Business & Professional Briefs, Dec. 1, 2013

Business & Professional Briefs, Dec. 1, 2013

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Carle adds pediatric physician. Dr. Sean Fullan has joined the pediatrics department at Carle.

He received a medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

He completed a residency in pediatrics at St. Louis University, Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, St. Louis.

Fullan is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Hunzinger named Eastern Illini president. Bob Hunzinger has been named chief executive officer and president of Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative, Paxton, effective Jan. 1.

He will replace Dave Champion, who is retiring after 40 years of service.

Hunzinger has 20 years of experience in Illinois utilities. He has worked for Illinois Power in Champaign-Urbana and Decatur and for the Soyland Power Cooperative.

Most recently, he served as general manager for municipal utilities in Kentucky and Florida.

Eastern Illini supplies electricity to about 12,000 member-owners in parts of 10 East Central Illinois counties.

Nurse practitioners join Carle. Nurse practitioners Rebekah Gaffin, Lindsay M. Grigsby, Forum P. Patel and April D. Shubert have joined the staff at Carle.

Gaffin, who joined family medicine, earned a master's degree in nursing from Rush University in Chicago and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Grigsby, who joined emergency medicine, earned a master's degree in nursing from the Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of St. Francis in Joliet.

She received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais. She is certified as an emergency communications registered nurse, a trauma nurse specialist and a legal nurse consultant.

Patel, who joined hospital medicine, earned her acute care nurse practitioner degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Lewis University in Romeoville.

Shubert, who joined maternal fetal medicine, earned her master's and bachelor's degrees in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Lincoln. She is certified as a women's health nurse practitioner.


Facer speaks at seminar. Urbana attorney Thorpe Facer recently spoke at a professional seminar for attorneys, "Medicaid and Elder Law: Representing Clients in A New Legal Landscape."

His topic was "The Ever-Changing Target That is Medicaid Planning."

Facer, the owner of Facer Law Office in Urbana, concentrates his practice on elder law and Medicaid issues.

Dodd named to statewide board. Sheila Dodd has been appointed to the board of directors of the State Support Office of Habitat for Humanity of Illinois.

The board supports and advocates for 54 Habitat affiliates in the state.

Dodd has been the executive director of the Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County affiliate since 2011.

First Trust gets rating. First Trust & Savings Bank, Watseka, has received a financial strength rating of "A," or "excellent," from Weiss Ratings.

That company provides ratings and analysis of financial service companies, mutual funds and stocks.

The bank received a "Weiss Recommended" financial strength rating.

District staff members make presentations. A group of educational technology coaches, teachers and staff members from the Champaign school district spoke on several topics at the Illinois Educational Technology Conference in Springfield.

The group included educational technology coaches Laurie Jacobs, Julie Feit, Matt Sly, Ariella Abarbanel and Heidi Bjerke; Garden Hills teacher Elisa Palacio, Carrie Busey teacher Elizabeth Slifer, Jefferson Middle School teachers Michael Leonard and ChasityAlexander and technician Brock Orr.

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