James W. Stevens of Vinings has joined the Atlanta office of Troutman Sanders LLP law firm as partner. He was formerly with Kilpatrick Townsend in Atlanta.
Peter Witkiewicz, owner of the Marietta Comfort Keepers office, was awarded the 2013 Best of Care Awards — The Leaders in Excellence Award from Home Care Pulse, a national quality assurance firm for in-home care.
Barbarella Diaz has been named director of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation. Diaz is currently executive vice president of community affairs for Diaz Foods, one of the country’s leading Hispanic distributors serving both retail and food service establishments across 24 states.
She currently serves on the board of directors of Diaz Foods, The Children’s Museum, The Instituto de Mexico and the Latin American Association as well as the Emerging Leaders Committee of Children’s Healthcare and the Girl Scouts Hispanic Initiative Committee.
Sharon Mason of Marietta has been promoted as second in command of the 35-member Cobb Chamber of Commerce staff, behind CEO David Connell.
A Snellville native who served as the Chamber’s membership division vice president, Mason replaces Demming Bass, who resigned last month to spend more time with his family.
Mason previously worked for the Birmingham Regional Chamber and the Cumberland Community Improvement District’s Commuter Club.
Dana Tucker Davis, previously an associate of Weinstock & Scavo, PC and Taylor English Duma LLC, has opened Tucker Davis Law LLC at2470 Windy Hill Road, Suite 336 in Marietta. Davishas been licensed to practice law in Georgia for nearly 15 years.
Michael J. Elliot, CPA, has been named a partner at Moore Colson, a full-service accounting firm. Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Elliot worked for Metcalf Davis, CPAs in Atlanta, and Tishman Speyer Properties, LP, as well as PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP inNew York City.
The following individuals were named as the ‘20 Rising Stars Under 40’ in the March issue of Cobb Life magazine:
Marnie Williams, community manager of social media at the Weather Channel; Dameren Parenteau, chef de cuisine at Muss & Turner’s; Frances Shaw, owner of Frannie’s GlutenFree Muffins; Rev. Jeremy Abernathy, attorney and pastor of Noonday Missionary Baptist Church; Rob Swartwood, attorney at Gregory, Doyle, Calhoun and Rogers and owner of Ranger Coffee; Crystal Johnson, business development, Applied Technical Services, Inc.; Gabriel Weinberg, founder and CEO of Duckduckgo; Lisa Cupid, District 4 Cobb County Commissioner; Justin Patrick Hart, radiation oncologist, WellStar; Christopher Martin, principal trumpet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Christa Pitts, co-CEO, Elf on a Shelf; Chanda Bell, co-CEO, Elf on a Shelf; Jeff Jahn, president and founder of DynamiX web design; Tracy Rathbone, director of business development, Coxe, Curry & Associates; Rob Leonard, Cobb Superior Court Judge; Amanda Seals, executive director of government relations, board of regents of the University System of Georgia; Jason Sleeman, assistant vice president financial center manager, Fifth-Third Bank; Kim Carroll, chief deputy clerk, Cobb Superior Court; Nels Peterson, director of policy, Georgia Attorney General’s Office; Keith R. Blackwell, Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.
Roseanne Sims joined First Landmark Bank as vice president/senior credit analyst and David Ascher as senior vice president/treasury management services.
Sims received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Shorter College and the Georgia Banking School at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia; and received her master’s of accounting and financial management from Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University in Atlanta. She has been in the banking industry since 1993.
Ascher received a Bachelor of Science in finance at the University o fMaryland and a master’s in business administration in finance a tAmerican University in Washington,D.C.He has been in the banking industry since 1989 and with Synovus since 1999.
WellStar Health System announced that Candice Saunders, formerly WellStar executive vice president and WellStar Kennestone Hospital president, has been promoted to chief operating officer for the system.
In her new role, Saunders will have full operational responsibility for WellStar’s five hospitals, imaging centers, health parks and outpatient rehabilitation. Saunders joined WellStar in May 2007 as WellStar Kennestone Hospital COO and was promoted to president in August 2007.
Prior to joining WellStar, she served as vice president of Inova Health System and COO of Inova Fairfax Hospital and the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute.