Bethesda Hires Veteran Educator with State, National Credentials to Direct Admissions
(SAVANNAH, GA) Bethesda Academy has hired a director of admissions who is a veteran teacher with state and national credentials and nearly two decades in the classroom.
Tia Adkins joins the staff at the private college-preparatory day and boarding school for young men in grades six through 12.
“Ms. Adkins brings a wealth of experience to this position, and we are delighted that experience ranges from classroom teaching to statewide remediation to work with national curriculum publishers,” said Michael Hughes, president of Bethesda. “Her leadership will be invaluable to the students we serve.”
Her education career began in Gadsden and Pooler elementary schools, where she became a finalist for Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools’ teacher of the year and was named the 2006 Grammy Foundation Character Through the Arts national teacher of the year. She also served as the local school district’s literary specialist for two years.
At the state level, Adkins worked on a literacy project funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, she led teams of teachers at struggling schools who were working to find innovative ways to teach in challenging situations. As a mentor to other teachers, she taught how to implement Common Core curriculum elements and other strategies and worked often with low-achieving schools in remediation efforts.
She also spent six years with Scholastic Achievement Partners, now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, as a manager of professional learning. Plus, she has worked as an independent contractor writing content for a new pre-kindergarten curriculum and is the author of the forthcoming book “Setting the Standards for Centers.”
Adkins earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at Armstrong State College and has a master’s degree in education from Cambridge College in Boston.
“It’s exciting to open a new chapter in my education career, working with older, college-bound students,” Adkins said. “Bethesda Academy fills a unique niche in Savannah education, and I’m proud to be a part of an education program with centuries of experience in serving youth.”
ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private day and boarding school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.
Betsy Portune Joins Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah as Business Manager
(SAVANNAH, GA) Betsy Portune has joined Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah as business manager. Her duties at Roto-Rooter will include maintaining company policies and procedures, handling employee relations, assisting with recruitment and overseeing daily reconciliations and banking.
“I’m excited to welcome Betsy Portune to our team here at Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah,” said Sherry Daniel, owner of the local franchise. “Her experience in the hospitality industry shows that she is customer-service oriented, so I know she will fit in well with our organization.”
Portune, a graduate of Savannah’s Alfred E. Beach High School, logged more than 20 years in the hotel and restaurant industry, working with Marriott and IHG (Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites). She has been recognized as regional general manager of the year and was honored with Marriott Market Share Excellence, Marriott Service Award and IHG Sales Solution Selling Certification.
Her hobbies include fishing, boating, biking and knitting, as well as spending time with her fiancé, three daughters and six (soon to be seven) grandchildren.
ABOUT ROTO-ROOTER PLUMBERS OF SAVANNAH
Roto-Rooter plumbers in Savannah provides full-service plumbing maintenance and repairs and clogged drain cleaning, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including toilet repairs. Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah offers industrial, residential and commercial plumbing services. Trusted and recommended since 1935, Roto-Rooter is the premier provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services in Savannah, GA. The company’s specialty is emergency services. Roto-Rooter Plumbers stand by their estimates and guarantee their work. For more information, please call (912) 303-8570 or visit https://www.rotosavannah.com/home.html
Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Provides Day of Service and Donation to Union Mission
Following the presentation, 15 volunteer representatives from Enmarket and Healthy Savannah remained onsite to repaint walls at Union Mission’s Ben and Bettye Barnes Center, 1407 Atlantic Avenue. The center provides permanent supportive housing for up to 16 single women living with disabilities. Program tenants are supported by such services as case management and community resource referrals.
“Our employees are always eager to give back to the community, and these volunteer days, which are new to the Encourage Health Series, have proven to be successful on all sides,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “We appreciate the opportunity to learn about this organization and its mission. From this experience, our hope is that our team members will want to get even more involved.”
Union Mission tackles the major issue of homelessness in our area in a number of different ways, including operating an emergency shelter, providing permanent supportive housing, and addressing root causes of homelessness with specialized services in mental health counseling and employment training programs.
This marks the sixth year for the Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series, sponsored by Healthy Savannah, St. Joseph’s/Candler, Clover Health, Sandfly Family Dental, the Charles H. Morris Center at Trustees’ Garden, Cha Bella, David’s Dry Cleaners, the City of Savannah, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and WRHQ.
ABOUT ENMARKET: Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarket currently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com
Amanda Stewart Named General Manager at Porsche of Hilton Head
(BLUFFTON, S.C.) Amanda Stewart, a veteran employee of the Peacock Automotive family of companies, has been named general manager of Porsche of Hilton Head. As general manager, Stewart will manage the new and used inventory, appraise trades, ensure service and parts departments are operating efficiently and take responsibility for customer experience.
Within the Peacock organization, Stewart has been both manager and director of the Business Development Center as well as a sales manager and general sales manager.
“My career at Peacock Automotive has been incredibly rewarding. I started with the company 10 years ago, and have received a tremendous amount of support from my supervisors and colleagues, providing me with endless opportunities to train and grow within the organization,” Stewart said. “I have a strong passion for excellent customer service. Coupling that with my passion for the Porsche brand has made this job a perfect fit.”
Stewart holds a master’s degree from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of the National Automobile Dealers Association Academy, where she served as class president.
Her hobbies are bodybuilding, reading and family time with husband Doug, daughter Libby, 6, and son Parker, 4.
ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 12 automotive dealerships representing 21 brands in Ga., S.C. and Fla., employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Jaguar Land Rover Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Genesis of Hilton Head, and Hilton Head Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Ga., S.C. and Fla. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/
Nurse Practitioner Jo Ann Cullen Joins Beaufort Dermatology
(BEAUFORT, SC) Nurse practitioner Jo Ann Cullen has joined the staff of Beaufort Dermatology, 1096 Ribaut Road, which recently opened under new ownership after its purchase by the Pinnacle Medical Group.
