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Newsmakers in business, Feb. 7
Ashton Meeks

VanGalder named CEO of Chestatee Regional Hospital

Chestatee Regional Hospital has announced that Jeanne VanGalder is the hospital’s new CEO.

VanGalder brings with her to this position more than 33 years of experience in health care, 29 of which have been in management roles.

She is board-certified in psychiatric and mental health nursing and, prior to accepting this position, has served as the chief nursing officer at Chestatee for the past three years.

She was instrumental in starting Changing Seasons, Chestatee’s inpatient geriatric-psychiatric program, in 2012 and served as program director until earlier this year.

The hospital is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Manager of Oakwood McDonald’s earns award

Takisha Angeletti, store manager at McDonald’s of Oakwood, received the 2015 Ray Kroc Award. This award is given to the top 1 percent of restaurant managers.

She received a $2,500 check as part of the award.

Angeletti excels in operational excellence, is a leader in people management and building the business, according to a McDonald’s new release. She has been employed by owner/operator Bob Swoszowski for seven years.

In the area of operational excellence, Angeletti is 9 percent better in overall satisfaction, 17 percent better in cleanliness, 12 percent better in friendliness, 6 percent better in speed, 8 percent better in quality and 6 percent better in accuracy, the company said.

Angeletti’s store recently became a training store for Create Your Taste.

She is involved in the local schools, Women Source in Gainesville, Special Olympics, Hall County summer program for elementary children, Georgia Mountain Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity and Salvation Army.

A reception was held at the restaurant to honor Angeletti. Many of her co-workers, friends and family attended this event. She will be honored, along with other Ray Kroc awards winners, in May at a gala in Chicago.

Meeks joins Willis Counsel as management analyst

Ashton Meeks has joined Willis Investment Counsel as a management analyst.

Meeks’ responsibilities include marketing, client relations, strategic projects and other organizational business matters supporting the firm’s management and portfolio managers.

Meeks, who holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Utah, served an internship with Willis Investment Counsel before joining the firm full-time.

Previously, she interned in the Orientation and Leadership Development office of the University of Utah from 2013-2015. Locally, she also served two summer internships in Gainesville with The Norton Agency in 2012 and the Mundy Mill subdivision property management group in 2013.

Willis Investment Counsel is the largest independent investment management firm north of metro Atlanta. Founded over 35 years ago, the firm was recently named by the Financial Times to its annual FT 300 Top Registered Investment Advisers list.

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