Business and professional briefs, Feb. 2, 2014

Business and professional briefs, Feb. 2, 2014

New jobs

Petry-Kuhne gets new management. Three longtime employees of the Petry-Kuhne Co., Champaign, have become owners of the business and will serve as its new management team.

Chris Uhlarik is the new president. He has nearly 20 years of service with the company, having served as an estimator and vice president.

Nick Walder, the executive vice president, has been with the company for 12 years, having served as senior project manager.

Ann Schilling Deedrich is senior vice president. She has served as the company's controller and has been with the business more than 20 years.

Previous owners Pat Dorsey and Greg Petry will remain with the company. Petry will continue to handle estimating and project management for Central Illinois Erectors, a division of Petry-Kuhne. Dorsey will serve as a consultant to the management team and maintain a presence at the corporate offices.

Petry-Kuhne is a general contractor, construction manager and steel erection subcontractor that has served central Illinois since 1924. The company specializes in commercial, industrial and institutional construction.

BankChampaign promotes Stafford. Heather Stafford has been promoted to assistant vice president at BankChampaign.

Stafford started with the bank in 2002 as a full-time teller. She later served as teller supervisor before moving to the operations department. She became operations officer and then moved to her current finance and technology role.

Her responsibilities have expanded into areas including payroll, compliance and audit.

Anderson-Vogel named vice president. Valerie Anderson-Vogel has been promoted to vice president-mortgage lending at Hickory Point Bank.

Anderson-Vogel has 30 years of banking experience. She joined the bank as a mortgage loan specialist in January 2013.

Crowder joins Promise Healthcare. Winnie N. Crowder has joined Promise Healthcare, Champaign, as director of development.

Promise Healthcare is the parent organization for the Frances Nelson and Smile Healthy programs in Champaign.

Crowder directs marketing and public relations, annual fund activities and the fund development program.

She was previously director of advancement for Cunningham Children's Home, Urbana, and Children in Crisis, a children's advocacy center in Summerville, S.C.

Presence Covenant adds Singh. Dr. Harbinder Singh has joined the medical staff at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.

He is a cardiothoracic surgeon with Cardiac Surgery Associates. He is board-certified in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.

Singh received his medical degree from Chicago Medical School, completed a cardiothoracic surgery residency at Boston University Medical Center and served a fellowship at Harvard Medical School-Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston.

Carle hires nurse anesthetist. Sarah Stambaugh has joined Carle as a certified registered nurse anesthetist in anesthesiology.

She previously worked at hospitals in Springfield, Lincoln and Decatur.

Conversatory gains cello instructor. Kirsten Landowne has joined the faculty of the Conservatory of Central Illinois, Champaign, as an instructor of cello.

She has degrees from Eastman School of Music and Butler University and has more than 20 years of experience in orchestral and chamber performance and teaching experience.

Westerlund joins Cody Westerlund has been hired as sports editor for

He will oversee editing and updating of online content and coordinate the work of sports columnists writing for's sports section.

Westerlund was sports editor for the Paxton Record from 2010 to 2012 and then worked as a sports reporter for the Ames (Iowa) Tribune.

Dahnke hired as prevention specialist. Heidi Dahnke has become prevention specialist for the Paris-based Human Resources Center of Edgar and Clark Counties.

She will teach youth classes focusing on substance abuse prevention. She will also help coordinate the iMentor program.

Dahnke recently received a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she played women's basketball for five years.


UI professors named fellows. Four University of Illinois professors in the College of Engineering have been named Fellows of the American Physical Society.

They include: Kenneth Christensen, professor in mechanical science and engineering; Karin Dahmen, professor in physics; Thomas Jackson, research professor in aerospace engineering; and Jian-Min Zuo, professor in materials science.

To be selected as a fellow, someone must have made exceptional contributions to the field through outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership, service or work in physics education.

Mullins named to Hall of Fame. Eddie Mullins has been inducted into the Re/Max Hall of Fame, which honors consistent productivity and growth.

Mullins is affiliated with Re/Max Realty Associates, Champaign.

Five cited by Super Lawyers. Five attorneys in Heyl Royster's Urbana office have been listed in the 2014 Super Lawyers' compilation of "Top Attorneys in Illinois."

Bruce Bonds was selected in the practice area of workers' compensation. Renee Monfort and Edward Wagner were both selected in the practice area of personal injury medical malpractice: defense.

Brian Smith and Joseph Guyette were each recognized as "Rising Stars" — Smith in the practice area of civil litigation: defense, and Guyette in the practice area of workers' compensation.

Visit Champaign County wins accolades. SportsEvents Media Group has awarded Visit Champaign County with a Reader's Choice Award as a "2014 Place to Watch."

Sports events professionals were asked to name the sports commissions, visitors bureaus and sports events venues that display exemplary creativity and professionalism toward the groups they host.

Visit Champaign County was one of three Illinois visitors bureaus selected.

SportsEvents is a magazine for sports events planners and organizers.

First-Mid employees receive honor. Charlotte Pfeiffer, Mandy Lewis and Kirsten Sims were recently named recipients of the Chairman's Award for Excellence at First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust.

Pfeiffer is loan administrator in Charleston. Lewis is vice president/director of marketing, and Sims is assistant vice president/loan operations manager, both at the corporate office in Mattoon.

Franklin Travel earns certification. Rio Grande Travel, doing business as Franklin Travel in Champaign and Decatur, has been certified as a Women-Owned Small Business in the Small Business Administration's Women-Owned Small Business Contract Program.

The program will provide greater access to federal contracting opportunities.

It allows contracting officers, for the first time, to set aside specific contracts for certified businesses and will help federal agencies achieve the existing statutory goal of 5 percent of federal contracting dollars being awarded to those firms.

Jennifer S. Busey is manager of Rio Grande's Franklin Travel.

Legion salutes real estate agency. Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell has received Champaign American Legion Post 24's February certificate of appreciation for proper display of the U.S. flag. The business recently moved to 1608 Broadmoor Drive, C.

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