Aaron Jansen of Liberty graduated from the Illinois Conservation Police academy on Dec. 5 and was sworn in as conservation police officer. Recruits complete 24 weeks of intense general law enforcement training and specific conservation police training totaling nearly 1,000 hours. The recuit class was the first class of new CPOs since 2007, and the first to be made up entirely of military veterans.
Neil Darnell of Louisiana, Mo., has been hired as the North East Community Action Corp. Pike County service coordinator. Darnell graduated from Louisiana High School in 1990 and received a bachelor's degree in education from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville in 1997. He spent seven years teaching GED educational classes at the Northeast Correctional Center men's prison in Bowling Green, Mo. He also was an ad salesman for the Louisiana Press-Journal newspaper and worked at Ruth Jensen Village in Bowling Green. NECAC is a 12-county area not-for-profit social service, community health and public housing Community Action Agency.
Luann Stahl recently was promoted to data processing manager at Mercantile Bank. Stahl began her career with Mercantile in Retail Deposit in 1992 and was promoted to branch supervisor in 2008. She took the position of assistant to the data processing officer in 2009. In her new position she is responsible for Jack Henry operations and core processing.
Melissa Hynek has been promoted to assistant branch manager at Mercantile Bank. She joined the bank in July of this year as a customer service representative and had four years of banking experience prior to joining Mercantile. In her new position, she will assist in managing the Wal-Mart in-store location. Hynek received a bachelor's degree in sociology and art in 2007 and a master of business administration degree in 2012 from Western Illinois University.
Capt. Timothy P. McGrail, commander of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Criminal Justice Information Services Division, has been promoted to the rank of major and designated commander of the Technical Services Bureau. He will have oversight responsibility for the Criminal Justice Information Services Division, Information and Communications Technology Division, Research and Development Division, and Traffic Records Division. McGrail was appointed to the patrol on Jan. 1, 1984. He was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, and graduated from St. Thomas Seminary High School in Hannibal, Mo. He received a bachelor's of science degree in criminal justice from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.
Dr. Dennis Wagner opened Custom Dental Care on Dec. 10. Wagner is a 2007 graduate of Southern Illinois University-School of Dental Medicine in Alton, where he earned his DMD degree.He is also a 2002 graduate of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., where he earned a bachelor's degree in bology. Wagner has been practicing in Quincy at AA Dental Care since his graduation from dental school. He resides in Quincy.
Drs. David and Doug Allen of AA Dental Care recently attended the Sleep Summit in Las Vegas. The three days of lectures focused on the latest advances in sleep medicine and sleep dentistry, and the treatment of people who have snoring/sleep apnea with dental appliances in lieu of or in conjunction with CPAP machines. The Allens are both members of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Julie Leverenz, vice president of strategy and planning for Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, recently became a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation's leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. Only 8,500 healthcare executives hold this distinction. Candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement.
Diana Bockenfeld, managing broker of Bockenfeld and Associates Inc., completed the graduate course of the Graduate Relator Institute of Illinois on Nov. 26 in Bloomington. The institute examines specialized areas of real estate practice and is conducted each year by the Illinois Association of Realtors for the benefit of its 45,000 members. Attendance is voluntary.
Kip Colgrove of Liberty has been honored by Experience Works for his outstanding service to local older workers. Experience Works is the nation's largest nonprofit training and employment organization for older workers. Colgrove has received the organization's Changing Lives award, which recognizes his efforts to help low-income older workers obtain the training they need to find good jobs in their communities. A nonprofit organization, Experience Works offers community service and employment services in Illinois, 29 other states, and Puerto Rico through the Senior Community Service Employment Program.
State Street Bank awarded service pins to employees and directors at its annual holiday party Dec. 3. Mike Mahair, State Street Bank president, presented the awards for years of service. Awards presented were: five years -- Candy Gronewold, teller; Richard Niemann Jr., director; Jerry Maas, director; 15 years -- Rhonda Miller, loan processor; 25 years -- Scott Smith, cashier; 30 years -- Nancy Speckhart, assistant cashier; Barb Trenter, assistant cashier; Dave Cramsey, vice president; and 35 years -- Laurie Brinkman, trust officer. Jim White was recognized for 40 years of service to State Street Bank as former president and board of director.