Duane Morris LLP announced that Patrick Gallagher, a partner based in the Boca Raton office, has been appointed chair of the firm’s pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals litigation and regulatory Gallagher group. In the past, Gallagher was president of PCG Equine Research Inc. at the University of Kentucky, where he researched spinal skeletal disorders in horses and the genetic and biopharmaceutical impacts. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law, and his Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the University of Kentucky.
Ward Damon added Christopher B. Posner as an associate attorney who focuses his practice in the areas of commercial and civil litigation as well as marital and family law. Posner also has experience in areas of personal injury and administrative law. Prior to joining Ward Damon, Posner clerked for a prominent South Florida plaintiff attorney’s firm, and for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s licensing department.
Dr. Jay Cohen, a 21-year staffing industry veteran was named president of TechServe Alliance’s board of directors, the national trade association representing IT and engineering staffing firms and solutions firms. Cohen is founder and chief executive officer of the IT staffing solutions firm Signature Consultants 21, in Fort Lauderdale. Cohen has been a member of the Alliance’s board of directors for two years, most recently serving as its vice president. His one-year term as its president begins January 2019.
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Lou Cohen, president and shareholder of the certified public accounting firm of Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A. (CDL), has become a founding member of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce Trustee stage of life-limiting illness, bringing comfort and dignity to those with terminal illness and their loved ones.
Nicolette Goldfarb has been elected the new chairman of the Neil S. Hirsch Family Boys & Girls Club of Wellington advisory board. Goldfarb is a Broker Associate at Illustrated Properties in Wellington, and she will serve a two-year term in the advisory board.
Andrea McMillan is the new interim board chair of Clinics Can Help in West Palm Beach. In addition, John Davis and Despina P. Hall also joined the board. Davis is a commercial relationship manager with Regions Bank in West Palm Beach and Hall is a physical therapist with the School District of Palm Beach County.
The Gulf Stream Council, Boy Scouts of America has announced Shanna Richardson as its new assistant scout executive/ chief operating officer, in West Palm Beach. Richardson launched her career in Ogden, Utah, in 2001 as a ScoutReach paraprofessional. The ScoutReach program serves youth that are the hardest to reach, specifically at-risk youth. Since 2006 Richardson has worked for the Central Florida Council in various positions including field director, development, and senior field director.
Gov. Rick Scott announced the the following appointments and reappointments to the Children’s Trust Governing Board of Miami-Dade County: Marissa Leichter ,a program manager with Florida Foster Care Goldfarb Richardson Review, reappointed for a term ending March 17, 2020; Tiombe Bisa Dunn ,a psychologist with the School Board of Miami-Dade County, reappointed for a term ending March 17, 2022; Sanford Bohrer, a partner with Holland and Knight, LLP, appointed to succeed Miguel Balsera, for a term ending March 17, 2019; Nicole Gomez, an associate with LSN Partners LLC, appointed to fill a vacant seat for a term ending March 17, 2021; Richard Dunn Jr., a senior pastor with the Faith Community Baptist Church, appointed to succeed Maria Alonso for a term ending March 17, 2019; Lourdes Gimenez, a former administrative director with MiamiDade County Public Schools, appointed to succeed Lileana De Moya for a term ending March 17, 2022, and Constance Collins, president and founder of Lotus House Women’s Shelter, appointed to fill a vacant seat for a term ending March 17, 2021.
Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., has been named chief medical officer of Broward Health Medical Center. In the past, Lenchus worked for six years as chief of staff at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He previously was Lenchus with Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University of Miami Hospital and Jackson Memorial Hospital as an internal medicine physician. He was also a former associate program director for the UM/Jackson Internal Medicine Residency Program.
Elliott Elias, M.D., MPH, an expert in interventional echocardiography, has joined Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida cardiovascular facility.
The North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners, which oversees Broward Health, elected its officers at the October board meeting. Andrew M. Klein was re-elected chairman, Christopher Ure was re-elected vice chair, and Ray Berry was re-elected secretary/treasurer. Additional board members are Steven A. Wellins and Nancy Gregoire, and newly appointed commissioner Stacy Angier.
Christel Silver, broker/owner of Silver International Realty in Delray Beach, has received the Military Relocation Professional certification from the National Association of Realtors. This certification focuses on educating real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members, which helps their clients find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and take full advantage of military benefits and support that are available.
The Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale recognized Tara Quailey as Young Professional Realtor of the Year at its annual year-end awards meeting. The organization Quailey represents an area from St. Lucie to Miami-Dade counties with over 33,000 Realtors. The award is given to a Realtor member, age 40 or under, who has distinguished themself by their contribution to the profession, their Association, the image of Realtors and to the community at large. Quailey is an associate at Related ISG in Fort Lauderdale and was recently named salesperson of the month, and finished fifth in closed transactions for her company’s latest year end.
Brad Rosenblatt, owner and CEO of Rene Ruiz Wholesale Inc. and the brand Rene Ruiz Collection, and his partner Alan Behar, owner of the Ike Behar luxury men’s fashion house, have named Luis Escudero creative director of the company. Escudero as been with the Rene Ruiz company as its senior designer since 2008.
Max Lewis has joined Drowos Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisor as a financial advisor in Boca Raton.
Newly rebranded Valley, also known as Valley National Bank, announced the addition of Liudmila Esquerdo as vice president, SBA business development officer in South Florida. Lewis
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