Business and professional briefs Feb. 10, 2013

New jobs

Hickory Point Bank adds two. Daniel W. Marker of Savoy has joined Hickory Point Bank & Trust as vice president and sales manager for the bank's residential mortgage lending business.

Marker has more than 10 years of real estate banking experience. He is secretary of the board for the Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois.

Valerie Anderson-Vogel of Paxton has joined Hickory Point Bank & Trust bank as mortgage loan specialist.

She has more than 30 years of banking and mortgage lending experience and was named the 2006 Affiliate of the Year by the Champaign County Association of Realtors.

WILL makes changes. Craig Cohen will leave WILL-AM Feb. 22 to become host of a new talk show at Houston Public Media.

Cohen returned to WILL as news and public affairs director in March 2012.

He stepped in to host the morning talk show "Focus" after the previous host, David Inge, retired in June.

Senior news reporter Jim Meadows will become interim host of "Focus" after Cohen leaves. He'll work with Lindsey Moon, who recently joined the staff as "Focus" producer.

Moon has worked as a talk show producer and reporter at Iowa Public Radio and was most recently a general assignment reporter at Wisconsin Public Radio.

Chris Berube has joined WILL as on-air host for "Morning Edition" and "The Afternoon Magazine."

He most recently worked for the National Public Radio show "Radiolab" and the American Public Media program "Marketplace."

A native of Toronto, Berube graduated in May from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Beard named development director. Danda Beard has been named director of development at Illinois Public Media.

She joined the staff as corporate support director 23 years ago, became director of the major gifts program in 2000 and has been interim development director since June 2012.

Carle gains therapists. Jessica Walker, Kyle Hayes and Erin Basgier have joined Carle's Therapy Department at the Carle North Annex, 810 W. Anthony Drive, U.

Walker has a doctorate in occupational therapy from Belmont University, Nashville. Her medical interests include pediatrics, autism and sensory integration, therapeutic feeding and visual perception.

Hayes graduated from Lake Land College, Mattoon, in 2012 with an associate degree as a physical therapy assistant. His medical interests include outpatient orthopedics and aquatics.

Basgier earned a doctorate in physical therapy from Ohio State. Her medical focus is outpatient orthopedics.

Nurse practitioner joins Carle. Kelly Johnson has joined the Family Medicine Department at Carle — Urbana on Windsor as a nurse practitioner.

She earned a master's degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Holdren & Associates adds Vlach. Liz Vlach has joined Holdren & Associates Real Estate as a broker.

She has 19 years of experience in residential real estate sales in the Champaign-Urbana area.

Chitty named chief educational officer. Mike Chitty has been promoted to chief educational officer for the Judah Christian preschool, elementary and secondary schools.

He will continue to serve as elementary principal for Judah Christian.

Chitty has 20 years of experience in education.

Stal joins Robison Chapel. Jeff Stal of Georgetown has joined the professional staff at Robison Chapel in Catlin.

Stal is a licensed funeral director and enbalmer in Illinois and Indiana and a certified cremationist.

Howell joins Ramshaw Real Estate. Dana Howell of Champaign has joined Ramshaw Real Estate, Champaign, as a member of the leasing staff.

Her main duties involve property showings and client relations.

Achievements

Watchfire Signs honors two. Ben Doeden and David Wuellner have been named sales representatives of the year for Watchfire Signs, Danville.

Doeden, a Danville native, began his career with the company more than 15 years ago. Today he lives in Cottonwood, Tenn., and his sales territory includes Tennessee, Kentucky and northwestern Georgia.

Wuellner's territory includes Indiana and downstate Illinois.

Kotewa earns certification. Erik Kotewa has passed the International Economic Development Council exam to become a certified economic developer.

Kotewa is deputy director at the Champaign County Economic Development Corp.

Rawles included in 'Super Lawyers.' Edward H. Rawles has been selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of "Illinois Super Lawyers" in the primary practice area representing personal injury plaintiffs.

Selection is by peer review vote. Rawles is among about 190 attorneys in Illinois selected in that area of practice.

Rawles is a director of the Champaign law firm of Rawles, O'Byrne, Stanko, Kepley & Jefferson.

Illinois Super Lawyers is published by Law & Politics and the publishers of Chicago Magazine.

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