People/Professions June 29, 2014

Posted: Jun. 26, 2014 9:31 am Updated: Jul. 24, 2014 11:15 am


BASF recently added 11 new employees to its manufacturing facility located between Hanniba, Mo., and Palmyra, Mo.

Nathan Wastell, Ali Muzo Malkoc, Joel Logue, Brian Keyt and Stephan Götze joined the technical engineering support team -- Wastell as project engineer, Malkoc as maintenance/reliability engineer, Logue as I/E engineer, Keyt as first-rotation PDP engineer and Götze as project engineer. Andrea Farr joined the EHS Central Hub as EHS senior specialist. Andrew Korb and Jeff Groth joined the QC laboratory team -- Korb as laboratory technician and Groth as senior chemist and QC supervisor. Jim Morse joined the Prowl Department as production manager. Thomas Healy joined the IMI-1, IMI-2, and Thimet Counter Departments as operations manager. Rob Barton joined the Pyrrole Department as shift supervisor.

Tammy Ellison, former assistant librarian at Culver-Stockton College, has been appointed to director of instructional technology and design. This is a new director position created to enhance the use of technology in both the traditional and online classrooms at Culver-Stockton, as well as to promote best practices in course design. Ellison will continue to have an appointment in the Johann Memorial Library, where she has been promoted to associate library director. Ellison earned a bachelor of art degree in religion and philosophy from Culver-Stockton, and a master of library science and information technology degree from Drexel University and a master of instructional design and technology degree from Western Illinois University. She began working at C-SC in 2003 in acquisitions and technical services, and was named assistant librarian in January 2007

Ashley Pyle Gibson has joined the sales team at United Country Ravenscraft. She recently earned her real estate license and will sell properties in Palmyra, Mo., and the surrounding area. Gibson is office manager at Culligan Water Conditioning and lives in rural Palmyra.


Emily Robbearts has been promoted to associate director for the United Way of Adams County Inc. Robbearts, who joined the United Way staff in 2011 as the community resources associate, manages the Help Line, provides administrative support for the Quincy Area Partnership for Unmet Needs, serves as chairman for the Adams County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and the Adams County Interagency Council, coordinates a four-county district for the national Emergency Food and Shelter Program and is the local contact for distribution of the FamilyWize prescription discount card available through United Way. As associate director, she adds supervisory responsibilities for the Financial Stability Initiative, community impact and resource investment efforts as well as Get Connected, which provides online access to volunteer opportunities throughout Adams County. Robbearts has a master's degree in business from William Woods University and is certified as an information and referral specialist for aging by the Alliance for Information and Referral.

Sgt. Steven. V. Wilhoit of the Missouri State Highway Patrol will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant and assigned to the Division of Drug and Crime Control, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, effective July 1. Wilhoit, an 18-year veteran of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, was appointed to the Patrol on July 1, 1996, as a member of the 72nd Recruit Class. Upon graduating from the Patrol's Law Enforcement academy in Jefferson City, he was assigned to Troop B, Zone 3, Linn and Chariton counties. On June 1, 1999, he transferred to Zone 2, Macon. He was promoted to corporal and designated assistant zone supervisor of Zone 3 on March 9, 2003. Wilhoit also served as assistant zone supervisor in Zone 2. On Dec. 1, 2005, he transferred to the Division of Drug and Crime Control, Troop B Unit, Macon. He was promoted to sergeant on June 1, 2008, and remained in that assignment. He graduated from South Shelby High School in 1987 and from Central Missouri State University in 1991 with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice.


Cindy Shinn, lead social worker at Blessing Hospice and Palliative Care, recently earned recertification as an Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker from the National Association of Social Workers with the support of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. To earn recertification, Shinn met a number of requirements including holding a master's degree in social work, participating in continuing education related to hospice and palliative care, holding a license to practice as a professional social worker and adhering to the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and Standards for End of Life Care, and engaging in direct service to patients and their families. Shinn earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Missouri and has been a member of the Blessing Hospice and Palliative Care team for 22 years.

Raquel Kroencke of Cornerstone Foundation for Families completed recertification requirements for National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program. She has been certified as a CPS Tech since 2006. Kroencke also became certified as an educator for the Happiest Baby Program. She has been employed as a caseworker at CFF since 1995.

Erin Jurrens of St. Louis received the Recognition of Contribution Award for her work as an attorney with the Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. This is the second year in a row that she has won this award. Jurrens made suggestions for improving how cases are written that will be implemented nationwide. She is a graduate of Quincy Senior High School.

Kara Knuffman of Klingner and Associates has been selected as the 2014-15 American Consulting Engineers Council-Illinois/IL Department of Natural Resources Liaison Committee chairperson. This will be her third term in this role. Knuffman has been an environmental ecologist at Klingner since 2008, and performs various environmental services for the firm involving environmental permits, wetland delineation and mitigation, NEPA reviews, Phase I environmental site assessments, leaking underground storage tanks and ground water and air sampling. Knuffman graduated from University of Illinois with a bachelor of science degree, majoring in ecology, ethology and evolution.

Lincoln K. Lieber Jr. of Edward Jones in Quincy recently won the firm's Spirit of Partnership Award for outstanding performance during 2014. Lieber was one of only 1,053 financial advisors out of the firm's more than 13,000 to receive the award.

Members of the Quincy University Retired Faculty and Staff Association recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of the organization and elected officers for the 2014-15 year. Officers elected were Linda Godley, president; Jack Mackenzie, president-elect; Mary Ann Klein, secretary; Pat Laytham, treasurer; Rev. James Wheeler, OFM, Joanne Ortwerth and Bill Postiglione, executive committee members. Dave Costigan is immediate past-president, Al Pogge is newsletter editor, Gary Carter is trip coordinator, Paul Brown is communications director and Julie Bell is university liaison.