United Way of the Coastal Empire Announces New Board Leadership



SAVANNAH, GA (April 23, 2020) – Moving forward with the business of the organization since canceling the Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon due to the COVID-19 pandemic, United Way of the Coastal Empire announced the officers and directors who will serve on the 2020-2021 board. Comprised of business and community leaders, board members help further United Way’s mission through their decision-making, governance and counsel, as well as maintaining the highest levels of stewardship, while improving the lives of people in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties. Vice President and General Manager of WTOC-TV, Larry Silbermann, will serve as the Chairman to the Board of Directors, replacing Toby Moreau. 

Chairman to the Board of Directors, Larry Silbermann
Chairman to the Board of Directors, Larry Silbermann

“I am excited by this opportunity to serve our community through United Way. I’d like to thank Toby and our retiring board members for their mentorship, support, and tireless efforts that have set us on the path to continued success,” stated Larry Silbermann. “These volunteer leaders set the bar high with their clear vision and goal-oriented leadership, and I look forward to following their legacy as we lead United Way into a new chapter.  As the organization continues to grow at a record pace, I am excited to work with the dedicated team at United Way as we continue the excellent work already in progress to help our friends and neighbors who are facing an unprecedented challenge.”

Serving as members of the executive committee are:


Joining the executive committee as new members of the board are:

Board members being nominated to complete another one-year term are:

For a complete list of 2020-2021 United Way of the Coastal Empire’s Board of Directors, visit www.uwce.org/board.

United Way thanked seven members whose terms have expired and will step off the board: Carol Bell, Community Volunteer; Jenny Gentry, Chase; Trey Glendye, Colonial Group; Drew Hunt, Community Volunteer; Pat Monahan, City of Savannah; Steve Pound, St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System; and Judge Greg Sapp, Chatham County.

The Board of Directors and the staff of United Way would also like to thank outgoing board chair Toby Moreau, for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the organization during the past year. 

“I am sincerely grateful for Toby’s dedicated leadership over the past year, and most especially since I started with the organization in early February. I am glad he will continue his service on the board as immediate past chair,” said Brynn Grant, President and CEO of United Way of the Coastal Empire. “Toby has given far more of his time and expertise than many could or would have and our team, our organization and our community are indebted to him.”

For more information, visit www.uwce.org.

About United Way of the Coastal Empire

The mission of United Way of the Coastal Empire is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.  

United Way conducts an annual fundraising campaign and invests donor contributions in programs and services within three impact areas: Education, Financial Stability, and Health. United Way serves Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties.

United Way is a volunteer-driven organization that involves hundreds of community leaders, professionals, and other volunteers in every aspect of our business, including fundraising, marketing, and funding decisions, to ensure that donors’ donations are truly making a difference.

Thanks to the Herschel V. Jenkins Trust Fund and other income, which covers almost all administrative and fundraising costs, donor contributions go to help people in need.  

For more information, please visit uwce.org.

YMCA of Coastal Georgia Appoints Brian Felder of Felder & Associates to Organization’s Corporate Board of Directors


(SAVANNAH, GA) The YMCA of Coastal Georgia has announced that Brian Felder, founder and managing principal of Felder & Associates, has been appointed to the organization’s Corporate Board of Directors.

The YMCA of Coastal Georgia’s Association Corporate Board of Directors governs 10 YMCA facility locations and 55 Before & After School Enrichment sites spanning across a seven-county service area. Felder will serve a three-year term as a member of the Advancement Committee. This committee plays an active role in driving the philanthropic activities that are part of a strategic long term focus engaging all branches and communities.

“I have been a member of the YMCA since 1991 and am looking forward to being able to get involved on a new level,” Felder said. “As a board member, I will strive to support the goals of the YMCA of Coastal Georgia as an advocate and ambassador of its mission to build healthy spirit, mind and body in every community it serves.”

In addition to his new appointment with the YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Felder’s community involvement extends to serving as chair of the Revolving Fund Committee, which is responsible for buying, protecting and selling endangered historic properties in Savannah and Chatham County, and he is immediate past chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Historic Savannah Foundation.

“Brian’s professional experience and ability to offer guidance on business operations are assets to our Board that will only be compounded by his personal time, talents and connections within the community,” said Joel Smoker, president and CEO of the YMCA of Coastal Georgia. “A network of established relationships with community and business leaders both here in Savannah and throughout the Coastal Empire is essential to the long-term success of the YMCA of Coastal Georgia.”

