Business People

Published: Monday, September 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, August 31, 2003 at 10:15 p.m.


  • Alan Nast, CPA, of Davis, Monk & Co. in Gainesville, has been appointed to the state and local government section steering committee of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accounts (FICPA). The committee serves the FICPA's members that are government or auditors of local governmental entities.
    Nast is a partner with Davis, Monk & Company and heads the firm's governmental services division. He also is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accounts.


  • North Central Florida Health Planning Council, Inc. has named Jeff Feller its new resource development director. Feller joined the council in 1996, where he was director of community services for the last three years. In his new post, Feller will oversee the Council's business development and communications strategies as well as expanding its resource base.
    Jill Dygert has recently joined the council as the communications director. Dygert has more than 10 years of experience in art direction and communications. During that time she has operated her own graphic design studio and served as art director for a software development company in Gainesville.
    Sarah McKune joined the council in June as director of community services. McKune's training and background are in International Public Health, specifically in the areas of population studies and HIV/AIDS. Her most recent post, in Guinea Bissua, West Africa, was with Population Services International working on an HIV/AIDS prevention program funded by the World Bank.
  • Jerry King was recently named director of Plant Operations for Oak Hammock at the University of Florida.
    King relocated to Gainesville from Orlando, where he was employed by Life Care Retirement Community for 13 years as the director of plant operations. King is also a 28-year Navy veteran, retiring as a Civil Engineer Corps commander.
  • Kate Barnes has been selected for an AmeriCorps Fellowship by the Department of Children and Families. AmeriCorps is the network of national service programs that engage Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs.
    Barnes will lead an initiative to recruit and provide support services to foster families in Alachua and Putnam counties. In addition, the initiative will engage children living in foster homes in a variety of community activities, including tutoring opportunities, recreational programs and volunteering.
  • Carol Goodbred of ResCare, recently attended the national convention of Qualified Mental Retardation Professionals at Disney's Coronado Resort in Orlando. Goodbred attended seminars in maximizing staff, interviewing, immersion training and culture sensitivity.
  • Jason Clifford Gionet, a registered representative with Morgan Stanley in Gainesville, has earned membership in the 2003 Leadership Council for PLANCO, a wholesaler of investment and insurance products for The Hartford. Council memberships are reserved for those representatives who produce more than $1 million in Hartford Leaders sales in a calendar year.
  • Meredith Kendrick has joined SouthTrust Bank in Gainesville as business banker Kendrick has more than 14 years of experience with a bachelor's degree from Liberal Arts Columbia College in Columbia, S.C.
  • Timothy White, a University of Florida professor of forest genetics, has been named director of UF's School of Forest Resources and Conservation.
    He succeeds Wayne Smith, who retired June 30 after more than 38 years of UF service, including eight years as director of the school.
    White joined the UF school in 1985 as director of the Cooperative Forest Genetics Program, which consists of 13 private companies and state agencies. These organizations have been working together since 1950 to breed varieties of southern pines that grow faster and are more disease resistant.
    Prior to joining the UF/IFAS faculty, White worked for International Paper Co. in Oregon as a forest geneticist, biometrician and manager of technical services.
    Business People is your weekly column about promotions, new employees, professional achievements and workplace awards. Please mail brief announcements with photo (only photos with identification on them will run), if desired, to Business People, The Gainesville Sun, P.O. Box 147147, Gainesville, FL 32614-7147. Announcements without photos may be faxed to 338-3128. You can also submit online (with clear identification on any photo) at Business People is compiled for WorkLife by Joe Gordon.
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