Business and professional briefs, Dec. 8, 2013

Business and professional briefs, Dec. 8, 2013

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Carle adds physician. Dr. Sreenu Chakumgal has joined the hospital medicine department at Carle.

He received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica. He completed his residency in family medicine at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Chakumgal is board-certified in family medicine.

Nurse practitioners hired. David Liss and Jennifer Sapp have joined the staff of nurse practitioners at Carle.

Liss will work at Convenient Care in Danville. He earned a master's degree in nursing from Samford University, Birmingham, Ala. He is certified as a trauma nurse specialist and an emergency communications registered nurse.

Sapp, an advanced practice nurse and certified nurse practitioner, will work at Convenient Care in Urbana. She earned a master's degree in nursing from Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University, Normal.

Sustainable technology director named. Kevin O'Brien has been appointed director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois.

He was most recently president of Energy Commercialization LLC, San Ramon, Calif. He has managed multimillion-dollar programs related to renewable and sustainable technologies and practices in the U.S. and abroad.

The center was established in 1985. Its mission is to help businesses, government agencies and the public to prevent pollution, conserve natural resources and reduce waste.

I Hotel promotes Melendez. Adrian Melendez has been promoted to conference center and facilities director at the I Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign.

He was previously conference center director.


Hepler chosen as president-elect. Fred L. Hepler has been chosen as president-elect of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

He is senior asset manager for Cottonwood Ag Management, where he isresponsible for the West Coast, Pacific Northwest and Southeast regions of the U.S. and special corporate projects. His work base is Kirkland, Wash.

Hepler was formerly part-owner of the Champaign-based Westchester Group and has sold, managed or farmed in 36 different states involving 39 different crops.

A resident of Edmond, Okla., he is a past president of the Illinois Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

Schaefer named to statewide board. Dawn Schaefer has been elected to the board of directors of the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association as the Central Region representative.

Scahefer is director of Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation at the Champaign Park District.

Danner earns lifetime achievement award. Susie Danner has received the Re/Max Lifetime Achievement Award from Re/Max International.

Danner is broker/owner of Re/Max 2000, Danville.

Hutchcraft Van Service honored. Hutchcraft Van Service, Urbana, has been recognized by United Van Lines for exceptional professional achievement.

The company received the President's Club Award that honors agents that generated at least $1 million in sales for the United system during the past year.

Chapter recognized for 60 years. The Danville Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal EmployeesAssociation was recently recognized for its 60th anniversary.

The chapter was established by employees of the VA hospital in Danville. The association's mission is to maintain and improve benefits earned by federal employees.

Diane Allison of Catlin is president of the Danville chapter.

Park district receives high scores. The Champaign Park District recently received "Level A" accreditation from the Park District Risk Management Agency with a score of 99.2 percent.

That is the highest level of achievement awarded.

The agency's assessment is intended to review risk management and safety practices in key areas such as aquatics, park maintenance and recreation.

Association passes audit. The Illinois Crop Improvement Association, Champaign, has passed the Biotechnology Quality Management System audit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

The association voluntarily established such a system to enhance compliance with regulatory requirements for certain genetically engineered organisms.

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