Alana Hanshaw – 40 under 40 2021


Name: Alana Hanshaw
Age:35
Occupation: Executive Director at Absolute Law Group, Certified Dementia Practitioner and Professional Guardian
Business/workplace: Absolute Law Group

Grand goal in life: Make my small part of the world a better place.  We all can do our part.  If we all focus on our small part of the world, imagine what kind of impact we would have.

When not working, I…  am spending time with my kids, most likely at a dance recital, track meet or lamb livestock show.  Family is everything and I love life with my family every single day.

What I like about Ocala:  This is HOME!  Everywhere I go there is memory attached to it.  It may be from my own high school journey or one of my kids or where I met my husband.  This town has embraced my family and I cannot imagine living anywhere else.

Pet peeve:  I would have to say that my biggest pet peeve is NOT putting your cart away in a parking lot.  I don’t know what it is about it but let’s all take an extra minute and put it away.

Philosophy of life word:  Trust.  Whether this is in yourself, in others, or in the world.  Trusting yourself means you have the confidence to push forward, try new things, and open yourself to new experiences and learning opportunities.  Trusting others allows you to build meaningful connections and relationships that will help you grow and mature as a functional member of society.  Trust in the world gives you a sense of faith and purpose that allows you to find fulfillment in what you choose to do.

Personal superpower: Gift of gab.  I have always been able to speak easily and confidently in a way that makes people want to listen and feel empowered.

Superhuman power I’d want :Time travel.  I mean how cool would it be to time travel back to the days of Abraham Lincoln or some of our family members that we never got the pleasure of meeting?.

Favorite cause : Alzheimer’s Organization.  5.8 million Americans are currently living with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. One in three seniors will die of Alzheimer’s or another dementia and it is the 6th leading cause of death in Florida.  I truly believe that the first survivor of Alzheimer’s is out there, but we have work to do together to meet that person.

Guilty pleasure: Shopping for nice purses.

Historical dinner date: President George W. Bush.  I was honored to be able to hear him speak at a recent conference I attended.  I have always had so much respect for him.  After hearing him speak that multiplied by a million.  The choices that he had to make and hearing how hard that was for him made me admire him so much more and he is funny!

People who know me say I am . . . Outgoing.  I never meet a stranger.  I can thank my “Paw Paw” for that.  He showed me at a very early age to love people and to love them well.

Biggest professional achievement: Obtaining my Alzheimer’s and Dementia Disease care trainer license (CADDCT).  This allows me to educate our community about this horrible disease and how we can help the loved ones in our community.

Favorite part of profession:  I feel so blessed to be able to be in part of the journey of the clients we service.  Our clients a lot of times are in the worst time of their lives.  I am honored to be able to walk beside them and make it a little bit easier.

I indulge too much in. . .Buying too much lipstick!  I never leave home without it and in my opinion you can never have too much!

Eddie Q. Rocker Sr. – 40 under 40 2021


Name: Eddie Q. Rocker Sr.

Age: 30

Occupation: Department Manager at TeamCone/Co-Founder of Kut Different Inc.

Business/workplace: Kut Different Inc.

Grand goal in life: I’m determined to prove to myself, friends, and loved ones that success and happiness is achievable. There are so many obstacles in life that are meant to be setbacks but through adversity and faith all things are possible.

When I’m not working, I … Relax with the family on vacation.

What I like about Ocala: I like seeing the growth of our city. The expansion of Ocala shows that opportunities are right in our backyards.

Pet peeve: Because I have a big heart, so being taken advantage of can be disappointing. 

Philosophy of life word: Resilience

Personal superpower: The spirit of Empathy 

Superhuman power I’d like: Reading minds

Favorite cause: Kut Different Inc.

Guilty pleasure: I have a sweet tooth

Historical dinner date: Muhammad Ali. I would want to pick his brain and try to understand why and what made him always believe he was great and how I could apply that same mentality in my life. 

People who know me say I am . . . Laid back

Biggest professional achievement: Masters Degree in Public Administration from Florida A&M University 

Favorite part of profession: Being a part of a team, working with individuals in multiple departments who all work together for a common purpose or goal 

I indulge too much in: Scrolling through social media with down time.

Katherine O’Brien – 40 under 40 2021


Name:
Katherine O’Brien

Age: 39

Occupation: Veterinarian 

Business/workplace:  Maricamp Animal Hospital; Big Bang Property Solutions

Grand goal in life: I have full intention to leave my children and this world with an empire that keeps creating and prospering to save lives.  My daily mission is to ensure animals are healthy and safe while educating owners to care for their pets just like family.  Going beyond this for me is to have a clear path to help educate people so we are all more responsible and charitable in our lives in order to create a world and environment that is positive and productive.

