Law firm adds associate. Seth D. Baker has joined the Champaign law firm of Thomas, Mamer & Haughey as an associate after working there as a student law clerk.
He concentrates his practice in the areas of civil litigation, including general negligence claims, professional liability, employment law and trademark enforcement.
Baker received his law degree from the University of Illinois this year. During law school, he was chief justice of the UI Moot Court Bench and an editor of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
McGladrey adds Roth. Alex Roth has joined McGladrey's office in Champaign as an assurance associate.
He received a master of accountancy degree from Illinois State University and is pursuing a certified public accountant designation.
Two take new positions. Peggy Poole and Rachel Smithenry have taken new positions at InsureChampaign.
Poole was recently promoted to office manager and heads the home and auto division. She has been in insurance sales and service since 1978.
Smithenry recently joined InsureChampaign in insurance sales and service for home and auto clients. She has been a licensed insurance agent for 13 years and has a background in sales and marketing.
MHF&A hires two. Chris Korban and Nate Warman have joined Martin, Hood, Friese & Associates, Champaign, as staff accountants.
Korban, a Champaign native, received a master's degree in accounting science from the University of Illinois.
Warman, originally from Clifton, received a master's degree in professional accountancy from Illinois State University.
Paris joins Pixo. Jessica Paris has joined Pixo, Urbana, as project manager.
She most recently worked at Wolfram|Alpha, Champaign, where she managed development of the company's API, Widgets, iOS and Android apps, as well as personal analytics for Facebook.
Paris has expertise in marketing strategy, strategic planning, Web design, Web culture advertising and product and project management.
Dunning named Boss of Year. Thom Dunning has been selected as 2012 Boss of the Year by the University of Illinois Secretariat organization.
He is director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and professor of chemistry. He was nominated by Beth McKown.
Also nominated for the award were: Helen J. Coleman, director of the Facilities and Services Capital Program, and Jane Schingel, director of the Bureau of Educational Research in the UI College of Education.
Coleman was nominated by Sandra Patterson and Leta Summers, while Schingel was nominated by Selena Douglass.
Drake achieves designation. Caitlin Drake has achieved the Net Promoter Certified Associate designation after passing a certification exam.
She is sales and One Busey manager for Busey Bank.
The Net Promoter System helps companies and employees understand and be accountable for how they engage with customers.
The certified associate designation is for customer loyalty professionals trained in the Net Promoter discipline. The certification is expected to help her know how to manage the customer loyalty program at Busey.
Yoga Institute teachers upgraded. Becky Meline and Jerry Chiprin have received the Intermediate Junior 1 and Introductory 2 level certifications, respectively, through the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States.
Chiprin recently returned from a two-month course of study at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India.
Lois Steinberg, director of the Yoga Institute of Champaign-Urbana, mentored and recommended nine teachers for certification, and all of them passed.
Berns receives volunteer honors. Tom Berns was recently recognized as one of the state's Outstanding Citizen Volunteers of the Year at the Illinois Association of Park Districts' "Best of the Best" awards gala.
Berns is a volunteer for the Urbana Park District. He serves on the Urbana Parks Foundation board and has made significant contributions to the district, including securing a $10,000 gift to support construction of the Busey Woods Gateway Trail.
He also provided in-kind engineering services at the site.
The new pathway into Busey Woods is expected to improve the public's ability to use the area for educational and recreational purposes.
JSM Development project certified. JSM Development's Uptown Crossing project in Normal has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Uptown Crossing is the only LEED-certified student housing development in Bloomington-Normal.
Scott Kunkel is the architect for JSM Development, which coordinated with Henneman Engineering to reach the certification.
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