Business and professional briefs, Jan. 26, 2014

Business and professional briefs, Jan. 26, 2014

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Ratio Architects promotes Carey. Clif Carey has been promoted to senior associate by Ratio Architects.

The company said Carey's leadership and involvement in marketing have been integral to the growth of the Champaign studio.

Carey joined Ratio in 2007 after working as campus architect at the University of Illinois.

He has worked on projects for Southern Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University and Lincoln's Challenge Academy.

In addition to the Champaign studio, Ratio has studios in Indianapolis, Chicago and Raleigh, N.C.

Dickinson takes UI post. Meg Dickinson has joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois as a communications specialist.

She will write about the department's students, faculty and alumni, as well as manage online content, email newsletters and social media.

Dickinson was previously a staff writer at The News-Gazette

Karplus to write for site. Debra Karplus of Champaign has recently been hired as a writer for Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners. Her weekly blogs can be found at

An occupational therapist by profession, Karplus is a freelance writer for several national magazines and online venues including the Dollar Stretcher and Grand Magazine.

She has written some travel articles for The News-Gazette and articles for Prime Life Times.

Carle names chief medical officer. Dr. Matthew Gibb has been named executive vice president and system chief medical officer for Carle, Urbana.

Gibb, an interventional cardiologist, was previously medical director of the Carle Heart and Vascular Institute.

The role also includes serving as institutional official for research. Gibb will be responsible for ensuring that Carle research meets federal regulations.

Gibb joined Carle in 1995 after serving in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps for 12 years.

Dr. Malec Mokraoui succeeds Gibb as medical director of the Carle Heart and Vascular Institute. He joined Carle in 2001 as a cardiologist.

Williams joins Prudential Snyder. Marjorie Williams of Champaign has joined Prudential Snyder Real Estate, Champaign, as an agent.

She has been a Realtor since 2003 and a broker since 2006. She is experienced in relocation for government and business clients, in distressed properties and in new construction.

Clark-Lindsey adds Blatzer. Karen Blatzer has joined Clark-Lindsey Village, Urbana, as marketing supervisor.

For the past 10 years, she has managed marketing and public relations departments for businesses in health care and finance.

She also has experience as an anchor and reporter in four television markets across the country.


Council chooses board members. Kristie Hayes has been elected president of the Women's Business Council for 2014.

Other officers include Terry Goode, vice president; Cory Henkel, treasuer; Sheena Braulick, assistant treasurer; and Ashlee Schnoonover, secretary.

Board members include: Tiffany DeSpain, networking, assisted by Corrine Bretz; Aimee Densmore, fundraising, assisted by Kelly Clemmons; Mary Crider, website, assisted by Kelly Dennemann; Nancy Suchomski, public relations, assisted by Tonya Horn; Rose Hudson, assistant for service/programs; Tara Harris, bylaws; Cindy Brewer, newsletter; Angie Kerr, scholarship, assisted by Katie Bermingham; and Kristina Grebner, membership, assisted by Kelly Hill.

First Mid presents awards. Darlene Johnson, Dale Lattz and Alison Davis were three of the recipients of the Chairman's Award for Excellence given by First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust for performance in 2013.

Johnson is vice president and relationship manager in treasury management at First Mid's Champaign location.

Lattz is vice president, commercial lending officer and Monticello and Weldon community president.

Davis is loan administrator in Sullivan.

Rincker named best livestock lawyer. Lake Land College alumna Cari Rincker of New York City has been named the best livestock lawyer for the third year in a row in the Best of Barns Competition.

Rincker received an associate degree in agriculture science from Lake Land College, where she was part of the college's livestock judging team. She subsequently transferred to Texas A&M University, where she received a bachelor's degree in animal science and was a member of both the livestock and meat animal evaluation judging teams.

Rincker then earned a master's degree in ruminant nutrition at the University of Illinois, where her concentration was in beef feedlot nutrition. She received her law degree from Pace University, White Plains, N.Y.

Winners of the 2013 Best of Barns awards will be honored at the Ranch House Designs booth at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. They will be recognized in the January 2014 issue of The Showtimes Magazine.

Topolosky wins medical director award. Dr. Maury Topolosky has been named the 2013 Exceptional Living Centers Medical Director of the Year.

Topolosky is medical director at Swann Special Care Center, Champaign.

He joined Swann in 2011 as co-medical director of the children's facility.

As a practicing physician at Christie Clinic in Champaign, he treats patients in the pulmonary and sleep medicine department. He has practiced medicine for 41 years.

Swann Special Care Center is a 123-bed skilled-nursing facility that offers habilitative care and long-term care. It is managed by Lexington, Ky.-based Exceptional Living Centers.

Green selected for honor. Randall H. Green has been selected as a member of the 2014 Illinois Rising Stars list.

Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive that honor.

Green is an attorney at Meyer Capel, with offices in Champaign and Bloomington. He focuses his practice in corporate and real estate transactions.

It was the fourth consecutive year he received the honor.

Head receives recognition. Larry Head has achieved Master Level recognition as parts manager as the result of extensive training in the John Deere University program.

Head is parts manager for Heath's Inc., Monticello.

Nurses earn certification. Registered nurses Debbie Harris and Angie Stock have both earned certification in vascular access from Vascular Access Certification Corp.

By passing the certification exam, they met the standard for competence on the administration of peripherally inserted central catheter lines.

Harris and Stock work at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville.

Contractor wins award. Bratcher Heating & Air Conditioning in Champaign and Bloomington won the Silver Sales Award from Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative, Paxton.

The award, presented during the cooperative's annual contractor appreciation dinner, was based on the number of heat pump systems installed in Eastern Illini's service territory in 2013.

Rudicil agency earns designation. The Michael Rudicil Agency in Urbana has been designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2013.

That designation is bestowed on less than 38 percent of Allstate's nearly 10,000 agency owners across the country for customer experience and business results.

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