Business and professional briefs, May 11, 2014

Business and professional briefs, May 11, 2014

New jobs

Carle appoints innovation officer. Michael Sutter has been appointed chief innovation officer for Carle. His responsibilities will be to develop partnerships and provide the health system with new health care technologies.

"Having an expert committed to evaluating technological advances will be vital for Carle, and we're pleased to be among the early adopters of this model," said John Snyder, Carle's executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Sutter was most recently executive director of information technology. Before that, he was clinical director of Epic electronic medical record systems and helped initiate the first electronic medical records for Carle's physician practice. He has a clinical background as a certified nurse anesthetist.

Kaliani named to government position. Jawahar Kalianihas been named deputy chief information officer for application services delivery at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Washington, D.C.

He will lead the development and implementation of applications to deliver secure business solutions that help ensure the safety and soundness of national banks and federal savings associations.

Kaliani was previously vice president of customer operations management at Amdocs Inc., Champaign, where he led the development, execution and delivery of services and solutions that support telecommunications clients. He had worked for Amdocs in Champaign since 1999, and for four years before that, he worked for CSC in Champaign.

Nelson chosen as general manager. Bob Nelson has been named general manager of Vermilion Chevrolet, Tilton.

In taking on the new role, he continues his service with Worden Martin Group, the dealership's parent company.

Nelson has 16 years of experience working with the group, having formerly served as general manager of Worden Martin Buick-GMC, based in Savoy.

The Worden Martin Group also operates Subaru of Champaign County, Illini Nissan and Champaign Ford City.

Achievements

Hettler named distinguished alumnus. Jeffrey B. Hettler, the owner of Five Star Trading in Champaign, has been named Parkland College's 2014 Distinguished Alumnus.

Hettler, who is a 1982 Parkland graduate in business administration, will receive the award during Parkland's commencement exercises.

He used his degree to become an entrepreneur in the merchant wholesale food brokerage industry, selling a wide range of grocery items to retailers and independent wholesalers.

Hettler received a bachelor's degree in marketing from Southern Illinois University in 1984 and put his marketing skills to work, earning numerous awards for national merchandising displays that he developed.

He is a past president of the Parkland College Alumni Association.

Childress receives Phonak award. Tina Childress has been awarded Phonak's 2014 Cheryl DeConde Johnson Award for outstanding achievement in educational and pediatric audiology.

Childress is an educational audiologist at CASE Audiology, Champaign, and is a cochlear implant outreach specialist and trainer for the Illinois School for the Deaf Outreach Program.

She serves as a guide and mentor to children, teens and adults with hearing loss, as well as a professional resource for those who work with people with hearing problems.

Childress, who received her first cochlear implant in 2000, is chairperson of the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission, an advisory board member for Illinois Families for Hands & Voices and a member of the Educational Audiology Association's Social and Electronic Media Committee.

Ward named to state board. Joel Ward has been appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn to the Illinois Real Estate Appraisal Advisory and Disciplinary Board.

The board is made up of 11 appraisal or banking professionals.

Ward is managing broker of Joel Ward Homes, a residential real estate brokerage firm in Champaign, as well as a certified residential real estate appraiser. He also writes and teaches real estate appraisal continuing education courses.

Presence Covenant honors employees. Elliel Martinez received the Brightest Star award at Presence Covenant Medical Center's annual Employee Service Awards Banquet.

Martinez, who works in environmental services, was honored as employee of the year at the Urbana medical center.

He was selected from 12 employees who received the Shining Star Award, given to employees of the month. Other Shining Star recipients included: Karla Duitsman of the Procedure Center, Lincoln Sheiding of Pro Ambulance, Isabel Jurado of laundry/linen, Kurt Bloomstrand of Pro Ambulance, Tasia Gooden of behavioral health, Lance Thurlow of respiratory therapy, Larry Smith of radiology support, Christina Grider of cardiac services, Nelda Plotner of administration, Bob Tharp of plant operations and Tamara Plummer of cardiac services.

Jill Butler, Delores Hendricks, Paulette Sanders and Jeanette Hunt each celebrated their 40th anniversary with Presence Covenant.

Emberson wins EIU award. Corky Emberson of Fisher has received the 2014 Leadership and Service Award from Eastern Illinois University's College of Education and Professional Studies. The award is one of three categories of alumni awards given by the college.

Emberson is superintendent of recreation for the Urbana Park District. He received a bachelor's degree in recreation administration from Eastern in 1994.

Hettinger earns top association award. Laura Hettinger has won a first-place award from the American Association of Public Health Dentistry for her efforts to enhance oral health.

Hettinger, a student in the University of Michigan School of Dentistry's dental hygiene program, received the Dental Hygiene Student Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Health Dentistry.

For her community health project, Hettinger developed an oral health and perinatal education program for Frances Nelson Health Center, Champaign. After learning of the need for more preventive dental care, she developed a six-week program to educate patients, especially pregnant women, about the importance of proper oral health care for themselves and their children.

Hettinger is an adjunct faculty member at Parkland College, Champaign.

LyondellBasell plant recognized for safety. Eight LyondellBasell plants, including the plant in Tuscola, won the Gold Distinguished Safety Award from the Society of the Plastics Industry. Two other LyondellBasell plants won the Silver Achievement Safety Award, and one received the Bronze Special Recognition Award.

Lake Land employees saluted. Kathy Bunton, Chris Kramer and Jackie Huddlestun were recently honored for 25 years of service to Lake Land College, Mattoon.

Bunton is a health and physical education instructor, Kramer is director of auxiliary services and Huddlestun is administrative assistant to the vice president for student services.

Lucinda Horton and Kay Foreman were recognized for 20 years of service. Horton is a biological science instructor, and Foreman is a physical therapist assistant instructor.

Inducted into the college's Wall of Fame were retirees Carroll Gibbons, Robert Jurgens and James Luedke.

Gibbons was art instructor and humanities division chair, serving from 1969 to 1999. Jurgens was agriculture instructor and livestock judging coach, serving from 1981 to 2006. Luedke was business instructor from 1988 to 2008.

Urbana Public TV wins awards. Urbana Public Television won five awards at the second annual Best of the Midwest Invitational Video Fest and Awards Banquet.

Staff won the merit award in the professional category for website design and social media. Community producer Ricardo Diaz was recognized for his work on the weekly program, "CU Immigration Forum TV," which won the Significant Community Program Award.

Volunteers' coverage of the Champaign County Freedom Celebration parade won the Achievement Award. Marie Polk, EllisWoodland, Josh Laskowski, Allan Polk, Shay Oaties,Camden Coleman and Crofton Coleman were honored for their work on the project.

Ray Morales won Best in Show: Excellence Award, the highest honor given, for "ILL Poets Society: Chi City Youth."

Urbana Public Television is the city's public, education and government access TV station, available locally on Comcast Channel 6 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99. Jason Liggett is the production coordinator.

Women's clinic honored. The Women's Care Clinic has received the inaugural Inspire Award for community service from Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville.

The award will be presented annually to a local community organization or leader that exemplifies the values that inspire the hospital's community outreach. It also recognizes inspirational leadership that advances the well-being of the community.

"The care and ongoing support (the clinic staff members) provide for expectant mothers is wonderful," said Jared Rogers, interim president and CEO of Presence United Samaritans.

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