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this organization has had on the Price Hill community through its many success stories. I’m humbled to play a small part in helping Santa Maria achieve its mission and work toward building a brighter tomorrow for the clients we serve.”

“We are deeply grateful to Guillermo for the vision, dedication, and passion he has demonstrated during his years with Santa Maria,” said Santa Maria Community Services President and CEO, H.A. Musser, Jr. “Santa Maria is excited for what the future holds under Guillermo’s leadership. He will bring diverse expertise and insight to our work as we forward our mission to be a catalyst and advocate for Greater Price Hill families to attain their educational, financial, and health goals.”

Christy Cauley, Santa Maria Community Services, Inc.

Darrell Williams named chief information officer at Blue & Co.

Blue & Co., LLC is pleased to share that Darrell Williams has joined the firm as the new Chief Information Officer (CIO). Williams is Blue & Co.’s first CIO and will provide strategic direction and leadership to the organization.

“With the significant growth of the firm during this time, particularly during the last 15 years,” said Brad Shaw, managing director. “It was determined that we needed a Chief Information Officer to lead strategic initiatives that will help Blue achieve its vision for the future.”

Williams has spent more than 24 years working as an innovative thought leader in the IT field.

Williams received an AS Degree in computer technology and a BS Degree in organizational leadership and supervision from Purdue University.

For more information, please visit www.blueandco.com.

Samantha Crist, Blue & Co., LLC

Registration is open for the Countryside YMCA charity Applefest run

Lebanon, OH Online registration is now open for the annual Applefest 10k/15k run and 5k run/walk to be held at Countryside YMCA on Sat. Sept. 25 in conjunction with the Lebanon Applefest.

Participation in the Applefest Run helps fund our annual campaign, which provides YMCA activities for children, seniors, and families throughout Warren County.

Registration is $25. Race day registration is $35. Check in for all events starts at 7:15 a.m. The 15K event starts at 8:30 a.m. The 10k run and 5K walk both start at 9 a.m. Awards presented for Top 3 males overall and Top 3 females overall in each race.

All race participants will receive an Applefest pin. All races start and end at the Countryside YMCA outdoor pool pavilion, but the routes incorporate the bike trail as well. Routes can be viewed on the website.

For more race information contact Jasmine Lee at jasmine.lee@ymcastaff. org, call 513-932-1424, ext. 140, or check www.countrysideymca.org.

Lori Cook, Countryside YMCA

Curiosity named a 2021 AdAge Small Agency of the Year

Following a year like never before, Curiosity is recognized with a prestigious 2021 AdAge Small Agency of the Year Award, bringing home silver in the Midwest category.

The 2021 AdAge Small Agency of the Awards celebrate small, independent agencies “that showed their strength and creativity by producing innovative and exciting work despite the overwhelming hurdles presented by the pandemic.”

Curiosity is one of only 30 of 300 agency entrants selected by a team of esteemed industry jurors. This is the first time in company history that Curiosity has earned an AdAge Small Agency of the Year honor.

While 2020 challenged nearly every small business, Curiosity proved that being a small, independent shop can be a positive in turbulent times. The agency adapted to remote work, completed virtual productions and succeeded despite the hurdles. Some highlights:

h Curiosity welcomed 10 new clients with a 100 percent close rate, including Procter & Gamble brands like Native and Charlie Banana, Donatos Pizza, Dr. Teal’s, Farmer Focus, Baby Brezza and Robert Rothschild Farms. These clients joined a family of long-standing partners like Cincinnati Bell and Cincinnati Insurance Company.

h The agency rebranded itself in March of 2020, launching a new identity and website, and adding services including influencer marketing, as well as new positions like data scientists.

h While Curiosity employees adjusted to remote work in 2020, the agency maintained 100% of its staff and hired full-time employees and virtually-based interns from across the country.

To learn more about the AdAge Small Agency of the Year Awards, visit www.adage.com Susanna Max, Curiosity

Consulting firm introduces private training sessions for advisers

Premier Social Security Consulting of Cincinnati, which teaches the National Social Security Advisor (NSSA) Certificate program, is now offering private, group training sessions to advisers across the nation.

The interactive, customizable group sessions are designed to fit the exact needs of the organization or the department receiving the training. “Advisers are in a very competitive environment today, and as a result, they are looking for upto- date, relevant Social Security knowledge,” said Premier partner Jim Blair, a 35-year veteran of the Social Security Administration who co-founded Premier 12 years ago. “Now more than ever, we’re seeing that businesses want to invest in

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education for staff, so they remain competitive and so they can continue to deliver as much expertise as possible to clients. These private, group sessions are an ideal format for this Social Security training to occur.”

