VCS announces 2020 Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award recipients

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  • | 4:20 p.m. August 31, 2020
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Tomoka Elementary's School Way Café manager was recently recognized as Volusia County Schools and the FUTURES Foundation's 2020 Superintendent's Outstanding Achievement Award school-based recipient.

Robyn Trosan greets each student in the cafeteria and becomes a positive part of their day, said Tomoka Elementary Principal Dr. Julie Roseboom when nominating Trosan, according to the press release. Trosan has worked for VCS for 27 years.

Nellie May Evans has worked for Volusia County Schools for 22 years. Courtesy photo
Nellie May Evans has worked for Volusia County Schools for 22 years. Courtesy photo

“Mrs. Robyn Trosan gives of herself to run a school kitchen and cafeteria where adults put children and their needs first each day, earning the respect of her colleagues and the community,” Roseboom said. Trosan has worked for VCS for 27 years.

This year's non-school-based recipient of the award is Nellie May Evans, bus assistant and trainer at DeLand Student Transportation. Evans is known as "Ms. Nellie," and DeLand Transportation Area Manager Curlease Kelly said when nominating her that she is a "rare jewel" who is always positive and looks for the good in others, the press release states. 

Evans has worked for VCS for 22 years. Award recipients receive a plaque and $250.

Local businesses win grant

Three local Ormond businesses will receive $1,500 marketing grants as a result of a marketing seminar sponsored by Ormond Beach MainStreet and the TD Charitable Foundation, a press release recently announced. 

The winners are Frame of Mind Custom Framing and Art Gallery, located at 23 W. Granada Blvd.; Secret Attic Thrift Store, located at 32 N. Ocean Shore Blvd.; and Thays Art Gallery and Studio, located at 154 W. Granada Blvd. 

A total of 22 businesses attended the free day-long seminar back in March, and each of them were assigned a mentor to work with over the next month. The businesses were asked to develop and submit an annual marketing plan to compete for the grants, and while the coronavirus pandemic put the application process on hold, plans were submitted to the judging panel in late July, the press release announced.

Bank hires new portfolio manager

Intracoastal Bank has recently hired a new vice president and portfolio manager.

Chuck Ellis will be responsible for supporting all aspects of the bank's loan risk management function, according to a press release. Prior to joining the bank,

Chuck Ellis is a veteran of the Marine Corps. Courtesy photo
Chuck Ellis is a veteran of the Marine Corps. Courtesy photo

Ellis was a commercial underwriter with First National Bankers Bank, and has more than 25 years of experience in banking. He is also a veteran of the Marine Corps. 

Ellis graduated from the University of Phoenix with a bachelor's in accounting and is pursuing a master's degree in business administration at the University of Central Florida. 

New collection on show at Ocean Art Gallery

Ocean Art Gallery hired a new staff member earlier this year, and now after seven months of work, she is introducing her oil dry brush collection, titled "Splashparencies," in the gallery. 

Cherree Mallette has been drawing and painting since she was 5 years old, and always knew she wanted to be a professional artist, according to a press release. While at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, she won many "Best of Show" awards, including a three-month scholarship to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in New York City. She later moved to Florida, where her artwork was exhibited in galleries such as the Reef Gallery in Key Largo and Snap! in Orlando. 

"Superfly" by Cherree Mallette

Mallette met Ocean Art Gallery owner Frank Gromling last November, the press release states. Gromling was looking to hire an additional art consultant and an experienced framing consultant. Now, the press release stated her art is attracting collectors from near and far, "many of whom also are engaging her to enhance their art collections with her creative framing style."

Mallette and Gromling are also planning a major art program to raise funds for water quality research projects. Mallette's "Splashparencies" and the art of two other water-themed artists will be coupled with expert speakers to form "Water Is Life," coming soon. 

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 12-5 p.m. on Sunday. Those wishing to meet the artist may do so Tuesday-Friday or call 386-317-9400 for a personal appointment.


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