Business & Professional Briefs, Oct. 6, 2013

Business & Professional Briefs, Oct. 6, 2013

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Carle adds specialists. Dr. Abdel Kader Jaber has joined the pediatrics department at Carle, and Dr. Jonathan McMinn has joined the emergency department.

Jaber received his medical degree from St. Matthew's University, Grand Cayman. He completed his residency at Southern Illinois University/St. John's Children's Hospital in Springfield.

McMinn received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, where he also completed a residency.

Nurse anesthetist hired. Christina Hay, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, has joined Hospital Services at Carle.

She earned a medical degree from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.

Two join Farm Credit Services. Amanda Hesterberg of Gifford and Jennifer Large of Champaign were recently hired by Farm Credit Services of Illinois.

They are loan accounting administrators based in the cooperative's central office in Mahomet.

Hesterberg most recently worked as an administrative assistant to the counseling office at LaSalle-Peru Township High School. She previously worked as a bookkeeper at the Champaign County Farm Bureau.

Large was most recently a health initiatives representative with the American Cancer Society.

Law firm gains attorney. Macie E. Fletcher of Champaign has joined the Champaign law firm of Harrington & Tock as an associate attorney.

She will have a general practice including commercial and residential real estate services, corporate law and probate and estate planning.

Fletcher, who was previously at the law firm of Torricelli & Limentato, received her law degree from St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, in May 2009. She was admitted to the Illinois state bar later that year.

Center names interim director. Jeffrey Oetting of Charleston has been appointed interim director of the Business Solutions Center in the Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston.

Oetting has been involved in the operations of his family's insurance business since 1986 and has been an instructor of financial accounting and entrepreneurship at Eastern since 1999.

Evans joins resource center. Mary Kate Evans has joined Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center, Champaign, as the clinical director of Merci's Refuge, a long-term residential center serving women in crisis.

Evans was formerly the clinical director of outpatient services for Prairie Center Health Systems, Urbana.

She has experience working with outpatient and residential addiction treatment and had held leadership positions with the U.S. Department of Labor's Job Corps program.

Friedlein takes position. Scott Friedlein has been named chief operation officer at Reynolds Towing, Urbana.


Trautman installed as president. Phillip N. Trautman has been installed as president of the Champaign County Association of Realtors. He began his term Oct. 1.

Trautman is managing broker/real estate appraiser and owner of Champaign County Realty, Champaign. He has been in real estate for 30 years as a broker and appraiser.

Other officers elected and installed include:

— President-elect Jeffrey Barkstall, a broker with Century 21 Heartland.

— Secretary-treasurer Stefanie Pratt, a broker with Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell.

Newly installed directors include Ginger Campbell of Keller Williams Realty and Russ Taylor of Re/Max Realty Associates.

Remaining board members include: immediate past president Todd Salen of Sperry Van Ness/Ramshaw Real Estate, Kim Krisman of Re/Max Realty Associates, Martha Leary of Prudential Landmark, Alex Ruggieri of Sperry Van Ness/Ramshaw Real Estate, Jim Waller of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell, Multiple Listing Service Chair Bill Craig of Re/Max Realty Associates and Commercial Multiple Listing Service Chair Julie Roth of Prudential Snyder Real Estate.

Conlon wins national award. Terry Conlon has been named the 2013 Mickey Warner Award recipient by the National Association of Concessionaires.

The award recognizes one person each year for leadership and significant accomplishments in the non-theater concession industry.

Conlon is director of concessions for intercollegiate athletics at the University of Illinois and vice president of the association's board of directors.

He was named UI director of concessions in 1994. His responsibilities include food service provision at Huff Hall, Illinois Field, Atkins Tennis Center, Eichelberger Field at Martin Stadium, Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium, Illinois Armory and Memorial Stadium.

Condill speaks at events. Mac Condill, one of the owners of The Great Pumpkin Patch in rural Arthur, was one of the main speakers at the National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, Calif., as well as at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio.

He is recognized as an authority on design skills as they pertain to cucurbits, which include pumpkins, squash and gourds.

His future speaking engagements include the Country Living Fair in Atlanta from Oct. 25-27 and the New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference in Manchester, N.H., on Dec. 17-19.

His annual decorating commitments include the Chicago Botanical Gardens, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and the Country Living Fairs in Columbus and Atlanta.

Condill and his family grow more than 300 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds on their farm south of Arthur. He is general manager of The Great Pumpkin Patch and owner/operator of The Homestead Seeds, which supplies cucurbit seeds to gardeners. He and his wife, Ginny, also own and operate The Homestead Bakery.

Urbana attorney co-authors book. Bruce Bonds of the Urbana office of the Heyl Royster law firm was a co-author of the recently released "Illinois Workers' Compensation Law, 2013-2014 Edition." It is Volume 27 in the Illinois Practice Series.

The book provides an up-to-date assessment of Illinois workers' compensation law and contains a summary of historical development on the act.

Bonds is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Illinois College of Law, where he has taught workers' compensation law since 1998.

Kevin Luther of Heyl Royster's Rockford office was also a co-author.

Jones team invited to forum. Mike Kessel and Amy Jones recently were invited to attend the three-day Advanced Practice Management Forum offered by the Edward Jones financial services firm.

Kessel is a financial adviser for Edward Jones in Champaign, and Amy Jones is branch office administrator.

Of more than 12,000 Edward Jones associates, they were among about 180 invited to take part in the forum.

Cancer center receives accreditation. The Carle Cancer Center recently received three separate national accreditations.

The accreditations came from the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program, the American College of Radiology (for radiation oncology) and the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer.

Parks foundation chooses officers. Craig Hays has been appointed chair of the Champaign Parks Foundation, and Barbara Hundley was appointed vice chair.

John Frauenhoffer remains as secretary and Gary Wackerlin as treasurer.

The foundation's mission is to provide philanthropic support to the Champaign Park District.

Easter receives award. University of Illinois President Robert Easter has been presented with the Illinois Cooperative Council's Outstanding Cooperative Friend Leadership Award.

Each year the council presents awards in four leadership categories: director, manager/CEO, educator and friend.

Easter, whose career as a senior administrator and faculty member at the UI spans nearly 40 years, said his first memorable exposure to co-ops came when, as a junior in high school, he was chosen to attend the 1965 Rural Electric Cooperative Rural Youth trip to Washington.

He said it was the first time he left Texas and it opened his eyes to a whole new world.

Presence Covenant accorded accreditation. Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana, received full accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

The three-year accreditation follows a similar accreditation in 2010.

Legion salutes County Market. Champaign American Legion Post 24 has awarded its October certificate of appreciation for proper display of the U.S. flag to the County Market store on Glenn Park Drive in Champaign.

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