Christina Wilson has joined The Herald-Whig as administrative assistant to the general manager. Wilson is a graduate of Quincy Senior High School and John Wood Community College. She has worked for 10 years at the AdForce Advertising Agency in a variety of roles, including secretary, office manager and marketing consultant/media buyer. Most recently, she has served as vice president of the agency, managing staff and client accounts. Wilson also has served since 2007 as the volunteer marketing coordinator for Birthright of Quincy.
Bill Timmerwilke has recently joined the O'Brien Insurance Agency as a sales representative. He has been in the insurance business for more than 30 years. His background includes insurance sales, management and claims experience. Timmerwilke has attended numerous insurance schools and has a Life Underwriter Training Council designation.
Mara Clingingsmith has joined Moore Insurance Advisors in Quincy as the new business development specialist. Clingingsmith has worked in the media industry for 25 years, most recently as president/CEO for KHQA. She is a graduate of John Wood Community College and Quincy University. She is licensed in property/casualty and will be developing new business ventures.
Mercantile Bank is pleased to announce the following promotions:
Brandy Willer has been promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer. Willer began her career as an accountant in 2003, was promoted to accounting officer in 2007, and named vice president of accounting in 2011. Her duties include oversight of accounting operations, financial reporting and regulatory filings, budget and projection process, participation in asset/liability management and internal audit function, and overall general ledger maintenance. She is a registered certified public accountant with a bachelor's degree in accounting from Quincy University.
Ashley Harrison has been named trust administration associate. She joined the bank in 2008 as a product and service specialist and also served as a customer service representative. Harrison will work directly with the trust officers in administration of accounts. She earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Illinois-Springfield.
Vicki Schwartz has been named asset management associate of trust services. She joined Mercantile in 1997 in the Commercial Loan Department and recently worked for the bank holding company. In her new position, she will work directly to assist the trust officers and chief investment officer.
Lori Thompson, a certified registered central service technician in the Sterile Processing Department at Blessing Hospital, has been promoted to supervisor. Thompson is certified by the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management. The certification requires 400 hours of on the job training and passage of a certification test. A resident of Quincy, Thompson is a four-year member of the Sterile Processing Department at Blessing Hospital.
Quincy Attorney Anthony B. Cameron recently attended an Illinois State Bar Association seminar, "Recent Developments in DUI and Secretary of State Practice," in Bloomington. The seminar included featured multimedia presentations by expert attorneys, judges and forensic scientists, emphasizing blood evidence and license restoration. The seminar was directed to experienced practitioners. Cameron practices administrative law with an emphasis on restoring lost driving privileges in proceedings before the secretary of state, licensing, labor, municipal and employment law with principal offices in Quincy.
Hannibal Clinic Family Practice Physician Dr. Janet Myers recently attended a seminar at Harvard Medical School in Boston. The seminar, "The Revolutionary Practice of Mind Body Medicine," was designed to help health professionals understand how mind/body interactions impact physiologic reactions. Myers also attended a seminar titled "Osteopathic Treatment: Hunting for the Trophy Technique," held at A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Kirksville, Mo. The program focused on finding the best osteopathic technique to treat common problem areas. Myers has been a family practice physician with Hannibal Clinic since 1995 and practices at Hannibal Clinic's Bowling Green, Mo., facility.
Brian Pahlmann of NuFit For You and Quincy Medical Group Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine recently completed the Road Runners Club of America Coaching Certification Program and earned the credential of certified adult distance running coach. In addition to his role as instructor and trainer at NuFit For You and his running services including video gait analysis, Pahlmann coaches runners of all levels to complete and improve performance in running events of all distances. Beginning in February, he will use these skills and his nearly 20 years of experience in the exercise field as leader of the 2013 Bridge the Gap to Health half-marathon training program.
