Meadowbrook makes staff changes. Michele Heil and Darla Schall have been named to new positions at Meadowbrook Health Center at Clark-Lindsey, Urbana.
Heil is director of health services. She will plan, direct and evaluate the activities of health center staff and address quality assurance, resident rights and staff development. She was previously social services director for 15 years.
Schall is director of nursing. She has been a registered nurse for 17 years and has worked at Meadowbrook for four years. She is certified in wound care and is a certified nursing assistant instructor and dementia educator.
Mettler Center adds employees. Peggy Hau,Tonya Shaw and Miranda Czerwonka have joined the staff of Mettler Center, Champaign.
Hau is a physical therapist.
Shaw is a certified occupational therapy assistant.
Czerwonka is membership coordinator.
Professionals join Carle. Kelly Powell and Erika Stack have joined the staff at Carle, Urbana.
Powell is a certified registered nurse anesthetist in anesthesiology. She earned a master's degree from Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, in 2012 and is a critical care registered nurse.
Stack is a physician assistant in emergency medicine. She received a master's degree from the Physician Assistant Program at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
AgriGold picks Guth. Adam Guth of Mahomet has joined AgriGold as a sales intern.
Guth, who attends the University of Illinois, will place field signs and work closely with a corn specialist as part of the 2013 sales internship program.
CERL team wins award. A five-person team from the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign, has won the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Student Outreach.
Team members included John Mudrick, Susan Drozdz, Kathryn Guy and Andrew Nelson, all of Champaign, and Irene MacAllister of Mahomet.
The award was given for developing and initiating outreach activities during Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science day camps in 2012.
Area residents among John Deere grads. Six area residents were among 20 new technicians who graduated from the John Deere Technology program at Lake Land College, Mattoon, this spring.
The program is offered jointly by John Deere and Lake Land, in cooperation with area John Deere dealers. Graduates included:
— Brandon L. Conrad of Mahomet, sponsored by Arends & Sons, Gibson City.
— Clayton Herschberger of Arthur, sponsored by Sloan Implement, Atwood.
— Tyler Maurer of Fisher, sponsored by Arends-Hogan-Walker, Melvin.
— Ryan Shepherd of Charleston, sponsored by Arends-Hogan-Walker, Ashmore.
— Joseph Sonsteng of Homer, sponsored by Sloan Implement, Atwood.
— Justin Ward of Watseka, sponsored by Arends-Hogan-Walker, Watseka.
Champaign police present awards. Patrol officer Dan Ward was named Officer of the Year and intelligence analyst Renae Yandell was named Employee of the Year at the Champaign Police Department's 2012 Departmental Awards ceremony.
Police Sgt. Bruce Ramseyer was given the Distinguished Leadership Award, and patrol officers Chris Oberheim and John Lieb were given Valor Awards for performing duties under hazardous circumstances.
Police services representative Jodie Burnett and patrol officer Brian Greear were given Lifesaving Awards for locating a suicidal person and saving that person's life.
Ten others were given Lifesaving Awards for working together to lift a vehicle off the victim of a rollover accident. They included: patrol sergeants Greg Manzana and Brian Maloney, patrol officers Chad Shipley, Mike Swaney, Randy Cunningham, Jody Cherry, Jim Bednarz and Steve Reynolds, Detective Robb Morris and school resource officer Shelly Dominquez.
Tim Kesler, Earlane Sellers and Jim Lang were recognized as volunteers, and 24 members of the department were given commendation awards.
Taylor cited as Ally of Year. Laura Taylor has been selected by the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance as its Ally of the Year.
Taylor is assistant superintendent for achievement and student services in the Champaign school district.
The alliance works to ensure that schools are "safe and nurturing" for all students and that students' differences are accepted and honored.
"Students who have the freedom to express their sexual orientation and gender identity are more likely to reach their fullest potential both inside and outside the classroom," the alliance stated in a release.
Taylor is being recognized for social justice work in her former role as Urbana High School principal and for her leadership in founding the Champaign district's Social Justice Committee.
She will be honored from 3 to 6 p.m. June 9 at Emerald City Lounge, 118 N. First St., C.
Iorio qualifies for honor. Tom Iorio qualified for Edward Jones' 2013 Financial Advisor Leaders Conference, held in May in St. Louis.
Only 793 of the firm's nearly 12,000 financial advisers qualified for the conference.
Iorio is an Edward Jones financial adviser in Rantoul.
Tresslar honored for sales. Tim Tresslar, owner of the Plato's Closet store in Champaign, received a Sales Excellence Award at the Plato's Closet annual conference in Austin, Texas.
Plato's Closet has more than 350 franchised stores in the U.S. and Canada. It is franchised by Winmark Corp., which also franchises Play It Again Sports, Once Upon A Child and Music Go Round.
Legion salutes DIA. The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has been named recipient of Champaign American Legion Post 24's June certificate of appreciation for proper display of the U.S. flag.
The award recognizes the display of the flag at Memorial Stadium and other athletic venues — in particular, the "impressive replacement flagpole" installed at the stadium following its renovation.
CDS achieves competency levels. CDS Office Technologies has achieved gold and silver competencies in the Microsoft Partner Network.
CDS, which has seven locations and 115 employees, earned a Gold OEM competency and the Silver midmarket solution provider/small business specialist, devices and deployment, hosting, identity and access and server platform competencies.
All the Microsoft competencies are designed to help differentiate a partner's specific technology capabilities.
College receives certificate. Danville Area Community College has received the certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the college's comprehensive annual financial report.
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