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DACC hires Bayard. Patrick Bayard has been named director of grants and planning at Danville Area Community College.

He was previously an adjunct professor in public administration and a program manager at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Before that, he was a program officer for nonprofit organizations, including the Grand Victoria Foundation, the Sara Lee Corp. Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust.

Carle adds optometrist.Cherie A. Oshiro-Johnson has joined the optometry department at Carle's main campus in Urbana.

She has a doctorate in optometry from the Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, where she was a clinical assistant professor.

She completed a residency in pediatric optometry at the UAB School of Optometry, Birmingham, Ala., and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

Adams joins Keller Williams. Paul Adams has joined Keller Williams Realty as a full-time sales associate.

He has worked in planning and community development in Yankton, S.D.; Davenport, Iowa; and Champaign.

More recently, he retired from the University of Illinois after 14 years at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science as director of community networking.

Besides offering real estate services locally, Adams has an interest in helping people with real estate in Europe and Africa. He has traveled extensively and is aware of investment opportunities in vacation and retirement properties.

McDaniel hired as development director.Joseph McDaniel has been hired as director of development for the High School of St. Thomas More.

He formerly worked at the Pavilion Hospital, Champaign, as a home/hospital educator.

Before his tenure at the Pavilion, McDaniel had been a principal of Catholic high schools for 10 years. He also has experience in marketing with Colonial Pantry/Miller Oil.

Pilates center adds instructor. Tina Campbell has joined the Dulak Pilates Center, Champaign, as an instructor.

She was introduced to Pilates as a dance student of center owner Janice Dulak.

Campbell received a bachelor's degree in dance from Stephens College, completed the Authentic Pilates Teacher Training Program and has been teaching in the greater Chicago area for more than 10 years.

She is also a Thai yoga therapist, with certification through the Chicago School of Thai Massage.

Cravatta joins hotel staff.Megan Cravatta has joined the I Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, as a conference center sales associate.

She previously worked at Artisan Scientific, Champaign, as a customer service specialist.

Frasca International hires five. Five employees have joined Frasca International, the flight simulator manufacturing firm in Urbana.

Brian Koehler is a machinist. He was previously employed at Decatur Machine & Tool.

Jim Atwood is an aeronautical engineer. He was formerly employed at Northrop Grumman Corp., Rolling Meadows.

Scott West is a mechanical engineer. He was previously employed at Avon Protection Systems, Belcamp, Md.

Kevin Mercer is an electrical assembler. His duties include assembly of electrical harnesses, cables and panels. He was previously employed at Charles Industries, Rantoul.

Jeff Burger is a bench technician in the electronics department. He was most recently employed at Sony Biotechnology (iCyt), Champaign.

Brown to manage TV station. Todd Brown, a 1981 graduate of Bismarck-Henning High School, has been promoted to vice president and general manager of KVVU-TV, a Fox affiliate in Las Vegas, Nev.

He has more than 25 years of sales and management experience. Before joining KVVU in 2002, he worked at KSEE in Fresno, Calif., and held a variety of management roles in the sales department. He also worked at KJEO in Fresno and KKBB in Bakersfield, Calif.


George retires from CliftonLarsonAllen. Carl George is retiring from the CliftonLarsonAllen certified public accounting and consulting firm after 42 years, including 16 years as its chief executive officer.

He joined the Danville office of Clifton Gunderson in 1971, was named partner in 1976 and was partner-in-charge of the Danville office until 1980, when he became chief operating officer of the firm.

He was promoted to CEO in 1993 and served in that role until 2009, when he was succeeded by Kris McMasters.

In 2011, he worked closely with McMasters and Gordy Viere of LarsonAllen to shape the merger of Clifton Gunderson with LarsonAllen.

Hospital names Physician of Year. Dr. Venkat Sekar has been named 2012 Physician of the Year by Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville.

He is a gastroenterologist at the Danville Polyclinic. He has been on the medical staff at the hospital since 1987.

Jacobs chosen for task force. Alice M. Jacobs has been appointed to the Area Career and Technical Education and Vocational Centers Task Force.

The task force will study the issue of funding for centers and their programs. It will hold at least seven public hearings, most of them at area vocational centers.

Jacobs is president of Danville Area Community College.

Hoggatt renews certification. Tammy Hoggatt has renewed her certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the HR Certification Institute. She has been certified since 2006.

Hoggatt is the human resource manager for the Champaign Park District.

Overstreet earns designation. Justin Overstreet has earned the designation of Certified Valuation Analyst from the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.

He is a supervisor with the accounting firm of Martin, Hood, Friese and Associates.

The knowledge associated with that certification will expand the range of services the firm can offer to include business valuation reports.

The firm will also be able to offer services relating to measurement and enhancement of the value of business entities.

College gets environmental award. Danville Area Community College was one of 21 Illinois organizations to receive a Governor's Sustainability Award.

The college received a Bonze Sustainability Award, recognizing institutions that have committed to creating a sustainability program and engaging the campus community.

Coleman recognized for 25 years. James "Pat" Coleman of Coleman Electrical Services, Mansfield, has been recognized by the Illinois Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association for 25 years of membership.

The firm, a commercial and light industrial electrical contracting company, has been serving the area since 1972.

Watson receives nursing award. Registered nurse Anne Watson of Philo has been named the December recipient of the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Carle.

She works in interventional services and has been with Carle for nine years.

Watson was nominated by a patient's family for exceptional care and professionalism. She received a certificate, pin, sculpture and bouquet.

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