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By Staff | Jul 7, 2022

Elite DNA Therapy Services holding Back-to-School Supplies Drive this month

Elite DNA Therapy Services, a comprehensive behavioral and mental health care provider, is hosting a Back-to-School Supplies Drive throughout the month of July that will help area students and schools across the state prepare for the start of the new school year.

Through Friday, July 29, Elite DNA is collecting school supplies at more than 20 locations statewide and is calling on the community for support through donations of popular classroom items, including notebooks, college and wide-ruled paper, pocket folders, binders, pens, No. 2 and colored pencils, pink erasers, highlighters, pencil boxes, student scissors, glue sticks, wired headphones, sanitizing wipes and more. Cash donations are also accepted for supplies to be purchased by Elite DNA staff.

In Southwest Florida, the drive will benefit students in schools across Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties through the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Collier County Public Schools and Charlotte County Public Schools.

The community is invited to drop off donations of school supplies at any Elite DNA location between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. Elite DNA locations across Southwest Florida include:

• Cape Coral: 2721 Del Prado Blvd. S., Suite 200, 239-673-9034

• Fort Myers – Metro: 4310 Metro Parkway, Suite 205, 239-223-2751

• Fort Myers – Plantation: 6430 Plantation Park Court, Suite 200, 239-223-2751

• Lehigh Acres: 228 Plaza Drive, Suite D, 239-491-8204

For further information and additional drop-off locations across the state, visit EliteDNA.us.

Priority Marketing promotes eight to senior leadership positions

Priority Marketing has promoted eight of its seasoned marketing and public relations professionals to senior leadership positions within the growing company.

The promotions include Holly Boldrin, APR, CPRC, senior public relations director; Katie Damminger, senior director of account services; Christi Finger, senior art director; Emily Golden, senior public relations manager; Manny Gonzalez, senior director of web services; Melissa Mitchell, MBA, APR, CPRC, senior director of marketing and business development; Olivia Orth, senior creative director; and Rachel Toomey, APR, senior media director.

Founded in 1992, Priority Marketing’s professional services include public relations, graphic design, brand development, social media and email marketing, media planning, web solutions, event planning, video production, digital advertising and more. The firm’s portfolio of clients represents a broad spectrum of industries, including hospitality and tourism, retail, health care, senior living, construction, legal, financial, government, education, locally owned businesses and charitable organizations.

Boldrin joined Priority Marketing in 2009 and leads the firm’s public relations and social media department, which includes a team of 10 professionals responsible for public relations strategy, producing news releases, guest articles, blogs, earned media coverage, managing crisis communications, organic social media, email marketing, reputation management, reporting and analysis.

Damminger joined Priority Marketing in 2015 as an account manager and now, as the senior director of client services, oversees a team of 10 account service professionals while serving as the main point of contact for a portfolio of clients across hospitality, attractions, retail, nonprofit, manufacturing and more. Damminger supports clients in reaching their goals through strategy development, project execution and account management.

Finger, who has been with the company since 2003, became art director in 2015. She oversees a team of six graphic designers who create visually compelling brand campaigns, print and digital designs, brand identities, websites, marketing and event collateral, signage and displays, product packaging and more. The team’s work has received hundreds of local, regional, national and international design awards.

Golden joined Priority Marketing in 2015 and helps clients increase their awareness through public relations strategies, which include drafting and distributing news releases, contributed articles, guest opinions, blogs and media pitches. She also provides media training and counseling, media event planning and communications strategies.

Gonzalez began working at the firm in 2015 and leads a web development team that builds and enhances websites that are user-friendly, attractive and scalable, paying special attention to search engine optimization. His department also offers server and domain management, website security and troubleshooting.

Mitchell, who joined the agency in 2013, focuses on strategic business development to help grow the company, expand its brand presence and lead marketing efforts for the agency itself. She oversees initiatives to improve processes, diversify services, extend collaborations between departments, build teamwork and respond to broad challenges and opportunities within the industry. She also manages multiple client accounts and is responsible for developing and executing strategic marketing plans.