Four registered nurses from Blessing Beginnings: The Birth Center of Blessing Hospital, have earned national certification. Jamie Lash, Heather Mahsman and Beth Fajkus Oberbeck earned certification in obstetrical nursing. Lacy Nichols earned low risk neonatal certification. Specialty certification in nursing is a voluntary process of validating knowledge, skills and abilities beyond the scope of RN licensure. Certification requirements include a minimum of two years practice in the nursing specialty; at least 2,000 experience in direct patient care; and passage of written examination. Lash is a five-year member of the Blessing Hospital nursing staff. She worked in Non-Invasive Cardiology before joining the Blessing Beginnings staff. She is a graduate of Quincy University/Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing. Mahsman is a seven-year member of the Blessing Beginnings nursing staff and a graduate of Quincy University/Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing. Fajkus Oberbeck is a five-year member of the Blessing Beginnings nursing staff and is a graduate of Culver-Stockton College/Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing. Nichols is a five-year member of the Blessing Hospital nursing staff. She worked on the 2400 medical/surgical unit before joining Blessed Beginnings. She is a graduate of John Wood Community College and member of the Academy of Neonatal Nursing.
Quincy University associate professor of education Cindy Lovell recently published an article in the Huffington Post, a popular blog and news aggregator website. "Hal Holbrook in Hannibal and Hartford: Mark Twain Comes Home" compares the similarities between Holbrook and Twain in relation to their boyhood struggles and their ability to overcome challenges to achieve great success. Lovell recently attended the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor award ceremony in Washington, D.C., as an invited guest. In addition to her position with QU, she also serves as executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Mo. Lovell is co-author of the book, "Down the Mississippi: A Modern-day Huck on America's River Road," and wrote and co-produced "Mark Twain Words and Music," a recording that tells of Twain's life through spoken-word and song.
Firefighter Ryan Bigelow has been named the November employee of the month at the Quincy Fire Department. Bigelow first started with the QFD on Jan. 12, 2004. He is an eight-year veteran of the department. Bigelow is certified as a Firefighter III, apparatus engineer, hazardous materials technician and paramedic. He has served as a CPR instructor and as a member of the Hazardous Materials Team.
The Good Samaritan Home Association recently honored employees for their years of service during its annual meeting. They are:
35 years -- Frances Crabree, Housekeeping/Laundry director; 30 years -- Sarah Riggs, Food Service director, and Kris Humphrey, Medical Records; 25 years -- Chris Campen, CNA, and Beth Boster, NCNP; 20 years -- Paula Starman, CNA, Sheila Trumblee, Dietary, Angie Winfield, Social Services aide, John French, Dietary, and Connie Ware, Housekeeping; 15 years -- Connie Paben, PRA, Ginny Householder, CNA, and Amanda Watkins, CNA; 10 years -- Karen Druffel, Dietary, Missy Loos, Human Resources director, Tina Boltz, CNA, Annie Hildebrand, assistant director of nursing, Stacy Arrowsmith, receptionist, Alishia Harscher, CNA, Anne Robinson, Dietary, Jackie Campen, CNA, Tammy Doyle, PRA, Linda Barry, Laundry, and Barb Campbell, Housekeeping; five years -- Tanya Mellon, In-Service coordinator, Danielle Catterson, Dietary, Becca Grotte, CNA, Michelle Roberts, Dietary, Lill Harvey, Housekeeping, Cassie Hedges, CNA, Terry Reardon, Maintenance, Taylor Delcour, universal worker, Amanda Harness, LPN, Lesa Kramer, Dietary, Melissa Boernson, CNA, and Ami Mosley, CNA.
Amy Lannerd was named YP Quincy Member of the Year 2012 at a recent reception at the Quincy Country Club. Lannerd is an attorney and partner at Lewis, Longlett and Lannerd. She has been a member of YP since 2006, is a past YP Board Member and is on the Big Dam Race Committee. Two other finalists honored were Maria Connoyer and Emily Tait. Connoyer is a practicing dentist and owner of two offices, one in Quincy and one in Mount Sterling. Tait is the global compensation manager for Gardner Denver Inc. To be eligible, nominees had to be members of YP Quincy.
David Huseman and Diane Dabney are retiring from the Quincy Postal Employees' Credit Union. Huseman has been part of the credit union for 33 years. During his time, he has served as a director on the Board of Directors, including chairman of the board for eight years. He also served as president of the credit union for the last 25 years. Dabney has served the credit union for the past 27 years as the office manager. She also has served the last nine years as one of the directors on the board of directors.