Plunkett leads seminar

Michael J. Plunkett, CFP, financial adviser of Edward Jones conducted an educational seminar at the Neil Combee Administration Building in Bartow on May 8.

Russell joins Waller Insurance Partners

Dusty Russell has joined Waller Insurance Partners as a commercial lines producer. Russell will work with local family-owned businesses to provide transparency, advocacy and valuable insight. Waller Insurance is an independent and full service insurance agency located in Lakeland.

MidFlorida CU promotes Desbaillets

Nathalie Desbaillets was promoted to assistant branch manager by MidFlorida Credit Union effective May 14.

Cline and Fitzwater promoted

Austin Cline and Katherine Fitzwater, both of Lakeland, have received promotions at Curious Jane. Cline has been named senior director of marketing. In his new role, he leads the agency’s business development team and directs digital strategy for clients. He had served as Curious Jane’s director of web and digital since 2016. A native of Plant City, Cline holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of South Florida. Fitzwater has been named a senior account executive. She has worked at Curious Jane since 2013, handling strategic advertising campaigns for several major corporate clients and earning several Addy Awards. She is a member of Leadership Lakeland XXXIV, serves on the board of the Junior League of Greater Lakeland and chairs the United Way of Central Florida Young Leaders Society. Fitzwater holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Florida.

Miller joins Lakeland Chamber

Victoria "Tora" Miller has joined the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce as the director of marketing and communications. Miller has worked in marketing-focused positions with companies such as Chick-Fil-A and Coca-Cola Beverages with experience in managing social media marketing campaigns. A Lakeland native, she received her BS in business marketing and an MBA with a concentration in executive leadership from Southeastern University.

Send your contributions for this section to, with “People and Changes” in the subject line. Photos may be submitted to Andy Kuppers or through our website at The person who took the photo must grant written permission in an email or online before a photo can be considered for publication. Items must be submitted by Thursdays at 9 a.m. to be considered for the coming week.