Rademaker named Young Professional
URBANA — Amy Rademaker, the rural health and farm safety specialist at Carle, has been named winner of the 2014 Athena Young Professional Award.
She was described as someone "who thinks critically, focuses on solutions and acts swiftly to address needs" in a nomination submitted by Jennifer Hendricks Kaufmann of Carle.
Rademaker was a leader in the initiative to put "emergency action tubes" on the main utility pole at farms so first responders can get information about the property, know whom to contact and where to shut off utilities in case of emergency.
That initiative attracted interest from other parts of the country, so Rademaker developed a toolkit for others to put such a program in place.
For the past two years, Rademaker has identified sources of money for the regional project, leading to a $10,000 contribution from Monsanto.
Rademaker, a licensed emergency medical technician, has been a mentor to University of Illinois students serving as interns at the Carle Center for Rural Health and Farm Safety.
Professionally, she has served as co-chair for the public relations committee and web development/design committee of the International Society of Agricultural Safety and Health.
She is a member of the AgrAbility Unlimited Committee and the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee and for many years was involved in the Junior League of Champaign-Urbana.