Benchmarks of Success: A look at major career developments in the area


A look at major career developments in the area.

UF Health St. Johns appoints new executives

UF Health recently appointed two key executives at UF Health St. Johns: Kerry Watson as interim chief executive officer and Huson Gilberstadt, M.D., as chief medical officer.

As CEO, Watson will lead the ongoing process of integrating UF Health St. Johns into the UF Health system, provide strategic direction and leadership to drive organizational performance and growth, and offer guidance to the organization during the transition period and beyond to ensure continuity and sustainability.

“As One UF Health, we are committed to the long-term success of UF Health St. Johns,” said Steve Motew, M.D., president and system CEO of UF Health. “Kerry’s extensive background will be a stabilizing force in this period of integration.”

Most recently, Watson completed an assignment as interim CEO for Maui Health System in Hawaii. Prior to that, he successfully completed a number of interim executive leadership assignments with major health care organizations, including Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center. He has also held permanent roles at prominent organizations, including more than 15 years of executive positions with Duke University Health System.

As CMO, Gilberstadt will serve as UF Health St. Johns’ physician leader, overseeing patient care and clinical effectiveness while promoting a culture of safety and patient satisfaction.

Gilberstadt brings a wealth of leadership experience and demonstrated results. Most recently, he worked as a medical consultant for information services companies GLG and AlphaSights. He also helped lead the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, or ECHO, program — Project Save Lives — at the national level. Gilberstadt served as an addiction physician for Gateway Community Services and Florida Springs Wellness and Recovery Center.

Prior to those duties, Gilberstadt held key leadership roles at Ascension, the nation’s largest nonprofit health system, including as chief medical officer and president of Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside Hospital in Jacksonville.

Atter named managing broker of real estate company’s Beaches office

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has named Realtor Lenorae “Lenora” Atter managing broker of the company’s Beaches office located in Atlantic Beach. Atter replaces Don Cline, who will return to sales as a broker associate in the Beaches office.

“I am grateful for Don’s leadership and thrilled that he will continue his expansive real estate career with our company,” said company Founder and Chair Linda Sherrer. “For more than 20 years, Don has shared his expertise in managerial roles at our offices in Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra and Fleming Island, coaching the finest real estate professionals and establishing exceptionally strong relationships throughout the community.”

“Lenorae is a talented real estate professional with diverse career experiences, a natural leader and mentor, and is well positioned to manage our outstanding Beaches office,” added company President Ann King.

Atter’s career began in politics and law, where she specialized in family law, personal injury, property title insurance and tax law. She became the director of legal operations for a national tax firm and her strategic leadership helped to propel the practice to earn fastest-growing company honors in Northeast Florida.

After transitioning into a real estate career, Atter quickly achieved success as a top producer and listing agent in residential and commercial transactions.

The Beaches office is located at 375 Atlantic Blvd., Suite 1, in Atlantic Beach. The telephone number is 904-241-2417.

Forbes Ouzts joins Coleman Talley as associate

Coleman Talley has announced the expansion of its wealth planning practice and the addition of associate Forbes Ouzts. The wealth planning practice, led by partner Russ Henry, offers personalized guidance on complex estate plans and wealth management goals, assisting clients in managing and protecting their assets.

Ouzts is an associate in the firm's Jacksonville office. His practice concentrates on estate planning, trust and estate administration, gift and estate taxation, probate and representation of tax-exempt organizations.

Ouzts obtained his LL.M. in taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He earned his Juris Doctor degree at Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law, graduating cum laude. During law school, Forbes was an active member of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society, the Business, Bankruptcy & Tax Law Society and the Mercer Low Income Tax Clinic.

Coleman Talley's wealth planning practice has seen consistent growth across all its markets, including Valdosta, Atlanta and Jacksonville.

Rueppell joins real estate company

Donna Rueppell has joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty.

An alumna of the University of Colorado, Rueppell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business marketing. Her academic journey continued at Pepperdine University School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctorate.

With more than 12 years of service as an active-duty Air Force judge advocate general, she honed her skills in military criminal justice, demonstrating her unwavering commitment to upholding the law and serving her country with distinction.

Now, Rueppell embarks on a new chapter in her career. She can be contacted at Donna, 443-694-6924 and

The Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office is located at 333 Village Main St., Suite 670, Ponte Vedra Beach.

Erin Spaulding can be reached at 904-285-1800, and

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan