Business and professional briefs July 14, 2013

Business and professional briefs July 14, 2013

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Perry promoted to vice president. Jana Perry has been promoted to vice president of Medicare and individual services for Health Alliance, Urbana.

Her role is to help grow both the Health Alliance Medicare and My Health Alliance individual lines of business in terms of geography, membership and offerings.

Perry has provided director-level leadership for Health Alliance for 13 years.

Jacobs joins Ramshaw Real Estate. Tim Jacobs has joined Ramshaw Real Estate, Champaign, as a real estate broker.

In addition to commercial sales, he has experience with residential transactions and property management.

Jacobs previously spent several years in the real estate business in Memphis, Tenn., before moving to Champaign.

BankChampaign promotes two. Mike Somers and Peter Clausen have received promotions at BankChampaign, Champaign.

Somers was promoted to vice president. His responsibilities include credit analysis for the bank's commercial and agricultural loan portfolio.

Somers is also credit manager for BGE Business Services, a division of the bank that provides musical instrument financing for schools, universities and music dealers throughout the U.S. He has been with the bank since 2008.

Clausen also was promoted to vice president. His responsibilities include commercial loan origination, customer development, underwriting and loan closings for borrowers, as well as loan collection for repayment. He has been with the bank since 2011.

Hinton named program manager. Cyndia Hinton of Champaign has been hired as program manager for Parkland College's Computer Science and Information Technology Department.

Hinton has worked in the information technology field for about 18 years. She is working on a master's degree along with teaching part time for Parkland.

Lakeview chooses admissions recruiter. Cristin Prince of Danville has been hired as admissions recruiter for Lakeview College of Nursing, Danville.

She earned two bachelor's degrees, one in public relations and one in mass communication, from Eastern Illinois University in 2011.

Thompson joins Kane & Company. Alexis Thompson has joined Kane & Company, Champaign, as a hairstylist and an educator for Eufora.


CERL researchers honored. Martin Page of Urbana, Nicholas Josefik of St. Joseph and Tarek Abdallah of Champaign have received the Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.

Page was cited for developing a research program on environmentally friendly decontaminants for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

He is a research engineer at the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, where he is also leading projects on water reuse technology development for the Army and other organizations.

Josefik was recognized for leading a major effort for the Department of Energy to identify applications and demonstrate hydrogen- and propane-fueled backup power fuel cells.

He is a research mechanical engineer at CERL.

Abdallah was lauded for technical contributions to Defense Department efforts to introduce microgrids at military sites. As part of the Smart Power Intrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security, he led the project's first phase at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

He is a research electrical engineer at CERL.

Fruehling appointed to special committee. Keith E. Fruehling has been appointed to the Illinois State Bar Association's Special Committee on Future of the Courts.

The committee is charged with identifying trends and issues that may affect the courts and proposing strategies to help courts adapt to those economic, technological, scientific and social changes.

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

Dixon appointed to advisory council. Joan Dixon has been appointed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to the state's Charitable Trust Advisory Council.

The council was created to advise the attorney general on issues regarding charitable giving, volunteerism and fundraising.

Of the 50 current members, Dixon is the only representative from East Central Illinois and one of only seven members from outside the Chicago area.

Dixon is president and CEO of the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois. She recently concluded a two-year term as president of the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations.

Lake Land lauded for health. Lake Land College, Mattoon, has been honored as one of the "Healthiest Companies in America" by Interactive Health Solutions, an agency that works with organizations to develop health risk assessments and solutions.

Through a voluntary wellness program, Lake Land employees can receive health assessments, which identify health risks, and work with health care professionals to create individualized health and wellness plans.

Through the program, 86 percent of employees improved blood pressure; 69 percent improved LDL cholesterol levels; 57 percent improved glucose levels; 61 percent improved triglyceride numbers; and 13 percent quit using tobacco.

Altogether, 72 companies across the nation were named Healthiest Companies in America for the 2011-12 year.

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