People & Professions: Feb. 10

Posted: Feb. 9, 2013 3:11 am Updated: Mar. 10, 2013 1:15 am



Susan Wathen has joined Hannibal Regional Healthcare System as vice president of human resources. Wathen comes to the health organization with 10 years of senior leadership experience as senior vice president of human resources at F&M Bank and is a certified senior professional in human resources. Wathen is a native of Hannibal, a graduate of Hannibal High school, and has held many leadership positions within the community including service on the board of directors for Hannibal Free Public Library, member and past president of the Hannibal Early Bird Kiwanis Club and past president of the Quincy Area Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management.


Julie Duffy has joined Custom Dental Care in Quincy as a registered dental hygienist. Duffy studied at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and worked in a dental office through college. She transferred to Lewis and Clark Community College to earn her degree in dental hygiene and her certification as a dental assistant. She is licensed in Illinois and Missouri as a dental hygienist with certification in administering local anesthetics and nitrous oxide. She has seven years experience in the dental field includes working as a receptionist, dental assistant and dental hygienist. She is involved in the American Dental Hygienist Association and volunteers for Clean and Screen, which provides oral health screenings, cleanings and physicals to underprivileged children. Dr. Dennis Wagner opened Custom Dental Care on Dec. 10.


Leann Pillars has joined Custom Dental Care in Quincy as a receptionist and dental assistant. She has 3 ½ years experience as a dental and is certified in coronal polishing and nitrous oxide monitoring. Pillars is a native of Quincy.


Michel Grue has joined Custom Dental Care in Quincy as a dental assistant. Grue has worked with Dr. Dennis Wagner since 2007 as a dental assistant at AA Dental. In 2008 she received certification in coronal polishing and sealants and in 2012 became certified in nitrous oxide monitoring through a course at the Southern Illinois University Dental School in Alton. Grue graduated from Central High School in Camp Point and studied at John Wood Community College. Prior to working in the dental field, she worked in group homes for the developmentally disabled.



Ellen Abernathy, a home health clinical supervisor for the Hancock County Health Department, has successfully completed the Outcome and Assessment Information Set specialist-clinical exam and is now OASIS certified. This exam is the only nationally standardized, psychometrically validated test that evaluates a clinician's knowledge of OASIS guidelines. OASIS is a quality measure used in home health agencies across the country to enhance care for patients in the home.


Former Quincyan Rod Bockenfeld has been re-elected to serve a third term on the Board of County Commissioners of Arapahoe County, Colo. Arapahoe County is in the south metropolitan area of Denver. Bockenfeld also was selected by his fellow colleagues to serve as the chairman. Bockenfeld is a 1974 graduate of Catholic Boy's High School in Quincy, holds a bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University in Macomb, and is a graduate of the University of Colorado Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colo. He is a son of Patricia Meado and Donald Bockenfeld of Quincy.


Jenny Dickhut of Blessing Hospital has passed the medical-surgical certification examination of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In addition passing the examination, certification requirements included two years of full-time practice as a registered nurse; 2,000 hours of clinical practice; and completion of 30 hours of continuing education. Dickhut is the nurse educator on the 2400 Medical-Surgical Unit at Blessing Hospital. She is a four-year member of the hospital staff and a graduate of Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing.

Lynnae Glascock, pediatric occupational therapist and sensory integration certified, of the Behavioral Health Department at Quincy Medical Group, was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Vision Intervention Program. VIP works to train and assist schools in identifying children with visual processing issues. According to the American Optometric Association, about 10 million children under the age of 12 in the United States have vision problems that make it hard for them to cope with the expectations at home and school. VIP also trains individuals within the school setting with a customized visual processing remediating program to increase the child's ability to process visual information needed for learning.


Quincy University Assistant Professor of Theology Matthew Bates' first book, "The Hermeneutics of the Apostolic Proclamation: The Center of Paul's Method of Scriptural Interpretation," was published in November by Baylor University Press. The book focuses on the Apostle Paul's method and motivation in appealing to the Old Testament when writing his letters to illustrate how he was the earliest Christian author. A copy of the book is available for review at Brenner Library on the Quincy University campus. Bates and his book will be honored at a Town & Gown event in March. The Town and Gown Reading and Lecture Series is free and open to the public. More information on the event will be released at a later date.

Nancy Dolan, Quincy Public Library executive director, has been selected to take part in ILEAD USA (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover), a year-long technology and leadership skills institute designed to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools and the creation of an easy-to-replicate model program. Dolan will serve as a team member along with participants from across Illinois. Concurrent ILEAD USA sessions will be held in Colorado, Utah, Ohio and Iowa. Participants take part in three four-day sessions over the course of nine months, beginning March 25-28.




Jennifer Mead Gervasi, spouse of Quincy University's president, has been named as recipient of the 2012 President's Award by Leadership Illinois, a statewide network of 600 professionals that provides education relating to the advancement of women. The President's Award is given to a member who has made a significant contribution to Leadership Illinois and its success over the past program year. Gervasi was selected for her contributions to two of the organization's three professional development conferences. She co-chaired and organized the Power of the Individual conference in July 2012 -- the first such conference ever held in Quincy. This three-day event focused on leadership development and highlighted Quincy history, arts and architecture. Through her professional contacts, Gervasi also arranged for the organization to visit the Merchandise Mart during a Chicago program, the first such visit in Leadership Illinois' 25-year history.