Business and professional briefs, May 4, 2014

Business and professional briefs, May 4, 2014

New jobs

Carle names vice president. Registered nurse Julianna Sellett has been named vice president of diagnostic and transitional care services for The Carle Foundation.

In addition to diagnostic services, she is responsible for home health services, Carle Medical Supply, Carle Therapy Services, case management and pharmacy services.

Sellett joined Carle in 1990 in the emergency department and subsequently served as a nurse in several departments. She was later a performance improvement facilitator and accreditation and policy manager.

Goding joins Christie orthopedics. Dr. Richard Goding has joined Christie Clinic's Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.

He received his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine and fulfilled his orthopedic residency at St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens. He completed a shoulder and knee fellowship at the Perth Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center in Perth, Australia.

Goding is board-certified in orthopedic surgery.

Webster hired as executive director. Barbara Webster has been hired as the executive director of the East Central Illinois Development Corp., which serves an 11-county region including Coles, Douglas, Edgar and Moultrie counties.

For the past three years, Webster worked as the regional leader for Broadband Illinois, a statewide grant project working to improve Internet access. Before that, she worked as a program coordinator for the University of Illinois.


Funston named Manager of Year. Leona Funston, general manager of the Atlanta Bread Company store in Champaign, has been chosen as the company's National Manager of the Year. She was selected from 165 general managers.

CERL honors three. Three employees of the Engineer Research and Development Center were honored recently at the center's Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign.

Maria Ehmann of Champaign received the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for excellent performance as a budget officer in the Directorate of Resource Management. She was cited for helping to improve the center's annual budget development process. She also worked with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers headquarters to pay for more than $8 million in infrastructure projects.

Robert Miller II of Champaign and Gregory Denman of Danville were presented the Commander's Award for Civilian Service.

Miller was recognized for exceptional performance as acting supervisory security guard from November to January.

Denman was acknowledged for management and technical expertise in developing and training the Champaign contracting staff. His efforts were instrumental in producing excellent program management review results.

WILL reporters win awards. WILL Radio was named the outstanding news operation in the downstate radio division of the Illinois Associated Press broadcast awards and won three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for news coverage in 2013.

The Radio Television Digital News Association's Murrow Awards honored WILL's breaking-news coverage of the Nov. 17, 2013, Gifford tornado, including news reports by Sean Powers and a "Focus" program produced by Lindsey Moon and hosted by Jim Meadows.

Powers won in the hard-news feature category for his story on how the Affordable Care Act may lower incarceration and recidivism rates.

In addition, WILL contributor Cheryl Silver, a reporter for CU-CitizenAccess, won in the best investigative feature category for a story produced in cooperation with WILL on the resurgence of methamphetamine in central Illinois.

Each of the three entries will go on to compete for national Murrow Awards.

In the Illinois Associated Press broadcasters' contest, WILL's winning entry in the outstanding news operation category included stories about the Gifford tornado, the state's pension crisis, health care exchanges and how the new health care law could help keep former inmates from returning to prison.

A radio feature by Powers about the Polar Express rolling into Monticello won first-place awards for best light feature and best use of sound.

Binder accepts award. Jeffrey L. Binder has been chosen as the winner of the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois Department of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering.

Binder, the new director of the UI's Applied Research Institute, was recognized "for advancing national priorities in nuclear technology development" and dedicated service to the department.

Jones receives designation. Steve Jones recently received the Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor designation from the College of Financial Planning.

Jones is a private wealth adviser with Ameriprise Financial Services. He is part of Bushue, Jones & Associates in Savoy.

Hughes wins grant. Tolono farmer James Hughes has directed a $2,500 donation from the America's Farmers Grow Communities program to the Marajen Stevick Foundation.

The donation will help the group support a variety of charity endeavors in the Champaign-Urbana area.

Over the past few years, Marajen Stevick grants have contributed to public art displays in Champaign, dementia support and research, student literacy efforts in Mahomet and homework support for students in Urbana.

The America's Farmers Grow Communities program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer's nonprofit of choice.

Heinhorst cited for 50 years. R. Thomas Heinhorst of Mahomet has been recognized by the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers for 50 years of membership. He is also a 50-year member of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

Heinhorst began his career with Champaign National Bank in 1964. He earned his Accredited Farm Manager title in 1969 and earned his Accredited Rural Appraiser title in 1970. In 1986, he was named head of the Champaign National Bank farm department as vice president and trust officer. He subsequently held that position with BankIlinois and Main Street Bank & Trust.

Heinhorst concluded his 46-year career with Busey Ag Services in March 2010. He does limited consulting while operating irrigated family farmland in Mason County near Forest City.

Bement Bancshares saves energy. Bement Bancshares reduced its energy usage by 32.5 percent and prevented 13 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions as a result of actions taken during the Environmental Protection Agency's yearlong EnergyStar National Building Competition.

The bank holding company reduced energy usage at State Bank of Bement facilities, as well as at State Bank of Cerro Gordo. The company upgraded lighting at one facility and worked to adopt energy-improving changes recommended by the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center at the University of Illinois. The company also sought to turn off computers, unplug chargers and turn off lights when not in use.

Fischer recertified by board. Dr. Denise Fischer, a podiatric physician in Danville, has been recertified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgeons.

Once certified, physicians must complete a written examination every 10 years to evaluate knowledge of new research, surgical procedures and technology.

Stewart invited to conference. Jimmy Stewart was among 350 top Edward Jones financial advisers selected to attend the Edward Jones Managing Partner's Conference from April 23-25 in San Antonio, Texas.

Stewart has been a financial adviser in Urbana since 1995. This was the third time he was selected to attend the conference.

Legion salutes First Midwest Bank. First Midwest Bank has won the May 2014 certificate of appreciation for proper display of the U.S. flag from Champaign American Legion Post 24.

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