Collins Community Credit Union announces new employees

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Collins Community Credit Union, Cedar Rapids, hired Coleman Boley (see photo) as assistant member service consultant manager at its Johnson Avenue Hy-Vee store. Previously, Boley was a member service consultant at the credit union’s 42nd Street location.

HomeServices Lending has hired Marc Marple (see photo) as a home mortgage consultant. Marple previously worked for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Des Moines.

McGladrey LLP, Cedar Rapids, has hired Michael Shedek (see photo) as a senior consultant and Kyle Perry (see photo), previously with CliftonLarsonAllen, as a tax supervisor.

MMS Consultants Inc., a civil engineering and land surveying firm based in Iowa City, has hired Annette Schulte (see photo) as marketing director. Schulte was previously with The Gazette.

Thomas Bragg has joined Genova Technologies in Cedar Rapids as director of business development/engineering services. Bragg, formerly with Avista, an Esterline company, will be responsible for new business development and customer satisfaction.

The Acterra Group has hired Paul West (see photo) as quality assurance manager in its Marion office.

Collins Community Credit Union, Cedar Rapids, has hired Mai-Linh Hoang (see photo) as marketing manager. Hoang was previously with Citadel Federal Credit Union in Exton, Pa.

Jay Hess (see photo) has been hired by AirFX Trampoline Park, 1100 N. 18th Ave., Hiawatha, as general manager. The business is scheduled to open March 31. For more information, visit

Shive-Hattery, Cedar Rapids, has hired Loren Hartelt (see photo) as project manager for the Cedar Rapids community development team.

The Regina Catholic Education board of education in Iowa City has hired Pam Schowalter (see photo) as its director of admissions for the pre K-12th grade school system.


Hills Bank and Trust Co., Coralville, has promoted Kenzie Hein (see photo) from commercial deposits representative to commercial deposits officer in the Iowa City South Gilbert Street office.

Coe College has promoted Erik Albinson (see photo) to vice president for student affairs. Albinson was previously dean of students and served as interim vice president for student affairs since July 2013. Also Tom Hicks (see photo), previously associate dean of students, was promoted to dean of students.

VenuWorks named Sharon Cummins (see photo) as executive director of the U.S. Cellular Center, Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids Ice Arena and McGrath Amphitheatre. Cummins has been serving as interim executive director at the facilities since October 2013 and served as executive director at three of the four facilities from 1997-2007.

RuffaloCODY has promoted Joel Pendergrass (photo) from associate director of client development to associate vice president, enrollment management services and consultant, and Lindsey Maurer (photo) from lead graphic designer to associate director of enrollment management marketing.

AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance has promoted Nicci Keck (see photo), from commercial lines coordinator to commercial lines assistant manager; Diane Sanders (see photo) from senior customer service agent to commercial lines coordinator; and Amanda Ealy (see photo) from marketing assistant to marketing specialist.


Emily Meyer (see photo) of Ryan Companies was elected to a three-year term on the Indian Creek Nature Center board of directors.

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre elected Barbara Robison (see photo) of Robison and Rhea accounting services, and Bill Carson (see photo) of the Coe College Department of Music, to its board of directors.


The Cedar Rapids Fire Department has been awarded LEED Platinum certification for its central fire station by the U.S. Green Building Council.


Donald “Butch” Kasparek (see photo), co-owner of Novotny and Son Well Service, Swisher, received the Ber Zander Award from the Iowa Water Well Association.

Randy Johnson (see photo), executive vice president of F & M Bank, Cedar Rapids, received the “Friend of Small Business” award from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Friends of the Animal Center Foundation received a $75,000 donation on behalf of the Carol L. Mitchell Estate for the CLM Adoption and Building Fund. The donation, presented by Roma and Dave Panther and Julie and Doug Bush, goes toward the new Iowa City Animal Shelter.

Billion Honda in Iowa City has received the President’s Award for the second year from American Honda Motor Co.


Interstate All Battery Center, 1709 Second St., Coralville, will celebrate its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call (319) 354-0217.


The Cedar Rapids Chapter of the IEEE Power and Energy Society will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Schneider Electric (formerly Square D), 3700 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids. Gary Scott, Paul Reid and Chad Mittelstadt, all ofSchneider Electric, will discuss “Development of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations” at 5 p.m. To register for the free program, go to


SCORE of East Central Iowa will sponsor the Small Business Breakfast Roundtable Thursday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Scott’s Family Restaurant, 1906 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids. The Small Business Evening Roundtable will be Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Coffeesmith’s, 2300 Edgewood Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids. To register, contact Dianne Martin at (319) 431-4574 or email


“Root Cause Analysis,” sponsored by Iowa Quality Center, will be Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kirkwood Training and Outreach Services, 3375 Armar Dr., Marion. To register, go to For more information, call (319) 398-7101 or email

“Iowa MarketReady” a workshop to help farm vendors selling dairy, fruits, meats and vegetables design a better business strategy, will be Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Room 117 of Tama Hall at Hawkeye Community College, 1501 E. Orange Rd., Waterloo. Cost is $55 per person or $90 per couple or for two employees from the same farm. Preregistration is required. To register or for more information, contact (515) 294-4430 or


Dr. Darlene McCord of McCord Research/Pinnaclife Inc., Coralville, attended the American Professional Wound Care Association Conference this past weekend in Philadelphia.

“BizSAVVY: 90-Day Business and Market Planning” will be Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon at Business Exchange Center, 305 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Cost is $89. To register, visit

“GetSAVVY: Why I Started Using a Success List by BizSAVVY,” will be Thursday from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Business Exchange Center, 305 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Cost is $25. To register, visit

Corridor Women Entrepreneurs Showcase will take place Saturday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in Montgomery Hall at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. For more information, go to or call (319) 512-8256.

Van Meter Inc. in Cedar Rapids will host its first exploreEXPO April 15-16. The expo, with educational sessions and trade show, will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. To register, go to

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