To volunteer with or learn more about the YMCA of Coastal Georgia, please visit ymcaofcoastalga.org.

For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit felderassociates.net.

Established in 2012, Felder & Associates specializes in historic preservation, commercial architecture, adaptive reuse architecture, corporate interior design, high-end residential design, green building and neo-traditional building. The company has experienced a yearly growth of 10% for the past three consecutive years. Felder & Associates is a member of the American Institutes of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers, the United States Green Building Council and the International Interior Design Association, the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Historic Savannah Foundation. The firm has been recognized with historic preservation awards from the Historic Savannah Foundation, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Excellence in Rehabilitation award, the Georgia Association of The American Institute of Architects Design Award in Renovation and a special judges’ award from Hospitality Design magazine. Felder & Associates is located at 2514 Abercorn St. Suite 110, Savannah, GA 31401. For more information or to contact Felder & Associates, call 912-777-3979, or visit www.felderassociates.net

The YMCA of Coastal Georgia has been serving the Coastal Georgia community for over 164 years, and continues to work every day to advance its cause to strengthen community through its three areas of focus; youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Today the YMCA of Coastal Georgia operates 11 units, in Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham, Liberty, McIntosh and Glynn Counties; included is the YMCA before and after school enrichment program, operating in 55 elementary and middle schools throughout the markets served. The YMCA serves men and women, girls and boys of all ages and from all walks of life. All of this and more is accomplished while putting forth the Y mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. To learn more, visit www.ymcaofcoastalga.org or call 912-354-5480.

Skylar Lanier
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing

The Rotary Club of Savannah Announces Ellen B. Bolch as President and Names 2019 Board


The Rotary Club of Savannah Announces Ellen B. Bolch as President and Names 2019 Board

(SAVANNAH, GA) Ellen B. Bolch, President and CEO of THA Group, a family of in-home health companies serving coastal Georgia and South Carolina, has been elected president of the Rotary Club of Savannah.

Ellen Bolch, President of Rotary

Ellen Bolch, President of Rotary

Bolch will be joined on the Rotary Board of Directors by Secretary/Treasurer Harvey J. Gilbert, Sergeant-At-Arms Dale C. Critz, Jr., along with Louisa Abbot, Eddie Culver, Mark Dana, Emily Dickinson, Craig Harney, Sam McCachern, Jamie McCurry, Terri O’Neil, Cecilia Russo Turner, Philip Solomons, Jr., and Trip Tollison.

In addition to this new position, Bolch currently serves on the Boards of: The Union Society of Bethesda, The Georgia Historical Society, The Chatham Club, and the Board of Visitors of the Savannah Country Day School. She is heavily involved in her industry and community, having previously served on numerous national, regional and local Boards, including the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and as Co-Chair of the National Medicaid Action Council affiliated with NAHC. She is also a member the Advisory Board of the Home Care Technology Association of America. Bolch is the immediate past Chair of the South Carolina Home and Hospice Care Association and has been published in Caring Magazine, The Remington Report, the Journal of the American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations, the Home Care Journal of Texas and, in The Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology.

Bolch, a native of Savannah, received her BS in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia and her Masters’ in Nursing and in Healthcare Administration from Penn State University. She received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2018. Ellen has been a health care educator at Penn State and Armstrong State Universities, and the Medical College of Georgia. Married to Dr. Sidney J. Bolch, III (Jeff) for 27 years, the pair have three sons and two daughters between them who have given them 10 grandchildren.

Bolch said of her newest role in Rotary, “As the new President, I am honored to ‘Stand Up’ before our Clubs auspicious group of professionals and business community leaders. Rotary connects people and we are united through these connections as we ‘Stand Up’ in our community and for our community and for those globally who cannot Stand Up for themselves.”

The Rotary Club of Savannah includes 205 community leaders and volunteers. Over the past 104 years, the club has championed local and regional developments that include completing the road to Tybee Island, improving the Savannah River for commercial traffic, enhancing the Dixie Highway system in southeast Georgia and building bridges over the Savannah and Altamaha Rivers. Most recently in recognition of its 100th anniversary, the club raised funds and built an all-accessible playground in Forsyth Park.

