•Manchester College has hired Dave Haist, retiring CEO of Do it Best Corp., to serve as the alumni relations leader. He has three decades of leadership experience. He succeeds Gary Montel.
•Life Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, has named Steve Scott executive director. He earned his undergraduate degree in Christian ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University and a master's degree in divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary.
•Vera Bradley executive vice president of philanthropy and community relations Jill Nichols is resigning to spend more time with her family and continue volunteer efforts in northeast Indiana. She will remain active on the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer board.
has hired Bonnie Hanson as chief operating officer. She earned a Bachelor of Science in health promotion and disease prevention studies at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and her master's in health services administration at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Her administrative residency was with New York-Presbyterian Hospital and her administrative fellowship with Meriter Health Services, Madison, Wis.
•Premier Realtors announces the affiliation of Emily Simpson as a sales associate. She has more than 25 years' experience in real estate, specializing in first-time homebuyers, residential sales, investment and marketing properties in northeast Indiana. Sharon White is the owner and principal broker of Premier, with offices in Fort Wayne and Auburn.
•Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities has elected the following officers and board for 2012-13: Kelly Clevenger, Phillips Financial, chairman; Richard Fox, Barrett McNagny, vice chairman; Jerry Witte, community volunteer, treasurer; and Jane Swiss, University of Saint Francis, secretary. Recently elected: Jim Labas, Weaver Popcorn; Melissa Stout, Merrill Lynch; and Irene Walters, IPFW. Other members: Robert Crosby, R.E. Crosby; Brad Gough, Bradley Gough Diamonds; Vicki Leininger, Hylant Group; Barney
Niezer, Northeast Indiana Urology; Sharon Peters, Tower Trust Co.; Carol Rolland, community volunteer; Tracy Shellabarger, community volunteer; Barry Sturges, CB Richard Ellis Sturges; Gary Thelen, Kelley Automotive; Tom Trent, Rothberg, Logan & Warsco; Theresa Wagler, Steel Dynamics; Debbie Wagner, Do it Best Corp; Debra Williams, Parkview Health; and Daryl Yost, Northeast Indiana Innovation Center.
•Visit Fort Wayne welcomes Corey Ford as group sales manager. He is a graduate of Wayne High School and IPFW; and John Felts as media specialist for the group sales department. He is a graduate of Bishop Luers High School and Indiana University.
•RE/MAX Home Connection associate broker and full-time Realtor Justin Heflin has received the RE/MAX Executive Club Award for 2011. He has five years of experience in the real estate industry and extensive experience listing and selling residential real estate.
•Byron Health Center has hired Deb Lambert as executive director. She has 12 years experience in long-term care administration.
•lia sophia announces that Kay Lynn Dohm and Kacie Miller have received top honors as Excellent Beginnings Program Achievers for their outstanding sales accomplishments and professionalism.
•EPCO Products has hired William Kozman as Zero-Leak Gold Plugs and Banjo products sales manager. He has more than 30 years of experience.
•Frontier Communications was named Company of the Year at the Indiana Telecommunications Association's annual meeting in French Lick. Midwest Region President Don Banowetz accepted the award for the company's commitment to its customers, vision, dedication to market growth, investment impact, and internal and external commitment to the state. The company is regionally headquartered in Fort Wayne.
•Longevity Fitness Studio has opened at 7127-7129 W. Jefferson Blvd. Owner is Erin Long, an area fitness expert.
•Faegre Baker Daniels Fort Wayne partner David P. Irmscher has been named a Leader in His Field in the general commercial litigation category in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
•Cirrus ABS director of product development Kevin Mullett will be one of more than 50 international social marketers selected to participate as speakers and panelists at the AllFacebook Marketing Conference to be held June 28-29 in San Francisco. He will participate in a panel discussion titled “News from the Edge: The Latest Developments from Facebook.”