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Dr. S. Akbar Hasan grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, where his father served as dean at the University of Kentucky and his mother worked as a librarian at the university. He is a board-certified, fellowship-trained cornea, LASIK and cataract specialist. He came to the First Coast in 2002 and served as the lead cataract and corneal surgeon and director of the Laser Vision Correction Program at the Mayo Clinic for 10 years. He joined Florida Eye Specialists in 2012. His practice's nonprofit arm, Florida Eye Cares, provides eye surgeries and glasses to local residents in need. more
Capt. Glen Davis is the man at the helm for cruises and excursions aboard Sabrage, one of the popular charter boats in St. Augustine. Having spent his life on the water, Davis knows how to offer his customers an enjoyable experience. Sabrage can be found at the shipyard docks, 117 Dockside Drive. more
Joy Andrews is the deputy county administrator, a role she has held in St. Johns County since 2015. She moved to the U.S. from China in 2002 and enjoys the opportunity she gets on a daily basis to protect the well-being of the county’s residents, both current and future. more
Alexander Kiss is co-founder and CTO of vranda, which puts environmental, social and governance data for small- and medium-sized businesses into the hands of stakeholders. His is one of several young businesses located at the link in Nocatee. more
Dennis Hollingsworth has been the St. Johns County tax collector for the past 38 years. During that time, he has seen a number of changes occur, including the introduction of computers and the continued growth of the area’s population. However, the one thing that remains the same is the joy he gets from interacting with residents and helping them solve the problems they are faced with. more
Molly Austin is a local businesswoman and the go-to person for anyone wanting to know about Jeeps. She also has a deep appreciation for wildlife and is very involved in mission trips. more
Kate Wagner is the owner of Sawgrass Pet Resort, as she is a pet lover at heart. It was her passion for animals that led her to build and open the facility in Ponte Vedra Beach. more
Chez Leeby is the creator of Soul Life, a platform for community prevention and wellness education. She also created Soul Shine, a camp and weekly group initiative for teenage girls. She has authored three books and regularly presents programs at the link in Nocatee. more
Anyone who has attended an event, organized a class or set up a business at the link in Nocatee has worked with Jeff Tawney, the director of operations. He is one of the people who keeps the innovative facility running smoothly. more
Sharon Gesek is most proud of the help she can provide older residents and caregivers across St. Johns County as the program director of the county’s Council on Aging. She lives in Nocatee after moving from Connecticut in 2019 and she enjoys spending time with her grandsons. more
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