The Bottom Line
Sunday, December 16, 2012

Housing authority honors Kelley

The board of the Key West Housing Authority last month honored employee Angie Kelley, who since August 2011 has worked as housing manager for the Senior Citizen Plaza.

Kelley is dedicated to the elderly residents of the plaza, and was recognized by her peers for being invested in her position, dedicated, loyal and kind to residents and employees, states a press release from the agency.

Bank promotes Kosova, welcomes Loparo

First State Bank of the Florida Keys recently promoted Jana Kosova on her to the position of credit analyst II and hired Joyce Loparo as a residential loan closer.

Kosova joined First State in 2006 as a loan receptionist. She was promoted to loan processor in 2007 and credit analyst in 2010, before assuming her current position. Kosova was named the employee of the third quarter in 2007. She has a degree in economics from the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Loparo is originally from Ohio and brings 27 years of banking, realty and insurance, according to an announcement from the bank.

Ryzoc joins VNA/Hospice

Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys recently hired Kathleen Ryzoc as chief operating officer.

Ryzoc has 24 years of experience in home health care as a field nurse, a director of nursing, and most recently as an administrator. Ryzoc comes from the Miami-Dade area, states a press release from the organization.

"She bring the skills and experience needed to lead our clinical operations in our mission of care for the Florida Keys," said Jody Gross, president and CEO of VNA/Hospice.

Ryzoc lives in Key Largo and will be located in the Tavernier branch office.

For more information about VNA/Hospice, call 305-294-8812 or visit

Lower Keys Chamber installs board

Members of the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce recently elected the 2013/2014 board of directors. The board includes

four new and one returning member:

Marie Boyett from All Keys Gas; Cathy Talcott of Sandra Walters Consultants, Inc.; Josh Eitel of Reel Keyz Charters; Gary Andelin from Sugarloaf KOA and Steve Miller from Vox Communications/US1 Radio.

Smith joins Mariners board

Cale Smith of Islamorada has been elected to the Mariners Hospital board of directors. Smith is managing partner and portfolio manager of Islamorada Investment Management. He was previously affiliated with Hawk Associates and Insiders Edge & Mayflower Partners and is a past president of the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Upper Keys Rotary Club.

A graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where he earned a bachelor's degree in management, Smith also earned a master's of business administration from the College of William and Mary.

McMillan named top volunteer

Gloria McMillan of Tavernier was recently named Mariners Hospital Auxiliary Volunteer of the Year.

Rick Freeburg, Mariners CEO, and George Geisler, auxiliary president, presented the award at the auxiliary's December meeting. McMillan received a gold pineapple pin with a diamond and two tickets to the hospital's Bougainvillea Ball.

She has volunteered 1,450 hours since she joined the Auxiliary in 2005. In addition to volunteering in various departments at the hospital, she serves as treasurer of the Mariners Hospital Auxiliary Board.

To be considered for the annual award, nominees must have been a member of the auxiliary for at least five years and must have volunteered a minimum 1,000 hours. More than 200 volunteers are members of the Mariners Hospital Auxiliary.