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June 27 - People in the News

Kelly & Kelly, LLP, Attorneys at Law announces that Gini Lynn Jenkins has joined its firm in an of counsel position. In her new role at Kelly & Kelly, Jenkins will continue to practice in the areas of general personal injury, automobile and tractor trailer wrecks, premises liability and worker’s compensation. With more than seven years experience, Jenkins is a member of both the Georgia and Florida Bar. She most recently was employed with the Brooks Law Firm in Savannah. Jenkins received both a jurist doctorate and Bachelor of Arts in education from the University of Florida.

Kelly & Kelly’s law practice focuses on personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, automobile and tractor trailer wrecks, products liability, commercial litigation and worker’s compensation. Kelly & Kelly is located at 100 Riverview Dr., Suite 202.


Edward Jones Financial Advisor Adam W. Lee of the Greater Savannah Area recently received the Winner's Circle Award for his outstanding service efforts over the past year. Lee was one of only 853 of the firm's more than 12,000 financial advisors to receive the Winner's Circle award.

"When you work for a firm that is known for its outstanding service," Lee said, "it's quite an honor to be singled out for your service record."

James D. Weddle, Edward Jones' managing partner, added, "Adam is an outstanding member of the Edward Jones team who personifies the ideal financial advisor, someone who is 100% dedicated to serving the financial needs of his clients. I am very pleased to present this well-deserved award."


In her last semester at Armstrong Atlantic State University, psychology student Caroline Eastman earned not just the Dr. Stu Worthington Award for outstanding achievement by a senior psychology student, but also a five-year, full-tuition waiver to attend Tufts University’s psychology graduate program, which will allow Eastman to pursue both her master’s and doctorate degrees.

The scholarship is valued at over $24,000 per year and will include an additional $20,000 per year stipend. Eastman also received a separate Tufts Provost fellowship of $5,000 for two years, which only 19 other incoming doctoral students received from the university.

“It was nice to see that all of my hard work over the past two years had not only paid off for me, but other people have appreciated and noticed,” Eastman said. “It was definitely a nice way to end my college career at Armstrong.”

Jane Wong, chair of Armstrong’s psychology department said, "Caroline's achievements exemplify what is possible at Armstrong—a motivated student could avail herself of multiple faculty mentors, assume leadership positions, discover her passion and develop aspirations in an academic discipline. We are very happy for Caroline."

Eastman consciously plotted her academic experiences at Armstrong to better prepare her for graduate school. “I knew from my sophomore year on that I wanted to get my Ph.D.,” Eastman said. She began at Armstrong in the fall of 2006 and maintained a high GPA, participated in multiple research projects, and attended professional conferences. She managed to do this while holding down a part-time job. “I was just trying to be the best grad school applicant possible,” Eastman said.

A native of Denver, Colo., Eastman has a true passion for cognitive psychology and related research. “I am excited about getting into Tufts, because I will get to work with two professors whose research on metacognition and spatial learning initially drew me to the program,” she said.

While at Armstrong, she worked with Assistant Professor Bradley R. Sturz on spatial learning research, which involved analyzing how animals and humans navigate an environment. The project studied how college students navigate virtual environments in video games. “We are using a computer with Xbox controllers and a first-person environment called Half-Life. The environment is programmed with specific rooms and tasks, which allows the participants to jump in a box or search for a certain corner,” Eastman said. “Cognitive psychology is not about abnormal functioning or fixing a problem. It’s more focused on internal mental processes, such as how we perceive and process information, form memories, think abstractly, speak and solve problems.”

Added Sturz, "This is an amazing opportunity for Caroline, and it’s wonderful to see that her hard work, dedication, and diligence hasn’t gone unnoticed. We are all exceptionally proud of her.”

After graduating from Tufts, Eastman plans to continue her work in cognitive psychology at a research institution and become a college professor. “I really like learning, and I like trying to get other people excited about learning,” Eastman said. “And I also like that professors are not just allowed to do research, but are encouraged to. Professors get the best of both worlds.”


As a part of Hancock Askew & Co., LLP’s long term strategic planning process, Harry Haslam is pleased to announce the partners have elected Michael T. McCarthy, CPA, as their new managing partner. According to Haslam, “We had unanimous agreement on electing Mike McCarthy to this position. Over the last year, Mike has exhibited leadership characteristics which show he will excel as managing partner and has already begun to take over many aspects of firm leadership and administration. I, personally, look forward to an expanded role in client matters focusing on tax planning and consulting.”

McCarthy has more than 20 years of public accounting experience and has been with Hancock Askew since 2004.

McCarthy lives in Savannah, GA and is married with three daughters. He currently serves as the chairman of the finance committee for St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church and is involved in numerous community and civic activities.

Haslam has served for more than 25 years in the role of managing partner at Hancock Askew. Through his leadership, the firm has seen significant expansion in clients, revenue and employment opportunities in both Savannah and Atlanta.


Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates recently honored Stephanie Wilson-Evans with the coveted Top Producer designation for the Premiere Real Estate firm located in the Landmark Historic District of Savannah. This award is only achieved by those agents that maintain a high level of service and production consistently year after year.

“I am extremely proud of Stephanie for consistently working very hard and showing true commitment through the current downturn of the economy and its effect on the real estate profession,” said Cora Bett Thomas, founder and CEO of Cora Bett Thomas Realty. “What sets Stephanie apart is not simply the high level of service offered to each of her clients, nor her continued positive attitude, rather it is her depth of knowledge achieved thru continual education and experience.” Added Thomas, “She has shown fortitude in this market and come out on top as a leader in this industry along the Georgia coast and that is why I have promoted her to sales manager. She keeps our firm on the cutting edge both educationally and technologically.”

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