Carle adds ER physicians. Dr. Nicole White and Dr. Ryan Hurth have joined Carle's emergency medicine staff.
White earned her medical degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. She completed her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center and received fellowship training in emergency ultrasound.
Hurth earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago, where he also completed his residency.
Ruiz joins Christie Clinic. Dr. Nelly Ruiz has joined the Department of Family Medicine at Christie Clinic in Rantoul.
She re-ceived her medical degree at St. Matthew's University School of Medicine, Grand Cayman, British West Indies. She fulfilled her family practice residency at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Human Kinetics hires Whitaker. Holly Whitaker has joined Human Kinetics, Champaign, as an educational sales consultant in the Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Division.
She will be responsible for planning and generating direct sales in the elementary, middle and secondary school markets.
Whitaker was previously with McGraw-Hill School Solutions Group and was a regional center operations director at Sylvan Learning Centers of Illinois and Mid-Missouri.
VA medical center adds two. Robert Fry and Monique Phagan have been named chief and assistant chief, respectively, of the Veterans Canteen Service at the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System, Danville.
Fry will oversee the operations of the Patriot Cafe, Patriot Store, Patriot Express and soon the Patriot Brew. He was formerly assistant chief of the Veterans Canteen Service.
Phagan started her VA career as a medical service program support assistant before getting an internship with the Veterans Canteen Service. She served in the Army from 1993 to 2001.
Institute expands Spice's role. The role of Dennis Spice, director of corporate relations for the Illinois Fire Service Institute, Champaign, has been expanded to include director of development.
He will work with state, national and international companies to raise money for training and capital improvements.
He will also be responsible for cultivating new partnerships and promoting three funds for the institute.
One of those, the Illinois Fire Service Fund, supports the institute's general firefighting program.
A newly created Firefighter Life Safety Research Fund focuses on raising support for ongoing and new research initiatives.
A third fund — for the Ag Rescue Program — was set up as an endowment to provide money for programs targeted toward agricultural rescue.
Spice is also president of Institutional Advisors Ltd., a consulting firm he began in 1995 that provides marketing, business development, strategic planning and financial consultation to small and midsized businesses.
Council elects Lee, honors Shike. Christy Lee of Cee Lee Communications, Wellington, has been elected president of the Livestock Publications Council for 2013-14.
At the Agricultural Media Summit in Buffalo, N.Y., Jennifer Shike of the University of Illinois received the council's Ed Bible Distinguished Service Award, given for extraordinary dedication, support and service.
Shike was instrumental in creating the council's speed networking program in which students and professionals can learn about agricultural communication careers.
She is active working with the council's student programs and is adviser to the UI's National Ag Communicators of Tomorrow chapter.
Group chooses officers, adds board member. Doug Bushue has been elected president of the Eastern Illinois Estate Planning Council. He is associated with Ameriprise Financial Services, Savoy.
Other officers include: Denise Knipp Bates of the Thomas, Mamer & Haughey law firm, Champaign, vice president; Sharon Allen of Sterling Wealth Management, Champaign, secretary; and Aron McDonald of Busey Wealth Management, Urbana, past president.
Barbara Huisinga joined the council's board of directors this year and will serve a five-year term. She will serve as the council's treasurer this year.
Huisinga is vice president and senior trust officer with First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust.
Legion salutes Jarling's Custard Cup. Jarling's Custard Cup, Champaign, has received Champaign American Legion Post 24's September certificate of appreciation for proper display of the U.S. flag. The flag is on the wall behind the customer counter.
Other business news
Kimme & Associates publishes guide. Kimme & Associates, a Champaign-based firm that provides planning services for the criminal justice system, recently published its "Jail Design Guide."
The guide, sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections, is in its third edition and 25th year.
On Sept. 18, the firm's president, Dennis A. Kimme, will mark his 40th anniversary providing criminal justice planning and design services to clients nationwide.
At the same time, the firm will have surpassed $1 billion in the value of jails, courts and law enforcement facilities designed.
The firm also identifies policy changes that help justice systems reduce their jail populations.
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