Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Park Ridge Health names new vice president

Park Ridge Health has named Christy Sneller, MBA, as its new Vice President of Physician Enterprise. In this new role, Sneller will oversee the systems more than 250 employed and affiliated physicians and providers. She will also direct protocol and strategic development for Park Ridge Health’s 34 clinical offices located across Western North Carolina.

Sneller got her start in health care as a medical assistant and moved on to practice management levels where she discovered her true passion in health care.  Sneller has more than 18 years of experience in health care system management. Her areas of expertise are built on a foundation of relationship development and creative team unifying strategies focused on various outcomes including: Health Care Quality, Patient Satisfaction and Employee Satisfaction.

Sneller joined Park Ridge Health as Administrative Director of Physician Enterprise in 2014. During her time in that role, Sneller led the successful transition to a new electronic medical record system that features an enhanced patient portal. In her new role of Vice President of Physician Enterprise, she will continue to guide Park Ridge Health’s innovations to enhance the patient experience in both Primary and Specialty Care services.

“Park Ridge Health is a leader in providing whole person care – mind, body and spirit,” said Sneller. “I look forward to developing this approach to care through new care opportunities, technology and partnerships with our extensive network of Primary and Specialty Care Physicians and Providers.”

“Christy’s dedication to our mission of ‘Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ’ has been evident from the start,” said Jimm Bunch, Park Ridge Health President and CEO. “She is guided by that mission in her leadership of our Physician Enterprise teams and in her approach to caring for every patient of Park Ridge Health.”

Sneller moved to North Carolina with her husband and children in 2014. They quickly realized they had found a community they could call home. Sneller makes family time a priority. She also has a passion for supporting faith-based groups and organizations. Her family is active in their church.
Sneller is an advocate for adoption. And she takes an active role in supporting cancer-based charities, participating in Relay for Life and other research fundraising events.

Asheville VeganFest takes a bite out of downtown in June

Asheville VeganFest expects 10,000 visitors to gather downtown this June in celebration of a plant-based lifestyle and compassionate living.

“Asheville has been named one of the top cities in the country for vegan living, so it’s the perfect setting for this festival,” said Caitlin Campbell, Community Outreach Manager at Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. “At Brother Wolf, we extend our circle of compassion to all animals—dogs, cats, pigs, cows, chickens, rabbits, etc. We’re spreading the joy of compassionate living to our community, and offering an educational experience for folks who are interested in learning more about plant-based living.”

Plant-based living is on the rise. A 2016 national online poll conducted by Harris Poll and
commissioned by The Vegetarian Resource Group estimated 3.7 million U.S. adults are vegan. Google searches for the term “vegan” increased by 32 percent in the past year. According to a recent study by Wakefield Research, 55 percent of Americans plan to eat more plant-based foods this year. Asheville VeganFest Pre-party Kick-off Asheville VeganFest weekend by attending a pre-party on Friday, June 9, at THE BLOCK off Biltmore, 39 S. Market Street, from 6-9 p.m. Mix and mingle with VeganFest guest speakers and attendees. The pre-party is free and open to the public. Asheville VeganFest SpeakerFest Guest speakers from around the world will be present to tackle the latest issues within the vegan movement through panel discussions Saturday, June 10, at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway Street, from 10 a.m.-6:15 p.m. SpeakerFest is free and open to the public. Eunice Wong is an award-winning actor, writer and editor. She wrote “The Sustainability Secret” and “What the Health.” Craig Holliday is a Satsang teacher, vegan, spiritual activist and licensed professional counselor. James Aspey is an Australian animal activist who recently took a one-year vow of silence to raise awareness for animals.

