People/Professions June 15, 2014

Posted: Jun. 12, 2014 9:04 am Updated: Jul. 10, 2014 11:15 am


Dr. James M. Daniels II will assume the role of medical director for the Adams County Health Department, effective July 1. Dr. Daniels is a physician at the SIU Family Medicine Residency Program and holds the title of professor of family and community medicine at SIU School of Medicine. He holds a bachelor's degree from Quincy College (1980) and a medical degree from SIU (1983). His residency was completed at SIU Quincy Family Medicine (1986) and his occupational medicine fellowship is from University of California San Francisco (1988). Dr. Daniels completed his Master's of Public Health at the Medical College of Wisconsin (1992). Dr. Daniels will take the position currently held by Dr. Robert E. Merrick. Dr. Merrick has served as the Health Department's medical director since 1993. He has played a key role in developing strategies and responses to emerging public health issues, and has provided consultative work for the Department's development of a number of important public health initiatives in our community.

Tony Vincent was recently named associate director of admissions for Chaddock. Vincent began his career at Chaddock in 1997 as a youth worker. Since that time he's also been a youth counselor and program coordinator. Most recently Vincent was the manager of the Gene Simon Family Cottage. Vincent is a graduate of Quincy University and Brown County High School in Mount Sterling. As the associate director of admissions, Vincent will respond to inquiries for information concerning services offered at Chaddock. He will also facilitate the referral process for children who are placed at Chaddock and will coordinate the efforts of the admissions committee.

Dr. Kemia Sarraf has been named to the board of directors at First Bankers Trust Company. Dr. Sarraf is a board certified physician in Springfield. Dr. Sarraf is the founder and president of GenHKids, which focuses on creating a healthy generation of children.

Michele Pickett recently joined Heritage Makers as a Personal Publishing Consultant, specializing in digital scrapbooking and custom photo-merchandise design and publication. Pickett was recognized for promoting two levels to the rank of executive marketing director. Pickett was previously a unit leader with Creative Memories for over 10 years.

Dr. Kevin W. Lollar, board-certified otolaryngologist at Hannibal Regional Medical Group, has been named to the Missouri Board of Examiners for Hearing Instrument Specialists. Dr. Lollar's duties on the board will include, reviewing applicants for licensure and making recommendations to the division on matters of discipline of licenses; reviewing and approving other states with equivalent or stricter requirements for reciprocal licenses; approving the examination required for licensure and may administer the practical portion of the examination; and reviewing and approving courses for continuing education credits required for license renewal. Dr. Lollar is vice chair of the Department of Surgery at Hannibal Regional Hospital, as well as chair of the board of directors for the Center for Applied Medical Research. He also serves as the Commission on Cancer Liaison Physician to the American College of Surgeons for Hannibal Regional Hospital's cancer committee.

Peggy Huston has joined Morgan Creek Villa and Day Spa. Huston is a licensed cosmetologist, who owned and operated her own salon in Mount Sterling from 1986-2011. She graduated from the Quincy Beauty Academy in 1984.

Shawna Mitchell has rejoined Kristopher's Hair Studio. Mitchell is a licensed cosmetologist with 8-plus years of experience. She takes appointments for cuts, colors, wash and styles, wedding parties and special occasions.


Jeff Wiemelt, a broker with Coldwell Banker Mays Real Estate, Inc., was recently named to the company's International President's Elite Club for 2013. Only the top three of all sales associates/ representatives in the Coldwell Banker system qualify for the group. Wiemelt was also presented the Pearl Award by the Quincy Association of Realtors for sales and production in 2013, which was the highest award achieved out of all its members.

Mark W. Sowers of Warsaw, a representative for Modern Woodmen of America, has achieved membership in the Million Dollar Round Table. Founded in 1927, MDRT is a global, independent association of more than 38,000 of the world's leading life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 450 companies in 74 countries.

Capt. Bernie Vahlkamp has been named June Employee of the Month for the Quincy Fire Department. Vahlkamp is a 16-year veteran of the department, starting his tenure Aug. 25, 1997. He was promoted to lieutenant May 18, 2002, and captain on May 18, 2009. He is currently captain of second shift. He is certified as a Firefighter III, Apparatus Engineer, Fire Investigator, HazMat Technician, Paramedic and Fire Officer II. He earned his associate's degree in fire science from John Wood Community College and serves as the coordinator for the Water Response Team.

SIU Quincy Family Medicine announced the Employee of the Month for May was Deb Cramsey and for June the award went to Beth Koehler.