Linn-Mar School Foundation announces its board of directors

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The Linn-Mar School Foundation announced its board of directors for 2013-2014. Foundation officers are Amy Westfall (see photo), president; Tami Culver (see photo), Culvers Garden Center, first vice president; Cally Murray, YMCA, second vice president; Eric Martin Transamerica, treasurer; and Jennifer Skogman, Skogman Homes, secretary. New director appointments are Jill Ackerman (see photo), Marion Chamber of Commerce, president; and Joy Mindrup (see photo) and Martha Noyes (see photo), community volunteers.

Peggy Doerge (see photo), vice president and senior underwriter at MidWestOne Bank, Iowa City, was elected president of the Iowa Mortgage Association board of directors.

Mike Weston (see photo) of Cedar Rapids, a principal at Lederer Weston Craig, with offices in Cedar Rapids, was elected president of DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar at the organization’s annual meeting in Chicago.


AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance hired Chauncy Eggland (see photo) as a customer service agent in the commercial lines department. Hallie Hamilton (see photo) and Catherine Kastens (see photo) were hired as customer service agents in the personal lines department.

West Bank, Iowa City, hired Regan Roling (see photo) as vice president/Eastern Iowa retail sales manager at its 229 South Dubuque St. location.

Nyemaster Goode hired attorney Genevieve Reinkoester (see photo) to its litigation department in its Cedar Rapids office.

Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust hired Steve Jensen (see photo), previously president and CEO of Vector Corp. in Marion, as vice president of commercial banking. Jensen also passed the Iowa Bankers Association Commercial Lending School.

Melody Graham (see photo) has joined Goodwill of the Heartland in Iowa City as vice president of mission services. Graham was previously provost at Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids.

CRST International named Kent Jordan president of its Logistics operating company. Jordan was previously president of Jacobson Transportation Co. and Jacobson Logistics Co. in Des Moines.

Bryan Stolz has joined the Coralville Marriott and Conference Center as general manager. A reception to meet Stolz will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the hotel.


Michelle Niermann (see photo), regional senior vice president and chief operating officer with UnityPoint Health — St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, has expanded her role to include vice president of clinic operations.

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department has promoted Corey Archer (see photo) from firefighter/paramedic to fire captain/paramedic — operations.

Rockwell Collins has promoted Ryan Miller (see photo), previously controller, operations to vice president, investor relations.


Paul Klinge (see photo), president of The Lincoln Group Inc., earned the certified merger & acquisitions advisor designation, awarded by the Alliance of Mergers and Acquisitions Advisors in Chicago.


Bohr, Dahm, Greif & Associates P.C., Cedar Rapids, has named Heather Gerber (see photo), Jen Harp (see photo) and Kirt Norris (see photo) as partners.


Patricia Giorgio (see photo), president and CEO of Evergreen Estates, Cedar Rapids, was elected chairwoman of the National Center for Assisted Living at the association’s annual convention and expo held in Phoenix.

Melissa Fagan (see photo), ARNP, Physicians of Iowa — Orthopaedics, received the State Award for Excellence from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Nyemaster Goode PC was selected as a highly recommended law firm in the 2014 edition of Benchmark Litigation — The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys. Also, attorney Glenn Johnson (see photo), who works out of the firm’s Cedar Rapids office, was recognized in the publication as a local litigation star.

Nyemaster Goode PC, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll PLC and Bradley & Riley PC, all in Cedar Rapids, have been recognized in the 2014 edition of the Best Law Firm rankings released by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Nyemaster Goode achieved five practice rankings, with four Tier 1 rankings and one Tier 2 ranking. Shuttleworth & Ingersoll achieved 17 Tier 1 rankings. Bradley & Riley received eight Tier 1 rankings and nine Tier 2 rankings.

Cedar Ridge Distillery, Swisher, and its owner, Jeff Quint, will receive the Impact award at the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce’s 25th award ceremony Nov. 21.

Apache Inc., Cedar Rapids, marked its 50th anniversary in business and its 28th anniversary as an employee-owned company in October.

Dustin Fordice, Neil Gerot, Jeremy LaRoche, Jason Longbine and Theodore Wieland,firefighters with the Cedar Rapids Fire Department, were honored Nov. 8 for completing a year of service.


The Cedar Rapids section of the IEEE will provide a tour of the downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library and a design talk Thursday, Nov 14, beginning at 5 p.m. in the library coffee shop. The design talk, presented by Marc Foster and Kelly Harrer of Design Engineers of Cedar Rapids, includes features to manage and reduce energy. There is no charge. For reservations, go to


A community workshop is planned for Wednesday, Nov 13, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Iowa Department of Transportation District 6 office, 5455 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids. Sponsored by the Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization, the purpose is to engage residents and other interested parties in reviewing future land use concept plans for the Highway 100 planning area. For more information, contact Seth Gunnerson, (319) 286-5129, or Jim Halverson, (319) 841-4382.

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