Gary Francione is known for his work on animal rights theory, and in 1989, was the first academic to teach it in an American law school. Wayne Hsiung is a lawyer, writer and founding organizer for DxE; a behavioral science grad of U. of Chicago and MIT; and a social justice campaign organizer. Ren Hurst is a former professional horse trainer and hoof care specialist, and founder/president of the New World Sanctuary Foundation. Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, professor at Princeton, author of several New York Times best-sellers and Presbyterian minister. Josh LaJaunie is plant-based ultra-runner who spends most of his waking moments pounding the drum of plants and swinging a giant sledge hammer at current health/nutrition paradigms. Casey Taft is co-owner of Vegan Publishers, a vegan-themed publishing company, who sees the prevention of violence towards non-human animals as a natural extension of his interpersonal violence work. Eugene Cooke is an urban agriculture expert and co-founder of Grow Where You Are, an Atlanta-based non-profit developing local veganic food systems. Ashley Capps is a writer, editor and researcher specializing in farmed animal welfare and vegan advocacy.

Plant, one of Asheville’s best vegan restaurants, will offer food for sale during SpeakerFest. Plant recognizes the intrinsic value of all life and acknowledges that all non-human animals are individuals with inherent worth, not to be exploited by humans. Read speaker biographies at https://veganfest.bwar.org/speakers. Visit https://veganfest.bwar.org/event-schedule for the SpeakerFest schedule.

Asheville VeganFest Veg Speed Date
Single and looking for your plant-based soulmate? Sign up for a session of Veg Speed Date on Saturday, June 10, at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St., from 4:30-6 p.m. This event is limited to 20 participants (21 years old and older). To purchase tickets, visit https://vegspeeddate.com/event/158122

Asheville VeganFest Vegan Chocolate Tasting
Savor vegan chocolate samples from The French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Santosha, Ulimana and Black Mountain Chocolates on Saturday, June 10, at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway Street, from 7-7:30 p.m. The tasting is free and open to the public.

Asheville VeganFest “What the Health” Film Screening
Attend a screening of “What the Health,” followed by a Q&A session with Eunice Wong, on Saturday, June 10, at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway Street, from 7:30-10 p.m. The screening is free and open to the public.

Asheville VeganFest Outdoor Festival
On Sunday, June 11, Asheville VeganFest will be in Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. with over 75 vendors showcasing vegan food, beer and compassionate lifestyle products. Guest speakers will present from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The festival is free and open to the public.

More food trucks than ever before will be present including Grateful Roots, Gypsy Queen, Smash Box, Vitamina T, Le Bon Cafe and Farm to Fender. All food trucks will be serving a full vegan menu. For the full list of vendors, visit https://veganfest.bwar.org/vendors.

Visit https://veganfest.bwar.org/event-schedule for the speaker schedule. Asheville VeganFest is sponsored by A Well-Fed World and Hilton Garden Inn Asheville Downtown. All proceeds benefit the Brother Wolf Animal Sanctuary. Visit veganfest.bwar.org for all event details.

NCDOR to host business tax workshop - June 14

Business Tax Workshop
June 14, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

N.C. Department of Revenue
800 Alliance Court
Asheville, NC 28806 

Get Your Questions Answered!

Learn how to register for a tax account ID with NCDOR.
Learn how to properly calculate sales tax for goods and services.
Learn how to report State withholding taxes for employees and independent contractors.

Register today on their website: www.dornc.comsmallbusseminars.html

Who Should Attend?
- Business Owners
- Tax Preparers

Participants in our business tax workshop will partake in a free, hands-on learning experience of common business tax filings with the NC Department of Revenue. The workshop will cover basic business requirements from how to register a business as well as how to file and pay taxes that are relevant to your business. Participants will become familiar with NC Tax Laws that are pertinent to businesses and the responsibilities of the business owner.

JPS receives multiple recognitions

2017 Best Employers in NC

Johnson Price Sprinkle PA (JPS) is honored to be named one of 2017 Best Employers in North Carolina.  Only eighteen small to medium sized companies (15-249 U.S. employees) were chosen based on workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics analyzed and determined by Best Companies Group.  Of this group, JPS was ranked #7 in the state and the only Asheville-based company selected.

2017 Best Employers in North Carolina was created by Business North Carolina, NC SHRM and Best Companies Group. Their statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in North Carolina, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses.  The newly published list also names seventeen large sized companies (250+ employees U.S. employees).  Companies from across the state entered a two-part survey process – the first part consisted of evaluating a variety of factors internal to each company, and, the second part consisted of an employee satisfaction survey. The combined scores determined top companies and final ranking.

