People & Professions: March 17

Posted: Mar. 15, 2013 11:31 am Updated: Apr. 12, 2013 3:15 pm




Matt Garmer has joined Quincy Recycle as a financial accountant. The newly created position is responsible for compiling financial statement reports and facilitating the budget process for locations in Quincy, Chicago, and New Haven, Ind. Prior to joining Quincy Recycle, Matt worked as the student services coordinator at Bryant & Stratton College in Milwaukee and as the organization finance officer at Western Illinois University in Macomb in which he has five years of experience developing, compiling, and reporting financial budgets. He holds both a bachelor's in management and master's degree in business administration/finance from Western Illinois University.


Debra Baucom has joined Quincy Recycle as an executive assistant to Bryan Stokes, president and Philip Hildebrand Jr., vice president of operations. Prior to joining Quincy Recycle, Deb worked for Gardner Denver as an Environmental and Safety Coordinator in the Environmental and Safety Department and as an administrative assistant for the Legal Department. She is in the process of completing her Associates Degree at JWCC.




Dr. Robert Reich, veterinarian with the Animal Medical Clinics of Quincy, recently attended the 85th annual Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas. Reich participated in seminars on digital radiography in small animals for diagnosis and dentistry. A hands-on seminar for cold laser treatment in pets was also presented. Reich was awarded a third place medal in the conference's third annual 5K run in the desert environment of Sunset Park near Las Vegas while attending the meeting.


Bruce Bruening, Chad Bruening, Marty Bruening, D.J. Powell, Jared Flora, Mark Hoffman and Jeff Ohnemus, HVAC technicians from Bruening Heating & A/C and Fireplaces, recently attended Bryant's New Evolution Touch Thermostat training class. Attendees learned about the features, operation, and installation of the new revolutionary Evolution thermostat control. Technicians also earned North American Technician Excellenceaccreditation hours for their participation in the training.


Jeremy Crossan, journeyman electrician for Argabright Electrical Contractors, recently completed factory training for Koehler Generator Systems and also became a factory trained service and installation technician for Generac Generators. Crossan has the training and experience to help with the installation, service and testing of any brand of generator system.


Michelle Humphrey recently attended the Illinois States Floral Associations Spring Conference, which included hands-on floral design courses with Gregor Lersch, a master florist from Germany. Humphrey is a local floral and interior designer, and owner of


Hannibal Clinic Family Practice physician Dr. Gina Pontius recently spoke to the Northeast Missouri County Medical Society. Her presentation was titled "Heads Up, Concussion Evaluation and Management for the Primary Care Physician." The presentation included causes, signs, symptoms and treatments of concussion, specifically in athletes. Pontius has been a Family Practice Physician with Hannibal Clinic since 2011. She practices at Hannibal Clinic's Palmyra facility.



Hannibal Clinic Family Practice physician Dr. Janet Myers recently attended the Department of Transportation Certified Medical Examiner Training, presented by the American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventive Medicine. The medical examiner training course conforms to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's training curriculum modules and topics on regulations and guidelines for conducting CMV driver medical examinations. Dr. Myers has been a family practice physician with Hannibal Clinic since 1995. She practices at Hannibal Clinic's Bowling Green, Mo., office.




Michael J. Libmann of MetLife has achieved membership in the insurance industry's prestigious Million Dollar Round Table. Membership must be applied for annually and is open only to those who qualify. MDRT membership is recognized internationally as the standard of sales excellence in the life insurance and financial services business.




Animal control officer Steve Scherer has been selected as Employee of the Month for February. Steve was hired by the city of Quincy on Aug. 21, 1980. On March 24, 2003, he joined the Quincy Police Department as an animal control officer. Steve has completed both levels 1 and 2 of the National Animal Control Association Training Academy. His responsibilities include investigating reports of animal abuse and neglect, animals running at large, the enforcement of other ordinances pertaining to domestic animals, and response to dangerous animals both domesticated and wild.


Brad Kendrick has been named the Quincy Fire Department's Employee of the Month for March. He is a seven-year veteran of the department, starting his tenure on Dec. 19, 2005. He is currently assigned as a firefighter on the first shift. Kendrick is certified as a firefighter III, apparatus engineer, haz-mat technician and paramedic. He earned an asssociate's degree in fire science from John Wood Community College. He currently serves as a member of the hazardous materials and fire investigation teams.

Lisa O'Brien, who was a CNA of the Year nominee in 2011, along with LPNs Andrea Lewis, Angie Roan and Lisa Parrish, were recently honored at Bickford Assisted Living & Memory Care in Quincy for five years of service. The caregivers received a certificate of appreciation along with a gold and diamond necklace shaped like the Bickford Family Tree.


Heather Barnett of Hamilton, branch manager of Barnett Financial Partners, has been designated as a member of Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network Premier Advisors Program. Barnett has been a financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network and its predecessor firms for 17 years and has almost 20 years of experience in the brokerage industry. She has a bachelor of arts degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from Truman State University and a master of science in business administration from the University of Wisconsin and has been a certified financial planner ince May 2006.




Dianne Hively, environmental services technician at Blessing Hospital, will retired March 15 after 40 years of service. Hively started at Blessing Hospital in 1973 after previously being employed by Sunset Home. She is a 1969 graduate of Quincy Notre Dame High School and a resident of Quincy.