When not working, I . . .  I love to be outside! Whether it is sitting in my backyard, walking on the beach or riding in a boat, listening to the birds or feeling the wind in my hair while taking in all the amazing views that God has given us. As long as I am with my family, I am truly happy anywhere.

What I like about Ocala:  Ocala reminds me of my birth place! I grew up in a small town outside of New Orleans.  It was peaceful and the people were so nice while having a major city at my fingertips.  When I first came to Ocala, I only knew my husband, Alberto, and his brother, Willie.  As I started working and making friends, I quickly realized that Ocala offered the exact same experience and more.  Friendly culture, people who are ready to help others, lakes and rivers close by and multiple major cities within hours.

Pet peeve: Smacking! And it bothers me that I don’t like it.  I will intentionally sit next to someone who is smacking so I can be still, in a new moment and be in control of my emotions. I got this!

Philosophy of life word: Education. By reading and studying, I strive to be the best I can be everyday and help others do the same.  Through education, I know I can make a difference and truly impact those around me.

Personal superpower:  Healing. Day in and day out I choose to help and heal others.  Whether I am a doctor, wife, mother, friend, leader or influencer, I am always in a position to help others focus on being right here in the moment, taking full responsibility and creating solutions to better their lives.

Superhuman power I’d like:  This would be so exciting!! There are so many however flight and telekinesis would have to be my powers of course added to my super healing powers that I already possess.

Favorite cause:  Kimberly’s Center is Marion County’s compassionate response to the trauma of child abuse in a safe and child friendly environment.  Children are our future and safety is the most important goal for them. This is one of the reasons that we started our non-profit, Saving Paws and Hooves, which provides emergency medical funds to save animals who otherwise would not be able to receive the diagnosis, treatment, or medications that they deserve. I am proud and honored to be associated with both of these wonderful organizations.

Guilty pleasure:  Shopping of course! Love supporting local businesses which is vital in order to continuously improve our community and help businesses thrive. After shopping, I love spending time downtown for the culinary genius at Katya’s Vineyard or seeing a movie at Marion Theater.

Historical dinner date:  Jesus.  I would love to sit with him and ask Him how I could have the absolute biggest impact in helping save the world from negativity, self doubt and disease.

People who know me say I am . . . Busy! You know it is funny… I am always hearing that people are amazed how busy I am but from where I stand I know I am capable of so much more. The more efficient I become, the more systems I can put in place and the more I surround myself with responsible people means I can continue to build my legacy.  

Biggest professional achievement:  My veterinary degree of course!  I graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. This doctorate has allowed me to take on opportunities that I have always dreamed of!  

Favorite part of my profession:  My hands down absolute all time favorite part of my profession is to save lives.  With every phone call, every appointment and every consultation I am able to educate clients. 

I indulge too much in…  Oh no… I can not pick just one.  That is not fair to the others :) Pizza, Brownies & Reeses sticks.   I do my best to practice a healthy lifestyle through working out and eating right.  There are just some days where some bread & chocolate is perfect for the soul.

Vickie Treulieb – 40 under 40 2021


Name: Vickie Treulieb

Age: 37

Occupation: Master cultivator of minds, otherwise known as a teacher

Business/Workplace: Forest High School

Grand goal: I want to leave the world a better place than I found it. Whether that’s through my own three children or the hundreds I teach daily, I want to be a light in the world so there’s never darkness.

When not working, I … probably have my nose stuck in a book or am somewhere in a theater.

What I like most about Ocala: I like its proximity to everywhere in Central Florida while maintaining more of a small-town feel.

Pet peeve: People who feel they’re entitled to things.

Philosophy in a word: Enlighten

My personal superpower: The ability to effectively manipulate words.

If you could have a superhuman power, it would be … invisibility

Community cause: Arts appreciation and education, specifically theater and writing. I wish we had more theaters to bring in touring shows and also produce different types of shows (spoken word poetry, off-beat theatre, special needs theatre). I also wish we had a community literary magazine. I love to see people showcase their talents and have multiple opportunities to do so.

Guilty pleasure: Naps

Historical dinner date: While it would be cool to wine and dine with someone that everyone knows, I’d give anything to be with my Dad. He died when I was 18. It would be cool to chat with him and let him know what I’ve accomplished and introduce him to my children. I think he’d be happy. I’d love to hear him laugh.

