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Abbey Delray South names new executive director

Rachel Blumberg is the new executive director at Abbey Delray South.

A South Florida native, Blumberg has worked in the healthcare and senior living industries for more than 18 years, most recently serving in a similar role in Fort Lauderdale.

“Rachel has the background, experience and leadership skills necessary to lead Abbey Delray South to continued growth and success,” said Sloan Bentley, president and CEO of Lifespace, which owns and operates Abbey Delray South. “We’re looking forward to watching her play a vital role at the community.”

Blumberg holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Florida State University as well as a master’s degree in health service administration from Florida International University. She’s also a Florida State Humanitarian of the Year award winner, recognizing her hospice-related volunteer efforts.

“I’m enthusiastic about beginning this next chapter of my career,” she said. “Lifespace is a model organization in the field of senior living, and I look forward to contributing Abbey Delray South’s mission of providing high quality retirement living options for seniors.”

She spent a portion of June in Des Moines, Iowa, at Lifespace’s home office; before assuming full duties at Abbey Delray South last month.

Heather Vidulich promoted to vice president at Slatkow & Husak Public Relations

Heather Vidulich has been promoted to vice president at Slatkow & Husak Public Relations, announced Kelly Husak, managing partner of the firm.

In her new role, Vidulich will assist in managing growth and development of staff as well as pursuing new business for the firm, which was founded in 1991 and provides publicity, marketing support and comprehensive public relations services to corporate clients as well as not-for-profit organizations in the South Florida region.

“We are proud to have Heather on our team,” noted Jackie Slatkow, founding partner. “Heather is a consummate public relations professional who produces top-notch work that results in exceptional client service. In addition, her impressive work ethic mirrors our firm’s creative and service-driven approach which delivers unique strategies tailored to meet the needs of each client.”

As Vice President, she will assist in hiring new staff and creating strategic communications plans

She will continue to direct media relations, marketing and publicity for many of the firm’s non-profit clients, including the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Hanley Foundation, Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and Palm Beach Day Academy.  She will also provide consultation and support for additional clients, including Coordinated Health West Palm Beach, FoundCare, Mathison Whittles LLC, Quantum Foundation, South Florida Science Center & Aquarium, Johns Hopkins’ “A Woman’s Journey,” American Friends of The Hebrew University, Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Ball, Harvard’s Mass. Eye & Ear and EWF Foundation.

A graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism, Vidulich, a resident of Boynton Beach, has worked as an Account Manager at the firm since 2013.

Sage Dental management names new president, CEO

Sage Dental Management recently named Thomas Marler as the new President and Chief Executive Officer.

Marler, a seasoned executive with over 16 years experience in the dental services industry, most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Dental One, Inc., operating 163 dental offices in 13 states.

Prior to that, he led Intelident Solutions, which owned the dental support organizations of Coast Dental Services and SmileCare, as well as related enterprises DDS Lab and DentistRx. During his career with Intelident, in addition to leading the DSOs, he led the effort to create and build two successful startups: DDS Lab and DentistRx.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Tom join the Sage Dental Management team,” said David Willens, Sage Dental Management Interim CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board. “Tom is an experienced leader with a proven track record in the DSO space and we’re excited about the Company’s continued future growth and positive community impact under his leadership.”

Prior to entering the dental services industry, he spent 18 years in the telecommunications industry, holding multiple leadership roles with companies such as Verizon Wireless and Pacific Bell. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University and his MBA from Dartmouth College – Tuck School of Business.

Now, he will lead the day-to-day operations at Sage Dental Management, working at the headquarters in Boca Raton.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to work with the team at Sage Dental Management,” Marler said. “As the market leader in South Florida, Sage Dental has done a tremendous job providing comprehensive, high-quality general, specialty and cosmetic dentistry in attractive, growing markets. The quality of our doctors and staff and their commitment to their patients and communities is paramount as we continue to grow and service the dental needs of families throughout Florida and Georgia.”

Sachs Sax Caplan names new equity partner 

Steven G. Rappaport has been promoted from Principal to Equity Partner in the Boca Raton office of Sachs Sax Caplan, P.L. He is a member of the firm’s Community Associations Practice Group.

Rappaport handles transactional matters for the firm’s community association clients, including drafting amendments to governing documents, attending Board meetings and elections, handling covenant enforcement disputes, and providing opinions on all aspects of association issues.

He currently serves as an at-large member of the board of directors of the Fair Housing/Equal Employment Board of Palm Beach County. He is an active member of the Palm Beach County Bar Association and South Palm Beach County Bar Association, where he serves as co-chair of the Community Association, Real Estate and Land Use Law Committee. He also serves on the board of the Community Association Institute (CAI) Gold Coast Chapter and is a Gold Coast Chapter Delegate to CAI’s Florida Legislative Alliance Committee.  Most recently, he was appointed as one of the newest members of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, Florida’s largest non-partisan political and public affairs organizations.

He received his B.A. with high honors from the University of Florida and his juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.

Boca resident appointed to local board of advisors

Stephen Wertheimer, a resident of Boca Pointe in Boca Raton, has been appointed to the Board of Advisors of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) of Florida Atlantic University.

The Institute offers adult residents lectures and educational programs in politics, current affairs, literature, arts and other disciplines throughout the academic year. More than 14,000 area residents participated in OLLI programs in 2018. The Board works with the Institute management in selecting programs and lecturers and advises on topics and issues that would appeal to the public.