Gloria Turnage has been promoted to chief counselor at Rutledge State Prison in Columbus effective April 1. Her career began at the Columbus Transitional Center as a clerk in 2005. She then transferred to the prison in 2006 as a secretary in the Care and Treatment Department.
Turnage earned her bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Troy University in 2006, being promoted to counselor at Columbus Transitional Center that December. She is now working on her master's degree in public administration at Troy.
Isabella "Bell" Walker has been promoted to counselor with the Columbus Probation Office. She began her career there in 2010 as a probation officer. She earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Fort Valley State University.
Denny Jones has been promoted to Probation Officer II in Columbus. He started his career as a correctional officer in 2004. He earned his bachelor's degree from Columbus State University in 2011, and was promoted to sergeant and then probation officer before his recent promotion.
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Tranisha S. Reid has been promoted to probation officer II. She started as an intern from Columbus State University in 2012, then becoming a full-time employee that same year.
Batson-Cook Construction, headquartered in nearby West Point, Ga., has made several moves in its Atlanta office.
They include promoting David Barksdale to chief operating officer and naming three senior vice presidents -- Kevin Appleton, Curt Rigney and Dave Schoendorf -- while hiring Jason Waddell as director of construction technology.
Barksdale now oversees all construction operations for the firm's four offices in West Point, Atlanta, Tampa, Fla., and Jacksonville, Fla. He had served as the senior vice president and general manager of the Atlanta office since January 2011.
Appleton now oversees all health-care construction, having worked in that sector for more than 20 years. He is a certified healthcare constructor, the highest level of certification by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering. He's also a LEED accredited professional.
Rigney is responsible for private commercial development projects and is now leading the SkyHouse program, which includes $661 million in new high-rise multifamily construction across the Southeast. He is a past member of the Engineering News Record Southeast Top 20 under 40 Construction Professionals list.
Schoendorf will focus on private development projects. He joined Batson-Cook in 2013 after 24 years at a competing firm, where he served as a senior vice president and ran three offices with revenues of more than $1.5 billion in projects, including health care, high-rise, residential, religious, education, assisted living, commercial offices, parking deck and mission critical projects.
Waddell, as director of construction technology, is responsible for implementing the company's "Building Information Modeling" software and solutions, which is used during pre-construction and construction.