People & Professions

People and Professions: Reported June 24, 2018

Posted: Jun. 24, 2018 1:25 am


John Wood Community College's nursing program recently held its pinning and recognition ceremony for graduating licensed practical nurses and nursing associate degree recipients.

These graduates were among those receiving LPN pins: Tanner Crisp, Rosemary Hatfield, Matthew Hayden, Lauren Mueller, Jena Schaffer, Emily Schwedes, Tracey Smith and Mc-Kenna Uplinger, all of Quincy; Jennifer Cassens of Camp Point; Jennifer Dennis of Pittsfield; Kristina Fessler and Kelsey Stephens of Liberty; Kaitlyn Hocking of Plainville; Lindsay Hoebing and Carley Simmons of Mendon; Harley Huether of Bluffs; and Joshua Moore of Rushville.

These graduates received ADN pins: Jennifer Benavidez, Donna Cramsey, Meagen Hufford, Ashley McCaughey, Samantha Smith, Taylor Steffen, Olivia Sullivan and Michelle Wortman, all of Quincy; Tiffany Brooks and Desirae Reimers of Pittsfield; Evan Colston of Barry; Leigh Crane of Nebo; Kendra Davis of Clayton; Diana Harris of Barry; Mary Hopkins of Naples; Kaylee Ussery of Augusta; Courtney Zimmerman of Bluffs; Leah Drebenstedt of Maywood, Mo., Ranesiah Hinojosa, Emily Mitchell, Joshua Sherman, Francesca Weather and Lacey White, all of Hannibal; Madelyn Meyers and Faith Pettit of Palmyra; and Sidney Sutton of Canton.


Mecki Kosin, president of Travel House of Quincy, recently returned from Apple Vacations Platinum Retreat Trip to Deams Riviera Cancun. Agencies reaching a minimum of 800 passengers booked on Apple Vacations during a year are invited to participate. Travel House of Quincy also was named Hawaii MVP for 2017, meaning the agency had the largest increase in Hawaii bookings over 2016.


Brian Ippensen, First Bankers Trust Services president, has been named chairman of the ESOP Association's Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee on Fiduciary Issues. ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) is America's largest employer-sponsored advocacy and education association focused on employee stock ownership plans. He will lead the 17-member committee for two years. Ippensen has a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois-Champaign.


Debbie Reed, president/CEO of Chaddock, has been elected board chairman of the United Methodist Association. The association consists of health and welfare ministries across the United States having relationships with the United Methodist Church. Reed has been with Chaddock for 24 years having been director of marketing, director of planning and special projects, chief operating officer, and for the last 12 years, president/CEO.