People in the news - Feb. 24, 2014

 IBJ Staff
February 22, 2014
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Cathy Adams has been named vice president, commercial loans, at Ameriana Bank, Avon. Nate Woods has been promoted to assistant vice president, commercial loans, Fishers.

Phil Williams has joined the wealth management group as director in the Indianapolis office of Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co.

Jessica Lifford has been named the executive director of the IndyHumane Animal Welfare Center.

Marty Thompson, Two Bananas Marketing, has joined the Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative board of directors.

Beth Stroh has been named to lead education priority that focuses on early childhood and school-age programs and policies at United Way of Central Indiana.

Kirsten VantWoud has been named the chief operations officer of the Humane Society of Indianapolis. Jennifer Blattler, Cassidy Turley; Jeff Prince, ProCourse Fiduciary Advisors LLC; Kyle Masur, Thrive HDS; and Martin Webb, MW Innovations, have joined the board.

Kurt S. Snyder has been named director of continuing medical education at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Harrison College has added the following: Shannon Taylor, financial aid analyst; Beth Mitchell, administrative assistant, Indianapolis East campus admissions office; Doug Mattingly, maintenance supervisor; Maria Kikvidze and Lauren Day, high school relations specialists, administration office; April Johnson, administrative assistant for online academics. The Chef’s Academy of Harrison College has added Shante Pendleton as financial aid analyst, and Brittany Dowdy has joined as administrative assistant.

The Court of Appeals of Indiana has added the following judicial law clerks: Meredith Bennett, clerk for Judge Rudolph R. Pyle III; Catherine “Kate” Karanja, clerk for Judge Patricia A. Riley; and Jenna Shives, clerk for Judge Margret G. Robb.

Mike Williams has been named manager of Central Library.

Conner Insurance has added the following: Lauren Schneider, marketing manager; Jason Starner, senior property and casualty advisor; and Deanna Clark, property and casualty account manager.

Katherine A. Bartholomew has been promoted to director of administration and technology at Weaver Insurance Group LLC. Kathryn A. Hofmeister has joined as a client services specialist.

Jeff Schafer has joined Dynamark Graphics Group in business development.

Ken Dell has joined UN Communications Group Inc. as pre-press specialist.

Carl Pebworth and Monica Fennell, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, have been named to participate in Indiana Supreme Court -sponsored initiatives to increase pro bono assistance to Indiana residents.

Leslie Saxman has been named communications interactive specialist at the Indiana Hospital Association.

Real Estate
Derek Todd has joined Arbor Homes as marketing manager.

Rachael Harcourt has been named general manager for Tastings – A Wine Experience.

EnviroForensics has added the following: Andrew Horwath, senior engineer; Claudia Guzman, administrative assistant; and Collin Martin, project manager.

David-Paul Morin has been name event technologies director for Markey’s staff at The Crane Bay Event Center.

Stephen Smith, Donna Ecton and Michael Kestner have joined Carmel-based KAR Auction Services as board members.

Thomas J. Okuszki Jr. and Matthew Cook have joined Workplace Safety & Health Co. as industrial hygienists.

Forest Manor Multi-Service Center has named the following officers: Pam Hickman, City-County Council, president; Keith Cheney, Axis Architecture, first vice president; Kelley Ferguson, Key Bank, second vice president; Tammy Butler-Robinson, Engaging Solutions, secretary; Kevin Hampton, The National Bank of Indianapolis, treasurer. New directors are Carl Daniels, Adidas; Jason Hunter, Radio One Indianapolis; Christopher Jennings, Ciege Property Group; Karin Sarratt, WellPoint; and Jasmin Shaheed-Young, Keystone Construction.

Bruce Breeden has joined Telamon Corp. as director of business development, energy solutions division.

Scott Brumfiel has joined the Indy Fuel professional hockey franchise as vice president of ticketing and operations.

Jake Cleek and Elkin Parker have joined MOBI Wireless Management as account specialists.

Nicole DelMastro has joined CloudOne as director of marketing and Ivan White has joined as sales development leader.

Bob Sheridan has joined Batesville Technology Solutions as e-commerce product manager.

Mike Bucchi has joined Phoenix Data Corp. as vice president, military business development.

MOBI Wireless Management has promoted the following: Crystalynn Reed, director of services; Staci Menzie, expense management analyst; Derek McCauley, client experience manager; Julie Schuck, project manager; Prather Robinson, career coach; Rachel Williams, Tony Haight and Jeff Cruz, client relationship managers. Christa Thomas has joined as an account specialist.

Lynn Spartz and Kim Ghrist have joined CSpring as account executives.

Amy McLaughlin has joined MMY Consulting as senior talent acquisition specialist.

Apparatus has added the following technical associates: Robert Van Kleeck, John Barlow, Josh Roberts, Jonathan McGuire, Jeff Pursch and Jackson Byam. Kellie Knieper has joined as a recruiter.

The Indiana Rail Road Co. has added the following: Kristin Bevil, general counsel, and Elizabeth “Lise” Ebert, manager, human resources. Brian Jonaitis has been promoted to director, sales, and Shae LeDune has been promoted to executive assistant to the president.

Sharon Heneghan has been named vice president of finance for Wheaton | Bekins van lines. Kyle Patz has been named finance manager, finance department. Olivia Davis has joined as administrative assistant, sales and marketing department.

Celadon Group Inc. has promoted the following: Brian Rejer, assistant manager, commodity planning; Josh Sharpe, assistant manager, regional planning; Derek Doddridge, vice president, sales; Helen Jin, assistant manager, service dissections; Connor Bane, driver relations manager; Jarred Martini, director of service centers, north; Dustin Heuchan, parts and service sales manager; Denzil Tuttle, Indy shop manager; Rick Velandingham, shop manager, Raymond Street location; and Chase Welsh, director of safety.•


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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............