Bank officer named associate of year; chiropractor gets protege of the year

Sue McGee-Chiodini, left, and Breane Schafer
Posted: Feb. 8, 2013 12:41 pm Updated: Mar. 1, 2013 1:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Sue McGee-Chiodini feels the most gratifying part of her work is helping fulfill people's dreams after they are gone.

McGee-Chiodini is a trust officer at Mercantile Bank and has a combined 91/2 years experience in trust and treasury management.

"We make sure the money that was left is used as they stipulated," she said. "Whether it might be for grandkids' education or medical reasons, we make sure it happens the way they wanted. The person who creates a trust usually has stipulations."

McGee-Chiodini has been named the Associate of the Year for the Quincy chapter of the American Business Women's Association.

Dr. Breane Schafer is the organization's Protege of the Year. Schafer is a chiropractor, acupuncturist and nutritionist who owns her own business in Quincy.

McGee-Chiodini, a Quincy native, also teaches a class in entrepreneurial finance at Quincy University, a new role for her that she just started in January.

"Each week it becomes more comfortable," said McGee-Chiodini, who earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees at QU.

Schafer, also a native of the area, returned to Quincy three years ago after operating a practice in Godfrey.

"I love natural medicine," she said. "The most gratifying part of what I do is when someone comes to me after having tried other treatments and (is helped)."