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People/Professions July 6, 2014

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APPOINTMENTS

Dan Cook has been named director of investments for United Community Bancorp Inc. In addition to his corporate investment responsibilities, Dan will continue to serve as a senior trust officer and chief investment officer of Mercantile Bank as well as president of Mercantile Investments Inc. Cook joined Mercantile Bank in 1994, after working for more than 15 years in finance and investment banking with Edward Jones, Dean Witter Reynolds, Centerre Bank, and Southwest Bank of St. Louis. He has a bachelor's degree in business management from Quincy University and has diplomas from the Graduate School of Banking, University of Wisconsin, and the Graduate Schools of Investments and Bank Financial Management at Cal-Poly, the University of South Carolina and Vanderbilt University. For eight years, he served as an instructor and section leader of bank investments at Illinois Bankers Association at the University of Illinois-Champaign.

Julie Bowen has been promoted to director of marketing for United Community Bancorp Inc. In her new role, Bowen will be responsible for planning and coordinating the marketing strategies for each of the company's four banks including Mercantile Bank, United Community Bank, Marine Bank and Trust, and Brown County State Bank. Bowen has been with Mercantile since 1994, where she began in the Consumer Lending and Retail Deposit departments. In 1998 she joined the Marketing Department, becoming its manager in 2000. She has most recently been responsible for the marketing and compliance departments of Mercantile Bank. Bowen holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing from Missouri Southern State University and an AS degree in business administration from John Wood Community College. She has also earned diplomas from the Illinois Banker's Association's Consumer Lending School and the American Bankers Association's Essentials of Marketing for Bankers School.

Charles H.W. Burch of Kampsville has been appointed resident circuit judge for Calhoun County. He replaces Richard D. Greenlief, who retired earlier this year. Burch was the Assistant State's Attorney in Pike County from 2005 through 2013. He was raised in Calhoun County and graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory in St. Louis in 1996. He graduated from St. Louis University in 2000 and received his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in January 2004. He was admitted to the Illinois bar on May 6, 2004.

Doreen James has been named director of sales for Townsquare Media for the four station cluster that covers the Quincy and Hannibal, Mo., markets and includes KICK, KRRY, KHMO and WLIQ. James has more than 15 years of media sales and management experience, and will oversee all aspects of the sales efforts and develop innovative advertising and marketing solutions for local, regional and national customers.

Katie Marney of Canton, Mo., has been named the director of the Carl Johann Memorial Library at Culver-Stockton College, filling the position after the retirement of former director Sharon Upchurch. Marney is completing a doctorate in information resources and library science at University of Arizona with a dissertation on self-published histories in the United States. She also holds a master of arts in information resources and library science from University of Arizona. In addition, Marney has earned a master of arts in history and a bachelor of art in history from Central Washington University. In addition to her work as library director, Marney will teach courses in history. Her prior teaching experience includes courses on U.S. history at Pima Community College and the history of books and publishing at University of Arizona.

Activities

Cindy Spake, licensed massage therapist and owner of Quincy Health Arts, recently completed training through the Center of Compassionate Touch to become a Compassionate Touch Practitioner in eldercare and hospice settings. The training included direct patient care at a residential care facility in the Chicago area. Spake is entering her 25th year as a licensed massage therapist.

Scott Ruff of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Quincy recently won the firm's Edward Jones Sr. Founders Award for his exceptional achievement in building client relationships.

Betsy R. Rush of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Palmyra, Mo., recently won the firm's Ted Jones Entrepreneurial Award for her exceptional achievement in building client relationships.

Quincy Police Department officer Jeff Baird has been selected as Employee of the Month for July 2014. Baird joined the department on July 19, 1993. During his tenure he has been a patrol officer, K-9 officer and detective. He is currently a patrol officer assigned to the day shift. Baird is a member of both the Emergency Response Team and the ILEAS Region 6/7 Weapons of Mass Destruction Special Response Team.

Tanya Blickhan, a nurse in pain management at Blessing Hospital, earned certification in pain management from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Requirements for this voluntary certification include practice as a registered nurse in a role that involves aspects of pain management for at least 2,000 hours in the three years before taking the national certification examination, completion of 30 hours of continuing education with a minimum of 15 hours related to pain management in the three years before taking the national certification examination, and passage of the examination. Blickhan is a 24-year member of the Blessing Hospital nursing staff. In addition to being a member of the Pain Management staff, she is a Pain Resource Nurse, available for to consult with fellow nurses from any Blessing Hospital department regarding management of patient pain. She earned a master of science in nursing degree from the University of Phoenix.

Retirements

Cheryl Hoebing of Quincy, senior secretary at Blessing Hospital Care Management, retired after 23 years of service at Blessing Hospital and 45 years in her field. Hoebing graduated from Astoria High School and went on to Gem City Business College. Prior to joining Blessing, she held secretarial positions at St. Mary's Hospital in Radiology and Nursing Administration. She also worked for the Department of Endocrinology and Infertility with Southern Illinois University-Springfield. She joined Blessing Hospital part-time in the Physical Therapy Department in1991 and later returned to Blessing with the Continuity of Care Department, now Care Management, in 1993.

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