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When Jeri Millard found herself unhappy with the health care she was receiving for her breast cancer several years ago, she moved from California to Northeast Florida. It was a decision she never regretted, calling this area a medical Mecca. Today, she runs In The Pink, an all-in-one Jacksonville Beach facility that caters to the needs of cancer patients and survivors. more
Jacksonville Symphony’s music director, Courtney Lewis, has made a name for himself as one of the most dynamic orchestral conductors of his generation. His approach to symphonic programming reaches across all socio-economic groups, making great music accessible to all. He has a commitment to new music and has worked with and commissioned many of the leading composers of today. He has been called “a passionate opera conductor” and will demonstrate it when he conducts his favorite Mozart opera, “The Magic Flute,” in 2023. He has appeared with many high-profile orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. From 2008 to 2014, he served as the music director of Boston’s Discovery Ensemble. more
After having a career as a hair stylist for more than 20 years, Tracie Rampley began her own custom hat company in 2013, called Embellished Designs. She puts her own personal touch into each hat and takes pride in the fact that no hat is ever the same. She is also very active in the community and tries to give back every chance she gets ever since moving to Ponte Vedra Beach in 2011. more
David Leininger is on the planning committee for Caring Chefs, which benefits the Northeast Florida programs of The Children’s Home Society of Florida. As such, he plays an important role in bringing this Jacksonville tradition back after two years’ hiatus during the pandemic. Here, he tells The Recorder about the event and its importance. more
Kathleen Floryan is a real estate professional with eXp Realty and the incoming chair of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Ponte Vedra Beach Division. She grew up in New York and had a successful nursing career, eventually moving to Northeast Florida, where she established her real estate career in 2006. more
Shana Ryan is president and CEO of Conceptual HR Solutions, which helps small business owners with human resources and payroll needs. With a desk at the link, Ryan’s company serves Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra and the surrounding areas. more
Mark Bennett now calls Ponte Vedra home and has made a name for himself by posting his local nature photography on various community public Facebook groups. His love for photography began in high school and it has since blossomed into a creative avenue that he enjoys sharing with his fellow residents. The beauty of all the various animals he captures is what he enjoys most, and his goal is to share that beauty with the rest of the community. more
Mark Ryan has worked for several businesses over the years, and he began his latest venture earlier this year as director of sales and marketing with America’s Choice Title Company. In his free time, he loves to run, surf and golf, which is what brought him back to the area in 2005 after a short stint in the 1980s. more
Longtime golf architect Erik Larsen’s work can be seen around the country, but he also designs golf courses here on the First Coast. He reinvented the Atlantic Beach Country Club in 2015 and is now completing work on the St. Johns Golf Club, which is owned by the county. more
Kelly Ussia is the St. Johns County Parks and Recreation naturalist. In that role, she leads several diverse and interesting outdoor activities in various parts of the county. more
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