Tucker Heckenkamp has joined the staff of Happel Inc. Realtors. Heckenkamp has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate business. He is a graduate of Quincy College.
Yulia A. Batalova recently earned certification as a professional in human resources. Batalova received an master's of business administration degree from Quincy University in 2007 and has more than 10 years of professional business experience. The certification, awarded by the HR Certification Institute, signifies that Batalova possesses the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating a mastery of the field. To become certified, an applicant must pass a comprehensive examination and demonstrate a strong background of professional human resource experience.
Mecki Kosin, owner of the Travel House of Quincy, recently attended an Apple Vacations Platinum Retreat in Cancun, Mexico. Approximately 100 top-producing agencies from around the country were invited to attend. The Platinum Retreat was held at Secrets The Vine, a brand new six-plus rated Secrets Resort. A town hall meeting was held at the event with top Apple Vacations management. Kosin was the only travel industry representative from the Tri-State area to be invited to the event.
Carolyn Bailey, administrative director of Risk Management for Blessing Health System, has met the requirements and passed the examination to become a certified professional in healthcare risk management through the American Hospital Association. The CPHRM exam assesses knowledge in the areas of loss prevention/reduction, claims management, risk financing, regulatory/accreditation compliance, operations and bioethics. Bailey is also a certified healthcare safety professional. A five-year member of the Blessing Health System staff, she has more than 20 years' experience in risk management. Bailey is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, the Illinois Society of Healthcare Risk Management and a graduate of Sam Houston State University.
Dr. Stephen E. Halpin of Hannibal Clinic has recertified as a Certified medical director in long term care by the the American Medical Directors Certification Program. Halpin has a commitment to diabetic and geriatric care and continues to serve as a certified medical director for four local nursing homes.
A book co-editted by Ann O'Sullivan has been named the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year in the "Professional Development and Issues" category. O'Sullivan is assistant dean for support services and associate professor at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing. She wrote two chapters and co-edited the book, "Essential Guide to Nursing Practice: Applying ANA's Scope and Standards in Practice and Education," with Kathleen M. White. AJN's Book of the Year judges said that, "The Essential Guide to Nursing Practice is new, unique and a substantial resource intended to support the American Nurses Association's two foundational texts." Blessing-Rieman's Pam Brown, president/chief executive officer; and Margie Williams, professor, authored chapters in the book as well. O'Sullivan was chairperson of the ANA work group that revised the national Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice. A Blessing-Rieman faculty member since 1989, she is a nationally certified nurse executive and nurse educator. She holds master's and bachelor's degrees in nursing from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.
Susan Vahlkamp has been selected as Employee of the Month for January for the Quincy Police Department. Vahlkamp joined the Quincy Police Department on April 20, 1989, as a clerk-typist. She was promoted to records supervisor on Jan. 1, 2003. She is the LEADS coordinator for the department In addition, Vahlkamp is in charge of various department statistics.
Cyndee Lester has received the Bank of Quincy's Employee of the Year Award for 2012. Lester joined Bank of Quincy in 2008 and is an assistant vice president at the 48th Street branch location. She has 25 years of banking experience and, according to management, continues to demonstrate enthusiasm, sincerity, and personal service to each customer she serves.
First Bankers Trust Co. and First Bankers Trust Services have announced their service awards for 2012. Employees celebrating their five-year anniversary are Amber Bordewick, Emily Dedert, Katherine Disseler, Kayla Derhake, Vicky Fleer, Dawn Goestenkors, Mardy Harvey, Leigh Holstein, Pat LaLond Sr., Jonni McCombs, Larry Parn, Pamela Reckers, Mary Lou Schoch, Brooke Venvertloh and Leslie Westen. Employees celebrating 10-year anniversary are Merri Ash, Dennis Iversen, Janna Lockman, Carol McCabe, Anna Rainbolt, David Rakers and Joanne Wilson. Fifteen-year service honors were awarded to Maria Eckert, Jennifer Gordley, Brian Ippensen and Deborah Staff. Twenty-year service honors were awarded to Nancy Altenhein, Arthur Greenbank, Jody Hardy, Shirley Hayden, Nancie Houghton and Linda Shultz. Kolleen Miller and Lonette Thiele celebrated 25 years of service, and Gretchen McGee was honored for 35 years of service. Employees who received the perfect attendance award for 2012 were: Lisa Costigan, Marcia Grotte, Leigh Holstein, Pat Hull, Cathy McCleery, Debora McClelland, Pamela Reckers and Martha Woodward.
Several John Wood Community College staff and faculty members recently reached milestone service anniversaries:
Mike Terry of Quincy was honored for 25 years of service. Terry was the first full-time instructor hired at JWCC in 1987. He became language and literature department chair in 1990 and served in that capacity for 18 years, overseeing the development of the language and literature curriculum currently in place at the college. During that time he twice served as interim assistant dean of instruction and has been a full-time tenured professor since 1992. He is a member of the JWCC Internal Support Committee and has served on the Academic Assessment, Curriculum and Student Issues committees. In the fall of 2004 Terry co-chaired the Capital Campaign to fund the Student Activity Center. In 1992 he was awarded the Connections 2000 Award for Innovative Curriculum by the Illinois State Board of Education. Terry holds a bachelor's degree in English education and a master's in American literature from Truman State University.
Paula Edgar of Quincy was honored for 20 years of service. Edgar started at JWCC in 1992 as a full-time associate professor of natural sciences. She holds a bachelor's degree in medical technology and master's degree in biology from Western Illinois University. She has served on JWCC's Assessment, Tenure, Internal Support, and Faculty Senate committees. She has been a team leader for the JWCC Foundation Annual Employee Giving Campaign and volunteered her time to support the College's holiday concerts. Edgar has participated in the Library of Congress: Teaching with Primary Sources and University of Illinois Merit Immersion for Students and Teachers trainings. Additionally, Edgar completed EarthScope Training at Illinois State University.
Christina Wiewel of Quincy was honored for 20 years of service. She joined JWCC in 1992 as a language and literature professor. She holds a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Alabama and master's degree from State University of New York. Wiewel served as the faculty lead for the development of JWCC's First Year Experience (FYE) course and she continues to ensure the course's academic rigor.
Other service honors are: 15 years -- Vicky Nieders, hardware/software specialist; Cathy Stephens, business department chair and assistant professor;
10 years -- Marcia Avise, administrative assistant to the instructional deans; Kent Hawley, associate dean, dual enrollment and regional centers; Janet Ancell, enrollment services assistant; Lindsey Herren, financial aid specialist;
Five years -- Ann Schaller, administrative assistant to the director of library services and academic support center; Joyce Woodruff, administrative assistant to the director of student life and athletics; Alisa Cameron, supervisor of support services; Tony Cunningham, groundskeeper; Leah Erke, coordinator and assistant professor of hospitality and restaurant management; Patti Hibbard, educational talent search office assistant; Miracle Mallory, educational talent search advisor; Joan Mast, assistant professor of computer science; Terri Meyer, administrative assistant to the director of public relations and marketing; Dr. Ivan Paul, department chair and assistant professor of natural sciences; Jody Reid, systems coordinator; Kristi Stadler, educational talent search advisor; and Ann Vogel, assistant bookstore manager.