People who know me say I am … outspoken

Biggest professional achievement: I’ve gathered over 500 people together to rally against all first-year teachers being laid off. I’m not afraid to speak my mind and stand up for what’s right. I’m also really proud of successfully starting two award-winning school literary magazines.

Greatest personal achievement: Writing a book.

Favorite part of my profession: Making a difference in the lives of children by letting them discover their unique voices.

I indulge too much in … buying too many books. I’ll never finish my tbr (to be read) pile.

Yasmin Ramasco – 40 under 40 2021


Name: Yasmin Ramasco

Age: 32

Occupation: Autonomous Nurse Practitioner

Name of business/workplace: Heart of Florida Health Center

Grand goal in life: To be fulfilled in life, surround myself with loved ones, start a family, travel the world, and grow in my career.

When not working, I … am usually outdoors with my husband and dog, in my butterfly garden or pool.

What I like most about Ocala: I can get a table at one of my favorite local restaurants when I crave them without a long wait — you can’t do that in a big city.

Pet peeve: Being late. I am the person that always shows up 30 minutes early because I’m afraid of being late.

Philosophy in a word: Love.

What I consider my personal superpower: My speed walking.

If you could have a superhuman power, it would be  … teleportation, so I could travel the world and be wherever I want within seconds.

Community cause: Given the pandemic, access to COVID19 vaccinations. Heart of Florida Health Center was extremely involved in outreach for COVID19 vaccinations, and I was so proud to be a part of it. We touched so many people’s lives — some people cried tears of joy because they wanted to be near their families again after getting vaccinated. I have also enjoyed volunteering for FreeD.O.M clinic and their mission to serve the underserved. 

Guilty pleasure: Late night trips to get ice cream. 

Historical dinner date: Hippocrates, the famous physician of ancient Greece, to thank him for influencing how medicine is practiced, based on observation and science. 

People who know me say I am … driven.

Biggest professional achievement: Being granted autonomous practice as a nurse practitioner.

Favorite part of my profession: Creating relationships with my patients. We get to grow old and hopefully healthy together.

I indulge too much in … mashed potatoes.

Woodly Oralus – 40 under 40 2021


Name: Woodly Oralus

Age: 27

Occupation: Founder & CEO

Name of business/workplace: Biznct, LLC

Grand goal: Leave a piece of my light in as many people as possible. Whether that is through sharing knowledge or resources.

When not working, I …  like to workout and travel. 

What I like most about Ocala: The entrepreneurial community. 

Pet peeve: Low self-esteem (I wish more people believed in themselves.)

Philosophy in word: Create

My personal superpower: To quickly adapt and execute efficiently. 

If you could have a superhuman power, it would be … teleportation because I would be able to travel at warp speed and not have to endure long trips by plane or car. 

Community cause: Mentorship is dear to my heart because you are able to directly or indirectly improve people’s lives through a mentee who listens and puts knowledge into practice. 

Guilty pleasure: I like cherry turnovers even though too much sugar can be bad for me. 

Historical dinner date: I would love to go to dinner with Martin Luther King Jr. to learn about his strategy towards civil rights and his peace approach. 

People who know me say I am . . .  Mr. Make it Happen! No matter how tough or great life gets, I maintain a demeanor that enjoys the high but does not get too low. My close friends would say I am someone who goes after what I want in life. If there are 5 seconds left on the clock in a basketball game, I want to take the game winning shot. I operate well under pressure. 

Biggest professional achievement: Building a successful business that adds value to others’ lives.

Favorite part of my profession: To help people make their businesses prosper and live more fulfilling lives through increased financial prosperity. When we market effectively, we subsequently help businesses grow their bottom lines. 

I indulge too much in … social media. But hey, I’m an internet marketer — it’s my job.

Ashley Dobbs – 40 under 40 2021


Name:  Ashley Dobbs

Age:  40

Occupation:  Marketing and Communication Manager

Name of business/workplace:  City of Ocala

My grand goal in life:  Obviously, to be happy, but winning the lottery wouldn’t hurt either. 

When not working, I … I enjoy spending time with friends, discovering new music, watching movies, visiting theme parks, photography and dreaming about the Fall season. 

What I like most about Ocala:  The Victorian homes downtown. As a child growing up in Ocala, we would come downtown on Saturday mornings and then drive through the historic district. As an adult, I still feel a sense of awe when I drive down those streets.

Pet peeve:  When someone goes out of their way to be unkind.  Who has that kind of time and energy?

One word that summarizes my philosophy of life:  Ethical

Personal superpower:  The ability for people to open up to me. No matter where I go, a restaurant, doctor’s office, etc. strangers feel compelled to share their life story with me. I don’t mind, I’ve met very interesting people. 

