People & Professions: March 30, 2014

Posted: Mar. 27, 2014 9:47 am Updated: Apr. 24, 2014 11:14 am


Dr. Lauren Welch has joined Blessing Physician Services as an audiologost. She specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss through hearing aids and other assistive devices. Dr. Welch, who attended Truman State University and the University of Louisville, is certified by the Professional Supervisor of Audiometric Monitoring Program and is a member of the American Academy of Audiology and the Illinois Academy of Audiology.

Charles W. Little has joined Klingner & Associates, P.C., Engineers-Architects-Surveyors as an engineering technician. His position in the firm involves working on water and wastewater project design and drafting. Little was a CADD instructor for a local technical college for six years, teaching the use of Autodesk AutoCAD in both 2D and 3D drawing disciplines, and other Autodesk applications such as Inventor and Mechanical Desktop. Charles has an associate's degree in applied science in drafting and design from John Wood Community College.


Quincy attorney Anthony B. Cameron recently attended an Illinois State Bar Association seminar titled "Recent Developments in DUI and Secretary of State Practice" in Fairview Heights. The seminar included multimedia presentations by expert attorneys, judges and forensic scientists, emphasizing license restoration before the Secretary of State. The seminar was directed to experienced practitioners. Cameron practices licensing, labor, municipal, employment and administrative law, with an emphasis on restoring lost driving privileges in proceedings before the Secretary of State.

Jerome Dreier of Quincy has achieved membership in the Million Dollar Round Table, the premier association of financial professionals. Dreier is a 29-year MDRT member. MDRT membership is a career milestone achieved by less than 1 percent of the world's life insurance and financial services professions. Dreier must adhere to a code of ethics, focus on providing top-quality client service and continue to grow professionally through involvement in at least one other industry association. Dreier is an financial professional at Heartland Financial Advisors in Quincy..

Karen Doyle-Buckwalter, director of program strategy at Chaddock in Quincy, was a featured keynote speaker at the National Alliance on Mental Illness conference held in Edwardsville. Buckwalter spoke about Theraplay and how it's used in the treatment of children and adults in a speech titled, "The Power of Play: Using Theraplay to Connect with Children." Theraplay is a form of therapy for children and families. Its focus is to build and enhance trust in others, address attachment issues and encourage positive engagement. Besides the keynote address, Buckwalter also spoke at several breakout sessions. Buckwalter is a certified Theraplay therapist and has taught courses on trauma and attachment issues in the United States and in Europe, Australia and Africa.

Lauren Schellenberger, assistant professor of biology and chair of the Natural and Mathematical Sciences Division at Culver-Stockton College, was appointed to the board of directors of the Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean for a three-year term at the organization's annual meeting in Bogota, Colombia. Schellenberger traveled to the association's meeting in Bogota with Scott Giltner, C-SC associate professor of history, to present a session entitled, "Rainforests, Reefs and Ruins: Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration in Short-Term, Faculty-Led Study Abroad."

Dr. Brenden D. Moon of Cornerstone Dental Health was one of five panelists in a national forum entitled "The Future of Dentistry" held in Chicago. The panelists took questions from dentists, corporate representatives, AGD Leadership and staff. Moon is currently the Illinois representative to the American Dental Association New Dentist Committee, serves on the boards of the Illinois Academy of General Dentistry, the Central Illinois AGD, and is the western Illinois delegate to the Illinois State Dental Society House of Delegates. He was also recently chosen to participate in the Colgate Educational Institute. In addition to his practice in Quincy, he is the public health dentist at the Hancock County Health Department in Carthage.

Amy Graham, director of Carthage Community Development, recently attended the 25th annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference "Revitalization and Development Opportunities." The conference offered community leaders a multitude of strategies geared toward addressing the economic challenges confronting the nation.

Randall Egdorf, John Wood Community College department chairman and assistant professor of social and behavioral sciences, donated two scholarly books he recently authored to the JWCC library. Egdorf's books examined student success factors for students attending JWCC and students at 13 Illinois community colleges.


Bruce and Sandra Bruening, and Chad Bruening of Bruening Heating & A/C Inc and Fireplaces, attended the yearly Bryant dealer meeting in Maryland Heights, Mo. They were honored by their Bryant distributor in the following categories: Bryant Evolution Extreme Top Performer, 30 Year Partnership Award with Bryant and Top Gun Award In Recognition of Volume Sales Excellence.

Burrell Smith of Monticello, Mo., a retired lineman for Lewis County REC, was inducted into the Missouri Institute of Cooperatives Hall of Fame. Smith began his cooperative involvement in 1936 upon graduation from high school and has been an ardent supporter of the cooperative movement for more than 77 years.


Homebank, formerly Palmyra State Bank, has announced the promotion of Josh Wilson to president, effective April 1. Wilson was born and raised in Palmyra, beginning his career with Palmyra State Bank after graduation from high school. Wilson was awarded the Byron Webb Scholarship upon graduation from Palmyra High School and attended Culver-Stockton College, continuing to work at the bank part-time. His full-time career with the bank started at the completion of his degree in 1998. Wilson has held numerous positions during his 20 years with the bank, leading him to his most recent position of president.


Homebank, formerly Palmyra State Bank, has announced the retirement of president/CEO Jerry L. Trower effective March 31. Trower will step down from his full-time duties but will remain with the bank as a director and will lead special projects as needed. Trower began his career in banking in 1968 as a bookkeeper for State Street Bank in Quincy, advancing through several different positions to vice president before leaving to work for Hannibal National Bank in 1982 as first vice president. He became president/CEO in 1987, the position he held until his departure from HNB in 2002. After a two-year tenure with Alliance Bank, he returned to the area to work for Palmyra State Bank in 2004 as president. During Trower's time with Homebank, he was instrumental in the addition of the branch in Hannibal and expanding the banks footprint within the Marion County, Mo., area.

Janet Brown, transcriptionist in Health Information Management at Blessing Hospital, retired after 25 years of service. Brown graduated from Annawan High School in Annawan and Gem City College in Quincy. Prior to joining Blessing Hospital, she was employed at St. Mary's Hospital, St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Hannibal, Mo., The Quincy Clinic and Quincy Medical Group.

Hilda Nixon, patient care supervisor in psychiatric services at Blessing Hospital, retired after 31 years of service at Blessing Hospital. Nixon graduated from Seymour High School in Payson in 1966 and Southeastern Community College in Keokuk, Iowa, in 1979. In 1982, Nixon started at St. Mary Hospital on the medical/surgical unit. In 1984 she became head nurse on that floor and later held positions in the staffing office and as house supervisor. In 1993, Nixon started as a nurse in psychiatric services and part-time house supervisor. In 2004, Nixon was promoted to patient care supervisor.

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