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Archive                           December 2008


ACHIEVEMENTS      December 2008
EDITOR'S NOTE: Have you been promoted? Has a colleague completed an intensive education program, or is one celebrating a well-earned retirement? Others in the business community will want to know it. Send milestone employment news and photos to cibm@news-gazette.com, or contact Greta Weiderman at 217-351-5695.

Parkland College Foundation executive director receives U of I Merit Award

Parkland College Foundation Executive Director Carl Meyer recently received the University of Illinois’ Varsity “I” Association Merit Award. The award is given to a current/former staff member of Illinois whose leadership, dedication, and integrity have left an indelible print on Illinois athletics. Meyer spent six years, from 1971 to 1976, as an assistant University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign football coach and helped open the U of I’s Athletic Development Office in downtown Chicago in 1980.
He has been the Parkland College Foundation executive director since 1997.  In 2000, Meyer was named Outstanding Fund Raising Executive by the East Central Illinois Chapter of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals.

Christie Clinic hires nurse practitioner

Christie Clinic added Leslie Carmack , APN, NP-C, to the department of endocrinology, where she will assist physicians in the treatment of endocrine-related diseases.
Carmack received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University, Normal, where she also earned her master’s degree in nursing in the family nurse practitioner sequence. In addition, she has a post graduate certificate as a nurse educator and is a certified insulin pump trainer.

Realtors association honors Utnage

Bill Utnage received the 2008 Affiliates CHOICE Award from the Champaign County Association of Realtors.
The award is presented annually to a real estate agent who has made an outstanding contribution to the local real estate field and who has promoted the overall field.
Utnage, an agent with Re/Max Realty Associates, joined the local association in 2005.

Engineers receive awards

Keith Brandau earned the Illinois Award, the highest award given by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers. The award is given for meritorious service to the engineering profession and noteworthy contributions to the society.
Brandau was president of the society from 1997 to 1998. As chairman of the society’s registration committee, he developed a program in which committee members visited college campuses to encourage students to take the engineer-in-training exam and eventually become licensed. Brandau heads the structural division at Sodemann and Associates, Champaign.
Champaign County Engineer J. Jeffery Blue earned the society’s Professional Engineering Management Award, which recognizes a manager who supervises engineers. Blue manages four engineers and about 22 total employees.
Kirankumar Topurdurti received the society’s Illinois Government Engineer of the Year Award. He is branch chief of the U.S. Army Engineering Research and Design Center’s Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, Champaign.

Two promoted at RSM McGladrey

Brian Burger , who joined RSM McGladrey in June 2000, was promoted to director. A graduate of Western Illinois University, he specializes in corporate taxation, including the delivery of tax compliance and planning advice for businesses in the service, manufacturing, distribution, retail, construction and health care industries. Burger has substantial experience serving businesses with multiple state tax compliance requirements and planning issues. He is also a lead tax specialist in the area of real estate taxation. Burger is currently attending classes through DePaul University and anticipates receiving a master’s degree in taxation in 2009.
RSM McGladrey also promoted Christy Mathias at its Champaign office. Mathias, who is now a senior associate, joined the firm in July 2003 as a tax associate. Mathias specializes in the delivery of tax compliance and consulting services for clients in Champaign. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Local insurance agent earns distinction from J.D. Power and Associates

Jeff Stipp , an American Family Insurance agent in Danville and St. Joseph, has been recognized for customer satisfaction excellence under the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Insurance Agency Program.
Stipp has been an agent for American Family since November 2002. His offices are located at 711 N. Gilbert St. in Danville and 109 N. Main in St. Joseph.

Busey Bank promotes two

Busey Bank promoted Jason Van Antwerp and Lori Woodworth to banking center managers.
Van Antwerp, who has been with Busey for more than five years, will manage Busey’s banking center at 614 S. Sixth St. in Champaign. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Illinois State University.
Woodworth, who has more than 22 years of banking experience, will manage the Tolono banking center. She earned an A.A.S. from Parkland Community College.

Carle Clinic nurse practitioner receives award

Peter Kale , APN, CNP, a nurse practitioner in adult medicine at Carle Clinic, was named 2008 Member of the Year by the Illinois Society of Advanced Practice Nursing (ISAPN). Kale is a founding member of ISAPN and previously served as president. He has been a nurse practitioner since 1982, with 16 years experience at Carle Clinic.
Presented at the annual conference in Schaumburg, Ill., the award recognizes a member who has worked diligently to achieve the goals set forth by the society. ISAPN is comprised of approximately 1,200 clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, certified nurse midwives and certified nurse practitioners practicing in Illinois.