Meetings are held each Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DeSoto Hotel, 15 E. Liberty St. For more information, visit www.savrotary.org

Rotary Club of Savannah
P.O. Box 11105
Savannah, GA 31412

Bethesda Board of Governors announces 2019-20 officers, new board members


Bethesda Board of Governors announces 2019-20 officers, new board members

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Bethesda Union Society Board of Governors has chosen its 2019-20 slate of officers, with retired higher education executive William “Ted” Moore serving as chairman.

Dr. William T. Moore, Bethesda Academy
Dr. William T. Moore, Bethesda Academy

Joining him as officers will be attorney Quentin Marlin, partner with Ellis, Painter, Ratterree and Adams, as vice chairman; Paul Pressley, director emeritus of the Ossabaw Island Educational Alliance and longtime headmaster of Savannah Country Day School, as secretary; and retired corporate executive Jim Trolinger as treasurer.

Six new members were also appointed to the board, most serving terms that run until 2022. The new members are Jake Coakley, Denny Ogden, Dr. John George, Kim Iocovozzi, Dr. Robert “Bob” Zerbe and Henry H. Minis.

The new members join a board that also includes Linda Bleicken, Ellen Bolch, Ryan Chandler, Brian Harlander, Diane Ingram, Stratton Leopold, Leslie Littlejohn and Joe Marinelli. Ex officio members are Michael Hughes, president of Bethesda Academy, and Yancey Bradley, president of the Women’s Board of Bethesda. The board is responsible for Bethesda Academy, a private boarding and day school for males in grades six through 12 that has its roots in the oldest child-care institution in the country.

Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and college preparatory curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Sean Fatzinger of Enmarket Named to Board of Trustees for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter


Sean Fatzinger of Enmarket Named to Board of Trustees for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter

(Atlanta, GA, June 1, 2019) The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Georgia Chapter is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Fatzinger of Enmarket, to its Board of Trustees. Fatzinger joins a group of 18 fellow Trustees to provide strategic guidance, financial oversight, and fundraising assistance for LLS.

Sean Fatzinger of Enmarket

Sean Fatzinger of Enmarket

Fatzinger is the Director of Foodservice Operations for Enmarket. He is a restaurant industry veteran with a background in Operations, Training, and Franchising working with some of the best-known name brands in the world. With a background in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Fatzinger made a name for himself opening concepts in non-traditional and international locations. Currently, he is bringing cutting edge food and beverage technology and programs into the Convenience Store space while growing a franchise footprint into non-traditional locations.

Fatzinger is passionate about classic books, educating the future generations, and enjoying an outdoors/ fitness lifestyle- especially on a road cycle. His volunteer efforts have included involvement in local politics, international missions and raising money for organizations helping those who are often overlooked.

The Georgia Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, headquartered in Atlanta with satellite offices in Augusta and Savannah, helps those diagnosed with blood cancers with financial and emotional support. Through a variety of fundraising campaigns and directed gifts, the Georgia Chapter raised $11 million in fiscal year 2019 to help fund its mission.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

The Georgia Chapter serves patients with a variety of programs including the Patti Robinson Kaufmann First Connection Program, the Georgia Blood Cancer Conference, and the LLS Co-Pay Assistance Program which provided over $2.1 million to patients statewide in fiscal year 2018. Currently, LLS is investing $1,334,000 in support of three local research projects at Emory University through multiyear grants. It is estimated that there will be approximately 4,810 new diagnoses for blood cancer in Georgia in 2019. Please visit www.lls.org/ga for more information.

About Enmarket
Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarket currently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com


Cynthia Cradduck Appointed to State Jaycees Executive Committee


Cynthia Cradduck Appointed to State Jaycees Executive Committee

(SAVANNAH, GA) Cynthia Cradduck, a Savannah-based marketing and public relations professional, has been elected to the Georgia Jaycees’ state executive committee, where she will serve as Vice President of Communications. She is joined on the executive committee by Danielle Fields, President; Katie Harris, Vice President of Community Development; Allen Farley, Vice President of Membership and Chad Brown, Chairman of the Board.

Cynthia Cradduck, Junior Partner of Carriage Trade Public Relations and Cecilia Russo Marketing_

Cynthia Cradduck

She is a junior partner at both Carriage Trade Public Relationsand Cecilia Russo Marketing, a collaborative arrangement in which she oversees operations for the two organizations. Her initiative took her from intern to junior partner in a three-year span, which was among the achievements that earned her a place on Georgia Trend’s 2018 “40 Under 40.”

