Paulette Sackett has joined Great River Recovery Resources and Family Resource Center as marketing specialist. Sackett has a bachelor's degree in public relations and more than 10 year's experience in the health care field. She has worked with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md., Watertown Regional Medical Center in Watertown, Wis., and Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, N.C.
She recently moved to Quincy from Minnesota.
Joel Swisher has been named mortgage loan representative at Mercantile Bank. He joined the bank as a teller in 2010 and became a customer service representative later that year. In 2011 he joined the Mortgage Department as mortgage loan processor. Swisher's new responsibilities included taking mortgage applications and conducting mortgage underwriting along with providing customers with the right products and services to meet their needs. He also will answer customer questions and assist in the processing of mortgage files. Swisher received an associate's degree in liberal studies from Moberly Area Community College in 2006 and a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in management from Hannibal-LaGrange College in 2008.
Tollie Mohr has been promoted to assistant branch manager at Mercantile Bank. She joined the bank in 2009 as a teller and also worked as a customer service representative. She was named lead teller at the Mercantile Center location in 2011. Mohr has 12 years of banking experience prior to joining Mercantile. In her new position, she will assist in managing the Retail Department at the Mercantile Center.
Steven Icenogle has been promoted to assistant branch manager at Mercantile Bank. He joined the bank as a teller in 2011 and became a customer service representative earlier this year. In his new position, he will assist in managing the Fifth and Maine location as well as continue to handle customer service. Icenogle received an associate of science degree in economics from John Wood Community College in 2008 and a bachelor's degree in business with an emphasis in economics from Western Illinois University in 2010.
Former Quincy resident Matt Klauser has been promoted to managing consultant with BKD in Kansas City, Mo. Klauser assumed the new role on Dec. 1. Klauser has more than six years of experience providing financial planning, consulting and advisory services to clients across multiple industries. He is a certified merger and acquisition advisor and a member of the Alliance of Merger and Acquisition Advisors. Klauser is a 2005 graduate of Drury University, Springfield, Mo., with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He earned a master's of business administration degree in 2006.
Chris Chinn of Clarence, Mo., was elected to a second two-year term on the Missouri Farm Bureau board of directors at the organization's 98th annual meeting Dec. 4 at the Lake of the Ozarks. Chinn represents District 2, encompassing the northeast area of the state. Chinn and her family reside on the family's hog farm. She manages the production and financial records for the family's 1,500 sow farrow-to-finish hog operation, as well as the family's feed mill. Chinn served on the Missouri Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. In 2007, she served as chairman for the American Farm Bureau YF&R Committee and as advisory member on the board of directors for the American Farm Bureau Federation. Currently, she is a Shelby County Farm Bureau board member, YF&R chair, and secretary. More recently, Chinn was involved in developing and facilitating Farm Bureau's Spokespersons Working Together for Agriculture program to help county Farm Bureau leaders better tell the story of agriculture.
Dr. Robert Reich of Animal Medical Clinics of Quincy recently attended an educational summit meeting sponsored by Pfizer Inc. at the St. Louis Marriot West. The seminar dealt with managing the veterinary pharmacy to enhance the efficiency and value for patients and clientele into the next decade. The goal is to present the most up-to-date treatments at the best cost value to improve the health and wellbeing of our pet population. Reich was one of four people from Illinois to participate.
Virginia Mock, 84, of Macomb has been named the Alzheimer's Association-Central Illinois Chapter's new Ambassador for the 18th Congressional District. In this volunteer position, she will act as a constituent leader on Alzheimer's disease and will cultivate a working relationship with U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. She'll meet with Schock four times a year and participate in monthly teleconferences with Association staff and fellow ambassadors across the country.
John Wood Community College retirees recently established a Retirees Association. Led by acting president and secretary, Joan and Ron Larner, the group developed a mission statement, by-laws and membership directory and formally launched the association in May. The purpose of the association is to provide communication between John Wood retirees and the college. Newly elected officers for 2013 are Bonnie Scranton, president; Sandy McKelvie, vice-president; and Kathie Clark, secretary/treasurer.
Four caregivers were recently honored for their service at Bickford Assisted Living & Memory Care in Quincy. Dorothy Lepper-Smith, Joyce Shepard, Joe Hoener and Sue Ostermiller have all been caregivers at Bickford of Quincy for more than five years. They were honored with a special certificate and thank you letter signed by Mary Bickford's three grandsons, and presented with a gold/diamond "Bickford Family Tree" necklace pendant by Bickford of Quincy Director Joe Bordewick.
State Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, recently was awarded the Legislative Spirit of Enterprise Award by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. "To be recognized by them is a huge honor. I am proud to work with this organization whenever possible, in order to improve Missouri's business climate for years to come," Munzlinger said. The Spirit of Enterprise Award was established in 1990 to recognize legislators who have consistently worked to protect the free-enterprise system in Missouri. Munzlinger is one of three lawmakers who were honored during the Missouri Chamber annual meeting on Nov. 14 at the Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis.
Janet Still of Mount Sterling was honored by the Illinois Department of Agriculture at the department's annual Employee Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Dec. 13 for 25 years of outstanding service.
Philip Bradshaw has been honored with the Illinois Soybean Association Excellence in Leadership award. Bradshaw, a soybean and hog producer from Griggsville, is a past chairman for the United Soybean Board, World Initiative for Soy in Human Health and the World Soy Foundation. He also has been active in state soybean leadership as well. The ISA also honored U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock with its Excellence in Advocacy/Market Access award. He represents the 18th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Sheila Neastea, ATM/debit card coordinator, has retired after 35-plus years of service with Mercantile Bank. She joined the bank in 1977 as a teller and moved into customer service in 1980. While working in customer service she also handled safe deposit, administered debit cards and took care of ATM maintenance, balancing and service. In 2005 she moved to the Data Processing Department to be solely responsible for ATM and debit card administration. In this position, she was responsible for issuing ATM and debit cards, monitoring transaction activity, updating files and reports, and troubleshooting transactions. Prior to Mercantile, Neastea worked at Motorola, Sears and Montgomery Ward.