Business and professional briefs Dec. 23, 2012

Business and professional briefs Dec. 23, 2012

New jobs

Two join McGladrey. Sheena Braulick and Justin Miller have joined the staff of McGladrey LLP's Champaign office.

Braulick, a senior tax associate, is a certified public accountant with four years of public accounting experience.

Miller is an assurance associate who received bachelor's degrees in finance and accounting from Illinois State University.

Carle adds physician assistant. Thomas Maryniak has joined the Family Medicine Department at Carle — Danville on Fairchild as a physician assistant.

He earned a master's degree from Albany Medical College in New York and is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Maryniak served for three years as clinical research coordinator for neurosurgery service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

Nurses take positions. Laurie Mooney, a certified pediatric nurse, and Carissa Swiatek, a certified nurse midwife, have joined Carle.

Mooney works in the Pediatrics Department at Carle — Champaign on Curtis. She received a master's degree in nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is certified by the Pediatric Nurse Certification Board. She has been a registered nurse in Carle's cardiothoracic unit since 2009.

Swiatek works in nurse midwifery on Carle's main Urbana campus. She earned a master's degree in nursing from the UI-Chicago. She is certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives and has received clinical training in Carle's Obstetrics and Gynecology Department.

Huth joins Cooperative Extension. Caitlin Huth has joined University of Illinois Cooperative Extension as a nutrition and wellness educator in the Decatur office serving DeWitt, Macon and Piatt counties.

Huth, a graduate of Centennial High School in Champaign, received a bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences from Illinois State University and a master's degree in family and consumer sciences from Eastern Illinois University.


Habeeb joins state chamber board. Habeeb Habeeb of Champaign has been approved as a new member of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

He is president and chief executive officer of Benefit Planning Consultants, Champaign, and is chairman of the Champaign County Republican Central Committee.

Habeeb is on the board of the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation.

Pittelkow cited as 'Woman to Watch.' Former Champaign resident Elizabeth Pittelkow has been named one of six recipients of the 2012 "Women to Watch" Award by the Illinois CPA Society and the American Institute of CPAs.

The award recognizes women for involvement in their profession and community.

Pittelkow, who lives in Chicago, is the daughter of Richard and Sally Pittelkow. She attended St. Paul's School in Danville, Centennial High School in Champaign, graduating in 2000, and the University of Illinois, graduating in December 2004.

She is an accounting manager with ArrowStream Inc., president of ArrowStream Toastmasters and secretary of the Illinois CPA Society Ethics Committee.

Spice cited as outstanding foundation member. Dennis Spice of Champaign was one of three people recognized as outstanding members of the Eastern Illinois University Foundation for 2012.

The award is given for volunteer service to the foundation and to the university's academic and athletic programs.

Spice and his wife, Linda, established the Spice Entrepreneurship Fund at EIU in 2002. He has served on the alumni association's board, the School of Business advisory board, the School of Technology advisory board and the foundation's board of directors.

Spice is president of Institutional Advisors Ltd., a consulting firm he founded in 1995. He was founding partner and managing member of Open Prairie Ventures; managing partner of Prairie Capital Partners, which leased equipment to Midwestern companies; managing director of Agrarian Capital; and an investor and adviser to harVestco Agricultural Properties.

Before founding his own company, he was executive director of the State Universities Retirement System and was previously employee benefits manager at EIU.

Other winners included: Alan Baharlou and June Bubeck Giffin, both of Charleston.

Baharlou retired from EIU in 2005 after serving as chair of the Department of Geology/Geography. He and his wife, Carlene, established the Baharlou Service Award in the College of Sciences.

Giffin retired from EIU in 1993 after working as an office manager in the philosophy and management/marketing departments and later in the Department of Grants and Research. She and her late husband, founding dean of Eastern's College of Business, established the Elsie and Erson Giffin and Jim and June Giffin Scholarships.

Millses qualify for Bahamas event. Beth and John Mills of Travel by Beth, St. Joseph, qualified to attend the Sandals Resort International's 2012 STAR Awards/Sandals Travel Agency recognition event in Nassau, Bahamas.

The event was open to Sandals Resort International's top travel agency partners from the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom.

Carr named to bank board. Matt Carr has been appointed to the board of directors of First Bank & Trust.

He is also the bank's chief credit officer.

Bailey Edward sponsors forum. Bailey Edward, an architecture, historic preservation and interior design firm in Champaign, recently sponsored an education forum in Chicago focused on preparing congregations to maximize community impact.

"Building New Economy in Faith Environments" is a seminar series coordinated by Bailey Edward and Partners for Sacred Places.


Area organizations recently recognizing employees with monthly or quarterly awards include:

Danville Correctional Center, Danville: Correctional Officer Gregory Ellison, Employee of the Month for December.

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