Cradduck is a past president of the Savannah Jaycees, which she led during its 75th anniversary year. She also has been recognized with the Savannah Magazine/Savannah Morning Newsdesignation as a “Rising Star in Business.”

A graduate of Georgia Southern University, Cradduck was one of six students to earn L.E.A.P. certification, which recognizes public relations professionals who have gone through Leadership, Experience in Communication, Academics and Professionalism training.

She also has completed professional training courses offered by the Dale Carnegieprogram and Toastmasters International. In addition, Cradduck serves as the administrator for Leadership Southeast Georgiaand supports several nonprofit organizations in Savannah, including the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empireand Girls on the Run.

In her new role, Cradduck will be responsible for the Georgia Jaycees’ internal and external communications, including its newsletter, website, press announcements and communications among its chapters. She will also be creating a chapter communications instruction guide which she will be presenting to the membership at their midyear convention.

The Jayceesis a leadership development organization that focuses on community involvement. This year, the state board held a major fundraiser to help provide financial resources for Out of the Darkness, a non-profit focused on battling human trafficking.

Jayceeschapters in Georgia include Athens, Atlanta, Columbus, Dahlonega, Gainesville, Gray, Milledgeville, Savannah, Statesboro, Swainsboro and Jesup.

“This is an exciting time to be involved with the Jaycees,” Cradduck said. “Young professionals are rediscovering the power, value and fun of face-to-face networking and community-building through this organization, and I’m delighted to be part of it.”

Leadership development through community service has been the basis of the Jayceessince its inception in 1920. The mission of the not-for-profit organization is to provide development opportunities that empower young people ages 18-40 to create positive change. Members enhance a variety of leadership, management and communication skills as they work together to plan and run civic and individual development activities that bring about positive change in their home communities and through the world. To learn more about the Jaycees, visit www.georgiajaycees.comor http://www.jci.cc/usa.

Cynthia Cradduck
VP of Communications
Georgia Jaycees

Roto-Rooter CEO Sherry Daniel Appointed to Park Place Outreach Board of Directors


Roto-Rooter CEO Sherry Daniel Appointed to Park Place Outreach Board of Directors

(SAVANNAH, Ga.) Sherry Daniel, CEO of Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah, has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors for Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, a non-profit organization that supports runaway, homeless and at-risk kids and teenagers from ages 11-21.

Sherry Daniel, Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

Sherry Daniel, Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannah

“The mission of Park Place Outreachand its Youth Emergency Shelter is to assist young people in difficult circumstances by reuniting them with their families when possible and helping them develop into productive citizens,” said Daniel. “I believe every young person has great potential, and becoming part of an organization that helps develop that potential is very important to me.”

Prior to joining the Park Placeboard, Daniel has led her company’s participation in radiothons for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospitalthat have raised at least $60,000 for each of the past four years. In addition, she has supported a number of other community needs for the past 45 years, including Toys for Tots, filling the needs of veterans, supporting a women’s shelter and organizing blood drives.

“It is an honor to give back to the community that has been so good to me,” said Daniel. “I am enthused about this new opportunity to help young people achieve a future they may never have envisioned, or even imagined.”

Other members of the Park Place Outreach2019 Board of Directors include:

• Salita Hill (president), Vice President of Community Banking, Wells Fargo
• Dr. Ann Linton (vice president), Owner, Abercorn Family Dentistry
• Denise Denison (treasurer), Vice President of Commercial Banking, Synovus
• Chris Sotus, (secretary), Senior Vice President, Merrill Lynch
• Jennifer Barrett, Talent Strategy Manager, TitleMax
• Garth Gabriel II, Human Resources Business Partner/Senior Manager, Gulfstream
• Alexander A. Inglese, Associate Broker of Commercial Real Estate, Long & Foster
• Alfred D. McGuire, Jr., Principal, Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School
• Tammy Stokes, Chief Judge, Chatham County Recorder’s Court
• Julie Wade, Executive Director, Park Place Outreach

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Services, 514 E. Henry St., supports runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth, ages 11-21, through a variety of residential and after-school programs. Serving teens since 1984, Park Place’s mission is to provide services to at-risk youth and their families, increase their functional level, and reunify families whenever possible. The Emergency Shelter is open 24 hours a day and provides a safe, secure, and loving environment. Park Place Outreachis the only facility in Savannah where youth can self-admit without an agency referral. Park Place Outreach’s other programs include the Street Outreach Program to identify homeless and nearly homeless teens and young adults and provide them with support services to get off the streets, Family Preservation for Teens to help teens remain safely in their homes to maintain family stability, and the new Mission: Possible Transitional Living Program for males ages 16-21.

