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David Hazels (MBA ’02) | February 2020

Hazels (MBA 2002) was named the National Managing Partner of Advisory Services at Grant Thornton. In this role, he will oversee the strategic direction and operations for a range of service areas – from growth and operations to risk and diligence, as well as public-sector capabilities. Hazels joined Grant Thornton in 2002 and most recently served as the firm’s national managing partner of Risk Services. He has more than 25 years of public accounting and consulting experience. 

K. Alex Daneshmand (MBA ’16) | February 2020

Dr. Daneshmand (MBA 2016) was promoted to Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer at Lee Health. In this role, Dr. Daneshmand will be responsible for quality and safety across Lee Health, including national hospital grading, hospital accreditations, conformance risk assessments and process improvement throughout the health system. He will also oversee infection prevention and continue leading Lee Health’s safety program. Before this promotion, Dr. Daneshmand served as VP for quality and safety for the health system, where he provided leadership

Christopher Harle (BSBA ’02, MS-ISOM ’03) | February 2020

Dr. Harle (BSBA 2002, MS-ISOM 2003) has been named chief research information officer for UF Health. In this role, Dr. Harle will provide leadership around operations and governance of information technology that support research activities across the UF Health campus, including UF Health Shands Hospital, UF Health Jacksonville and associated practices. He will play a leadership role in strategy and operations around the UF Health Integrated Data Repository, part of the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and in innovative

Logan Smith (BSAc ’16) | January 2020

Smith (BSAc 2016) has been promoted to Associate Accountant in James Moore’s Gainesville office. He will be responsible for performing a variety of responsibilities for the audit department including planning, fieldwork, data extraction testing and preparation of final audit reports. He has been a member of the firm since 2018.

Bryant Rafferty (BSAc ’11) | January 2020

Rafferty (BSAc 2011) has joined James Moore’s Gainesville office as a Staff Accountant, where he will provide a range of audit and accounting services.

Kris Hutchins (BSAc ’11, MAcc ’13) | January 2020

Hutchins (BSAc 2011, MAcc 2013), a CPA, has been promoted to Director, Client Service in James Moore’s Gainesville office. She will provide expertise and leadership in the tax department for individual and business tax clients. Hutchins has been a member of the firm since August 2013. 

Shanna Dorresteyn (BSBA ’99) | January 2020

Dorresteyn (BSBA 1999) is an ACS Manager for the Accounting & Controllership Services department in James Moore’s Gainesville office. She will oversee client accounts and supervise James Moore ACS staff members in their work. She has over 15 years of experience in accounting, management, financial direction/analysis and more.

Samantha Carlisle (BSAc, MAcc ’14) | January 2020

Carlisle (BSAc 2014, MAcc 2014), a CPA, has been promoted to Tax Manager in James Moore’s Gainesville office. She will manage and monitor tax projects for individuals and businesses and will be responsible for interacting closely with clients to provide innovative tax planning, consulting and compliance services. Carlisle joined the firm in 2014. 

Melissa Bivens (BSBA ’14) | January 2020

Bivens (BSBS 2014) has been promoted to Accountant at James Moore’s Gainesville office. A member of the Accounting & Controllership Services team, she will be responsible for bookkeeping and the preparation of journal entries to facilitate in the creation of financial statements for business and non‐profit clients. Bivens has been with the firm since 2017. 

Nikul “Nik” Patel (MBA ’01) | January 2020

Patel (MBA 2001) is Senior Vice President of Information/Cybersecurity at Citi. He has been with Citi for over 10 years, holding various roles. Prior to Citi, Patel worked for Walmart and Accenture in multiple locations, including Charlotte, NC; New York, NY; Boston, MA; Portland, OR; and Los Angeles, CA. He has been active in the Northeast Florida community, serving as a board member on the St. John’s County School District IT Career Academies Advisory Council and part of the founding team of Citi’s