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

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

Marjorie Young to Speak at Buy Local Savannah April Meeting


Marjorie Young to Speak at Buy Local Savannah April Meeting

(SAVANNAH, GA) Buy Local Savannahwill host Marjorie Young at their monthly luncheon on Thursday, April 25. Young, an experienced public relations consultant and president and CEO of Carriage Trade Public Relations, will present “Five Top Business Insights.”

Marjorie Young

Marjorie Young

Young has been named Entrepreneur of the Year, Business of the Year and Small Business Advocate of the Year. She is also certified in crisis PR.

She founded Carriage Trade Public Relations® Inc. in 1995. Her firm creates positive word-of-mouth for businesses in the community and online by using reputation management strategies. She is also the founder of the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method, which helps businesses create a year-long public relations plan. Marjorie will publish a book later this year.

“I’m excited to share the business knowledge I’ve learned over the last 25 years,” Young said. “I’m hoping that by talking about some of the hurdles I’ve had to overcome along the way, other business owners in Savannah may be able to avoid some of the same issues.”

Formed in 1999, the Buy Local Savannahnow comprises over 150 businesses who call Savannah home. Their monthly meetings, which are open to the public, focus on the opportunities and issues inherent in running a locally based business.

The program will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m on Thursday, April 25 at Cohen’s Retreat, 5715 Skidaway Rd. Registration to attend costs $25 for members or $40 for non-members. Interested parties can register at

For more information on the event, please visit

Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc. is Savannah’s premiere reputation management company. Founded in 1995 by Marjorie Young to help businesses increase their positive word of mouth in the community and globally online through its trademarked strategy, the REPUTATION MATRIX™ method.

Cynthia Cradduck
Carriage Trade Public Relations®, Inc.

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

Cynthia Cradduck
VP of Communications
Georgia Jaycees

Bethesda Academy and Georgia Southern University Partner for Agricultural Research


Bethesda Academy and Georgia Southern University Partner for Agricultural Research

(SAVANNAH, GA) Students at Bethesda Academy, a residential and day school for boys in grades six through 12, are joining forces with chemistry students from Georgia Southern University – Armstrong Campusto try to answer questions on how gardening methods impact the nutritional value of produce.

The research will focus on determining the antioxidant levels in food grown by three different methods: conventional soil-based cultivation using conventional fertilizers and pesticides, organic cultivation using sustainable, non-toxic processes and aquaponics, growing plants in fish tanks with a water-based system.

Bethesdawill offer the local organic testing ground and, in exchange, students will get the opportunity to engage with chemists in hands-on learning activities.

Bethesda Academy

(Left to right) Miranda Smith, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University; Amari McDonald, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University; Suzanne Carpenter, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Georgia Southern University; Merrin Slocombe, Director of Farm and Garden at Bethesda Academy; Jakari Flowers, 10th Grade Student at Bethesda Academy; Richard Wallace, Professor of Chemistry at Georgia Southern University

Bethesda Academy

(Left to Right) Miranda Smith, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University; Amari McDonald, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University; Jakari Flowers, 10th Grade Student at Bethesda Academy

Bethesda Academy

Miranda Smith, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University (left) and Amari McDonald, Biochemistry Student at Georgia Southern University (right), work on the farm at Bethesda Academy.

Bethesda Academy

Merrin Slocombe, Director of Farm and Garden at Bethesda Academy (left) and Jakari Flowers, 10th Grade Student at Bethesda Academy (right) work on the farm at Bethesda Academy.

“The question of how growing method affects nutrient quality is currently one of the most hotly discussed and least studied topics in agricultural science,” said Marrin Slocombe, director of farm and garden at Bethesda. “The findings could have an enormous impact on informing consumer preferences and determining government policy.”

The Bethesdacampus is home to five-acres of organic gardens, including a large greenhouse. The school uses the facilities, as well as a cattle herd and pasture land, to teach vocational agriculture. The school sells its produce at a farm stand open from 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.

Bethesdais committed to using community resources to the greatest extent possible in preparing our students for the future,” said Michael Hughes, president of Bethesda Academy. “We relish this opportunity to have Bethesda’s young men work alongside scientists and students from a major research university.”

Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academyis 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.orgor call 912.644.4376.

Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing

Leadership Southeast Georgia Names 2019 Class Members


Leadership Southeast Georgia Names 2019 Class Members

(SOUTHEAST GEORGIA) Leadership Southeast Georgiais pleased to announce 29 people have been selected from 10 counties across the region for its class of 2019.

The five-month program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is designed to equip, empower and connect community leaders to help them promote positive growth and improve the quality of life in the southeast Georgia region.

Participants live and work within Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties, which together are known as Georgia’s coastal region. Leadership Southeast Georgiaoffers a unique opportunity for leaders in this area to build close working relationships, promote positive growth and advance strategic goals to benefit our coast.

