Business and professional briefs, May 18, 2014

Business and professional briefs, May 18, 2014

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Hinegardner joins clinic. Jenny Hinegardner has joined Christie Clinic's Department of Dermatology as an advanced practice nurse.

She received a bachelor's degree in nursing at MacMurray College in Jacksonville and her master's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Re/Max Realty adds Long. Kristen Long has joined Re/Max Realty Associates as a sales associate with the Nick Taylor team.

She once worked as a pre-kindergarten teacher and more recently as a restaurant business manager and assistant to the president of a local real estate investment and development firm.

Two join UI credit union staff. Benjamin Gault of Mahomet and Stephanie Smith-Jeffries of Urbana have joined the staff of the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union,

Gault is the director of mortgage lending. He has more than 10 years of finance and mortgage experience.

Smith-Jeffries is the director of collections. She has spent 20 years in collections for various organizations, most recently with Carle.


Prairie Rivers receives honors. Prairie Rivers Network, based in Champaign, was recently named the National Wildlife Federation's Affiliate of the Year.

The network was selected for "successful conservation efforts that led to new protections from toxic coal ash, better oversight of factory farms and the advancement of solutions to stop Asian carp and other aquatic invasive species from wreaking havoc on U.S. waters."

The Affiliate of the Year is chosen from 49 state affiliates for conservation accomplishments and contributions to collaborative efforts with the National Wildlife Federation and its supporters.

Glynnis Collins is executive director of Prairie Rivers Network. The network has been around since 1967 and has been a National Wildlife Federation affiliate since 2001.

Johnson wins marketing award. Champaign native Dave Johnson received the 2014 Distinguished Sales and Marketing Award from the Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland.

He was honored as a 2014 Holmes Report North American SABRE Gold Medal finalist in the corporate reputation/institutional image category for "Building Two Brands from the Ground Up."

Those brands were the Global Center for Health Innovation and the Cleveland Convention Center.

Johnson is director of sales, marketing and public relations for the SMB-managed Global Center for Health Innovation and the Cleveland Convention Center. He is also the public relations director for The Merchandise Mart, Chicago.

Johnson spent 22 years at the University of Illinois, including 17 years with the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, serving as assistant athletic director and sports information director and five years as assistant dean at the UI College of Law.

The former Champaign City Council and Champaign County Board member is a mayoral appointee on the Cleveland City Planning Commission.

Danville hospital salutes employees. Jess Jenkins received the Brightest Star Award at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center's employee service awards banquet.

Jenkins, who works in transport, was chosen as employee of the year from 12 monthly Shining Star Award recipients.

Terri Jaggers, a registered nurse in cardiology, received the Clinical Nurse Excellence Award. She was selected from 11 nominees.

Julie Powell was recognized for 45 years of service, and Elza Hackett, Nancy Inman, Nellie Jeskeand Trina Miller were all honored for 40 years of service.

Smith chosen for digital innovator program. Jennifer Smith of Monticello Middle School was one of 100 educators selected for the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program, according to a release from WEIU-TV, Charleston.

Through the program, educators will be given resources, tools and training that will help them share their skills with other area educators. The professional development opportunities include virtual training, access to premium and exclusive resources and invitations to special events.

VA honors four nurses. Four nurses have been selected to receive 2014 Excellence in Nursing Awards from the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System, Danville.

Diana Munson received the award for Registered Nurse in an Expanded Role. She is the lead registered nurse in the system's communication center. She has worked for the system for 29 years and received a bachelor's degree in nursing in 2012.

Karon Smithers won the award for Registered Nurse in a Clinical Role. She is VA Illiana's palliative care registered nurse. She works closely with veterans who live in the palliative care unit and patients and families who use the palliative care outpatient clinic. She has worked there three years after working eight years in pediatrics and telemetry.

Frances Hernandez won the award for Licensed Practical Nurse. She is the TeleHealth clinical technician in Danville and provides coverage at the Mattoon and Decatur outpatient clinics when needed. She has been employed by the health care system for 19 years. Hernandez also won the award at the Veterans Integrated Service Network level.

Janetta Brown won the award for Nursing Assistant. She serves veterans in the geriatric psychiatric unit. Brown has worked for the system for 20 years. She too won the award at the Veterans Integrated Service Network level.

Four nurses received VA-recognized national certification: They included KaronSmithers, who is a certified hospice and palliative care nurse; Ann Wagle, a board-certified gerontological nurse; Amy Russian-Crist, a certified medical-surgical nurse; and Debra Martin, a certified clinical nurse leader.

Thoma earns designation. AJ Thoma III has earned the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation from the CCIM Institute, a commercial real estate association.

The designation is awarded to commercial real estate professions who have completed 200 classroom hours of the graduate-level core curriculum and attained a qualifying level of experience.

Thoma, a commercial broker with Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty, joined the firm in 2008 as a market research intern. The company now has five individuals with the CCIM designation.

Iorio chosen for task force. Tom Iorio was one of 52 financial advisers that the Edward Jones financial services firm chose to travel to Washington, D.C., as members of the Grassroots Task Force.

Task force members were to voice the investment concerns of individual investors to legislators.

Iorio is a financial adviser in Rantoul for the Edward Jones firm.

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