JPS is proud to be named one of Best Employers in North Carolina for the fourth consecutive year as we strive to live our mission ‘To Be Greater by positively impacting our Clients, People, Community and Profession’.

JPS Rollin Groseclose Named Chair of NCACPA Board of Directors

With over 200 in attendance, JPS Rollin Groseclose was appointed Chair of North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA) Board of Directors at the Association’s Annual Business Meeting and Recognition Dinner held on May 4, 2017.

Rollin joined the Association’s Board of Directors in May 2013. He has been an active member of NCACPA, serving as its Taxation Committee chair for two terms and is currently a member on several special task forces, including the Tax Modernization Task Force and Board Governance & Effectiveness Task Force.

In accepting the appointment to Chair of NCACPA, Rollin said: “My job is not to take us in a new direction, but to continue the direction set by the Board of Directors. I see this as a relay race, and my charge is to accept the baton and keep running the course set by the Board. This year we intend to focus on increasing the impact and influence that we as CPAs have.” Rollin also remarked that he anticipated growth in the value that members receive from the Association.

With over 15,000 members and slightly shy of being one hundred years old, NCACPA is a vibrant professional organization providing North Carolina certified public accountants with services and resources to promote competence, integrity, civic responsibility and success within the industry. The current Board of Directors is focused on four key strategies: 1) advocacy and awareness, 2) enhanced membership engagement, 3) highly-valued professional development and 4) governance & operational effectiveness.

Associated with his Chair position, Rollin is serving a four-year Council member appointment on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant’s (AICPA) Council. AICPA establishes tax, audit and ethical standards as well as devises and grades the Uniform CPA Examination. It is the largest national CPA professional organization, representing over 400,000 members.

JPS Scott Hughes Receives 5.0 Discussion Leader AwardJPS Shareholder Scott Hughes was presented with a NCACPA 2016 annual award at the Association’s Annual Business Meeting and Recognition Dinner held on May 4, 2017 at the Grandover Resort & Conference Center in Greensboro, NC.

Scott was given the NCACPA’s 5.0 Discussion Leader Award, given to seminar speakers who receive a perfect 5.0 on knowledge and skill from participant evaluations.  Scott, Vice President of Assurance Services and a Shareholder at JPS, has been a sought-after speaker regarding A&A as well as peer review for many years.

“It’s a pleasure to present to my fellow colleagues on topics that are constantly changing and relevant for those of us in the assurance profession. I always enjoy the opportunity to speak and appreciate being part of promoting competence and technical skills in our accounting profession.” -Scott Hughes

Habitat ReStore thanks community with spring customer appreciation sale - May 20

The Habitat ReStore at 31 Meadow Road will thank the community for its ongoing support by offering 25% off storewide from 9am until 6pm on Saturday, May 20th. All ReStore merchandise - including furniture, housewares, appliances, building materials, music, art, antiques and more - will be 25% percent off! 98.1 The River will be onsite from 9-11am, and free hot dogs and soft drinks will be served between noon and 2pm.

Asheville Area Habitat opened a retail store (Home Store) in 1990 and it was located on Biltmore Avenue until it moved to its current 31 Meadow Road location in 2003.  After a significant renovation and expansion in 2011, the store was renamed Habitat ReStore, the name used by most other Habitat affiliates around the country. The Asheville Habitat ReStore is one of the top ranked stores – out of more than 850 ReStores nationwide! It was also voted #1 Used Furniture Store in WNC (by readers of Mountain Xpress) last year.

The ReStore sells donated items to the general public. Proceeds from ReStore sales help fund Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity’s building programs and cover administrative and fundraising expenses. Along with Habitat homeowner mortgage payments, the ReStore represents a sustainable funding source for the non-profit. Furthermore, the ReStore provides the community with a source for affordable home improvement items and it diverts 1,690 tons of usable material from the landfill each year.

For more information, please call the Habitat ReStore at 828.254.6706 or visit ashevillehabitat.org/ReStore