JOE PASSERETTI The partner of Emmanuel Sheppard and Condon has been elected as the First Judicial Circuit representative for the Florida Bar Board of Governors, Young Lawyer Division. The mission of the Florida Bar Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division is to serve as an advocate and resource for its affiliates and members—all young lawyers or newly-admitted members to The Florida Bar. The 2010 IN Rising Star practices in the fields of Construction Litigation, Products Liability Litigation, Contract/Commercial Litigation and Employment Law Litigation.
WESLEY GREENE The Pensacola State College student has been named a 2011 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar. Selection as a Coca-Cola Gold Scholar is based on scores earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition. Greene, who also was recently named a 2011 Guistwhite Scholarship recipient, will receive a $1,500 stipend and a special medallion. All Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars were listed in the April 11 issue of USA Today.
UWF LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION STUDENTS These University of West Florida students raised $17,762 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. In addition, they created a commemorative walkway on campus to honor the university’s community spirit. The walkway will be unveiled in a dedication ceremony April 20 at 4 p.m. near Building 36, which houses the Department of Communication Arts on the UWF campus.
ARC GATEWAY PENSACOLA The local non-profit that serves more than 800 clients with Down Syndrome, mental retardation and autism throughout Escambia County had to lay off staff and eliminate in-home support, day care and supported living services because Gov. Rick Scott’s March 31 executive order required ARC Gateway to undergo a minimum 15 percent cut in payments to providers funded through the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.
SACRED HEART HOSPITAL The state budget news for the hospital wasn’t much better. The Florida Senate approved a $69.8 billion budget proposal that slashed nearly $1 billion in Medicaid reimbursements to the state’s 15 safety-net hospitals that are required by law to treat the poor and uninsured, which includes Sacred Heart. The proposed budget includes a 35 percent rollback in Medicaid reimbursement rates, which will cost Sacred Heart in Pensacola more than $15 million.
THELMA MANLEY The former Front Porch Pensacola director failed to get her 10-year prison sentence reduced to six years. Manley, age 52, was sentenced in September 2009 to 10 years in prison and 10 years on probation for misusing $164,000 from Front Porch’s coffers for her personal benefit. The request for the lighter sentence cited Manley’s lack of a criminal record and an undue burden placed on her family as a result of her conviction. Circuit Judge Ron Swanson wasn’t swayed.