Bluecora names TaxACT co-founder to board

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Rachel Meyer (see photo) of Culver’s Garden Center and Greenhouse in Marion was named assistant grower. Meyer started her fifth season at Culver’s as greenhouse manager this summer.

New employees

West Music Co. announced Orlando Marquez (see photo) as its first national mariachi consultant. Marquez resides in Las Vegas, Nev., and will continue to work there.

Board members

Bellevue, Wash.-based Blucora Inc., corporate parent of TaxACT, appointed former TaxACT CEO Lance Dunn to serve on its board of directors. Dunn, who co-founded TaxACT, has more than 28 years of experience in the tax preparation industry.

Young Parents Network appointed several new officers to its board: Brooke Fitzgerald (see photo), owner of the Early Bird, was appointed chairwoman. Doug Dean (see photo) of AEGON was named treasurer. Matt Evans (see photo) of TrueNorth was appointed secretary.

Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation elected to its board Bob Rush of Rush & Nicholson as president; Laure Wess Peters, St. Matthew’s School, vice president; Gregg Botkin, Transamerica, treasurer; and Natalie Ditmars, Bradley & Riley, secretary. New board members include Kate Beihl, OPN Architects; Joe Lock, Affordable Housing Network Inc.; Dr. Melanie Stahlberg, Internist Associates of Iowa; and Gary Streit, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll.

DaLayne Williamson, Iowa City Area Development Group Workforce Business Services director, was named to the Southeast Regional STEM Advisory Council by Gov. Terry Branstad. Iowa’s Creative Corridor will have nine members on the Southeast Regional STEM Advisory Council along with Williamson, including: Kimberly Beals, Marion; Joseph Crozier, Robins; Linda Fischer, Vinton; Roger Johanson, Lisbon; Craig Martinson, Central City; Deborah Stanton, Washington; John Tursi, Cedar Rapids; and Jacqueline Williams, Iowa City.

Scott Byers (see photo) joined the University of Iowa Community Credit Union Linn County advisory board.

Cedar Rapids Rotary West elected its board officers for 2012 to 2013: James Nelson (see photo), House of Carpets, as president; Rochelle Naylor (see photo), Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, vice president; Mike Wiethorn (see photo), Rockwell Collins, second vice president; Dana Nichols (see photo), Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust, immediate past president; and Dennis McGivern (see photo), Jim W. Bell Co., secretary-treasurer. Lisa Lafler (see photo) of Horizons, A Family Service Alliance joined the board.


Among those from the Iowa Health System who graduated from the Physician Leadership Academy were Dr. James Bell (see photo), St. Luke’s Hospice; Dr. Mohit Chawla (see photo), Cardiologists; Dr. Tracy Reittinger (see photo), St. Luke’s Hospital; Dr. Clayton Schuett (see photo), St. Luke’s Mount Vernon Family Practice; and St. Luke’s Hospital’s Michael Easley (see photo) and Mary Hagen (see photo).


RK Dixon, a provider of IT solutions, was selected as a finalist for the 2012 Central Region Small to Medium-Sized Business Value-Added Reseller Partner of the Year Award by Microsoft.

Western Fraternal Life Association named Virginia Wilts (see photo), branch manager of Guaranty Bank on Bever Avenue in Cedar Rapids, as the 2012 Iowa Fraternalist of the Year. It also named State Sen. Liz Mathis (see photo) of Robins as 2012 Legislator of the Year. Sen. Mathis works for Four Oaks, a juvenile justice agency.

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa was awarded the Platinum Summit Award for success in financial health, program quality, management effectiveness and program growth.


Author and founder of Next Generation Consulting Rebecca Ryan will speak at the Iowa City Area Development Group annual meeting and breakfast, which will be held 7:30 to 9 a.m., Oct. 16, at the Celebration Farm in Iowa City. The meeting is sponsored by the Eastern Iowa Airport. Registration at or call (319) 354-3939. Cost to attend is $25 for ICAD Group 2030 Visionaries and investors, and $35 for the public. Tables of eight will be available.

“How to Really Start Your Business” will be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sept. 11, 18 and 25, at the Kirkwood Training & Outreach Service Center, 3375 Armar Dr., Marion. Cost is $59 for all three session. Contact Dianne Martin at (319) 431-4574 or email

The Iowa Soybean Association will sponsor a “Gridiron Tent” at the Farm Progress Show, Aug. 28 through 30, in Boone. In attendance will be Iowa Agriculture Department Secretary Bill Northey, state climatologist Harry Hillaker and Sterling Liddell, vice president food and agribusiness research for Rabo Agri-Finance. Go to


The Society for Technical Communication’s Eastern Iowa chapter will meet at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 11, at the Longbranch Restaurant in Cedar Rapids. Speakers Jeff Ginn, Michael O’Neill and Kurt Rogahn will focus on information mapping and agile software development, among other topics. RSVP at (319) 573-7133 or via email at by Sept. 7. More information is available at

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