People & Professions

People and Professions: Reported July 8, 2018

Posted: Jul. 8, 2018 12:01 am


Melinda L (Kroner) Beckwith, a clinical pediatric nurse manager at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., has earned the credential of certified pediatric nurse from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She is the daughter of Jeffrey L. Kroner and the late Brenda D. Kroner of Quincy. Beckwith has bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing.


Taylor Fahser, Blessing Health System patient access educator, attended the 2018 National Association of Healthcare Access Management annual meeting in Denver as the Dale Williams Scholar. Fahser was selected from among her peers around the country. Patient access involves the health care registration process and all support processes for patients, providers and payers.

Stan Schwartz, owner of Schwartz Insurance Services, recently participated in the National Conference for the Medicare Supplemental Insurance Industry in St. Louis. The event included a roundtable discussion with CEOs from the nation's largest Medicare supplemental and ancillary product companies, product and legislative experts, and top producers in the supplemental market.


Five men were elected May 31 as 2018-2019 officers of the local Western Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers: Jeff Steinkamp, president; Dan Oliver, vice president, and William Klingner, secretary, both of Klingner & Associates; Steve Bange, treasurer, city of Quincy Engineering Department; and Terry Johnson, chapter representative, Knapheide Manufacturing Co. ISPE is a professional association representing the interests of over 2,500 engineer members from all fields of practice. It includes among its membership licensed professional engineers, licensed structural engineers, licensed land surveyors, engineer interns, graduate engineers and engineering students.

Keith Wiemelt has been named education and fine arts specialist for the Quincy Salvation Army. He is responsible for all education and fine arts activities including creating classes, overseeing instructors and leading the Kroc Church Praise Team and Brass Band. He has 16 years of elementary, junior high, senior high and college-level teaching experience. Wiemelt has a bachelor's degree in music education from Quincy University.

Jim Balfour of Quincy has joined Bower & Associates Inc., Realtors. He previously retired from human resources at Colony Brands Inc. He also is a Vietnam War veteran with the Naval Reserves. Balfour has a business diploma from Capitol Business College.


Sixty-three students graduated during Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences' during the 122st Annual May commencement exercises.

Area graduates and honored faculty included:

Master of Science: Sara Wilcox and Shanna Winter of Quincy and Michelle Bishop of Palmyra, Mo.

Registered nurse, bachelor of science degree in nursing: Kristy May of Quincy and Nikki Clatt of Edina, Mo.

Second degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Eleanor Bocke and Chevie Bryson of Quincy and Mariah Fessler of Liberty.

Joint Blessing-Rieman/Culver-Stockton College Bachelor of Science in Nursing program: Chelsea Nguyen of Quincy; Sarah Plant of Lewistown, Mo., Shaila O'Dear of Camp Point, Ill.; Gussie Conoyer of Palmyra; Rachel Sommers of Canton, Mo.; Shelby Renner of Louisiana, Mo.; Jessica Schindler of Frankford, Mo.; and Amanda Power of New Canton, Ill.

Joint Blessing-Rieman/Quincy University Bachelor of Science in Nursing program: Madeline Bickhaus, Chloe Boone, Carlie Cadieu, Eric Davidson, Christopher Doellman, Shayna Lowry, Courtney Massner, Jessica Pilant, Olivia Reichert, Danyel Schaffer-Damon, Michelle Smith and Macy Waterkotte, all of Quincy; Jennifer Frame of New London, Mo.; Kathleen Hull, Destiny Miller and Lauren Marie Rush, all of Pittsfield, Ill.; Ashley Ayo of Hull; Carl Crowder and Barry and Juliann Pryor of Plainville; Kassaundra Kenlon of Timewell; Kristin Hampton of Hannibal, Mo.; and Juette Bowen of Palmyra.

Respiratory Care Program: Kimberly Hiatt of Quincy and Teddie Neil of Palmyra.

Faculty Outstanding Senior Award: Macy Waterkotte.

Pi Pi Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing Senior Award for Leadership: Kathleen Hull.

DAISY Foundation Faculty Awards based on nomination of their peers at Blessing-Rieman: Erika Knuffman, clinical preceptor, and Lacey Petersen, assistant professor.