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People in the News, 12/07/2009

The Mansion on Forsyth Park has named Michael Semancik as the property’s executive chef. In his new position, Semancik will oversee all culinary operations at the AAA Four-Diamond hotel in Savannah, including the award-winning 700 Drayton restaurant.

Before joining the Mansion, he served as the executive chef and food and beverage director at the elite Cliff House Resort and Spa in Ogunquit, Maine, and has also served as the executive banquet chef at the private Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta.

The Mansion on Forsyth Park is one of The Kessler Collection’s signature award-winning boutique hotels, owned by the Richard C. Kessler Luxury Hotel Collection.

The company also recently hired Craig Jeffress as the director of food and beverage services for both the Mansion on Forsyth Park and The Café at Forsyth Park, slated to open in early 2010.

With more than 23 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Jeffress brings a solid base of culinary knowledge and management experience to his new position. Before joining the Mansion, he served as an operating partner at Luma on Park restaurant in Winter Park, Fla., and as general manager at  Murphy’s Restaurant and Mick’s Restaurant in Atlanta.

The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce has selected Kim Jones of The Sullivan Group as Ambassador of the Year. Jones, who is the account manager for SavannahJobs .com, has been an ambassador for two and a half years and received the honor Nov.12.
As an ambassador, Jones, who has lived in Savannah since 1977, serves as a liaison for new members of the chamber.  Ambassadors attend meetings and various functions where they can interact with new members, and assist with orientation to the group as well as provide information to upcoming events within the chamber.
The Center for Behavioral Medicine at Memorial Univer-sity Medical Center has named Stephen S. Yost, M.D. and Gregory A. Wilets, M.D. as associate medical directors.

Yost was previously a physician with Insight Psychotherapy Services in Albany, Ga., and served as a psychiatrist at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa, Okla., and served his psychiatric residency at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn.

Wilets has been in private practice since 1981 and held the medical director position for a geropsychiatric unit at North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton, Colo., before moving to Savannah. 

He is a graduate of Columbia College of Physician and Surgeons in New York City and served his psychiatric residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colo.

Peter Nelsen with Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates has earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification. The National Association of REALTORS® offers the SFR certification to REALTORS® to navigate these types of complicated transactions, as demand for professional expertise with distressed sales grows.

“We encourage our agents to invest some of their time expanding their expertise and services for the benefit of our clients,” explained Cora Bett Thomas, founder and CEO of Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates.

According to a recent NAR survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures.  For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new “traditional” transaction.

Ken Jozefczyk, M.S.., R.Ph., FASHP, director of pharmacy at Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC), has been named the 2009 Pharmacist of the Year by The Georgia Society of Health-System Pharmacists (GSHP).

This award is the highest honor GSHP can bestow on any member. Jozefczyk was honored for his outstanding service and his participation in GSHP.

Jozefczyk was recognized for his work to improve medication management and medication safety, including leading the initiative to address medication reconciliation by reorganizing pharmacy work flow at MUMC. He also established a Medication Safety Committee that reviews all facets of medication management and identifies opportunities for improvement in patient safety.

He holds an adjunct faculty appointment to the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and instructs students and residents at MUMC, and is a past president of the West Virginia Society of Health System Pharmacists and a fellow of the American Association of Health System Pharmacists.


Hancock Askew & Co., LLP, Certified Public Accountants and Advisors, has announced that  J. Michael Cusimano satisfied all requirements to become a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Georgia as of November.  Cusimano, a CPA from Richmond Hill, is a 2003 graduate of Richmond Hill High School,  and attended the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business where he earned his BBA in accounting in 2007.  He also earned his masters of accountancy in 2008 from Georgia Southern University, and has been employed at Hancock Askew & Co., LLP since Sept. 2008, working as a staff accountant in the audit department.


Jacquie T. Stein, a former business manager from Boston, has been named new territory manager/licensee by NuBarter, according to NuBarter President Gary Field.

Stein has already hired three new sales representatives to add to the existing Savannah sales team, according to Field.

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