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Jonathan Parks, of Sarasota’s Solstice Planning and Architecture, won two design awards from the American Institute of Architects Tampa Bay Chapter at its Celebrate Design awards reception Nov. 6.

Parks' LEED Platinum residence, Element House, received the first ever Sustainability Award and the mixed-use project Rosemary Square was recognized with the Merit Award for excellence in design. Both are in Sarasota.

The goal in building Element House was to create a home that reduced dependency on the power grid with a focus on nature and passive systems. The builder was NWC Construction.

The vision for Rosemary Square, built by Gilbane Building Co., was to create a “living room” for the neighborhood, which had become depressed over recent decades and lacked any form of public park.

Parks’ vision was to re-energize the community by bringing arts to Boulevard of the Arts.

CAN Community Health has elected new board leaders.

Demetrius K. Jifunza is the chair and

Jackie Rogers is vice chair.

They join

Robert D. Nosal, secretary, and

Anthony J. Becich, treasurer, who will continue to serve their terms.

Jifunza works with various leaders and public officials to correct our communities' inequities that affect the poor, underserved, and disadvantaged. He has tackled restoring former felons’ voting rights, homelessness and mental health issues, along with efforts to educate and spread awareness about HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Rogers has been a part of the CAN family for over 10 years, serving as CAN's CANDance Gala chair. She recently launched an all-natural beauty line, “House of Hilt.”

Jifunza succeeds

Robert (Bob) E. Trisolini, who served three years as board chair and has been involved with CAN for over 20 years. Trisolini continues to be an advocate for the HIV community.

From its national headquarters in Sarasota, CAN Community Health raises awareness of HIV, overcomes barriers to care and fights to end the stigma. CAN has 36 locations nationwide.

On Oct. 22, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center’s chief of surgery,

Dr. Robert Browning, was recognized by Intuitive Surgical for completing his 500th robotic surgery case utilizing the da Vinci Xi Surgical System.

Browning utilizes robotic technology for general and colorectal surgeries. Potential benefits of minimally invasive robotic surgery compared with open surgery may include a shorter hospital stay, less post-operative pain, a quicker recovery, less risk of infection and less scarring.

Jason Collins, M.D., has joined Gulf Coast Medical Group Orthopedic Surgery, in North Port.

Collins is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and is a member of the medical staff at Venice Regional Bayfront Health.

He has been caring for patients in Sarasota County since 2015. With his orthopedic surgery and sports medicine expertise, he has helped to coordinate the care of numerous high school, college and professional athletes, and members of performing arts organizations.

Collins completed medical school at New York University and orthopedic surgery residency at New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases. He then completed further training as a Sports Medicine Fellow at Miami Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute.

He is a Certified Fellow of both Arthroscopic Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery Sports Medicine.

Stock Custom Homes, of Lakewood Ranch, has hired 

Samuel Canham as its new regional director of operations. Canham is responsible for ensuring the successful construction of each custom home.

He has a diverse background in custom construction, having worked for some of the area’s top builders.

Canham holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management and a master’s degree in business administration. He is a Florida Certified Building Contractor.

The Florida Public Relations Association honored 

Sheryl Vieira, vice president of marketing and PR with Caldwell Trust Co., during its Golden Image Awards Gala, held virtually this year.

The statewide organization recognizes outstanding work by public relations professionals, including best practices and campaigns in public relations and communications.

FPRA honored Vieira for her achievements on behalf of Caldwell Trust in support of the nonprofit organization InStride Therapy. 

InStride Therapy, based in Sarasota County, has teamed with Easterseals to provide equine-based therapy to benefit the physical, mental and emotional well-being of its clients.

FPRA recognized Vieira’s work in chairing “Black Tie and Blue Jeans, An Equestrian Gala,” a successful fundraiser for InStride, with two awards: the Judges’ Award, presented for an entry that achieves maximum results with a minimum amount of money, and the Award of Distinction, which designates entries that meet FPRA’s rigorous standards of excellence.

The Florida Municipal Communicators Association, a professional network of individuals providing communications leadership and support in Florida’s cities, towns and villages, elected

Josh Taylor, communications manager and public information officer for the city of North Port, as president of the association.

Taylor is replacing outgoing President

Todd DeAngelis, chief communications officer for the city of Parkland.

Taylor joined the city of North Port as public information officer in 2015 and added the title of communications manager in 2017.

He manages all communications, social media and traditional media relations not only for the city, but also for the North Port Police Department and North Port Fire Rescue.

Prior to joining the city, Taylor was a news reporter and anchor with ABC 7 WWSB in Sarasota for 13 years. He is a graduate of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida.

Taylor was a member of FMCA’s founding board of directors when the association launched in 2018. This will be his third term on the board.

Florida Cancer Specialists has promoted 

Joyce Nelson to the newly created role of chief administrative officer.

She has served as chief human resources officer since 2019. She joined FCS in 2018.

In her expanded role, Nelson is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and responsibilities of the human resources, marketing and communications, organizational effectiveness and learning, compliance, enterprise risk management and legal departments.

Nelson has over 25 years of experience in international human resources, operations management and consulting.

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute offers patients access to more clinical trials than any private oncology practice in Florida. FCS is located in nearly 100 Florida cities, including Sarasota.

Source : https://www.heraldtribune.com/story/business/2020/11/23/architecture-awards-new-board-leaders-500th-robotic-surgery/6320711002/

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