Business and professional briefs Nov. 18, 2012

Business and professional briefs Nov. 18, 2012

New jobs

Brown joins MSA as planner. Stephanie Brown has joined MSA Professional Services, Champaign, as a city planner serving central Illinois.

She specializes in historic preservation, community development, downtown revitalization and sustainable planning.

Brown is the former development planner for the city of Decatur. She is certified through the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Regency Apartments adds analyst. Dan Becker has joined Regency Apartments, Champaign, as its acquisitions and financial analyst.

He will conduct market research, provide financial analysis, prepare financial projections and identify opportunities.

Becker has extensive background as a builder and developer. He also has experience as an options trader and investment analyst and strategist.

Headquartered in Champaign, Regency Apartments owns and manages apartment communities in Illinois and Indiana.

Danville hospital welcomes surgeon. Dr. Venkata Kakarla of Christie Clinic has been granted privileges at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center and at the Ambulatory Care Center for Surgical Services in Danville.

His office is at Christie Clinic's location at 800 N. Logan Ave., Danville.

Kakarla completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and robotic surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He served as chief resident in general surgery at New York Hospital Queens of Cornell University Medical College.


Reardanz named academy fellow. Deb Reardanz has been named a Leadership Academy Fellow after completing the Leading Age Leadership Academy.

The academy is a yearlong program offered through senior services organization Leading Age. Reardanz was one of 32 members of this year's graduating class.

Reardanz is president and CEO of Clark-Lindsey, Urbana, where she has been employed for 15 years.

Dwyer receives accreditation. John Dwyer has successfully completed the application process for the Illinois Professional Emergency Manager Accreditation Program.

The program includes online and classroom training courses, four written essays and documentation of leadership during a preparedness exercise.

Dwyer is deputy director of the Champaign County Emergency Management Agency.

The agency's director, John Carlson, successfully completed the application process for the Illinois Professional Development Series Program.

Brown renews national certification. Rachel Brown of Tilton has renewed her national board certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She was originally recognized in November 2003.

Brown is a math teacher and GLOBAL House teacher leader at Danville High School. She is in her 15th year of teaching in Danville.

Rivers named Officer of Year. Urbana police Officer Matt Rivers has been recognized as Police Officer of the Year by the Exchange Club of Urbana.

He was cited by peers for creative investigative skills and heroic actions. His computer expertise aided him in analyzing crime trends and criminal activity.

Rivers also received the Urbana Police Department's Heroism Award for carrying a woman to safety from her burning apartment.

He is a member of the department's honor guard and is a field training officer.

Forsman named Kiwanian of Year. Champaign Fire Chief Doug Forsman has been named Kiwanian of the Year by the Champaign-Urbana Noon Kiwanis Club.

He has served as club treasurer for the past three years and helped accountants change to a computerized financial records system.

This year, the club contributed more than $30,000 to community service projects and programs.

Fisher man given student laureate award. Ross Baker of Fisher, a senior at Greenville College, received a Student Laureate Award from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

The award is given to an outstanding senior college student at each of the state's four-year degree-granting colleges and universities.

Each student received a medallion, along with an honorarium check and certificate of achievement.

The awards convocation was held at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, followed by a luncheon at the Illinois Executive Mansion.

Baker is studying mathematics education at Greenville College, where he runs track and cross country and works as a resident chaplain.

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