Tidbits – May 2019

K. J. Atkinson
Cherise Scott
Kristen Turnage

Recent additions to the accounting firm of Beth Moore & Associates, CPAs are K. J. Atkinson, Cherise Scott and Kristen Turnage. Atkinson serves as office administrator and has more than 17 years of administrative, managerial and financial experience in physician residency programs, cancer clinical trials, trauma clinic operations and patient care. Scott joined the firm as an administrative assistant in late 2018 with more than 10 years of experience in customer service and administration. She is completing her bachelor’s degree at Hampton University’s College in System and Organizational Management. Turnage joined the firm in January as an administrative assistant. She has 30 years of experience in the banking, real estate and hospitality industries.

James B. Mears has been named chief executive officer of BayPort Credit Union. Mears is the fifth CEO in BayPort’s 91-year history. He brings 25 years of service to BayPort Credit Union, with the last 15 as senior vice president, chief operations officer. Before joining BayPort, Mears served as an audit manager with a local accounting firm. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Bridgewater College and is a Certified Public Accountant.

In an effort to combat increasing college education expenses, BayPort is increasing grants for its college tuition scholarship program from $78,000 to $90,000, reflecting its more than 90 years in business. For the past 58 years, BayPort has supported member students in funding their educational pursuits by providing high school seniors, college students and full-time working professionals the opportunity to apply for tuition assistance. Over that time, BayPort has awarded more than $965,000 in scholarships to its members. Scholarship grants this year range from $1,000 to $6,000 and are intended to help member students ranging from seniors currently enrolled in BayPort’s Student-Run Credit Union program to employee dependents and full-time undergraduate or graduate students.

Margaret B. Hudnall, secretary to Raymond Suttle, Sr., retired in February after 55 years of service with Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, P.C. Hudnall began her career with the firm when she was in high school. Shown (left to right) are: Ray Suttle, Jr., Robyn Hansen, Conway Sheild, Rick Donaldson, Hudnall, John Tompkins and Bert Kelly.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) National Days of Advocacy took place in March in Washington, D.C., where local officials from Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula (BGCVP) were in attendance. Discussions with members of Congress focused on issues that matter most to children and why after-school programs offered by clubs are critical to ensuring great futures for America’s youth. Participating were (left to right) Nancy Zirkin, BGCA Governor; Rob Coleman, BGCVP board of directors member; Michele Benson, BGCVP chief development officer; George Clark, BGCVP board of directors member; Bobby Scott, U. S. Congressman: and Hal Smith, BGCVP CEO.

Dr. Carol M. Steiner has joined James River Pediatrics, TPMG’s pediatric office. Steiner earned her medical degree from Georgetown University and completed internship and residency training through David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base in California. She is board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has more than 20 years of pediatric medicine experience.

Rotary Club of Newport News will host its annual SHRIMPFEST on Thursday, May 2, at 5:30PM at the Greek Hellenic Center, 60 Traverse Road, Newport News. Music will be provided by the DeLoreans. This is the club’s premiere fundraising event, and all profits are returned to the community in the form of donations to local organizations. For ticket information and sponsorship, visit www.rotaryclubofnewportnews.com.

Melanie Whitehead
Chris Pray
Carol Sobieski
Donna Bösze
Kimi Dornan

Top March agents for CENTURY 21 Nachman Realty’s Peninsula Office were Melanie Whitehead, top listing agent; Chris Pray, top selling agent and top producing agent; Carol Sobieski, top closing agent; and Donna Bösze and Kimi Dornan, top referring agents.

An Achievable Dream will participate in Christopher Newport University’s Community Captains program in partnership with Newport News Public Schools. Every year, this program will offer early admission to Christopher Newport University (CNU) to as many as 75 highly qualified Newport News students in the 10th grade. The Community Captains will be offered on-campus learning opportunities, CNU student mentors, guidance through all aspects of preparing for college, and more. An Achievable Dream has partnered with CNU to cover the cost of room and board for all Community Captains who are selected from An Achievable Dream. Shown following the announcement are Dr. Lee Vreeland, president and CEO of An Achievable Dream and Paul Trible, president of CNU.

The Warwick at City Center Rotary Club inducted Kim Abney, daughter of club member Ella Abney, as a new member. Shown are (left to right) Jim Probsdorfer, membership chair; Kim Abney; Ella Abney; and Davetta Rinehart, club president.

Anne Wozniak was inducted as the first new member of 2019. Pictured are Wozniak (left) and Davetta Rinehart, club president and Wozniak’s sponsor.

Pictured (left to right) are Rinehart; Rob Self, club member and benefactor donor; Jennifer Daknis, past president and benefactor donor; and Chuck Arneson, past district governor. The Rotary Benefactor designation represents Rotarians who have donated at least $10,000 to the Rotary Foundation.

Newport News, Smithfield and Hampton recently received $5,000 from the Marketing Leverage Program, a grant funded by the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC). The money will be used to promote the Toast the Coast: Beer, Wine & Shine Trail and a new sub-trail called 3 Barrels 3 Cities. The sub-trail will be launched this summer. Similar in concept to the popular 4 Taps 4 Cities trail, participants in 3 Barrels 3 Cities will be asked to visit one distillery in Newport News, Hampton and Smithfield. After getting their Toast the Coast pocket guides stamped in each city, participants can bring their stamped pocket guides to one of the three cities’ visitor centers to receive free Toast the Coast merchandise. Newport News Tourism took the lead in this partnership with Smithfield and Isle of Wight Tourism and the Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau. For additional information, contact Newport News Tourism at 757-886-7777.

Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) is presenting a 2019 Physician Lecture Series featuring physicians who are speaking on topics ranging from skin cancer to treatments for back pain. Upcoming lectures will focus on “Skin Cancer 101” by Valerie Harvey, MD, MPH board certified dermatologist, and “Rezum Therapy—Minimally Invasive Treatment for BPH” by board certified urologist, David M. Hartke, MD and fellowship trained interventional pain treatment specialist, Christopher A. Dawson, MD speaking on “Advanced Treatment of Spine Pain.” Lectures will be given monthly through December and held in TPMG’s Education and Training Room at 11761 Rock Landing Drive. A complete schedule of the 2019 Physician Lecture Series topics and speakers can be found at MyTPMG.com. The series is free and open to the public.


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