Julia K. Wakefield has been appointed as communications chair of the Board of Directors of The Association for Women in Communications South Florida Chapter. She's a communications specialist with The Weinbach Group, a marketing communications firm.
Lt. Jay Ward from Odessa, Texas has been appointed as director of the Salvation Army's Miami Adult Rehabilitation Center, a 135-bed, nonprofit, residential rehabilitation program.
Enterprise Florida has made the following staff promotions:
Enterprise Florida is a partnership between Florida's business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for the state of Florida.
A team of senior lending officers led by executive vice president Ralph Gonzalez-Jacobo have returned to Ocean Bank from U.S. Century Bank. They left Ocean Bank about three and a half years ago. Joining Gonzalez-Jacobo are senior vice presidents Jorge Hernandez and Eddie Diaz and assistant vice president Maria Escobedo. The group comprised the bulk of U.S. Century Bank's commercial real estate department.
Gonzalez-Jacobo, a 25-year banking veteran, has been named executive vice president and head of branch administration. He spent nearly 10 years at Ocean Bank through 2005 and managed commercial real estate and construction loans. He succeeds senior vice president Luis Mion, who will head a new commercial lending unit at Ocean Bank.
Yvonne DeBesa has been hired as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Coconut Grove Bank.
Previously, she was managing director and chief operating officer with BAC Florida Bank.
Sumner Hutcheson III has been hired as vice president for institutional advancement of Florida Memorial University.
Previously he held vice president positions for advancement and development with Florida International University and with Bethune-Cookman University.
Erica Solodkin, managing director of marketing of FDR Financial Group, has been elected as the first woman president of the American Friends of Magen David Adom Southeast Regional Board. She also is on the national board.
The organization supports the efforts of Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s only government-mandated ambulance and emergency medical responders.