Henry, Peter S. Holton, Michael T. Kranz, Theo Kypreos, Joanne M. O’Connor, John C. Randolph, Keith W. Rizzardi, Peter A. Sachs, Sidney A. Stubbs, John S. Trimper, Roberto M. Vargas, H. Adams Weaver and Robert W. Wilkins. Ben Alexander of the Palm Beach office was also named to the list.

The 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America includes 19 attorneys from the Boca Raton and West Palm Beach offices of international law firm Greenberg Traurig. For the ninth consecutive year, Greenberg Traurig was ranked number 1 by Best Lawyers in America for having the highest number of attorneys listed in the 2016 edition of its publication. Included were Mark F. Bideau, David M. Layman, Rebecca G. DiStefano, Lorie M. Gleim, Rebecca G. DiStefano, Dennis W. Hillier, Jeffrey S. Kahn, Marvin A. Kirsner, Marcia H. Langley, Craig T. McClung, Stephen A. Mendelsohn, Bridget A. Berry, Joseph C. Coates III, Tracy L. Gerber, Laurie L. Gildan, Lorie M. Gleim, Phillip H. Hutchinson, Bradford D. Kaufman, Patricia A. Leonard, Robert Sanders, Stephen D. Sanford.

James W. Beasley Jr., managing partner of Beasley Kramer & Galardi in West Palm Beach, has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

All six partners at the West Palm Beach law firm of Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen & Littky-Rubin have been recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2016. They are Mark W. Clark, Donald R. Fountain Jr., Nancy La Vista, David C. Prather, W. Hampton Keen and Julie H. Littky-Rubin.

David C. Prather, partner at Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen & Littky-Rubin in West Palm Beach has been reappointed to the Judicial Nominating Committee for the Southern District Conference of Florida.

Santo DiGangi, an attorney at Critton Luttier & Coleman in West Palm Beach, was appointed to The Florida Bar Young Lawyer’s Division Board of Governors. He is co-chair of the communications committee and a member of the Technology, Affiliate Outreach Conference and Practicing with Professionalism committees. Santo was also elected vice president-designate of the Kiwanis Club of West Palm Beach.


Bethesda Health in Boynton Beach welcomed cardiologist Christina Michael to Bethesda Health Physician Group. Michael is fellowship-trained in cardiovascular disease with an additional fellowship in advanced heart failure and heart transplant. She earned her medical degree from University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In addition, the group welcomed Andrew L. Savin. He cares for adults in his internal medicine practice and provides inpatient care at Bethesda Hospital East and Bethesda Hospital West. Savin earned his medical degree from Rush Medical College.


FordHarrison, management-side labor and employment law firm, announced that Christine Hanley, partner in the firm’s West Palm Beach office, will be featured in the 2015 Women Worth Watching issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal. Nominated by their employers for their passion, their potential, and their positive influence both inside and outside the workplace, the winners represent corporations, government agencies, and nonprofits from across North America and Europe.

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