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UHY Advisors Taps Beth Bissell as Marketing Manager for Atlanta Office

UHY Advisors Taps Beth Bissell as Marketing Manager for Atlanta Office

UHY Advisors Inc. today announced the appointment of Beth Bissell as Marketing Manager for the Southeast practice. Bissell will be based in the Atlanta office, serving clients nationwide. She brings expertise in proposal writing, as well as design, process improvement and project management and will report to UHY Advisors’ Managing Director in the southeast, Frank Fenello.

“Beth Bissell’s extensive experience in proposal design and process will take us to a new level,” said Frank Fenello. “It’s vital that we provide our clients with materials that embody not just information but also the transformative power of what UHY Advisors offers companies.”

Nationally, UHY Advisors is one of the top 25 professional services firms specializing in business consulting and tax services to public and private companies in the Fortune 1000 and middle market.

FMSA Student Selected as National Finalist

FMSA Student Selected as National Finalist

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Marissa Stacholy, an eighth-grade student at First Montessori School of Atlanta and the daughter of Lisa and Jan Stacholy of Dunwoody, has been chosen as a national finalist in the River of Words Poetry & Art Contest. Sponsored by the Center for Environmental Literacy at Saint Mary's College of California, the contest is the largest international youth poetry and art competition in the world.

The judging panel, which included former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, selected less than 100 poems and pieces of art from tens of thousands of entries.

Marissa will receive a medal, and her poetry will be included in the ROW's anthology. A copy of the book will be donated in her name to First Montessori School of Atlanta and her public library branch.

Ray’s on the River Announces Dates for Riverside Jazz Concert Series to Benefit Local Charities

Ray’s on the River Announces Dates for Riverside Jazz Concert Series to Benefit Local Charities

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Beginning in May, Ray’s on the River will host an intimate, three-part jazz concert series to benefit local charities. The concerts will be held at Ray’s on the River’s manicured Event Lawn that overlooks the Chattahoochee River.

“We’re really excited to host such renowned jazz musicians and to be able to partner with such worthy causes,” said Mike Ross, director of operations for Ray’s Restaurants. “As an Atlanta restaurant group, we feel we have a great responsibility to give back to our local community. The Chattahoochee River is the perfect setting to enjoy an afternoon of live music and great food with friends and family.”

Gladys Cook Scholarship winners announced

Gladys Cook Scholarship winners announced

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Council of PTAs has announced this year's winners of the Gladys Cook Scholarship.

The prize, named for a former DeKalb PTA president, is awarded annually to one student from each county high school. It comes with $1,000 for them to use toward their college educations.

"I want to congratulate each of the wonderful students recognized by the Council of PTAs and the Gladys Cook Scholarship," DeKalb Schools Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson said in a statement. "One of our slogans is, 'Miracles Happen in DeKalb Schools Every Day.' These students and their inspiring stories are outstanding examples of those miracles."

This year's scholarship recipients include:

Arabia Mountain High School
Kyle Jackson Woumn
Will attend Georgia Tech
Major: Computer engineering and Spanish

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

Local Spanish Teacher Honored

Local Spanish Teacher Honored
Anabel Brcek, a Spanish teacher at First Montessori School of Atlanta and an Alpharetta resident, has been selected as an 11Alive Class Act teacher. Each year a station panel selects 30 elite teachers from among more than 300 nominations submitted by the public.   Teachers are chosen based on several factors, including subject matter knowledge, positive attitude, love of teaching, ability to unlock student minds and persistence in giving his or her personal best to the profession.   Born in Venezuela, Brcek earned a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela. She has nearly 20 years of classroom experience.   "When I went to school, you just sat with a book, listened to the teacher and watched the board," said Brcek.

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.