Park Place Outreach– Youth Emergency Services is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelterhas helped more than 6,500 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.orgor find us on Facebook.

Roto-Rooterplumbers in Savannah provides full-service plumbing maintenance and repairs and clogged drain cleaning, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including toilet repairs. Roto-Rooter Plumbers of Savannahoffers industrial, residential and commercial plumbing services. Trusted and recommended since 1935, Roto-Rooteris the premier provider of plumbing and drain cleaning services in Savannah, GA. The company’s specialty is emergency services. Roto-Rooter Plumbersstand by their estimates and guarantee their work. For more information, please call (912) 303-8570 or visit https://www.rotosavannah.com/home.html

Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.

Dean Burnette, of Best Business Brokers, named President of Georgia Association of Business Brokers


Dean Burnette, of Best Business Brokers, named President of Georgia Association of Business Brokers

(Savannah, GA) Dean Burnette, founder of Savannah-based Best Business Brokers(B3), has been named president of the Georgia Association of Business Brokers(GABB) for 2019.

GABBmembers help business owners establish sales prices, create marketing plans and strategies for the sales, identify and qualify potential buyers and protect owners’ and buyers’ confidentiality.

Dean Burnette, Best Business Brokers (B3)

Dean Burnette, Best Business Brokers (B3)

“I am excited about the many opportunities that the current economic conditions and recent economic events have created in Georgia,” said Burnette. “We have a powerful group of very connected leaders in Georgia who will be on the board this year, and I’m proud to serve alongside these talented folks.”

Burnette has more than three decades of business ownership and management experience in a variety of industries. He has been a member of the GABBMillion Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Club and is a member and past president of the Savannah Small Business Chamber. He also belongs to the Savannah CFO Council, Savannah Traffic Club, Savannah Real Estate Commercial Alliance, Georgia Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtorsand serves on the Education Advisory Committee for the Georgia Real Estate Commission.

Additional GABBofficers for 2019 include Judy Mims, vice president, qualifying broker for Childcare Properties; Jon Roman, treasurer, business intermediary, franchise consultant and developer at Transworld Business Advisors; and Nick Modares, secretary, president and managing broker of Business Brokers Inc./Atlanta Business Advisors.

Other board members include Jeffery Merry, founder and owner of the Business House; Matthew Wochele, founder of Preferred Business Brokers; Michael Ramatowski, president of Georgia Business Associates; and Kim Eells, vice president and of SBA Lending at Renasant Bank.

Best Business Brokers(B3) help people buy and sell businesses and commercial real estate in Georgia and South Carolina. The company is based in Savannah, Ga. B3offers a variety of brokerage services, including confidential targeted marketing, potential buyers’ qualifications, showcasing, transaction negotiations, due diligence management, escrow process management, valuations and pricing, and closings. Their seasoned and award-winning business brokers are all licensed, commercial realtors. B3specializes in a multitude of industries, such as manufacturing-, technology- and logistics-related businesses and properties. Their headquarters is located at 6605 Abercorn St., Suite 101D, Savannah, GA 31405. For more information, visit http://B3Brokers.comor call 912-349-0940.

Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire Recognizes Cecilia Russo Turner with Community Impact Awards


Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire Recognizes Cecilia Russo Turner with Community Impact Awards

(SAVANNAH, GA) Cecilia Russo Turner of Cecilia Russo Marketing has been recognized as a recipient of the 2018 Community Impact Award by Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire.

Cecilia Russo Turner Receives Award from Ronald McDonald House

Cecilia Russo Turner Receives Award from Ronald McDonald House

The community impact awards program began in 2014 to recognize long-time contributors, businesses and volunteers for outstanding achievement in serving local Ronald McDonald House children and families.