Members of the Leadership Southeast Georgiaclass of 2019 are:

Laura Lee Bocade, DIRTT Environmental Solutions(Chatham)
Stephanie Brown, WorkSource Georgia-Coastal(Camden)
C.J. Chance, P.E., Hussey Gay Bell(Bulloch)
Leia Dedic, Savannah Economic Development Authority(Chatham)
Dr. Robin K. Ellert, Department of the Army (Liberty)
Chris Ellison, The Heritage Bank(Long)
Justin Farquhar, Development Authority of Bryan County(Chatham)
Jenny Gentry, (Chatham)
Emily Goldman, Georgia Ports Authority(Effingham)
Gloria Goosby, Georgia Southern University(Bulloch)
Allyson Harvin, SERVPRO of Savannah(Chatham)
Staci Ignell, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation(Jasper)
Kimberly Iler, Coldwell Banker Commercial(Effingham)
Will Johnson, Evans General Contractors(Chatham)
Francesca Macchiaverna, HunterMaclean(Chatham)
Dawn Malin, McIntosh County Industrial Development Authority(McIntosh)
Ronald McGee, Comcast(Chatham)
Mark Miller (Glynn)
Tanya Milton, The Savannah Tribune(Chatham)
DJ Roberson, Daniel Defense, Inc.(Effingham)
Madison Roesel, The SACK Company(Chatham)
Matt Sawhill, Georgia Power – Southern Company(Bulloch)
Ryan Sewell, Sterling Seacrest Partners(Chatham)
David Simons, Simons Political Group(Chatham)
Kevin Smith, P.E., Thomas & Hutton(Chatham)
Ron Stalnaker, Georgia Southern University(Bulloch)
Mark Stovall, SunTrust Bank(Glynn)
Walter Strong III, The Strong Group / Alair Homes Savannah(Chatham)
Paul Teague, P.E., Atlanta Gas Light Company(Bryan)

“It’s an exceptionally powerful group of participants this year,” said Lee Beckmann, a graduate of the class of 2013 and chairman of the 2019 board of directors, who also is the manager of governmental affairs with the Georgia Ports Authority. “This group represents the strengths of our region well, and I’m confident that the next five months will further equip them to lead our region.”

Participants were nominated by alumni of the leadership program and by business leaders in the coastal region. They will spend one weekend a month in surrounding counties learning about topics that affect the region such as healthcare, education, economic development and transportation.

“Last year’s group developed ideas that made tangible differences in our communities, and I’m thrilled to see what impacts this class will make,” said Beckmann. “There is a tremendous amount of innovation and creativity between our selected class members.”

For more information, visit

Leadership Southeast Georgiais a five-month region-wide program designed to equip, empower and connect community leaders to help them promote positive growth and improve the quality of life in the southeast Georgia region. The executive board and program participants represent a variety of industries across Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven counties. The class spends one weekend a month traveling to surrounding counties to learn about the impact of local issues such as healthcare, education, economic development and transportation. For more information, visit

Lee Beckmann
Leadership Southeast Georgia

Cynthia Cradduck
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC

22nd Annual Southern Coast Heart Ball Set for Feb. 2


22nd Annual Southern Coast Heart Ball Set for Feb. 2

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) The American Heart Association(AHA) will host the 22nd Annual Southern Coast Heart Ballon Saturday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.

The annual black-tie gala, chaired by Catherine Donaldson of Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty, will celebrate life-saving advances made in the Lowcountry over the last 22 years. Donaldson is chairing in honor of her husband, who served in the U.S. Army Reserves and died of a heart attack in 2016.

“This year’s theme is very special to the Southern Coast community. It represents our heroes in the community, from our veterans and survivors to our caretakers and first responders, and that is the American Heart Association’s mission, to end heart disease and stroke,” Donaldson said.

The Southern Coast Heart Ballwill bring together more than 400 guests from the corporate, philanthropic and medical communities to celebrate 2018’s accomplishments while raising funds to further the AHA’s mission.

Guests will enjoy an evening of dining, dancing and live entertainment as well as live and silent auctions.

The event will celebrate the heart association’s mission, supporters and volunteers while honoring lives saved or improved because of the work of the AHAand the generosity of the Lowcountry and Savannah communities. In addition, guests will hear the story of Lilly Cochran, who was born with several congenital heart defects. The event also will honor her father, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, who had heart disease.

Thanks to the generosity of local institutions and businesses such as Legacy Sponsor Audi Hilton Head and Signature Sponsor Hilton Head Regional Healthcare, the Heart Ballis able to fund cardiovascular research, professional and public education, school site programs and advocacy efforts throughout the year.

Despite advancements in the fight against heart disease and stroke, heart disease remains the number one cause of death among U.S. citizens. In South Carolina, strokes are the fifth-leading cause of death. Nationally, nearly 2,200 people die each day from cardiovascular disease, an average of one death every 39 seconds.

To reserve your seats or for more information about the 22nd Anniversary Southern Coast Heart Ball, visit

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Associationis devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit

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Jennifer Waites
American Heart Association