CRST adds new vice presidents

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New Employees

CRST in Cedar Rapids hired Rich Adam (see photo) at CRST International as vice president of financial planning and analysis, Vaughn Yow (see photo) at CRST Expedited as vice president of operations and Denver Anderson (see photo), also at CRST Expedited, as director of pricing.

Shive-Hattery in Cedar Rapids hired Marc Barnhart (see photo) as human resources assistant and Mike Curry (see photo) as construction representative in Iowa City.

The Community Health Free Clinic in Cedar Rapids hired Lisa Pritchard (see photo) as director of development responsible for donor relations and Jean Bjorseth (see photo) as director of community relations.

Mote Wealth Management Fee-Only Financial Planning hired Heidi Hartke (see photo) as client management coordinator.

Tanager Place in Cedar Rapids appointed Laura Underberg (see photo) as therapist in the Mental Health Clinic. Underberg has worked in the outpatient mental health field in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids communities for the past five years.

The Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival named Josie Takes (see photo), who worked with the Bacardi Corp., as events and programs director, and Libby Slappey (see photo), most recently with the Cedar Rapids City Market Inc., as development director.

St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids announced the appointment of Mary Klinger (see photo) to vice president of development of the Foundation Board.

MercyCare Community Physicians hired Laura McLaughlin (see photo) as a physician assistant at MercyCare Edgewood in Cedar Rapids. She previously she worked at Community Health Free Clinic, also in Cedar Rapids.

Mercy Medical Center hired Dr. Suemoy Wallace (see photo) to its newly-established Mercy General Surgery Clinic. Wallace most recently served as clinical assistant professor at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.


Al Buck (see photo) was promoted to associate at Solum Lang Architects in Cedar Rapids. Buck has been with the firm more than six years.

Board Members

Named to the Cedar Rapids/Linn County Salvation Army advisory board were Scott Sanborn (see photo), Sinclair Broadcast Group KGAN/KFXA; Steve Kane (see photo), The Gazette Co.; and Eric McKenna (see photo), Walmart. Elected to officer positions were Michael Klappholz, retired Cedar Rapids police chief, chairman; Scott Drzycimski, Alliant Energy, vice chairman; Craig Mrkvicka, Kirkwood Community College, treasurer; Linda McConnell, Basket Bowtique, secretary; Craig Anderson, MSA Architects, property committee chairman; and Kim Rimmer, Cedar Rapids Community School District, program committee chairwoman.

Named for the Indian Creek Nature Center executive committee of its board of directors were Rebecca Mumaw, president; Jeff Hines, Bankers Trust, president-elect; Lisa Ramlo, secretary; David Rokos, Rockwell Collins, treasurer; and Don Johnson, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, immediate past president.

The Cedar Rapids Jaycees announced its 2013 board of directors — C.J. Derlein-Hoffman, Whirlpool Amana, president; Kristin Hanneman, Muscular Dystrophy Association, management vice president; Katie Goldensoph, Windstream Communications, administrative vice president; Jake Zoss, Cargill, treasurer; Mitchell Dean, Trapeze Group, membership vice president; Krystal Stillmunkes, Randy Poole’s Dental Office, community development co-vice president; Maggie Wright, Geonetric, community development co-vice president; April Hageman, Altorfer Inc., individual development vice president; Katie Brendecke, Rockwell Collins, state director; and Cory Goldensoph, attorney, chairman of the board.


Rob Myers (see photo) passed the comprehensive final exam to earn the Certified Financial Planner designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. Myers is an investment adviser representative with World Trend Financial.

Chad Stecher (see photo) passed the comprehensive exam to earn the Licensed Public Accountant designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Stecher is a senior accountant with Terry Lockridge & Dunn.

Dan Tiedt, business growth strategist of PIP Printing and Marketing Services in Iowa City received the Direct Marketing Association Certified Marketing Professional designation.


