Sheri Busse of Emerald City Jewelers has successfully completed the annual American Gem Society recertification exam. This mandatory exam was developed to maintain professional credentials, which demonstrates ongoing commitment to the society's mission of consumer protection through continued education and upholding the highest ethical standards. Every year Busse is required to pass an exam encompassing the latest industry developments.
Dr. Lacey Hauk, Stacy Moulton, Kimberly Whitaker and Julie Viehmeyer of Advanced Dental Care recently attended the Orthodontic Case Finishing Conference 2017 in Las Vegas. The comprehensive course focused on perfecting case finishing skills and new appliance therapy. In addition, there were hands-on opportunities for staff on bonding materials and impression taking and front desk and administration skills. Hauk is a general dentist who has taken postgraduate courses focusing on orthodontics and Invisalign.
Leia Morrison of Warsaw recently graduated from the Illinois Leader Program. She is executive director of Hancock County Senior Services at Hancock Village in Carthage.
Mary Smith of Palmyra, Mo., has been promoted to loan officer at Homebank in Palmyra. Smith joined the bank in January 2013 as a consumer loan officer, handling mortgage and consumer loans. Her new position expands her authority to lend for small commercial, agriculture and business loans.
Craig Borchard has been named creative director for Media Development in Quincy. He was hired as the agency's marketing manager in July. He will keep this title and its responsibilities in his new role. Before joining Media Development, Borchard was director of marketing and public relations at Great River Health Systems in West Burlington, Iowa, for 22 years. Before this, he was senior writer/medical writer at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Borchard has a bachelor's degree in mass communications and English from Buena Vista University and a master's degree in public relations and speech communication from the University of Northern Iowa.