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Monday, October 22, 2012 - 12:01 am

•American Senior Communities recently honored the following employees with its “Quest for Excellence Award” at a dinner at the Fountains, Carmel: Agnes Hagan, restorative aide, Bethlehem Woods; Noah Robinson, server, Coventry Meadows; Shawnie Stone, certified nursing assistant, Glenbrook Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center; Azia Soulier, certified nursing assistant, Heritage Park; and Carl Hockemeyer, maintenance supervisor, Summit City Nursing & Rehabilitation. They all demonstrated a commitment to excellence, dedication to their jobs, a positive attitude and a “whatever it takes” passion for customer service.

Indiana Bankers Association vice president-government relations Dax Denton has been named a finalist in the category of Banking & Financial Services for central Indiana Best & Brightest awards sponsored by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana and presented by KPMG.

Audiences Unlimited has named Anna Ross managing director. She earned a bachelor's degree in music cum laude from West Virginia University and her master's degree in music at University of South Carolina.

Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast has hired Jack Willis as executive director of facilities and promoted Mara Wolff to financial aid clerk.

Central Branch YMCA has added the following to its board: Karen Davis, city of Fort Wayne; Nick Hursh, Shambaugh, Kast, Beck & Williams; and Samuel Melo, Spanicus. Bill Rush, DeHayes Group, has been elected to serve another term as board chair.

CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana) has hired the following Head Start staff members: Kari Gibson, Susan Small,

Andrea Vargas, Myat Thuzar, Asia Woods, Jennifer Hill, DaShauna Meeks and Candis Tucker.

Haller & Colvin, P.C. announces that attorneys Sherrill Wm. Colvin, arbitration, mediation, medical malpractice law, personal injury litigation-plaintiffs and product liability litigation; John O. Feighner, personal injury litigation-plaintiffs; Vincent J. Heiny, corporate law; Robert W. Eherenman, land use and zoning law, and real estate law; Frank J. Gray, commercial litigation, criminal defense: white-collar, and litigation-trusts and estates; and Holly A. Brady, employment law, have all been listed in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

MidWest America Federal Credit Union has promoted Cheryl L. Lepper to director of human resources and training. She will oversee the personnel, benefits and training functions. She has been an employee more than 23 years having served most recently as benefits and compensation administrator.

Kroger Central Division announces that Todd Earnest has received the 2012 President's Award. This is the highest recognition given to an associate. He is a carpenter supporting an area of 18 stores in northeast Indiana. He acted promptly and correctly in assessing the structural problem at the North Anthony store, which has been closed.

Faegre Baker Daniels welcomes Joshua T. Busch to the firm's product liability litigation group where he defends, resolves, prevents and manages product liability issues and litigation. He earned a law degree magna cum laude from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a bachelor's degree summa cum laude in economics and English literature from DePauw University; and Trenton B. Morton intellectual property law. He received his law degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering from Purdue University. Both will work from the Fort Wayne office.

BKD LLP has hired Kim Clapp as operations/human resource manager. She earned an MBA in management from Indiana Institute of Technology; and Anne Boese as first-year staff in tax. She earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from IPFW.

Ross Medical Education Center has named Karen Pictor as the Fort Wayne campus director. She has more than 20 years of leadership and managerial experience in the private education sector and will oversee the day-to-day operations of the campus. She earned a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Saint Francis and master's in liberal studies from Indiana University.

IPFW announces the search committee members that will assist in the selection of the next vice chancellor of academic affairs. Members are chair, George McClellan, vice chancellor for student affairs; Sarah Beckman, faculty, College of Health and Human Services; Fen-lei Chang, associate dean, IU School of Medicine, Fort Wayne; Marcia Dixson, faculty, College of Arts and Sciences; Andrew

Downs, ex-officio, presiding officer, IPFW Senate; Peter Dragnev, ex-officio, speaker, Purdue University faculty; Rhonda

Meriwether, Mastodon Advising Center; Jake Monroe, ex-officio, president, Indiana-Purdue Student Government Association; Jerrilee

Mosier, chancellor, Ivy Tech Northeast; Michael Nusbaumer, ex officio, speaker, Indiana University faculty; Ann Obergfell, dean, College of Health and Human Services; Carlos Pomalaza-Raez, faculty, College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science; Barbara

Resch, faculty, College of Visual and Performing Arts; Wendy Robinson, superintendent, Fort Wayne Community Schools; and Karen Schmid, vice chancellor for academic affairs, Purdue North Central.

Granite Ridge Builders has hired the following new home specialists: Kim Goudey Scott Sanchez and Karol Bowman.

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