Premier’s NSSA program is the nation’s only accredited Social Security education certificate program. Accreditation is provided by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) in Washington, D.C. The NSSA Advisor certificate is awarded to advisors who take the NSSA course and pass an assessment. To date, more than 2,500 advisors have received the National Social Security Advisor certificate since the program began in 2013.

According to Premier Partner Marc Kiner, the private webinars have been well-received because they are flexible and convenient. “The format is more convenient, and the timing can be flexible, based on how the organization wants to set up the on-site sessions or the webinars,” Kiner said. Kiner is a 41-year certified public accountant who sold his CPA firm to concentrate on Social Security education.

Bill Van Meter, president of American Retirement Counselors, said that convenience and flexibility were two key benefits of the private, group sessions. “Once we made the decision to invest in our staff with this education, we knew we wanted to do it as soon as possible, and as quickly as we possibly could. This format allowed us to do that,” he said.

In addition to the private, group sessions, Premier is also offering live, public webinars and on-demand videos as a part of our NSSA certificate program.

To learn more about the National Social Security Advisor certificate program for your organization, visit www.nationalsocialsecurityassociation. com or www.premiernssa.com or call Kiner at (513) 218-8505.

Kim Geiger, Maker Marketing, LLC

Colerain Twp. resident earns pilot certification at the University of Cincinnati - Clermont

Abigail Wolf earned her private pilot certificate on Aug. 20. To obtain her certificate, Wolf passed an oral and a flight exam with a Federal Aviation Administration designated flight examiner.

Wolf, a resident in Colerain Township, Ohio, is enrolled in the Aviation Technology Program at the University of Cincinnati - Clermont College. The laboratory portion of the program is taught at the Clermont County Airport.

When Wolf completes the two-year program through the University of Cincinnati - Clermont College, she will have earned an Associate of Applied Science degree and a commercial pilot certificate. For information about professional pilot training in the Aviation Technology Program, visit www.ucclermont.edu/ aviation.

Eric Radtke, University of Cincinnati - Clermont

Mercy Health’s rehabilitation services team earns Clinical Specialist recognition

Over 20 members of Mercy Health’s Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation team have earned designation as a Certified Clinical Specialist from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Mercy Health has the largest number of APTA-certified specialists caring for patients in Greater Cincinnati.

“To receive this certification, each physical therapist has had a specialized focus in this field for five or more years and is able to address the unique physical therapy needs of men, women and children with a range of conditions,” said Mike McCormack, PT, MHS, SCS, ATC, Regional Director of Rehabilitation Services.

“Certified physical therapists are then required to demonstrate competency on the national examination and demonstrate continued competency every three years. Therapists achieving the certification have demonstrated the highest commitment to advancing their knowledge and skills to help their patients recover from injury and return to activities.”

Mercy Health’s team achieved certifications in neurology, orthopedics and sports physical therapy. Additionally, two Mercy Health physical therapists earned designation as Certified Hand Therapists. To receive this credential, the therapists have held certification for at least three years and have a minimum of 4,000 hours of direct practice in hand therapy.

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New physician office location

MONTGOMERY – A state-of-the-art facility at 9505 Montgomery Road now serves as one of the area’s largest standalone dermatology clinics: Moksha Derm.

Leader of Moksha Way, Harvard-educated Dr. Shalini Gupta issued the following statement regarding her new medical practice: “Moksha means transcendence – we want to help our patients transcend barriers within themselves and help each attain healthy skin as part and parcel of their best selves. We believe in balance and strive to give each patient confidence in their skin health by being a partner in their journey. Acne, rosacea, psoriasis, skin growths, rashes and so much more can be addressed with expert care.”

In addition to the Dermatology Clinic, MokshaEsthetics will pioneer research protocols, technologies and procedures for skin, face, and body rejuvenation. The Moksha MD skin care line is a medical grade skin care line to combat aging with evidence based ingredients.

The MokshaOrganics line will deliver patients quality skincare products vetted by thousands of years of Ayurvedic wisdom.

The clinic is open and accepting new patients. Appointments can be made by calling 513-407-6946.

To keep up to date with the Moksha Way please follow @MokshaDerm on Instagram and visit the website at mokshaderm.com.

Dr Shalini Gupta, Cincinnati Laser and Vein Center / Moksha Derm

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