Business and professional briefs, Jan. 12, 2014

Business and professional briefs, Jan. 12, 2014

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Sales and catering director named. Lisa Gengelbach has been named director of sales and catering at Eastland Suites Hotel and Conference Center, Urbana.

She has 11 years of experience in the hospitality field. She was also an entrepreneur who owned and successfully operated her own restaurant, the Park Place Cafe in Cissna Park.

Gengelbach is a member of the boards of directors of the Champaign County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Champaign-Urbana Hotel Lodging Association.

Eastland Suites is an entity of The Snyder Companies, a family-owned company based in Bloomington.

Carle adds surgeon. Dr. Derek B. Wall has joined the general and trauma surgery unit at Carle.

Wall received his medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco. He is a fellow with the American College of Surgeons and is certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Executive chef hired at Clark-Lindsey. Jen Ryan has joined Clark-Lindsey Village, Urbana, as executive chef.

She moved here from St. Louis, where she has held chef positions at restaurants, corporations and, most recently, a casino.

Ryan has extensive experience in both American and European kitchens and hopes to foster farm-to-table dining experiences at Clark-Lindsey.

Prairie Center chooses clinical director. Jolie Carsten has been hired as clinical director for The Prairie Center's outpatient facility in Urbana.

She was previously clinical supervisor for Lutheran Social Services of Illinois from 2011 to 2013. She has more than 15 years of experience in the behavioral health field in the Champaign-Urbana area.

Carsten is a licensed clinical social worker.


Mitchell elected to state board. Max Mitchell has been installed as a member of the board of directors for the Illinois Association of Realtors. He is to serve a three-year term.

Mitchell, a Realtor with Re/Max Realty Associates in Champaign, served as president of the Champaign County Association of Realtors in 1993 and 2011. He is also a past president of the Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois.

Mitchell was elected to the Champaign County Board in 2012.

Chicoine receives leadership award. David Chicoine, president of South Dakota State University, has been named the recipient of the 2013-14 Chief Executive Leadership Award by District VI of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

He played a critical role in a campaign that raised $255 million for the university. The six-year campaign easily topped its $200 million goal and included donations from more than 23,000 individuals.

A native of Elk Point, S.D., Chicoine had more than 30 years of experience at the University of Illinois as a professor of agricultural economics, department head, dean, and vice president for technology and economic development.

He became president of South Dakota State, his alma mater, in 2007.

ESS Clean takes honors. ESS Clean Inc., Urbana, won the award for Best Company Website for a Mid-Sized Company, as part of the Image Awards given annually by the Building Service Contractors Association International.

The company was recognized in the August/September issue of Services magazine.

ESS Clean is a contract cleaning, office cleaning and commercial janitorial service that has been in operation since 1995.

It employs more than 300, and its territory includes the Champaign-Urbana, Danville, Bloomington-Normal, Decatur, Springfield and Peoria areas.


Jamison retires from city of Urbana. Gale Jamison retired Dec. 31 after serving as assistant city engineer for the city of Urbana for 11 years.

He oversaw many projects, including Boneyard Creek and Main Street improvements, the Urbana landfill remediation project and several street lighting projects.

Before working for the city, he worked with private consulting firms.

Jamison was recently named Engineer of the Year by the Illinois Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

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