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Sunday, September 15, 2013

McPeek returns to television news

After a year of creating new friendships, becoming part of an amazing community, and building a thriving local business in Key West, Marshall McPeek is returning to daily television in Columbus, Ohio.

The three-time Emmy nominee will join the news and weather teams at ABC6 and FOX28. He will return to the air the first week of October.

McPeek left Columbus in September 2012 to start his own business in Key West, where he founded MRM Media & Marketing to provide local clients with video and photography services, web design assistance, and general marketing services. In less than a year, the company has grown to serve dozens of Key West clients including real estate agents, political campaigns, and medical service providers.

McPeek serves on the Board of Directors of the Key West Business Guild and is proud to be an affiliate member of the Key West Association of Realtors. He is a lifetime member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, as well as a member of the American Meteorological Society, and the National Weather Association.

"The decision to leave Paradise was very difficult but ABC6 and FOX28 have offered us an incredible opportunity," McPeek said, calling the job offer "an unexpected change of plans."

Cloutier joins literacy board

First State Bank of the Florida Keys' Corporate Services Processor Jane Cloutier has joined the board of directors of Literacy Volunteers of America in Monroe County.

"I am very excited to be part of an organization that focuses on helping others to develop and enhance their communication skills," said Cloutier.

Cloutier joined First State in 2008 and was named "Employee of the Quarter" in 2010. Originally from New Hampshire, Cloutier attended Keene State College.

Literacy Volunteers of America aims to help people lead more productive lives and become better citizens through increasing literacy skills.

For more information visit www.lva-monroe.org.

Botanical garden promotes McRAE

Misha McRAE has been promoted to executive director of the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden.

The longtime local resident, who has a background in business, has been involved with the garden since its revival in 1998. McRAE has worked as adviser, board member, staffer, executive administrator and general manager and is now executive director.

"I've watched a lot of the island disappear and I'm just doing my bit to protect our history, to preserve what we've got, protect it and prepare us for the future," McRAE said.

Beginning as secretary/membership chair of the garden's board in the early 2000s, he saw membership grow from 23 to more than 500. He is also proud of the education department, which is "central" to the garden's mission. He fully expects one of the youngsters educated there will return one day to direct the department.

The garden, on College Road on Stock Island, is open daily 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Volunteers are welcome. For more information phone McRAE at 305-296-1504 or visit www.kwbgs.org.

Dr. Sonn joins Hospice of Florida Keys

Hospice of the Florida Keys recently welcomed Dr. Gregory R. Sonn to the nonprofit organization's team of physicians. Prior to this post, Dr. Sonn had an accomplished medical career in Ft. Myers as a physician in skilled nursing facilities, heading up health care teams and managing palliative care. Most recently, Sonn was Vitas Innovative Health System's associate medical director for Dade/Monroe counties, and was responsible for direct patient care for all hospice patients in the northern Keys.

Sonn will provide medical care to Hospice of the Florida Keys patients at home, as well to its patients who reside at Key West Health and Rehabilitation. He will also help VNA/Hospice implement other programs to bridge home care and hospice.