Business and professional briefs May 5, 2013

Business and professional briefs May 5, 2013

New jobs

Three join CliftonLarsonAllen. Matthew Kruse, Michelle Wright and Dana Morgan have joined the Champaign office of the CliftonLarsonAllen certified public accounting and consulting firm.

Kruse and Wright are senior associates, and Morgan is an office administrator.

McNeal named medical director. Dr. Karleen McNeal of Champaign has been named medical director for the Champaign region of the East Central Illinois Division of Harbor Light Hospice.

She provides oversight of the hospice medical team and is available to assume primary care of hospice patients.

McNeal is a geriatrician on staff with Christie Clinic in Champaign. She holds certifications in internal medicine, geriatrics hospice and palliative medicine.

Pfeifer affiliates with Keller Williams. Kelly Pfeifer has become a sales partner with the Bechtel Group of Keller Williams Realty.

Pixo adds junior developer. Aaron McNeal has joined Pixo, Urbana, as a junior developer.

He got his start in professional development at Adayana using Adobe Flash and ActionScript to create educational and interactive courseware.


CERL team wins award. A five-person team at the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, has won the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center's Research and Development Achievement Award.

Team members are Charles Marsh and Scott Lux, both of Urbana, and Andrew Friedl, Axy Pagan-Vazquez and Carl Feickert, all of Champaign.

They achieved significant progress in conceiving and building a sustainable, nonrotary, wind-based electrical generating device called the Flutter Mallard.

The device produces electrical power from wind at much lower speeds than is needed to drive conventional turbines.

They also made advances in carbon nanotube sheet-based supercapacitor design and fabrication technology.

The winning team will advance to Army-level competition among all laboratories nationwide.

Reifsteck speaks at events. Sandra Reifsteck of Champaign recently spoke at two national conferences on health care communications.

She discussed "Engaging the Patient in the Medical Home" at the national Patient-Centered Medical Home Program in Chicago, which was sponsored by the Medical Group Management Association.

She spoke on "Motivating Interviewing: Improving Patient Outcomes" at the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing in Las Vegas.

Reifsteck is director of development and quality outcomes for the Institute for Healthcare Communication. She was with Carle Physicians Group for more than 25 years and is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Group Administrators.

Presence United Samaritans honors employees. Marylyn Cross and Angie Stock were winners at the annual Employee Service Awards Banquet held by Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville.

Cross, a food service employee, received the Brightest Star award as employee of the year. She was selected from monthly Shining Star award recipients and received a cash award, lapel pin, plaque and rose bouquet.

Stock, a registered nurse in the ambulatory care unit, received the Clinical Nurse Excellence Award. She was selected from eight nominees.

Four employees were honored for 40 years of service: Andrea Elliott in Transport, Becky Hawkins in Senior and Volunteer Services, Venida Lowery in Health Information Services and Danny Myers in Environmental Services.

Starwalt named Program Advisor of Year. Wendy Starwalt has been named Illinois Program Advisor of the Year by the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program.

That program is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program developed by the National Dairy Council, Midwest Dairy Council and National Football League in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

It encourages students to eat nutrient-dense foods and be physically active at least 60 minutes a day.

Starwalt is a physical education teacher at Carrie Busey Elementary School, Savoy.

Society honors Schlosser. Michael D. Schlosser received the 2013 Model Administrator Alumni Award for Governor's State University at an event sponsored by the 2013 Greater Chicago Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.

The award is presented annually to outstanding alums from colleges and universities in the Chicago area.

Schlosser is director of the University of Illinois Police Training Institute.

Mullins receives award.Eddie Mullins has been given Re/Max LLC's 100 Percent Club award.

He is a sales associate with Re/Max Realty Associates.

Post salutes Developmental Services. The Developmental Services Center, Champaign, has received Champaign American Legion Post 24's May certificate of appreciation for proper display of the U.S. flag.

The flag at the center is dedicated to the memory of Emma Wood of Sadorus.

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