Russ and Nick Taylor of RE/MAX Realty Associates add two owners

After 17 years as sole owners of RE/MAX Realty Associates, Russ and Nick Taylor, who own offices in Champaign, Monticello and Mahomet, have added two new owners to their team, Matt Difanis and Tom Roth .
Difanis is a life-long resident of Champaign County and has been a real estate agent for 10 years. He has been with RE/MAX Realty Associates since 2003. He graduated with a juris doctor degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Law and is one of the top producing real estate agents in Champaign County.
Roth has been in the lending business for 20 years, specializing in mortgage lending since 1992. Since starting Summit First in 2004, Roth has built a team of the best lenders in the area. He has been recognized several times as one of the top mortgage lenders in the country, most recently in Mortgage Originator Magazine’s top 200 lenders for 2007, ranking 28th.

Danville Christie Clinic physician receives award

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology honored Dr. James Miller with the Outstanding Service Award for his district. Miller served as chair, representing District 6 for the past three years. As such, he represented approximately 10,000 obstetricians and gynecologists in the Midwest and Canada. He also served on the executive committee of the board. Only three of these awards have been given within the last year. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has a total of 60,000 members.
As a provider in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Christie Clinic in Danville, Miller diagnoses and treats diseases of the female reproductive tract and provides primary care to women, including care during pregnancy and delivery. His special medical interests include the evaluation and treatment of chronic pelvic pain and bladder control problems in women.

Earle accepts division director position at Human Kinetics

Human Kinetics hired Roger Earle as the professional education division director. He will coordinate the development, production and marketing of new courses and products. He will also initiate and maintain agreements and strategic partnerships with professional associations, corporations, universities and agencies.
Earle was the associate executive director of certification for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), where he was responsible for developing the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and the NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer certification exams. Previously, Earle served as the head strength and conditioning coach and a faculty member of the exercise science and athletic training department at Creighton University in Omaha.

Doc receives national recognition for quality diabetes care

Sullivan Medical Center’s Dr. Volney Willett, III , received recognition from the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program for providing quality care to his patients with diabetes.
The Diabetes Physician Recognition Program was designed to improve the quality of care that patients with diabetes receive by recognizing physicians who deliver quality diabetes care. To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, Willett submitted data that demonstrated performance that meets the program’s key diabetes care measures. These measures include eye exams, blood pressure tests, nutrition therapy and patient satisfaction, among others. When people with diabetes receive quality care as outlined by these measures, they are less likely to suffer complications such as heart attacks, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputations.

Hansen wins awards

Former local radio personality Brant Hansen recently won the Radio and Records Achievement Award for “Personality of the Year” in a Christian format. Earlier this year, he won the Radio Echo Award for “Personality of the Year” from the Christian Music Broadcasters.
Hansen, who formerly worked at WBGL-FM and WDWS-AM in Champaign, now works at WAY-FM Christian Radio in Jupiter, Fla. He also has a show carried by stations around the country.

Former resident named president of Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation

Former area resident Tammy Lemke was appointed president of the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation in Hinsdale, Ill.
Lemke was most recently vice president and chief financial officer for Prevent Blindness America. Before that, she was president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Champaign County for five years.
Lemke, who lives in DuPage County, is a member of the board of directors of the Marajen Stevick Foundation, Champaign.

Optometrists receive award

An article written by optometrists Dr. Dax Gay and Dr. Stephen Boyer received the Eagle Award, given annually for the best article written by Veterans Affairs optometrists. The article appeared in Optometry: Journal of the American Optometric Association.
Gay and Boyer are optometrists at Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System, Danville. This is the second time they have been recipients of the award.
The name of the winning article was “Two Differing Presentations, Treatments and Outcomes of Malignant Choroidal Melanoma.” It was in the July 2008 issue and was highlighted on the journal’s cover.
Gay and Boyer also had an article in the September issue and have a third paper scheduled for publication in the journal later this year.

Bennett chair-elect of national community college association

Parkland College trustee Tom Bennett was elected chair-elect of the Association of Community College Trustees. This national board has 26 representatives with five officers:  secretary/treasurer, vice-chair, chair-elect, chair and past chair.
Bennett, a native of Gibson City, has served on the Parkland College Board of Trustees since 1995, and he serves as vice chairman of the board. As a member of the Illinois Community College Trustee Association, Bennett has served on several committees and offices including president from 2005-2006.
The Association of Community College Trustees is a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern more than 1,200 community, technical and junior colleges in the United States.

Christie Clinic hires health educator

Christie Clinic added Carole A. Murphy , BSN, RN, CDE, to the department of health education.
Murphy helps patients and families who want to learn more about medical conditions including diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol and osteoporosis. She also attends special events and meetings, like Christie’s Diabetes Support Group, to help patients learn more and connect with others who share their concerns.
Murphy received her associate’s degree in nursing from Parkland Community College and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais. She also earned a certification in oncology nursing and national certification as a diabetes educator.

Christie Clinic doc named Provena Guardian Angel

Dr. Sarah Young , an OB/GYN at Christie Clinic on University in Champaign, was named a Provena Covenant Medical Center Guardian Angel by one of her patients.
Young received a guardian angel figurine and a certificate from Provena recognizing her for patient care.
The Guardian Angel Program at Provena lets patients and their families show their appreciation for health care providers by making a financial contribution to the hospital in the provider’s name. Contributions support Provena programs and services.

ArchiTextures hires new designer

ArchiTextures Design Center added Kimberly Fletcher to its design team.
Fletcher earned her bachelor’s degree with a concentration in interior architecture from the University of Louisville. She graduated magna cum lade and was president of her student chapter of the International Interior Design Association.
Since 2004, Fletcher has worked for commercial and residential interior design firms. For the last two years, she has been heavily involved with kitchen and bath design.
Fletcher and her husband, Patrick, recently relocated to Champaign from Louisville.

Pritchard retires from Champaign County Head Start

After 17 years of dedicated service, long-time and venerable employee Jack Pritchard is retiring from Champaign County Regional Planning Commission’s Head Start. Pritchard has been the program’s bus driver/maintenance staff for the past 14 years.
Pritchard began his employment with Champaign County Head Start when the program was administered by the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency of Danville. At the time he started with East Central, Pritchard’s principal responsibility was as a bus driver. Pritchard’s responsibilities evolved to include bus maintenance and facilities upkeep duties. When Champaign County became the grantee for Champaign County Head Start, Pritchard became the program’s bus driver/maintenance staff.
Head Start Director Kathleen Liffick said, “Mr. Pritchard always has a good word and positive attitude. He can find something to be thankful for even with the tough things we all experience in our lives. He has been a strong team member. Over the years, Jack has played an integral part in the success of this program, and he will be greatly missed.”

EIU honors Barbara Hundley with Alumni Award

Champaign resident Barbara Hundley was named a recipient of an Eastern Illinois University Alumni Association’s 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Established in 1973, the Distinguished Alumni Award is the most prestigious award bestowed by the Alumni Association. It is presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves in either academic or literary fields, business, public service and/or service to the university and who, through their accomplishments and service, have brought prestige to their alma mater.
A former educator at the junior high level, Hundley began her 30 year career at the University of Illinois in 1977 as assistant director of career development and placement. She later created and developed the Alumni Career Center in Chicago to serve the                    institution’s graduates. Hundley has received the highest awards bestowed by the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers – the Superior Leadership Award in 1999 and the Founders Award in 2001 – while serving in many nationally elected leadership roles with career service organizations. In 1999, the university chancellor asked her to return to the Urbana campus to become associate chancellor of alumni relations and vice president of the Alumni Association. Her retirement in 2007 marked the end of a distinguished 42 year career.
Raised on a farm south of Bethany, Hundley enrolled at EIU, where she excelled in sports and earned athletic honors before earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1965 and a master’s in guidance and counseling in 1969. She resides in Champaign and Naperville with her husband, Charles.

Two docs join Carle Clinic

Dr. Jane C. Kim joined the Family Medicine staff at Carle Clinic - Champaign on Curtis.
Kim is a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, the University of Illinois at Chicago and Washington University, St. Louis. She completed a residency in family medicine and internal medicine at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.
Kim is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is board eligible for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Hernan Castro-Rueda also joined Carle Clinic Rheumatology.
Castro-Rueda completed a fellowship in rheumatology at the University of California, San Diego. He finished a residency and internship in internal medicine at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago. He is a graduate of Catholic University of Cordoba in Argentina and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

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Editor's Note

Welcome Home

With spring comes the season for homebuying and homebuilding. I’ve noticed homes in my neighborhood have been selling more quickly than in the past few years. And several homebuilders I talked with for this issue’s cover story are optimistic about what this season will bring.

The Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois will have its Showcase of Homes in the Prairie Meadows subdivision in Savoy from June 12 to 22 — the first showcase in five years. I’m looking forward to checking it out and seeing the craftsmanship of area homebuilders.

Also in this issue, we have a profile of architect Andrew Fell, who has designed both single-family homes and numerous apartment buildings in our community.

Two University of Illinois professors are hoping they can influence the paper industry to be more environmentally friendly. They’re experimenting with making paper from native prairie grasses and agricultural waste. Read about them in the Innovation feature.

Enjoy this issue, and the spring season.

Jodi Heckel is editor of Central Illinois Business magazine. She can be reached at 217-351-5695 or jheckel@news-gazette.com.