Jeffrey Johnston (see photo), president of Premier Investments of Iowa Inc. was invited to participate in the 2013 Cambridge Premier Club Conference in Colorado Springs, Colo., in May by his broker-dealer, Cambridge Investment Research Inc.

The Iowa Pork Producers Association presented Jason Russell (see photo) of Russell Brothers of Prairieburg with the the 2012 Environmental Steward Award. The Russell family farm built a 7,200-head wean-to-finish hog barn in 2003.

Gary Speicher (see photo) of Cedar Rapids qualified for the Top of the Table of the Million Dollar Round Table.

Award recipients who will be honored at Monday’s Linn County judicial district’s annual awards ceremony include Sandie Redmond, Amber, Distinguished Service Award; Betty Hopkins, Marion, Employees of the Year Award; Angela Pritchard, Center Point, Public Service Award; Julie Green, Cedar Rapids, Teamwork Award; and Peg Pangborn, Cedar Rapids, Friend of the Court Award. Dedicated Service Awards will go to Cynthia Forsyth, Vinton, 40 years of service; Becky Oberhauser, Cedar Rapids, 35 years; Judge Robert Sosalla, Cedar Rapids, Tamara Ollinger, Kalona, Michelle Edwards, Cedar Rapids, Ellen Tucker, Hiawatha, for 30 years; Cassie Klein, Dysart, Geralyn Russ, Anamosa, Phyllis Rosenberry, Marengo, Sharon Finzen, Traer, Donna Dauber, Stanwood, Cindy Textor, Cedar Rapids, Lori Schoon, Cedar Rapids, Annette Kunde, Manchester, Sheila Jellison, Covington, Sandie Redmond, Amber J.C. Fraker, Vinton and Judge Kristen Hibbs, Iowa City, for 25 years; and Peg Michaelson, Monticello, Ronda O’Green, Cedar Rapids, Kelly Edwards, Cedar Rapids, Mary Davis, Walford and Judge Denver Dillard, Mount Vernon, for 10 years.

Erb’s Technology Solutions was named to CRN’s Tech Elite 250.


The Iowa City Area Development Group will open the doors of the new IC CoLab, 316 E. Court, Iowa City, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday for a day of free co-working. The new IC CoLab is a full-time co-working space dedicated to driving economic development in the Iowa City area. Members have access to basic office functions such as Internet, copying and conference rooms. Visit

SCORE will host “Sizing Your Market for Success” 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, at the Marion Public Library, 1095 Sixth St. To register, contact Dianne Martin at (319) 431-4574 or email

The Iowa Quality Center will host ISO 9001-2008 Internal Auditor Training Feb. 25 through 27 at the Kirkwood Training and Outreach Services Building, 3375 Armar Dr., Marion. Cost is $850 for members, $1,100 for non-members. To register, call (319) 398-7101 or email

The East Center Iowa Safety and Health Conference will be held Feb. 26 at The Kirkwood Center on the main campus of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. The $79 tuition includes the keynote address, breakout sessions and lunch. Go to

The Marion Economic Development Co. will hold its annual Business Luncheon 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., March 13, at the Best Western Longbranch, 90 Twixt Town Rd., Marion. Keynote speaker will be Bruce Lehrman (see photo), president and CEO of Involta. Call (319) 743-4722 or email Tickets are $30 per person or $240 for a table of 8.


Heartland Express Inc.’s Michael Gerdin, chief executive officer, and John Cosaert, chief financial officer, presented at the 2013 Stifel Nicolaus Transportation and Logistics Conference and at the 2013 BB&T Capital Markets Transportation Conference.

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa is accepting nominations for the 2013 Corridor Business Hall of Fame. Individuals inducted into the Business Hall of Fame are outstanding business leaders who have made legendary contributions to the free enterprise system. Nominations are made by members of the community, then selected by an independent committee. The committee selects three elite individuals to be inducted as Laureates and one to be inducted as a Young Entrepreneur. To obtain a nomination form, visit or email Nominations will be accepted through March 13.

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