Accepting the position of club director at Addison Village Club in Viera was an easy decision for Shane Cassell to make.

The married Palm Bay father had worked for Brevard County for a decade, first with Brevard Public Schools and later with Parks and Recreation, when he applied for the vacant position at the amenities center at 8150 Stadium Parkway.

“When I found this position and interviewed, I really liked the people, I liked the location and everything,” Cassell said. “So it was a no-brainer to come on board.”

On the job for three months now, Cassell oversees operations at the 10.45-acre social and recreational facility that opened in January 2020. The multi-million dollar center’s interior boasts a spacious club room, an indoor gym for half-court basketball, pickleball, badminton and volleyball, three multi-use rooms and a catering and prep kitchen.

Outside, the club features a family pavilion with picnic tables, wet bar and refrigerators, a leisure pavilion with lounge furniture, a flat-screen TV and a large countertop for events. Guests have access to six tennis courts with stadium seating, two pickleball courts with shaded benches, a family pool with splash zone and bucket drop, a lap and leisure pool with four 25-meter lap lanes, two bocce ball courts, a croquet area and a lawn area for special events.

Open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily with outdoor amenities open from 8 a.m. to sunset, the club is for use by all eligible residents of the Addison Village communities of Trasona, Kerrington, Loren Cove, Reeling Park, Seville, Valencia, Sierra Cove and Stonecrest. Approved license holders also will have club access, Cassell said.

“Residents love it,” he said. “We are averaging on weekends anywhere from 200 to 300 individuals coming through the club throughout the day, and then during the weekdays we average about 100 to 200. Currently, we have just over 1,500 members.”

When completed, Addison Village will have more than 3,000 homes. The community is about 40 percent to 50 percent developed, Cassell noted. 

“Basically it’s to give them an amenity that has a resort-style feel but it’s for family fun,” he said.

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Mary Thorne recently joined the real estate sales team at Dale Sorensen Real Estate Brevard.

Thorne, a native of Niagara Falls, New York, had a successful career at Kennedy Space Center before obtaining her real estate license. While there, she earned a degree in business management from Barry University.

During a remodeling of her home, she developed a passion for interior design, home construction and real estate.

Penny L. Di Giovanna has joined the Financial Cornerstone Group (FCG) team as a financial advisor and certified financial planner, focused on  serving widowed and divorced women.  

Di Giovanna recently worked at Fidelity Investments and has been in the financial and real estate industries for more than 20 years. She will work out of  FCG’s Rockledge office location at 190 McIver Lane.

Sonata Viera has named Chris Tice its new community relations director. Tice is an accomplished sales leader with nearly 40 years of experience. 

Tice joins Sonata Senior Living after 14 years as the sales director for Kisco Senior Living. Prior to that, she was the sales director for Home Interiors Inc. She is a graduate of Liberty University.

Sonata Viera is at 3325 Breslay Drive, adjacent to Viera VA Outpatient Clinic.

Misty Zulli has been named executive director of The Blake at Viera, a luxury 100-apartment assisted living and memory care facility.

Zulli will oversee the day-to-day operations of the new community. She was a nurse for 13 years before transitioning to executive director. Zulli is married, the mother of two and a dog mom.

The Blake at Viera is located at 5700 Lake Andrew Drive in Viera.