Turner, who has served as a board member for seven years, has supported the Ronald McDonald House through marketing and fundraising support of various events, including the Chef of the House Challenge, Wine and Fries, The Red Shoe Run and Wine, Women and Shoes.

“It is a great honor to assist the families and staff at the Ronald McDonald House,” said Turner. “I’m so pleased that several of my family members and close friends are also involved with the organization, often serving at special events and seeing first-hand the impact that the house makes in our community.”

Bill Sorochak, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House, praised Turner for her efforts as a volunteer.

“Volunteers are the heartbeat of our House, and Cecilia has been invaluable in providing comfort for the families who find refuge and support here while their children receive medical treatment at our nearby hospitals,” Sorochak said. “Because of outstanding volunteers, we can keep our focus on helping children heal faster, cope better and stay healthy.”

The Ronald McDonald House helps families of seriously ill, hospitalized children cope with the stress and expense of daily living while trying to be close and emotionally strong for their children.

This marks the second time Turner has received the award. For more information, visit http://www.rmhccoastalempire.org

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire is a registered 501©3, non-profit that operates solely on donations. The cornerstone program is the Savannah Ronald McDonald House that provides more than 4,170 family night stays each year with a “Home away from home.” Other core programs include the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital and Children’s Hospital at Memorial Hospital Medical Center and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, a mobile dental clinic providing free dental cleanings and examinations, care to under served, school-aged children in Beaufort County, S.C.

Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC was founded by Cecilia Russo Turner in 2008. The firm puts the power of publicity to work, helping organizations, businesses and individuals move the needle and achieve their specific communications objectives through key reputation management strategies. For more information, call 912.665.0005 or visit https://ceciliarussomarketing.com

Bill Sorochak
Executive Director
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) of the Coastal Empire
t. (912) 350-7641 ext. 304
f. (912) 350-2309
c. (864) 906-8496
4710 Waters Avenue
Savannah, Georgia, 31404

Cecilia Russo Turner
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC

United Way Adds Cecilia Russo Turner to Board of Directors


United Way Adds Cecilia Russo Turner to Board of Directors

(SAVANNAH, GA) The United Way of the Coastal Empire is pleased to announce its selection of Cecilia Russo Turner, CEO and founder of Cecilia Russo Marketing, to join its 2018 board of directors. Turner joins a board of 33 community leaders who operate under the direction of a 13-member executive committee.

Cecilia Russo Turner of Cecilia Russo Marketing

The mission of United Way to improve lives by mobilizing the power of communities is parallel to the values that Turner stands behind. Turner has assisted a plethora of businesses and organizations with public relations, fundraising and visibility management.

Through her graduation from and involvement with Leadership Southeast Georgia (LSEGA), Turner is well accustomed to the four counties that United Way serves: Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties.

“Rallying the community behind an incredible cause is one of my passions,” said Turner. “To have the opportunity to assist the board of the United Way is an honor, and I’m ecstatic to bring my expertise to this powerful group.”

During her 23-year career, Turner has a developed a proven record among local top-tier non-profit and for-profit organizations, businesses and corporations in the areas of fund development, marketing, public relations, community relations, professional counsel and event planning. Her firm, Cecilia Russo Marketing, increases businesses and organization’s visibility locally, nationally and globally through reputation management strategies in Southeast coastal Georgia and the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Turner, a native of Savannah, is a graduate of St. Vincent’s Academy and the University of Georgia. Aside from her new position on the United Way board, Turner serves on the board of the Savannah Technical College Foundation, Rotary Club of Savannah and Horizons Savannah. Previously, she served on the boards of the Kiwanis Club of Skidaway Island, Senior Citizens, Inc., and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

For more information, call 912.665.0005 or visit https://ceciliarussomarketing.com

Cecilia Russo, of Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC, is an acknowledged marketing professional with a proven record among Savannah’s top-tier non-profit and for-profit organizations, businesses and corporations in the areas of fund development, marketing, public relations and event planning. As a native Savannahian, Cecilia’s knowledge and experience give her unique insights into channeling the efforts of volunteers and constituents into effective, mission-driven public relations activities that translate into measurable results. She was voted one of Savannah’s “40 Business Leaders Under 40” by the Savannah Business Report and Journal in 2005. For more information, call 912.665.0005 or visit https://ceciliarussomarketing.com

Cecilia Russo Turner
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC