Central Illinois Business Magazine
ACHIEVEMENTS      April 2014
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 Jodi Heckel at 217-351-5695.

Maurer appointed to 7th Judicial Circuit judgeship

    Matthew J. Maurer was appointed to the office of associate judge in the 7th Judicial Circuit. Maurer received his undergraduate degree in 1984 from Sangamon State University in Springfield and his law degree in 1987 from the University of Illinois. He was previously with the state’s attorney’s office in Springfield.

Feinberg honored with Patients' Choice Award

 Dr. Samuel Feinberg, a Christie Clinic doctor and general surgeon, received the Patients’ Choice Award. The award is given based on patients’ rating scores in a survey on various components of care.

Morphew joins Christie Clinic

Dr. Susan Cooper-Morphew has joined Christie Clinic’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Cooper-Morphew received her medical degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and fulfilled her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kan. She is a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

United Way hires Guyette, promotes Suchomski and Noel

The United Way of Champaign County hired Becca Guyette as director of leadership giving. She is responsible for the organization’s Pillars leadership giving program, as well as building and maintaining donor relationships.
    Guyette has 10 years of experience in fund development. She was previously the director of development at the University of Illinois YMCA.
    Nancy Suchomski was promoted to director of campaign development. She oversees all aspects of the annual workplace giving campaign and maintains corporate and donor relationships. Suchomski was previously the associate director of resource development. She has been with United Way for 14 years.
    Mary Noel was promoted to associate director of community engagement. She is responsible for the organization’s communications and community outreach efforts, as well as the Emerging Community Leaders program. Noel was previously the assistant director of resource development and has been with United Way for two years.

Swearingen hired at Human Kinetics

Tara Swearingen joined Human Kinetics in July as the human resources director. Swearingen has responsibility for recruitment/retention, compensation, benefits administration, employment law, training and development, employee relations and long range planning with regard to employment issues.
    She was previously at Carle Clinic for almost 27 years as vice president, employee relations, at Health Alliance Medical Plans and vice president, human resources, for Carle Clinic. She received a master’s degree in human resources and industrial relations and a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Illinois.

Tanner promoted at First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust

Matt Tanner was promoted to regional deposit manager for the Decatur region at First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust. Tanner started with First Mid in 2007 as Mahomet branch manager, and became Champaign area branch manager last year.
    He previously was general manager for Bedrock Management in Washington, D.C. He  attended the University of Wyoming and George Mason University.

Paluska and Ruiz join Christie Clinic

Dr. Scott Paluska joined the Christie Clinic Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Paluska’s special interests include sports injuries and shoulder, elbow and knee disorders.
    He received his medical degree at the University of Michigan, and he completed his fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is a faculty member at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and is actively involved in the American College of Sports Medicine.
    Dr. Nelly Ruiz has joined the Department of Family Medicine at Christie Clinic in Rantoul. Ruiz has a special interest in preventive medicine and patient education.
    Ruiz received her medical degree at St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman, British West Indies, and fulfilled her family practice residency at Carle Foundation Hospital.

Mouser receives Edward Jones' Eagle Award

Edward Jones financial adviser Joe Mouser of Monticello received the firm’s Eagle Award, one of only 1,510 of the firm’s more than 12,000 financial advisers to receive the award last year.

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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.