People in the news - March 8, 2010

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March 6, 2010
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The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis has elected the following officers: Daniel Hodgkins, Community Health Network, chairman; Thomas J. Feeney, vice chairman; Monica Medina, Indiana University School of Education in Indianapolis, secretary; David Suess, Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, treasurer; and Dr. Virginia A. Caine, Marion County Health Department, immediate past chairwoman. New trustees are Patricia A. Riley, Indiana Court of Appeals; Anne Schmidt Belcher, DNS, RN, Associate Professor, Department of Environments for Health: Kenneth Hull, Speedway School System; Teresa C. Craig, independent consultant.

Legacy Fund has named the following officers: Larry J. Sablosky, chairman; Peggy Monson, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, vice chairwoman; Ann M. O’Hara, Church Church Hittle & Antrim, secretary; Corby D. Thompson, Thompson Land Co. Inc., treasurer; Mike Houk, executive committee at-large; and Brad Little, president. New directors are Lisa B. Allen, Hamilton Southeastern Education Foundation; Ron Brumbarger, Bitwise Solutions; Kay Hartley, Hartley Cos.; Jim Longstreth, Financial Partners Group; Steve A. Pittman, Pittman Partners; and Dane Rowland, Rowland Printing.

Lee A. Smith has joined Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana as donor relations and special projects manager.

WestPoint Financial Group has added the following financial services representatives: Jim Cherco, Michael Cahill, Marty Culver, Michael Drew, Stephan Hodge, Nick Hutchison and Chris Williams.

Jared Hammack has joined Veros Partners as a senior advisor.

Daniel G. Stewart has joined Allegiant Financial Group as a financial-services professional.

The Carmel Chamber of Commerce has named the following officers: Randy Sorrell, Surroundings by Natureworks+, chairman; Dr. Lynda Smirz, Clarian North Medical Center, chairwoman elect; William Redman, First Merchants Bank, treasurer; Gary Everling, St. Vincent Carmel Hospital, secretary; and Jeff Salsbery, Salsbery Brothers Landscaping, past chairman. Susan Ziel, Krieg DeVault, has been named to the board.

Tom Barrett has been elected to the board of directors of the Indiana Nursery and Landscaping Association.

TechPoint has named the following new members to the board: Christopher Clapp, Great Blue Ventures LLC; Christopher L. Day, Navidar Group; Gail Farnsley, Purdue University; Barbara Hansen, TW Telecom; Barb Kew, Hill Rom; and Jane Niederberger, My Health Care Manager.•


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