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Danville hospital adds to staff. Dr. Kamatchi Ondiveerappan has joined the medical staff of Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville.

He is board-certified in internal medicine and has experience in private practice and emergency medicine in several southern Illinois communities.

He earned his medical degree from Madurai Medical College at the University of Madras in India and completed his residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ondiveerappan is a primary care provider at the Bayview Family Clinic, Danville.

Three join Carle. Anne McNeil has joined the orthopedics department at Carle as a physician assistant.

She earned a master's degree in physician assistant studies from Des Moines University. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Jane Poppe and Vanadhi Kannan have joined the anesthesiology department at Carle as certified registered nurse anesthetists.

Poppe received a master's degree in nurse anesthesia from Bradley University, Peoria.

Kannan received a master's degree in nurse anesthesia from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She is certified by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists.

Club names unit director. Charles Burton Jr. has joined the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, Champaign, as unit director and chief program officer.

His responsibilities include planning and supervision of program operations, staff and volunteers.

Burton was previously manager of the Champaign Park District's Douglass Center, where he was responsible for programming, operations and facilities.

He has more than 10 years of experience in youth development and recreation.

VA makes job appointments. Adam T. Brann, Kim Kelley and Tom Mills have been named to new positions at the VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville.

Brann is chief of logistics. He previously worked at the Ohio Air National Guard as an intelligence officer/chief, wing plans and programs, in Springfield, Ohio.

Kelley is chief of geriatrics and extended care. She is responsible for inpatient and outpatient geriatric programs, which include the Community Living Center, home-based primary care and geriatric and palliative care clinics.

She joined the VA in 1998 as a social worker and palliative care coordinator and was named palliative care and geriatrics program manager for the Veterans in Partnership Healthcare Network in 2009.

Mills is chief of chaplain service. He provides oversight for a team of six who provide spiritual care to veterans and staff. He joined the VA as a chaplain resident and came to the Illiana system as a clinical chaplain in 2007. For the last three years, he has been acting chief of chaplain service.

Price receives promotion. Andy Price has been promoted to distribution manager for the Vermilion Division of Aqua Illinois.

He will supervise and manage the division's distribution systems and field customer service operations.

Price has been employed by Aqua Illinois for eight years and has been field supervisor for two years.


Carriers earn Million Mile awards. Dale Schweighart and Dale Innes, carriers for the U.S. Postal Service, received Million Mile awards for safe driving without an accident.

They were presented with the awards Wednesday at the Urbana post office.

Area employees given engineer medal. Three U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employees based in Champaign were awarded the Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal for major contributions to the Army engineer regiment.

Greg Denman of Danville, Maria Ehmann of Champaign and Amy Miller of Farmer City received the honors in July.

The medal is named for French engineer Francois Louis Tesseidre de Fleury, who served with the American army in the Revolutionary War.

Denman is a supervisory contracts specialist with the Corps' Directorate of Contracting.

Ehmann is a budget officer in the Engineer Research and Development Center's Resource Management Office.

Miller is a supervisory human resources specialist in the Army's Civilian Human Resources Agency.

Schwartz elected to academy. Former Champaign resident Terry G. Schwartz has been elected to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.

Schwartz has been executive director of the Winnetka Park District for four years. From 1979 to 1983, he was director of recreation for the Champaign Park District.

One of his mentors, Robert F. Toalson, was general manager of the Champaign Park District and also a founding member of the academy.

Members of the academy have served 15 years or more, either as a high-level administrator in parks, recreation and conservation or as a recognized educator in the field.

4-H Hall of Fame inductees named. Several area residents were recently inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame.

They were among the ninth class of inductees, all of whom have been longtime 4-H volunteers.

Area inductees in the Class of 2013 include: Carol Hays, Champaign County; Kimberly Kopp, DeWitt County; Brad Wilson, Edgar County; Rodger Bennett, Ford County; Sharlene Finegan, Iroquois County; Donald Meyer, McLean County; and Barbara Weaver, Vermilion County.

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