Josh Rizzo has joined The Herald-Whig as a sports writer after spending the last 18 months working in the sports department of the Kirksville (Mo.) Daily-Express. Rizzo is a graduate of Slippery Rock University and a native of Pittsburgh, Pa. He will be covering Quincy Notre Dame basketball this winter with a priority on prep sports coverage throughout the school year.
Richard Dark has joined The Herald-Whig as a district manager in our Circulation Department, a position he previously held for several years before leaving the area. Dark is a graduate of Pittsfield High School and Gem City Business College and attended John Wood Community College. In recent years he has worked as a general manager for the U-Haul company and worked for O'Reilly Auto Parts in Quincy.
Tim Dennis of Bowling Green, Mo., has joined the North East Community Action Corp. as supervisor of the Self-Help Housing and Modular Homes programs. Dennis is a graduate of Warsaw High School and has more than 30 years of experience in the construction and electrical business. In his new job, he will recruit applicants for the Self-Help Housing program and the Modular Home program. The applicant will then choose a home from one of several floor plans after meeting credit guidelines of lenders, who will make the purchase loans.
Dave Kroner has joined Mane Therapie Salon and Spa in Quincy. Kroner is third-degree certified in Reiki and is taking appointments on Saturday afternoons.
Quincy native Gina L. Wolf recently joined the team at Peoples Prosperity Bank as administrative assistant and loan production associate at the Commercial and Mortgage Center in Quincy. She comes to the group with more than 20 years' experience in banking and accounting, including a wide variety of operational aspects that include loan processing, property management, event planning, marketing, small business services and accounts payable.
Brandon Bloodgood has been named senior application developer at ETC ComputerLand. Bloodgood recently passed the Zend PHP 5.3 Certification. The ZCE certification ensures that clients and prospects have access to first-class software development as standard practice. ETC ComputerLand is the only firm in the area with certified programmers on staff. Bloodgood has been employed with the firm since 2006.
Hannibal Clinic Podiatrists Drs. Michelle and Scott Friedersdorf recently attended a seminar in Las Vegas sponsored by the International Foot and Ankle Foundation. The seminar's goals and objectives were to provide 25 continuing medical education hours of detailed and in-depth discussion on specific foot and lower leg conditions and how to diagnose and treat them. Michelle Friedersdorf attended podiatric medical school at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences-College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and completed her podiatric residency at Botsford General Hospital, an affiliate of Michigan State University. She is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Scott Friedersdorf attended podiatric medical school at Des Moines University-College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. He completed his residency at Detroit Medical Center (Wayne State University) and is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
Ryan Willingham has graduated from the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute Basic Firefighter Operations Academy. Willingham, of Quincy, will serve on the Quincy Fire Department. He participated in a ceremony conducted at the Institute's Champaign campus on Friday, Oct. 19. Basic Firefighter Operations Academy is a six-week course designed to prepare firefighters to develop skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level personnel to become functioning members of a fire company.
Three Blessing Hospital clinical pharmacists have earned certification in Antibiotic Stewardship from the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists. Dustin Duey, Eric Martin and Tim Kincaid completed a year-long training program and a successful final project submission to achieve certification. Antibiotic Stewardship is designed to improve patient care, reduce healthcare expenditures and potentially reduce rates of resistance and prolong the continued usefulness of antimicrobial agents available to treat infections through development of a strong knowledgebase in microbiology, pharmacology and disease state management. Duey is a graduate of the University of Kansas. Martin is a graduate of Midwestern University. Kincaid graduated from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
Sgt. Dan DuHamel has been selected as Employee of the Month for the month of October by the Quincy Police Department. DuHamel joined the QPD on Sept. 23, 1998. He has a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University. In 1999, he was transferred to the Investigative Unit as a youth investigator; he later served as a criminal investigator. On Aug. 30, 2004, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and has since worked as a patrol supervisor. He is a master Taser instructor, a certified juvenile officer and a clan lab officer. In 2011, DuHamel received the department's traffic safety award as the Grant Officer for 2011.
John D. Ballance, of the Quincy office of Edward Jones, recently received the firm's Jim McKenzie Award. Ballance received his award for exceptional achievement in building client relationships. He was one of 933 of the firms 12,000 financial advisors to receive the award.
Dr. Brenden D. Moon, of Cornerstone Dental Health, Quincy, was awarded Fellowship in the Academy of Dentistry International during convocation ceremonies at the annual meeting of the USA section, held Oct. 21 in San Francisco. The Academy is an international honor society for dentists. Fellowship is by nomination and is a distinctive honor bestowed upon dentists who have contributed to society in one or more ways, such as service to the profession, public, country, community and mankind. Moon is a graduate of Mississippi College and the University of Mississippi School of Dental Medicine. He also serves the public at the Hancock County Health Department in Carthage. Moon is a member of the American Dental Association, the Illinois State Dental Society, and the T.L. Gilmer Dental Society, where he currently serves as president.