Cedar Rapids Kiwanis announces new officers

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New employees

Gabe Rohwedder (see photo) joined Securian Advisors MidAmerica Inc. in Hiawatha as a financial adviser. Rohwedder is also a registered representative.

Tanager Place in Cedar Rapids named Emily Hoover (see photo) as community relations specialist. Emily Muhlbach (see photo) was named public relations specialist. Victoria Wieben (see photo) was appointed as clinical therapist. Wieben previously worked for Linn County Mental Health and Developmental Services.


The Anamosa State Penitentiary announced three promotions. Steve Paulson (see photo) was promoted to correctional supervisor 2. Paulson was previously correctional supervisor 1. Mark Baker (see photo) and Rob Hartig (see photo) were promoted to senior correctional officer. They had been correctional officers.

Board members

Cedar Rapids Kiwanis announced the elected officers for 2012-2013: Joe Blanck (see photo), Kingery Manufacturing, president; Mark Thomsen (see photo) of Senior Transistioning Services as first vice president; Koleene Herlocker (see photo), Home Choice Senior Care, second vice president; Don Grimm (see photo), Rockwell Collins retiree, secretary; Keith Sutherland (see photo), Wabtec Railway Electronics, treasurer; Pam Landon, TD&T Financial Group, past president.

Community Health Free Clinic has named Kevin Crist (see photo) to its board of directors. Crist is controller for Transamerica Financial Partners.

The Linn-Mar School Foundation announced the 2012-2013 board of directors. 2012-13 Foundation Officers are Joan McVay (see photo) Farmers State Bank, president; Amy Westfall, first vice president; Eric Martin, Transamerica, treasurer; Jennifer Skogman, Skogman Homes, secretary; and Shannon Bruns (see photo), Family Medical Services, past president. New director appointments include Mark Ahlers (see photo), Hills Bank & Trust, vice president; Seth Gilkes (see photo), Transamerica; Cally Murray (see photo), YMCA; Chad Noehren (see photo), Transamerica; Sarah Theiler (see photo), Rockwell Collins; and Sheila Myers (see photo), community volunteer.


Kris Lamont (see photo) of Hiawatha, a financial adviser with Edward Jones, received the company’s Eagle Award for his “clear vision of both client and business goals” over the past year.

Jane McCune (see photo) received the Iowa Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Award. McCune is co-founder of Blank & McCune in Iowa City.

Gary D. Speicher (see photo) won the Premier Pinnacle Award presented by Premier Investments of Iowa Inc. for the second consecutive year.

Tom Anderson, with Morgan Stanley, was honored among “Best of Best” financial advisers in the country at Barron’s Top Advisors Summit in Orlando, Fla.


Heartland Express, Inc. of Iowa was honored by the Environmental Protection Agency with the 2012 SmartWay Excellence Award for moving freight more efficiently while reducing carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions.

New business

Pinnacle Learning Center, which offers after school tutoring, will host an open house 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, at 550 Pond View Dr., North Liberty.


Some 50 vendors are expected for Rockwell Collins’s annual Environment Safety and Health Fair. The event will feature displays of safety and environmental products and services, along with ergonomic solutions and health care programming. The free event will be held 3 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, and 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, at the Rockwell Collins Recreation Center, 800 Collins Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids.

SCORE will hold an “Introduction to QuickBooks” 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at the Marion Public Library, 1095 Sixth Ave. Contact Dianne Martion at (319) 431-4574 or workshops@scorecr.org.

Iowa Quality Center will conduct internal auditor training 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 22 to 24, at Kirkwood Training and Outreach Services, 3375 Armar Dr., Marion. To register, call (319) 398-7101.

The Heritage Agency on Aging will present a free caregiver education session,”Caregiver Conversations,” at 9 a.m., Oct. 30, at Kirkwood Community College’s Heritage Agency conference room, in Cedar Rapids. To register, contact Katherine Hines at (319) 398-5559 or (866) 432-4324.

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, Kirkwood Community College and the United Way of East Central Iowa will host a free breakfast discussion 7:30 to 9 a.m., Oct. 31, at the Hotel at Kirkwood, 76th Avenue and Kirkwood Boulevard SW, Cedar Rapids. To register, go to https://UnitedWayofEastCentralIowa.org/cocevent.

Tryon Investments will conduct a free breakfast and investment discussion, “Effective Social Security Planning,” at 7:30 a.m., Nov. 2, at Bluebird Cafe in North Liberty.

Van Meter Inc. and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association will offer solar photovoltaic training Nov. 7 through 9 in Des Moines. The training is for area electricians, builders and trade professionals interested in becoming solar installers. Call Brad Duggan at (319) 368-2850 or bduggan@vanmeterinc.com.

Iowa State University and the University of Iowa will hold the 12th Annual Iowa Organic Conference at the Memorial Union at UI, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., Nov. 18, and a program 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 19. The conference is directed toward organic and conventional farmers, extension staff, industry representatives and students. Register at www.iowaorganicconference.eventbrite.com or contact conference coordinator Kathleen Delate at (515) 294-7069 or kdelate@iastate.edu.


Erb’s Technology Solutions and Symantec will sponsor a tailgate program on Symantec Endpoint Protection integration 2 to 5 p.m., Thursday, at Mondo’s Sports Cafe, 516 Second St., Coralville. To register, email grow@erbs.com or call (319) 364-5159.

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