Category Archives: Celebrity Spotlight

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Meet Steve Frisco

Meet Steve Frisco, one of the attorneys at Robert A. Rush, P.A. in Gainesville, FL. Steve is extremely dedicated to his work with criminal defense, auto accident cases, and other civil matters but we wanted to learn more about this hardworking attorney.

Where are you from originally?

I’m originally from Gainesville but most of my family is from the Tampa area.

Where did you go to school?

I went to Gainesville High School, the University of Central Florida, and Florida Coastal School of Law.

After law school, why did you move back to the Gainesville area?

I moved back from Jacksonville to Gainesville after law school because I was offered a job working as an Assistant State Attorney with the State Attorney’s Office in Alachua County. I began working with the State in 2007 and I worked as a prosecutor for about eleven years prior to getting hired on as an associate attorney with Robert A. Rush, P.A..

Meet Dr. Greg Snodgrass

Dr. Greg Snodgrass is the owner of North Florida Cataract Specialists and Vision Care and one of the states top cataract surgeons. Locals know him as a great family man and a true Gator fan. He is also one of the areas best dressed Docs!

Where are you from?

I was born and grew up in Gauley Bridge, West Virginia. I moved to Florida in 1987 to work for Dr. Marshall. Amazing to think that I just did cataract surgery
on his wife Jean.

Where did you go to school?

I went to undergrad school at West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery, West Virginia, where I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. I then went to medical school in Morgantown, West Virginia at West Virginia University. I then did a residency in ophthalmology at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.

Local Celebrity Spotlight

Meet Paul Ramey

Paul Ramey is the Marketing and Public Relations Director for the Natural History Museum. He started his career with the museum in
1999. You will often find him interacting with the visitors or working on a new exhibit or event.


Where are you from?

I was born in Gainesville, Florida, and grew up here. I attended Kirby Smith, Lincoln and GHS.

Where did you go to school?

I graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Journal-ism with a Business Minor. I’m a Gator!

Are you from Gainesville?

Local Celebrity Spotlight Meet Terry Martin-Back

Terry Martin-Back is the Associate Broker at Exit Realty Producers, a general contractor and a former Cavalry Scout for the US Army. He is not only well known in our area for his real estate work, but also for his fundraising efforts for Peaceful Paths and other charities.

Where are you from?

I grew up in Northern Indiana.

Where did you go to school?

My college education was from different colleges while stationed at different Army bases and outpost. To name a few; St Leo University, Central Texas, University of Michigan, Barton County Community College.

Why did you move to this area?

While stationed at Ft. Stewart, Georgia, one of my barracks buddies asked me if I wanted to go to Gainesville Florida with him for the weekend to do a little partying and play some pick-up soccer on Sunday. We caught up with his uncle who we were going to be staying with who was painting a girl’s kitchen. Just as we were getting ready to leave, this little blue-eyed brunette walks through the door. I married her 39 years ago, we traveled around the country and overseas and came back home to Gainesville in 1996.

How do you relax?

Sitting on the couch at night with headphones on listening to some heavy metal rock, alternative or blues with a dram of Scotch close by.

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Meet Hugh Cain

Meet Hugh Cain, he has been in the Alachua area for some time and is well known for his insurance business as an Allstate agent.

Where are you from and why did you move to this area?

I was born at Alachua General Hospital in Gainesville. My parents moved to the Alachua area when I was in the 5th grade from Lake Santa Fe. We left the lake life to the farm life in the Good Life Community and many years later I am still here.

Where did you go to school?

I attended Springhill Middle School (High Springs) which is now High Springs Community School. I graduated from Santa Fe High School here in Alachua and was the 1983 senior class president

How do you relax?

Shooting clay targets with my Blaser F3 Supersport can be very relaxing when I am on my game.

Local Celebrity Spotlight Meet Chuck Bush

Chuck Bush started Chuck Bush Auto 25 years ago, located in Gainesville, and not far from the Hippodrome Theatre, in downtown Gainesville. He has become an automotive icon. He is often seen at a Gator game or at Gator Nationals with his bright yellow race car.

Where are you from?

I was born in Gainesville at Alachua General Hospital. I moved to Alachua in 2014 with my wife, Michele Bush. I went to Buchholz in 9th grade and graduated from P.K. Yonge.

How do you relax?

Riding my horses on trails and camping in a Cruse America R.V., and Kayaking on the Santa Fe River.

Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why?

Lately on weekends we like to go to a small, quiet place called Palm Coast Villas near Flagler Beach. We go there to see our grand babies that live over there.

Local Celebrity Spotlight Meet Susie Ulloa

Meet Susie Ulloa, a Gainesville resident who works at The Cancer Center as a Breast Cancer Navigator. She is also a breast cancer survivor and author, Susie is often seen at local events for The Cancer Center at NFRMC, or for her husband’s company, The Best Restoration.

Where are you from and when did you move to Gainesville and why?

I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia (South America). I moved to the United States in 1999 with my husband, Jorge Villalobos, and children due to security reasons. We initially settled in Fort Lauderdale and came to Gainesville in 2004, the place we call home in every sense of the word.

How did you meet your husband?

Through a common friend, who actually had dated him. I met Jorge when I was 12 and he was 18, so we truly didn’t have anything in common except for the fact we both knew this person. Our paths crossed several times throughout the years until we were finally ready for each other, and we have been together ever since.

Why is your last name different from your husband’s?

In Colombia, many women from my generation chose to keep their last names. It’s just a matter of choice.

Local Celebrity Spotlight: Meet Kim Stinton: Business Woman, Wife and Mom!

Kim and her husband Andy own The Floor Store of Newberry and have always been active with events in their area. They have advertised with Good Life Community Magazine for 12 years. As we are always taking their daughter Alexa’s photo, we thought it would be interesting to get to know Kim.

Where are you from, when did you move to Newberry, and why?

I was born and raised in St. Augustine, Florida. I left home to go to the University of Florida. I ended up in Marietta, Georgia, and together with my husband, Andy, we moved down to Newberry in 2000. We were both from Florida and wanted to move back to Florida. After living just outside of Atlanta for so long, we really wanted to move to a smaller town and open up our own business. My mom is from Newberry, and one of my brothers lives in Newberry, so Newberry it was. Growing up, we always came here on the weekends and during the summer to see my grandmother, so the town was very familiar to me, and Andy loved all the farmland around. In Marietta, I taught school and Andy worked in flooring. He is a 2nd generation flooring installer. Together, we opened a small, retail store in Marietta, and I worked there some in the afternoons and on weekends, but I mainly took care of the accounting books. For years, we talked about opening up a larger store and working at it full time together. The plan was to save every dime we made, sell our rental properties that we had acquired over the years, and for me to “retire” from teaching so that we could build what we would later name The Floor Store of Newberry.