Superhuman power I’d like … to have “Bewitched” powers. A wiggle of the nose and the house would be clean, yard work done, or I could quickly escape awkward situations – you know, typical life stuff. 

Favorite cause:  Magnolia Art Xchange 

Guilty pleasure:  Afternoon naps 

Historical  dinner date: Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She blazed a trail for women and challenged the ideas of gender equality. 

People who know me say I am … Empathetic and a great listener.    

Biggest professional achievement: In my last position, I was able to secure over a million dollars in earned media which highlighted our community. Working with journalists to showcase the beauty of our city and county was a pivotal moment for me, but one close to my heart because I love telling people about the place I call home. 

Favorite part of my profession: The ability to tell people’s stories. Whether I’m telling someone’s personal story, or where we are going as an organization, I really hope that people will take my words to heart. I also really love photography and look for any excuse to go out and capture moments happening within the city. 

I indulge too much in … Decorations, especially holiday decorations. I LOVE decorating for every holiday at both my house and my office.

Aaron Thomas – 40 under 40 2021


Name: Aaron Thomas

Age: 38 

Occupation: Family Advocate and Artist 

Business/workplace: Kids Central Inc. 

Grand goal in life: Make the world a better place. 

When not working, I . . . Paint, attend art shows and spend time with family and friends. 

What I like about Ocala: The flourishing art scene.

Pet peeve: Unoriginality  

Philosophy in a word: Originality 

Personal superpower: Turning trauma into art.

Superhuman power I’d want. . . The ability to paint anything and everything.

Favorite cause: Supporting local

Guilty pleasure: Giant beers at the Keep

Historical dinner date: Stanislaw Szukalski. He was perhaps the most prolific art genius that has ever lived. 

People who know me say I am . . . Unfiltered, funny, and dependable. 

Biggest professional achievement: Surviving two wars.

Favorite part of profession: Protecting children at risk. 

I indulge too much in. . . helping others’ needs over my own.

Alexander Quiroz – 40 under 40 2021


Name: Alexander Quiroz

Age: 36

Occupation: Physician

Business/workplace: Radiology Associates of Ocala

My grand goal in life: To live a God-centered life and impact others.    

When not working, I . . . Exercise, relax at the pool, join friends for dinner or take a road trip. 

What I like most about Ocala: I love the sunny weather, the small-town feel and the great location of the city, just a few hours from the coastal cities. 

My biggest pet peeve: Laziness. Life is about getting things done! 

One word that summarizes my philosophy of life: Wisdom. “Happy is the one who finds wisdom”.

Personal superpower: Musical memory. I can usually remember the name of a song after a few seconds of hearing it. 

If you could have a superhuman power, it would be. . . Time traveling. Wouldn’t it be great to know what will happen in the future and change our decisions now? 

Community cause nearest my heart: Breast cancer. I often work closely with patients diagnosed with breast cancer, and I help guide their treatment. 

A guilty pleasure of mine: Tacos. One of the greatest inventions.  

Historical dinner date: Jesus, of course. He is the best role model we all could ever choose. I would love to ask him about the mysteries of life. 

People who know me say I am … hardworking, passionate and good friend. 

Biggest professional achievement: Becoming a physician.

Favorite part of my profession: My favorite part of being a doctor is the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, as I use my skills to find the cause of their symptoms and guide their treatment.   

I indulge too much ine . . . Social media. It steals your time!

Micah Childers – 40 under 40 2021


Name: Micah Childers

Age: 26

Occupation: Owner, Hair Stylist

Business/workplace: The Boulevard Salon 

Grand goal in life: To be happy and leave a positive impact on everyone I meet and to make my clients feel their best. I think it is important to have a positive mindset in order to be content and successfully achieve any goal.

When not working, I… Enjoy spending time with my partner and our families.

What I like about Ocala: The simplicity. I love that no matter how big it gets there is still a sense of community and family.

Pet peeve: Pessimism, when people see the worst aspect in every situation.

Philosophy of  life word: Live.

Personal superpower: Being able to adapt to any situation. 

Superhuman power I’d like: The power to stop time

Favorite cause: Anything that involves giving back to those in need 

Guilty pleasure: Binge watching reality TV.

Historical dinner date: Marsha P Johnson. And I would like to thank her, and hear her story. 

People who know me say I am… Kind-hearted

Biggest professional achievement: Opening our Salon here in Ocala,  The  Boulevard Salon.

Favorite part of my profession: Getting to meet new people and talk all day.

I indulge too much in…  Buying random home decor.. Don’t  let me loose in  Home Goods.

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