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McGinty launches Malcora. Brendan McGinty has formed Malcora, a consultancy focused in the health care and government sectors with specialization in learning, technology, planning and process.

He previously led education technology at Carle and owned other consulting businesses.

Malcora is in Suite 211 of CU Station, 116 N. Chestnut St., in downtown Champaign.

Christie adds doctor. Dr. Susan Cooper-Morphew has joined Christie Clinic's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

She received her medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb. She fulfilled her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kan.

Savoy hires planning/development director. Dennis Donaldson has joined the village of Savoy as its director of planning and economic development.

He will be the primary contact for economic development activities.

Human Kinetics names HR director. Tara Swearingen has joined Human Kinetics, Champaign, as human resources director.

She will handle recruitment/retention, compensation, benefits administration, employment law, training and development and employee relations.

Swearingen was previously vice president, employee relations, at Health Alliance Medical Plans and vice president, human resources, at Carle Clinic.

Taylor joins Wells Fargo. Lacy Taylor has joined Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Champaign, as a home mortgage consultant.

She previously worked for American Home Mortgage and GMAC and has five years of mortgage experience.

Krause joins Wilma's MuttHutt. Shari Krause has joined Wilma's MuttHutt pet grooming salon, Champaign, as a groomer.

She grooms dogs and cats. She was trained in grooming in New Jersey and most recently worked in Pennsylvania.

Krause shows springer spaniels and does show grooming.

Prudential Snyder adds Adair. Mark Adair has joined Prudential Snyder Real Estate, Champaign, as an agent.

He has had a real estate license for two years and is a buyer's agent for the Carol Meinhart Selling Homes 24-7 Team.

Adair is a licensed home inspector with Pristine Inspections & Testing.

John George Salon adds Gossett. Alexandra Gossett has joined John George Salon, Savoy, as a hairstylist.

She specializes in color, waxing and cuts for men, women and children.

Gossett previously worked at Rod Sickler Salon and Spa and Clutch Cuts.

Achievements

Robinson selected for award. Gene Robinson has received the Animal Behavior Society's 2013 Distinguished Animal Behaviorist Award.

Robinson is best known for his studies of the mechanisms and evolution of social behavior in the Western honey bee.

He is director of the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois.

Chamberlain earns certificate. Tom Chamberlain of Danville has completed the Wharton Leadership Certificate as part of the requirements of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania.

Chamberlain is the chief lending officer of Iroquois Federal Savings and Loan Association.

Crime Stoppers honors Changnon. Marc Changnon has been honored by Crime Stoppers of Illinois as the 2013 Outstanding Board Member of the Year for Champaign County.

Changnon is district coordinator for career programs in the Champaign school district. He has been a member of the Champaign County Crime Stoppers board of directors since 2009.

Changnon has worked to raise awareness of Crime Stoppers in the community, specifically in local schools through the "Call It Safe" program.

Research park honors interns. Five outstanding interns working for companies in the University of Illinois Research Park were recently honored.

Megan Broom was named Most Advanced Marketing/Business Development Intern. As an intern for Intelligent Medical Objects, she recommended new processes that will be implemented at the corporate level. She is a UI senior in speech and hearing science.

Yuyan Hua was honored as Best Entrepreneurial Leadership in a Startup. An intern at Serionix, he helped the company progress on a project that resulted in a viable product being ready for customer evaluation. He is a UI graduate student in materials science and engineering.

Josh Eckhardt was honored for Best Tech Innovation in the Research Park. An intern for Caterpillar, he made a technical contribution to a web-based optimization tool. Use of that tool in just one manufacturing facility has shown an initial cost reduction of $1 million to $2 million. Eckhardt is a UI senior in computer science.

Dan Zhou has been named Most Valuable Graduate Student in the Research Park. An intern for Abbott, he translated scientific evidence into talking points and other information that can be used to educate policymakers on Abbott Nutrition health policy issues. Zhou is a UI doctoral student in food science and human nutrition.

Daniel Loeblich was named Most Valuable Undergraduate Student in the Research Park. An intern for Dioxide Materials, he did work that accelerated efforts to bring the company's carbon dioxide sensor to market and made other important contributions to patent-pending fabrications. He is a UI junior in chemical engineering.

More than 400 student interns work for research park tenants.

State police honor area employees. Illinois State Police Trooper John T. Lillard and state police telecommunicator Mary Kay Welsh were honored during the Illinois State Police annual awards ceremony in Chatham.

Lillard, who is assigned to District 10, was nominated for Officer of the Year in Region III. Welsh, also in District 10, was nominated for the Telecommunicator of the Year Award.

Realtors honored by Coldwell Banker. Reggie Taylor and Marsha Nichols, both of Champaign, and Brandyn O'Dell of Urbana have been honored as members of Coldwell Banker's International Sterling Society.

Membership in the society was awarded to the top 14 percent of all sales associates in the Coldwell Banker system worldwide.

The Team Finke and Team Gauze sales teams were recognized as International Sterling Society Teams. That designation was awarded to the top 42 percent of all Coldwell Banker sales teams in North America.

All three individuals and both sales teams are associated with Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, Champaign.

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