Winners & Losers 8/29/13
Jean Covell Silva
The longtime Christian educator and Pensacola native is the new executive director of United Ministries. A graduate of Washington High School, Jean received a B.A. in Religion from Davidson College and is a Certified Christian Educator in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Jean has served three congregations as Director of Christian Education including Christ Episcopal Church, and Trinity Presbyterian Church in Pensacola and Grace Presbyterian Church in Panama City. Most recently Jean served as the Associate Executive Presbyter/Head of Staff and Hunger Action Enabler for the Presbytery of Florida.
The Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) honored a Lakeview Center therapist as the Clinician of the Year for the Northwest Florida region. Barnes is a licensed mental health counselor and certified addictions professional with Lakeview’s Pathway Program in Shalimar. The honor recognizes Barnes for his “tenacity and commitment” in helping people who struggle with addiction and mental health issues. FADAA credits Barnes with playing a key role in making the Pathway and Okaloosa County Drug Court programs successful.
John B. Clark
The Council on Aging of West Florida President/CEO John B. Clark was honored as the recipient of the Dr. Carter Osterbind Outstanding Florida Council on Aging 2013 Member Award for his leadership and personal commitment to those served by the organization.
The media giant began cutting jobs in late July to help boost profits. According to Gannett Blog, a website run by former Gannett reporter Jim Hopkins, the number of jobs cut are estimated to be 360. The Pensacola News Journal lost Publisher Kevin Doyle and Executive Editor Dick Schneider to retirement. Longtime managing editor Ginny Graybiel, controller Tom Hartley, graphic designer Ron Stallcup and columnist Shannon Nickinson were fired. Thank God, DealChicken survived.
Escambia County Work Release
Justin Princes Taylor Jr. has been arrested and charged with the murder of Adnan Glelati, the owner of 7 Stars Auto, Inc. The alleged murder was committed while Taylor was incarcerated in the Escambia County Work Release Program. He was supposed to be working for a local auto detailing shop since July 26, but never reported for work. Even an arrest before the murder didn’t get Taylor kicked out of the program. The county said that their only responsibility through the work release facility was to make sure Taylor stayed in overnight and checked in and out on time, but otherwise Taylor was under the supervision of his probation officers through the Department of Corrections. The DOC officials said they can’t follow everyone in the program to their jobs. Little comfort to the family and friends of Glelati.