Amanda Stotts has joined the American Red Cross as development specialist and office manager. Stotts comes to the Red Cross with more than 12 years experience in marketing and communications. As development specialist/office manager, she will represent the Red Cross in the community, raise funds to support local services and ensure the effective coordination of the Quincy headquarters operations. Stotts received her bachelor's of business degree from Western Illinois University with emphasis in finance and marketing.
Courtnee Sheridan, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., has joined Poole Communications, which is headquartered in Hannibal, Mo., and has offices in Hannibal, Poplar Bluff and Marshall, Mo. Sheridan graduated from Freed-Hardeman University in December 2011 with a bachelor's degree in mass media. She has experience in radio, television, graphic design and other media avenues.
Wendy L. McDonald has joined the staff of Klingner & Associates P.C., Engineers-Architects-Surveyors, in Quincy. Her duties will include grant writing and administrative services for multiple internal departments as well as the firm's clients. McDonald has 14 years experience with all aspects of grant and funding activities, and worked with serveral local and regional entities in the field. She was a Community Development Assistance Program presenter in 2003 and 2004 in Springfield, Ill., on behalf of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. McDonald, of Quincy, graduated from Western Illinois University in Macomb with a bachelor's degree in geography. She's participated in additional Community Development training, including courses from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and several professional grant-writing courses.
Sgt. Kevin C. Kelley of the Missouri State Highway Patrol has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant and designated assistant director of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, General Headquarters, in Jefferson City, Mo. Kelley joined the patrol on July 1, 1994, as a member of the 67th Recruit Class. After graduating from the Patrol's Law Enforcement Academy, he was assigned to Troop B, Zone 8, Marion and Ralls counties. He worked in Zone 1, Macon, Zone 10, Moberly, and Zone 5, Kirksville, prior to being promoted to corporal in 2003. As a corporal, he was designated assistant zone supervisor and assigned to Troop B, Zone 3, Linn and Chariton counties. In 2008, Kelley was promoted to sergeant, designated zone supervisor, and assigned to Zone 10, Randolph and Monroe counties. Later in 2008, he transferred to Troop B, Zone 12, to the newly created position of commercial vehicle enforcement trooper, where he supervised commercial vehicle operations in the Troop B, Macon, area. Kelly graduated from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., in 1992, with a bachelor's of science degree in criminal justice.
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.
Two professors from Culver-Stockton College have been accepted to present at conferences within their areas of expertise. Patrick Hotle, professor of history, has had a paper accepted at the Symposium of Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University, June 17-19. His paper will focus on how to make it at the court of Henry VIII, and the long career of Thomas Magnus. Hotle is also coordinator of study abroad programs and holds the John A. Sperry Jr. Endowed Chair of Humanities at Culver-Stockton. D'Ann Campbell, professor of history, has had a paper accepted at the Historians of the Twentieth Century United States in Manchester, England, July 4-6. Her paper is titled, "Eleanor Roosevelt as America's wartime voice."
Sgt. Troy Rupert was selected as Illinois State Police District 20 Trooper of the Year and will represent District 20 as a candidate for the Illinois State Police Officer of the Year in Springfield. Rupert began his Illinois State Police career in April 1999 after working four years with the Quincy Police Department. Upon completion of his training at the Illinois State Police Academy, he was assigned to Pittsfield, District 20 patrol. While Rupert's primary duties focus on patrol, he has served as District 20's K-9 officer, Special Enforcement Team member for multiple years, and continues to perform field training officer, and fuvenile officer duties. He also has received two department dommendations. During 2007, he was recognized by the Illinois Department of Transportation for his efforts in DUI enforcement. Rupert resides in Quincy.
Phyllis Wagner, a registered nurse at the Blessing Hospital, retired on Feb. 4 after 24 years of service at the hospital. Wagner retires from the pediatric floor at Blessing Hospital after starting on the floor in 1989. She is a 1970 graduate of Indiana University and previously worked at Riley Children's Hospital in Indiana. Wagner is a resident of Quincy.
Linda Lung of Quincy has retired after 36 years of service at the Department of Children and Family Services of Illinois. Lung recieved a secretarial certificate at Gem City College in 1977. A retirement party was given in her honor by her co-workers.