Business and professional briefs, Oct. 20, 2013

Business and professional briefs, Oct. 20, 2013

New jobs

Simon joins Whitsitt & Associates. Christy Simon has joined Whitsitt & Associates, Champaign, as a commercial real estate appraiser.

She completed educational requirements through the Appraisal Institute and has an associate appraiser's license in Illinois.

Simon was previously in the education field for eight years.

Green View promotes Jacobs. Avis Jacobs of Mahomet has been promoted to landscape sales and operations manager for Green View Companies, Champaign.

He has been with Green View for three years and was previously landscape maintenance supervisor at the Champaign location.

Jacobs has worked with the Nature Conservancy conducting prairie land restoration and the U.S. Forest Service performing trail work and design.

Two join Carle orthopedics. Dr. Patrick Laboe and Dr. Sarah Anderson have joined the orthopedics department at Carle.

Laboe received his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies at Michigan State University. He completed a fellowship in orthopedic traumatology at OrthoIndy, Indianapolis. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Anderson received her doctor of podiatric medicine degree from Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, North Chicago.


McCall receives top union award. Dan McCall of Champaign has received the highest leadership award — Outstanding Local Officer — from the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers.

The award was presented at the union's Fall Executive Council meeting in Philadelphia.

McCall served for 27 years as president of the union's Champaign-based Local 8 Illinois, which covers much of the east central part of the state.

McCall retired Sept. 27. He began his bricklaying apprenticeship in high school and followed his father and uncle into the trade.

As a union official, he pursued work opportunities for members, expanded health and welfare and pension plans, supervised the formation of pre-apprentice classes and involved the union in community programs such as Habitat for Humanity and local food banks.

Champaign teachers win honors. Three teachers in the Champaign school district have received awards from the Illinois Science Teachers Association.

Elizabeth Slifer was named a recipient of the Outstanding Teacher of Science Award. She is a fourth-grade teacher at Carrie Busey School. As a winner, she will receive $1,000 from ExxonMobil.

Liz Dabrowski and Brandon Rutherford were named New Teachers of the Year. Dabrowski is a third-grade teacher at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy. Rutherford is a third-grade teacher of gifted students at Garden Hills Elementary School. As winners, each will receive $500 from ExxonMobil.

Thompson earns designation. Rich Thompson of Urbana has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

He is a Northwestern Mutual associate wealth management adviser with Justin Kirby in Champaign.

Stiehl makes presentation. Dr. James Stiehl, an orthopedic surgeon with offices in Champaign and Centralia, was invited to give the Adrian Henry Plenary on knee conditions at the annual meeting of the British Orthopaedic Association in Birmingham, England.

His topic was "Basic Science of Ligament Balancing in Total Knee Replacement."

Stiehl is editor-in-chief of The Knee, a scientific journal published by the British Association for Surgery of the Knee.

Board honors six from Champaign district. Six individuals or groups associated with the Champaign school district have won Those Who Excel awards from the Illinois State Board of Education.

— Alyssa Mayer, teacher at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy, received the Classroom Teacher Award of Recognition.

— Janet Khachaturian, a Centennial High School parent and volunteer, got the Community Volunteer Award of Merit.

— Becky Restad, attendance secretary at Garden Hills Elementary School, received the Educational Service Personnel Award of Merit.

— The Champaign Schools Magnet Team, a group of administrators and teachers from the district's three magnet elementary schools, was given the Team Award of Recognition.

— Mi'Chelle Frazer, teacher at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy, got the Early Career Educator Award of Excellence.

— Kathy Hughes, speech/language pathologist at Franklin Middle School, received the Student Support Personnel Award of Recognition.

Urbana armory merits LEED Gold. The Illinois National Guard Readiness Center, Urbana, has achieved the LEED Gold designation from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The National Guard asked the Bailey Edward architectural firm to modernize the infrastructure of the armory, built in 1938.

The firm used design strategies that reduced energy consumption, lighting demand, water use and material use.

Among other things, the project:

— Created a bio-swale for natural filtration of storm water coming off the parking lot.

— Improved the thermal performance of exterior walls by tripling the R-value.

— Offset water needs through the use of low-flow faucets and shower heads.

Ellen Bailey Dickson is managing principal at Bailey Edward.

Wagner cited for blood-drive role. Sgt. Keith Wagner of Oakwood, a training officer for Lincoln's Challenge in Rantoul, has received the 2013 Best School Blood Drive Coordinator State Award.

The award was given on behalf of the Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers. Wagner was nominated for the award by Community Blood Services of Illinois.

"Sgt. Wagner has organized blood drives on behalf of Lincoln's Challenge for the past 15 years and is responsible for the collection of over 3,000 pints of blood, which have had the potential to save over 10,000 lives," said Margaret Vaughn, the coalition's government affairs director.

Everette recognized for service. Tom Everette was recently honored for 30 years of service to the Developmental Services Center, Champaign.

He has been the center's director of maintenance since 1998.

Everette worked at the Eisner Foods distribution center in Champaign as a warehouse supervisor until 1983, when the warehouse closed.

The 13-year experience led him to a position with DSC, managing a contract the center won at Chanute Air Force Base. When that contract ended, Everette was retained at DSC and was assigned a variety of positions, most of them in the maintenance department.

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