Business and professional briefs, Aug. 17, 2014

Business and professional briefs, Aug. 17, 2014

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Carle names vice presidents. Scott Hendrie and Lauren Schmid have been promoted to vice presidents at the Carle Foundation.

Hendrie was named vice president, finance and treasury. He has worked at Carle since 2004, most recently as director of finance and treasury.

A Chartered Financial Analyst, he worked at First Busey Trust and Investment Co. and First Busey Corp. before joining Carle.

Schmid was named vice president of human resources. She joined Carle in 2005 as a recruiter and had held several positions in the human resources department, including human resources director for Carle and Health Alliance Medical Plans.

She is certified as a Professional in Human Resources by the HR Certification Institute.

Sullivan appointed marketing director. Nathan Sullivan has been named marketing director at Ramshaw Real Estate, succeeding Jessica Wright.

His duties include social media as well as digital and print advertising.

Sullivan previously worked as marketing coordinator for Coldwell Banker Commercial Devonshire Realty and as an English teacher with Interac America in Okayama, Japan.

Specialist joins Christie Clinic. Jane Valentine has joined the Department of Nutrition Education at Christie Clinic on Windsor in Champaign as a nutrition education specialist.

Valentine specializes in personal nutritional counseling for people with food-related illnesses and those interested in health promotion, disease prevention and slowing the progression of disease.

Walthall hired as trainer. Suzi Walthall has been hired as a personal trainer at the University of Illinois Activities and Recreation Center, Champaign.

Walthall, who is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, is also a personal trainer at Charter Fitness.


Kesler named to bank board. Mark Kesler has been appointed to the board of directors of Fisher National Bank, Fisher.

Kesler teaches business and management classes at Parkland College and continues to operate and develop retail and rental property.

He went to work in banking after graduating from the University of Illinois in 1979. In 1981, he invested in his first business venture, O'Malley's Pub. Since then, he has been involved in several startup retail and real estate ventures, most recently including 17 years as a Subway franchisee.

Sotirovic appointed Dovring scholar. Mira Sotirovic has been appointed the first Karin and Folke Dovring Scholar in Propaganda in the University of Illinois Department of Journalism.

Sotirovic, an associate professor of journalism, has been a member of the UI faculty since 1996.

Her areas of specialization are focused on public opinion and persuasion across mass communication, political communication and persuasive communication and, in particular, media effects and democracy.

The academic position is made possible through an endowment established by a $1 million bequest from the estate of Karin and Folke Dovring in 2012. Folke Dovring was a UI professor of land economics from 1960 to 1987, and his wife, Karin, was a foreign correspondent and internationally recognized communication analyst.

Sheldon receives national award. Peter Sheldon has received the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Distinguished Teaching Award in the Advertising Division.

Sheldon is a lecturer in the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising in the University of Illinois College of Media. He began teaching at the UI in 1993.

Criteria for the award include subject mastery, classroom management and communication skills, encouraging student interaction, dedication to teaching and creation of a positive learning environment.

AFSI earns Caterpillar plaudits. Advanced Filtration Systems Inc., Champaign, has been recertified as Platinum Level in the Caterpillar Supplier Quality Excellence Process.

The certification is a measure of how well a company performs as a supplier to Caterpillar. The Platinum Level is the highest level of achievement.

AFSI, located in Interstate Research Park, has manufactured liquid filters for Caterpillar for more than 28 years.

Urbana lawyer deemed 'influential.' Bruce Bonds has been named one of the "50 Most Influential People in Workers' Compensation" by SEAK Inc., a continuing education, publishing and consulting company.

Bonds is an attorney in the Urbana office of Heyl Royster, a regional law firm that also has offices in Peoria, Springfield, Rockford, Edwardsville and Chicago.

SEAK's list was compiled through a poll of thousands of active practitioners, including attorneys, case managers, disability specialists, nurses, physical therapists, physicians, rehabilitation counselors, rehabilitation nurses and workers' compensation specialists.

MTD recognized for sustainability. The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District has received Gold Level Achievement recognition from the American Public Transportation Association for its commitment to sustainability.

That level of achievement is the second-highest available through the association.

There are 10 other public transportation agencies in the nation at the Gold Level, and only one transit agency at the highest level, Platinum.

MTD put in a geothermal heating/cooling system, installed a white roof, used daylight in office space and reduced the greenhouse gas impact of buses.

From 2009 to 2012, the district reduced water usage by 20 percent, reduced air pollutant emissions by 46 percent and reduced energy use in facilities by 22 percent.

Ruggieri selected as mentor. Alex Ruggieri has been selected as a mentor in the Second Century Ventures REach program of the National Association of Realtors.

He will coach and advise REach companies in one-on-one and small group sessions.

REach is an accelerator program to introduce innovative technology companies to the real estate marketplace.

Ruggieri is among more than 250 mentors and advisers in the program. He is affiliated with Sperry Van Ness | Ramshaw Real Estate, Champaign.

Nursing homes get top ratings. Ten area nursing homes received five-star overall quality ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

They included: Clark-Lindsey Village, Urbana; Country Health, Gifford; Farmer City Rehab & Health Care; Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City; Hawthorne Inn of Danville; The Iroquois Resident Home, Watseka; Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home, Mattoon; Prairieview Lutheran Home, Danforth; Sullivan Rehabilatation & Health Care, Sullivan; and Tuscola Health Care Center.


Area organizations recently recognizing employees or associates with monthly or quarterly honors included:

University of Illinois Fire Service Institute, Champaign: Joe Jay, instructor for the Firefighter Academy and Fire College, August Instructor of the Month.

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