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Steven Terrell is a sommelier who brings his business, Uncorked Events, to his customers. Level 3 Wines Certified, he is knowledgeable about wines of all types and enjoys providing themed events and sharing his knowledge during tastings. more
Donna Lueders is the executive director of Investing in Kids (INK!), and it is a role she is very passionate about. She is continually striving to help the organization creates new programs to impact students and teachers within the St. Johns County community. She understands that her role and that of the organization’s is even more important as there continues to be a growth in new students and families moving into St. Johns County each year, making the goals of the organization everchanging. more
Melinda McManus is the chair of this year’s Heroes Gala – her third year chairing the event benefiting Operation New Uniform, a local charity that helps veterans make a successful transition to the civilian workforce. more
Jason Nettle has had a rich career in one of the most difficult professions to break into: the theatre. He has performed in major professional shows and has brought his talents to Northeast Florida. Today, he shares his dedication to the theatre with his students at Ponte Vedra High School. more
Stephanie Clarkson is president and chief executive officer of Vitis Energy, a St. Augustine-based independent power producer and clean energy solutions developer. As a woman owner/operator of a utility-scale IPP, she oversees all operations for the company, including project development, finance, engineering and operations. With a long family history as a Floridian, she currently lives in St. Augustine with her husband and four children. more
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
Wendy Tatter has become a regular among the St. Augustine artist scene, and recently moved her gallery to a new location at 806 Anastasia Blvd. in St. Augustine. She specializes in a unique art form known as Batik. more
Emma McCabe has turned her passion for reading and writing into a small business that has gained momentum in the last year. more
In April 2021, Lesley Vitel and sister Libbi Vitel-Poole cut the ribbon on their business, Painting With a Twist, located at 268 Solana Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. It’s a unique place where people can learn to paint while connecting with friends and sharing a favorite wine. There’s always something interesting going on with special events, private parties and more. more
Lisa Barton and her team have been a big part of the real estate landscape in Ponte Vedra for more than a decade. Lisa Barton Team Ponte Vedra Beach — Keller Williams Realty Atlantic Partners has established itself as a leader in one of the keystone businesses on the First Coast. more
Michael Smith won a state golf championship at Nease in 2007 and played college golf at James Madison. He now works locally to help aspiring young golfers achieve their goals of advancing their own golfing careers by earning college scholarships as founder and CEO of ForeCollegeGolf. more
Michael Smith won a state golf championship at Nease in 2007 and played college golf at James Madison. He now works locally to help aspiring young golfers achieve their goals of advancing their own golfing careers by earning college scholarships as founder and CEO of ForeCollegeGolf. more
Alan Chernomashentsev is one of the top fencing competitors in the world, having won medals at several competitions. He and his family make their home in the Nocatee area, where he teaches fencing classes at the link. more
Rachel DuBois works at Wahby Financial Group but is invested in helping the local community through Angelwood. She was first introduced to the nonprofit in 2014 and has been involved ever since. more
Emily Bellock is the new director of community outreach for THE PLAYERS Championship. She has been affiliated with the PGA TOUR in various capacities over the years. more
Anne Marie Moquin founded Beaches Go Green in 2018, which is a local nonprofit dedicated to promoting environmental education and awareness within the community through various events and school club initiatives. more
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