Beth McNelis has been promoted to the role of resident life director at Brooksby Village in Peabody. McNelis joined Brooksby Village in 2007 as the director of philanthropy and was later named director of philanthropy and communications. She has a degree in Chinese studies from Denison University and is pursuing a master’s degree in health care management from UMass.
Marblehead resident Suzanne Gruhl has been appointed to the Salem State Foundation’s governing board for a three-year term. The nonprofit foundation raises money to help Salem State University meet goals that cannot be funded in the regular budget. Gruhl was a partner at Salem-based Dinsmore, Gruhl & Co., after which she became a partner and director of nonprofit services at Parent, McLaughlin & Nangle in Boston. Gruhl has served as the chief financial officer at YWCA Boston and chief financial officer of Children’s Friend and Family Services.
David A. Mills has joined Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster as counsel, where he will focus on case evaluation in appellate and trial litigation matters, as well as mediation and alternative dispute resolution. A former Danvers town moderator, Mills is a member of the Danvers Board of Selectmen. He is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School and served as an associate justice on the Massachusetts Appellate Court for 11 years.
Women on The Move, a moving business that specializes in residential and senior retirement moves, has been awarded the 2013 Best of Marblehead Award in the movers category by the Marblehead Award Program. The program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category and that enhance the positive image of small business through services to their customers and community. Women on The Move provides packing, unpacking, relocation and home organization services.
Marsha Kazarosian, Walter Costello Jr. and Kathleen O’Donnell have merged to form the law firm of Kazarosian Costello & O’Donnell. The firm is based in Haverhill and has offices in Salem and Lowell. Kazarosian, a trial lawyer, was the managing partner of Kazarosian Law Offices in Haverhill. She is the president-elect of the Massachusetts Bar Association and has served as president of the Essex County Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. Costello is a business and personal injury lawyer in Salem. He is the past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and the Essex County Bar Association. O’Donnell, a personal injury lawyer in Lowell, is the past president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and the Greater Lowell Bar Association.
Roberta Chadis, a resident of Salem and the president and founder of Dog Health News, has launched a new blog that features strategies and solutions for dog health care and wellness.
Bodyco, a personal training and fitness facility at 108 South Main St. in Middleton, has been acquired by brothers Rick and Rob Nekoroski and trainers Jody Lupien and Lauren Pasquale.
North Shore Vapors, an electronic cigarette and vapor shop, has opened at 300 Highland Ave. in Salem.