Business and professional briefs, Sept. 29, 2013

New jobs

Myette to lead Parkland foundation. Linda Myette has been named executive director of the Parkland College Foundation, Champaign.

She succeeds Carl Meyer, who retired at the end of June.

Myette will lead the college's philanthropic team and direct alumni and fundraising programs.

She has been part of the Champaign-Urbana community since 2004, working in development at Cunningham Children's Home, the Carle Development Foundation and the University of Illinois.

Before that, she was vice president of university development for North Park University in Chicago for four years and was involved in fundraising and administration at Greenville College for 15 years.

Previous to that, Myette was a high school English teacher in Indiana for 10 years.

Eastland Suites names manager. Douglas Behrens of St. Joseph has been promoted to general manager of Eastland Suites Hotel, Urbana.

He started with The Snyder Cos., the Bloomington-based firm that owns the hotel, in 2012 as operations manager of Eastland Suites.

Behrens is a former journeyman carpenter. He attended Kendall College's Culinary Arts Program in Chicago.

Wheeler joins Farm Credit. Jeff Wheeler of Mahomet has been hired as a crop insurance specialist by the Mahomet regional office of Farm Credit Services of Illinois.

That office serves farm families and rural landowners in Champaign, Douglas, Ford, Piatt and Vermilion counties.

Wheeler is a licensed Illinois insurance producer and has more than 15 years of professional sales experience, most recently as a sales representative with Birkey's Farm Store in Urbana.

Christie adds plastic surgeon. Dr. Talmage J. Raine has joined Christie Clinic's department of plastic surgery. He will see patients at 1405 W. Park St., U.

Raine received his medical degree from Marquette University's Medical College of Wisconsin. After five years of general surgical training and board certification, he completed specialized training in plastic surgery at Emory University, Atlanta.

Carle hires nurse anesthetists. Certified registered nurse anesthetists Stephanie Freeman, Heather Houser and Scott Stevens have joined Carle's anesthesiology department.

All three received master's degrees in nursing from Bradley University in Peoria.

Two join family medicine department. Dr. Erich Slocum and Erica Sutton have joined the family medicine department at Carle, Urbana.

Slocum, a doctor of osteopathy, earned his degree from A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Mo. He completed his residency in family medicine at Advocate Bromenn Family Practice, Normal. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Sutton, a physician assistant, earned her degree from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis.

Counseling firm adds two. Colleen Harden and Stephanie Shoffstall have joined Kevin Elliott Counseling, Champaign.

Harden, a licensed practical counselor, serves as an adult mental health therapist. She uses a holistic, strengths-based approach to counseling.

Shoffstall, a licensed clinical social worker, serves as an adult therapist. She primarily helps clients who are struggling with addiction issues and general adjustment disorders.

Cravens joins center staff. Kathie Cravens has been hired as international trade specialist for the new International Trade Center at the Illinois Small Business Development Center, Champaign.

She will provide advice to local companies on international trade techniques, export processes and international market opportunities.

Cravens also provides research support for new markets and products and referral assistance for export-related activities, licensing, certification, legal and financial consultation, logistics and customs issues.

Personal Performance expands staff. Helen Pope has joined the staff of Personal Performance Training and Rehabilitation, Urbana.

A licensed massage therapist, Pope recently completed intensive training in craniosacral therapy through Upledger Institute International.

Frontier Communications promotes Flynn. Michael Flynn has been promoted to president of Frontier Communications' Illinois markets.

He will continue to oversee field operations and sales and be responsible for customer experience.

Flynn joined Frontier as a central district local manager in Dryden, N.Y., in 1989. He is on the board of directors for the Illinois Telephone Association and is a member of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce infrastructure committee.

Houchens joins Tastefully Simple. Ashley Houchens of St. Joseph has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple, a direct-sales company featuring easy-to-prepare foods.

Achievements

Welch named top general manager. Pat Welch has been presented Red Lobster's Top General Manager Award.

Welch is general manager of the Red Lobster restaurant in Champaign. A Red Lobster veteran of 34 years, he was one of four general managers selected this year from more than 700 in North America.

The award recognizes general managers who have helped Red Lobster grow as a company while serving as mentors to their peers and management teams.

Welch started as a busboy in 1979 and worked his way up through the ranks to host, cashier, utility positions and then into management positions. He has been a general manager for 25 years and leads more than 85 team members.

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