Asabi Dean, assistant professor of counseling at Quincy University, and Ken Oliver, QU associate professor of counseling, School of Education division chairman and Graduate Counseling Program director, recently presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference in Chicago. Dean co-presented with Tiffany Stoner-Harris from Western Illinois University, "Delphi research implications for practice with traumatized clients." Oliver led a workshop titled "Promoting continuous, systematic program assessment: Using cloud-based platforms to foster efficiency" and a roundtable session titled "Building a case for CACREP Accreditation: A guide for smaller or low-resource programs."
James Whitaker has been promoted to chief credit officer at First Bankers Trust. He will work to capitalize on strategic priorities and quality servicing of loan customers. Whitaker has a bachelor of science in finance degree from Western Illinois University and a masters of business administration from Quincy University. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking. Whitaker has 20 years of banking experience in the Western Illinois and St. Louis markets with an emphasis in commercial and agricultural lending. Since joining First Bankers Trust in 2011, he has been vice president and senior lender for FBT's North Region.
Gretchen Melvin, audiologist at Quincy Medical Group, recently received her doctor of audiology degree from A.T. Still University. Melvin has been a part of QMG's audiology team since 1993.
Heather J. Barnett, branch manager of Barnett Financial Partners Inc. in Keokuk, Iowa, associated with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network LLC, was selected to be on the first "Top Wealth Adviser Moms" list released by Working Mother magazine and Shook Research. Barnett has a master of science in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Joy Bockhold, behavioral health therapist, is a recipient of the Quincy Medical Group Experience the Difference Award. Recipients of this award live by the QMG mission, vision and values and go above and beyond for their patients and co-workers. Bockhold has worked for QMG for five years and was nominated by a patient's parent. She went to the hospital on her lunch hour with treatment materials and spent time helping the patient through a crisis.