Business and professional briefs June 9, 2013

New jobs

Mettler Center adds two. Rebekah Deter Kelly and Kristina Reese have joined Mettler Center, Champaign, as yoga instructors.

Kelly has a 200 YogaWorks national certification and Reese has a Yogafit Level 1 certification.

Pruitt joins infusion firm. Susan Pruitt of Homer has joined Coram Specialty Infusion Services, Champaign, as clinical support specialist.

She previously had 34 years of retail pharmacy experience at Driscoll Pharmacy, Christie Pharmacy and Walgreens.

Company hires four. Rebecca Motley, Carol Timms, Alisyn Franzen and Michelle Hansen have joined TheGrantHelpers.com, a Champaign-based company that specializes in grant writing.

Motley and Timms are municipality, education and nonprofit specialists. Motley is also vice president of administration and special projects at One Main Development. Timms is also president of Educational Dividends and director of EnergyNet.

Franzen is grant support strategist and will coordinate marketing activities. She has experience in the education and health care fields.

Hansen will provide research support for grant writing and consulting activities. She was formerly an editor at the Piatt County Journal-Republican.

Goodwin joins Country Financial. Pete Goodwin of Danville has been named a financial representative for Country Financial.

He serves customers from the office at 612 N. Logan Ave. Danville.

Pixo adds Lark. Landi Lark has joined Pixo, Urbana, as a support engineer. She graduated from the University of Illinois in May with a computer engineering degree.

Achievements

Antonsen hailed as Physician of Year. Dr. Ingrid Antonsen has been named Christie Clinic's Physician of the Year for 2013.

Antonsen, head of the clinic's Family Medicine Department, is the third recipient of the annual award. She has been a practicing physician at Christie Clinic for 18 years.

The selection of Physician of the Year is determined by a vote of Christie team members. Co-workers said Antonsen gives extra time and attention to patients who need it and remains kind and calm in stressful situations.

Fruehling named to Board of Governors. Keith E. Fruehling has been elected to the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association.

He is a partner in the Champaign-Urbana office of the law firm of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen.

Fruehling was first elected to the Board of Governors in 2002 as a "Downstate Under Age 37" member and was re-elected in 2005.

Whitlow cited as Philanthropist of Year. Roger Whitlow has received the Philanthropist of the Year Award from Eastern Illinois University's School of Continuing Education.

He was chosen for the award for his initiation and funding of the new Bachelor of Arts in General Studies Degree Completion Fund.

The grant program is for students who are within one or two courses of finishing their degree but have exhausted their financial resources.

Knight elected to physician executives board. Dr. Napoleon B. Knight has been elected to the 2013-14 board of directors of the American College of Physician Executives.

He was one of three new board members chosen in an online election in February. He took his seat in April and will serve for three years.

Knight is medical director of hospital medicine and regional medical director of emergency medicine and hospitalist services at the Carle Foundation. He recently served as associate medical director of quality.

Knight has served on the Carle Foundation Board of Trustees and has also served on the boards of Hope for the Children, Prosperity Gardens and the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union.

Palmer chosen for assembly. Champaign attorney Mark C. Palmer has been elected to the Illinois State Bar Association Assembly for a three-year term.

The assembly is the association's supreme policymaking body.

Palmer serves on the association's Standing Committee on Legal Technology and previously chaired the Local Government Law Section Council.

He is an attorney with the Champaign law firm of Evans, Froehlich, Beth & Chamley.

Harris wins nursing award. Leslie Harris has been given the Clinical Nurse Excellence Award at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.

She is a registered nurse working on the eighth floor.

Peers can nominate any nurse for the honor. The winner is chosen by the Professional Nurse Practice Committee and leaders, based on commitment, compassion and skill in the nursing profession.

Burr takes physical therapist honors. Cheryl Burr has been named Physical Therapist of the Year by the Greater Champaign County AMBUCS chapter.

She works as the physical therapist focusing on early childhood through young adults for the Urbana school district.

Burr has been instrumental in helping the club award therapeutic tricycles to 11 children over the past two years. The tricycles, known as AmTrykes, help children with disabilities get the therapy they need.

The award is given annually to the therapist who consistently helps with matching AmTrykes and the children who need them.

Inc. magazine cites EnterpriseWorks. An article in the June 2013 issue of Inc. magazine named EnterpriseWorks as one of three college-town incubators worth watching.

Also cited were Arizona State University's Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator and the USC/Columbia Technology incubator from the University of South Carolina.

The article highlighted some of EnterpriseWorks' strengths, including entrepreneur counseling and support. It also said EnterpriseWorks clients and graduates have raised more than $550 million in outside capital.

Laura Frerichs is the director of EnterpriseWorks and the University of Illinois Research Park.

Realty firm bestows awards. Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty recently announced its 2012 commercial brokerage awards.

In the Champaign office, the first Thomas E. Harrington Sr. Circle of Distinction awards were given to Arthur J. Thoma Jr., Jay Sikorski and Zach Wetherell.

Thoma, Sikorski, Larry Kuchefski and Matt Wavering won the MegaDeal Award.

Wavering and Kuchefski also won Coldwell Banker Commercial's Global Circle of Distinction Bronze Level Award.

Ruggieri named to advisory group. Alex Ruggieri has been appointed to the Commercial Membership Presidential Advisory Group of the National Association of Realtors.

The Presidential Advisory Group is charged with identifying solutions to ensure that commercial practitioners find value in association membership.

Ruggieri is affiliated with Sperry Van Ness | Ramshaw Real Estate, Champaign.

Brya to serve on advisory board. Ted Brya has been selected to serve on the Madison Mutual Insurance Co. advisory board.

He will represent 18 agencies in Illinois.

Brya is affiliated with Brya Insurance, Champaign, which offers insurance from 15 companies, including Madison Mutual.

Bushue achieves Circle of Success. Doug Bushue has qualified for Ameriprise Financial's 2012 Circle of Success.

Bushue is a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial, Savoy.

The award is given for exceptional commitment to financial planning and superior client service.

Lanz wins Trane award. Lanz Heating & Cooling, Champaign, has received the 2012 Quest for Excellence Award from Trane Residential Systems.

To receive the award, heating and cooling companies must achieve a customer satisfaction level of more than 90 percent on a customer satisfaction survey rating the dealer on quality of installation and service.

Troy Lanz is president of Lanz Heating & Cooling.

Strunk receives certificate. Nancy L. Strunk has received a certificate of appreciation from Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka for planning and carrying out events for the 100th anniversary of the Champaign County Farm Bureau.

Strunk also received the Urban Ag Leader Award from the farm bureau's Young Agricultural Leaders group.

She is owner/managing broker of Claymore Realty, Champaign.

Camp earns state distinction. Kristin Camp has received the Formal Educator of the Year Award from the Environmental Education Association of Illinois.

Camp is the science and health curriculum coordinator for the Champaign school district. She has worked to make K-8 science units more hand-on and to incorporate field trips into the units.

Camp began teaching in Danville in the late 1980s.

Professor conducts workshop. Rahim Benekohal, a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois, conducted a weeklong traffic capacity workshop that was hosted by Clark Dietz Inc.

The training helped local area engineers interpret and utilize the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual and get hands-on experience with highway capacity software.

Benekohal is also director of the Traffic Operations Lab.

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