“Jo Ann is a wonderful addition to our team,” said Dr. Audrey Klenke, plastic surgeon and principal of Pinnacle Medical Group. “We know that she will be an asset in helping us continue to deliver excellent service to the people of Beaufort and the Lowcountry.”
Cullen is a Florida native who grew up showing horses competitively. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Florida State University and a Master of Science in family health nursing from the University of South Florida. She is a member of the Dermatology Nurses Association and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Cullen began her clinical experience as a cardiac nurse in 2001 and later moved into the operating room at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. She became the Clinical Educator for perioperative services at Moffitt while she was working on her master’s degree and later served as the Clinical Specialist for perioperative services. In 2011, she helped launch a new dermatology practice in south Florida.
“I’m excited to be part of developing Beaufort Dermatology into the leading dermatology practice in the Lowcountry,” Cullen said. “This area is just what I was looking for in a home, and it’s great to be getting back to the coast.”
Cullen and her husband Joe, along with their Pug, Peanut, enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family.
ABOUT THE PINNACLE MEDICAL GROUP
The Pinnacle Medical Group is the locally owned and operated parent company of Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, PURE Medical Spa and Beaufort Dermatology. Principal, Dr. Audrey Klenke is the only board-certified female plastic surgeon in Bluffton, South Carolina and is affiliated with multiple outpatient centers in the area, as well as, Beaufort Memorial Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital. Pinnacle Plastic Surgery and PURE Medical Spa are located at 7 Mallet Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Beaufort Dermatology is located at 1096 Ribaut Road, Beaufort, SC 29902. For more information, please call (843) 815- 6699, or visit http://pinnaclemd.com/, http://pinnacleplasticsurgery.com/, http://puremedspamd.com/ and http://www.beaufortdermatology.com/.
Enmarket Encourage Health Lecture Disclosed the Facts and Fictions of CBD Oil
(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah chiropractor Michael Vaughn focused on the facts and fictions of CBD oil during the third presentation of the Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series, held at the Charles H. Morris Center.
Cannabidiol oil, better known as CBD, is a heavily trending product derived from non-intoxicating elements of marijuana or hemp and sold over the counter for the treatment of a variety of health problems. In his talk, Dr. Vaughn covered the history of the cannabis plant and gave a brief overview of the human endocannabinoid system before providing examples of the believed benefits of CBD: improved sleep, anxiety reduction, and relief from musculoskeletal pain, brain injury and epilepsy.
Dr. Vaughn also discussed CBD’s legal status, safety and marketing. Studies on long-term effects have yet to be completed, but he shared some insights on this developing field.
“This is a fascinating subject that holds the potential to be of great benefit to many people, but the jury is still out on many aspects of CBD oil,” Vaughn said. “I believe many people can find relief through CBD products, but I realize it is poorly understood by the public and that many in the medical field are skeptical.”
Dr. Vaughn has practiced chiropractic medicine in Georgia for decades. A product of Savannah Christian Preparatory School and Armstrong State College, he graduated from a chiropractic program at Parker College in Dallas, Texas. He completed post-grad work leading to diplomat status with the American College of Chiropractic Neurology. He has worked with world-class competitive athletes, including serving with the USA Weightlifting Federation and serving as treating chiropractor for the Greece Olympic track team during the Atlanta-hosted 1996 Summer Olympic Games. He is currently in private practice at Savannah Chiropractic Center, where he specializes in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal disorders and rehabilitation. In addition, he continues to serve in a variety of educational and regulatory roles in his profession.
The Enmarket Encourage Health Educational Series is a wide-ranging presentation of diverse health topics. Previous subjects this year included meditation for stress relief and food insecurity issues in Savannah. The upcoming October presentation will focus on the value of strength training at any age. The popular free series is presented in a lunch-and-learn format, with each session offering the community the opportunity to hear local experts discuss health-related topics in a non-commercial atmosphere.
This marks the sixth year for the series in partnership with Healthy Savannah, the Charles H. Morris Center at Trustees’ Garden, Cha Bella, David’s Dry Cleaners, the City of Savannah, Clover Health, Sandfly Family Dental, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine, St. Joseph’s/Candler and WRHQ.
For more information, visit healthysavannah.org/encourage-health-education-series-august-27-2019/
Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarket currently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com
Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah Hires Kenneth Hintz
(SAVANNAH, GA) Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah, a leading local provider of plumbing and drain maintenance, introduces Kenneth Hintz to its staff as a service technician.
Originally from Midland, Michigan, Hintz was previously the general manager for a sewer service company.
“Kenneth is an exceptional addition to our growing team,” said Sherry Daniel, owner and CEO of Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah. “In a time when true skill and diligence are hard to come by, we are fortunate to welcome Kenneth to the Roto family.”
Hintz has two sons, ages 21 and 13. In his spare time, Hintz enjoys fishing, golf, video games and cars.
ABOUT ROTO-ROOTER PLUMBERS OF SAVANNAH
Roto-Rooter plumbers in Savannah provides full-service plumbing maintenance and repairs and clogged drain cleaning, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including toilet repairs. Roto-Rooters Plumbers of Savannah offers industrial, residential and commercial plumbing services. Trusted and recommended since 1935, Roto-Rooter is the premier provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services in Savannah, GA. The company’s specialty is emergency services. Roto-Rooter Plumbers stand by their estimates and guarantee their work. For more information, please call (912) 303-8570 or visit https://www.rotosavannah.com