Orth has worked at Priority Marketing since 2000 and leads the firm’s creative copywriters, who produce written content for advertising, websites, blogs, collateral and video scripts. She also oversees in-house videographers who film, edit and produce videos for commercials, fundraising events, corporate meetings and social media.

Toomey joined the firm in 2006 and leads a media buying department that provides counsel on paid media for the agency’s clients. The media buying department researches, budgets, coordinates, places and provides reconciliation and reporting for advertising, including TV, newspaper, magazine, radio, outdoor and online opportunities. Priority Marketing is the agency of record for dozens of businesses in Southwest Florida and beyond.

For more information, please call 239-267-2638 or visit PriorityMarketing.com.

MNMW welcomes Dubree to the firm

Karen Dubree recently joined Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A. as an associate of the firm, providing traditional accounting and bookkeeping services.

Dubree has more than 17 years of experience in business operations that include bookkeeping, human resources, investment research, business consulting, and investor/client relations. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics, along with a minor in business administration, from Northern Illinois University.

Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A. is a public accounting and consulting firm with offices in both Fort Myers and Naples. Along with traditional tax and accounting services, the firm offers a wide range of other services, including general business consulting, construction business consulting, human resources consulting, medical practice consulting, not-for-profit services, elder services, family mediation services, forensic accounting, litigation support, marketing and public relations consulting.

For more information, call 239-433-5554 or visit www.Markham-Norton.com.

Casey new member of Pavese Law Firm

Pavese Law Firm this week announced that attorney Erin Casey has joined the firm. Casey brings to the firm over 20 years of combined criminal and civil litigation experience.

Prior to joining the firm Casey practiced criminal defense for 13 years as an Assistant Public Defender advocating for clients charged with varying levels of crimes from misdemeanor offenses to punishable by life felonies. She has extensive criminal trial experience having handled well over 50 trials and numerous evidentiary hearings during her tenure.

Prior to her practice in criminal defense, Casey practiced in the Tampa area in various civil litigation matters, such as nursing home defense, insurance defense and administrative law matters.

Casey attended Mount Holyoke College majoring in politics with a minor in computer science. She graduated with honors from the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University receiving special acknowledgement for her pro bono work within the community.

Pavese Law Firm is a full-service law firm with offices in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and West Palm Beach. The firm provides a broad range of legal services for individuals, families, small businesses and large corporations. Practice areas include agricultural, banking and finance, business and corporate, civil litigation, condominium and homeowners’ association law, construction, employment, environmental and water, estate planning, probate and trusts, marital and family, land use and government, and real estate law. Established in 1949 as a one-person general practice firm, Pavese Law Firm has grown into one of the largest legal practices in Southwest Florida. For more information, visit paveselaw.com.

SRMA planning student plant tours for Manufacturing Month

The Southwest Regional Manufacturing Association is working with career and technical education directors throughout various counties in the region to organize student field trips at participating manufacturing companies. Manufacturing and its economic impacts are seen and felt every day of the year. It’s important we acknowledge this key industry every October as Manufacturing Month, with the first Friday designated as Manufacturing Day.

“The goal of these student tours is to generate excitement of having a career in manufacturing at the middle and high school levels,” says SRMA Executive Director Rob Harris. “In most cases, these students have no idea about the incredible products being created in our area. Manufacturing is no longer grease, grime, and smokestacks. Advanced technologies have created desirable workplaces for today’s youth. They just need to know they exist and explore them.”

The manufacturing industry is alive and well in Southwest Florida, and the SRMA works to bring manufacturers together to promote industry and individual growth through networking opportunities, making connections, sharing resources, and community involvement. If you are a manufacturer or educational leader in Southwest Florida and would like to participate in student tours, please visit the SRMA website and complete the registration form.

SRMA also hosts monthly social networking events. Mark your calendar for July 21, from 5:30 – 7:30 and join SRMA at Hopsized Brewing Company, in Bonita Springs. For more information, or to see a full calendar of events, please visit SRMA.net.

The purpose and objective of the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association is to bring together manufacturers, promoting industry and individual growth, by providing networking opportunities, resources and the collective voice of manufacturing through advocacy.