Movers & Shakers


Rogers Towers lawyer Courtney Gaver invited to join The Chester Bedell Inn of Court

Rogers Towers attorney Courtney Gaver has been invited to become an associate member of The Chester Bedell Inn of Court.

American Inns of Court are designed to improve the skills, professionalism and legal ethics with which the bench and the bar perform their functions. An associate member is a lawyer who has practiced law between one and five years.

The Chester Bedell Inn of Court was named for Chester Bedell, a Jacksonville trial attorney who embodied the best traits of civility, professionalism and public service.

“I feel honored to continue the longstanding tradition of Rogers Towers’ attorneys who have been invited to the Inn of Court,” Gaver said.

Based out of Rogers Towers’ Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine offices, Gaver joined the firm as an associate in the litigation department. She focuses her practice in the areas of litigation and dispute resolution, and land use, zoning and concurrency. She earned her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law, graduating summa cum laude in December 2015.

HarborChase’s Holt named Executive Director of the Year

HarborChase Executive Director Janann Holt has received the Executive Director of the Year Award from Florida Argentum, an organization that represents professionally managed senior living communities in Florida. The award was announced at the 2016 conference held Aug. 22-24 in Fort Lauderdale. HarborChase is owned and managed by Harbor Retirement Associates (HRA).

“HRA is truly honored that Florida Argentum has chosen to recognize Janann for the invaluable contribution she’s made to HRA and the industry as a whole,” Chief Operating Officer Sarabeth Hanson said. “Her work ethic, integrity and dedication to serving seniors is unparalleled, going above and beyond the call of duty every single day. She has dedicated her life to ensuring that HarborChase of Jacksonville is a happy home for those who live and work there.”

Holt joined HarborChase of Jacksonville in 2006 as director of resident care, overseeing staff and budgets, marketing, administration and resident care. In 2011 she was promoted to executive director. Prior to her time at HarborChase, Holt studied at St. Petersburg State College.

Cultural Center names Bass program and gallery manager

The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach has appointed Sara Bass as its new program and gallery manager. Bass recently earned a Master of Arts degree in Exhibition Design at Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at George Washington University after earning her BA in History and Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She interned at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery as well as the Textile Museum and the Visual Art Exchange.

“As the Cultural Center begins to explore expansion, Sara’s talents are a perfect fit,” Executive Director Judy Hixenbaugh said. “We are thrilled to have her on our team.”

Akers assumes artistic director role at Players by the Sea

Players by the Sea Associate Director Bradley Akers has assumed the new artistic director position as the Jacksonville Beach theatre begins its 51st season.

In his new role, Akers will oversee the theatre’s artistic mission, programming and production quality. During his four years with the theatre, he has served as communications manager and associate director. He has also directed several productions, including “Godspell,” Almost, Maine,” “Dog Sees God” and the upcoming production of “Into the Woods.”

In other Players by the Sea news, the theatre recently welcomed Aisha McBurnie as box office manager and Jane LaRoque as community relations coordinator. McBurnie brings many years of administrative and office management experience to the position, while LaRoque is a college English professor who previously served as marketing manager for the Metro Diner and a writer/editor for Coca-Cola.