Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids names new officers

First row, from left: Linda Anderson, Brian Armogan, Wendy Bartz, Jessica Baseler. Second row: Melinda Bildstein, Deb Franklin Taylor Fuerst, Abbey Hempen. Third row: Tom Hoffman, Nicole Kroul, Adam Landis, Nicole Meighan. Fourth row: Sylvia Miller, Kathy Petefish, Jillian Petrus, Diane Ramsey. Fifth row: Bryan Range, Nick Rector, Valla Roth, Sashi Solomon. Sixth row: John L. Wasta, Jacqueline Webb, Heather Weber, John Weyer.
First row, from left: Linda Anderson, Brian Armogan, Wendy Bartz, Jessica Baseler. Second row: Melinda Bildstein, Deb Franklin Taylor Fuerst, Abbey Hempen. Third row: Tom Hoffman, Nicole Kroul, Adam Landis, Nicole Meighan. Fourth row: Sylvia Miller, Kathy Petefish, Jillian Petrus, Diane Ramsey. Fifth row: Bryan Range, Nick Rector, Valla Roth, Sashi Solomon. Sixth row: John L. Wasta, Jacqueline Webb, Heather Weber, John Weyer.

Millhiser Smith Agency Inc. has hired Tom Hoffman (see photo) as director of business development, Adam Landis (see photo) as personal and commercial lines risk consultant, Heather Weber (see photo) as account specialist, and Jessica Baseler (see photo) as project manager.

Miron Construction Co. Inc. hired Melinda Bildstein (see photo), formerly with Oberbreckling Construction & Excavating in Coggon, as a receptionist-administrative assistant for its Cedar Rapids office.

Dupaco Community Credit Union hired Deb Franklin (see photo) as a mortgage lending consultant at its First Avenue branch, Cedar Rapids; Sylvia Miller (photo) in business development at Williams Boulevard and First Avenue, Cedar Rapids; and Brian Cassidy as an insurance agent at Williams Boulevard and Manchester branches.

Linda Anderson (see photo) was been named chief financial officer at Tanager Place. Also, Tanager Place hired Kathy Petefish (see photo) as behavior therapist and Bryan Range (see photo) as therapist in the mental health clinic.

CRST International hired Wendy Bartz (see photo) as director of Capacity Development.

Frank N. Magid Associates, Marion, hired Abbey Hempen (see photo) as consulting associate; Valla Roth (see photo) as director of marketing insights; Jacqueline Webb (see photo) as research analyst; Taylor Fuerst (see photo) as consulting associate; Jillian Petrus (see photo) as consulting associate; Nicole Kroul (see photo) as consulting associate; Jim LeMay (see photo) as consultant; Brian Armogan (see photo) as consulting associate; Nick Rector (see photo) as dial testing field technician/video editor; and Nicole Meighan (see photo) as research associate.

Cedar Rapids businessman Matthew W. Hancock has joined as a new franchisee with HomeVestors of America, also known as the “We Buy Ugly Houses” company.

The Rotary Club of Cedar Rapids elected John L. Wasta (see photo), Tallgrass Business Resources, as president; Allen Witt, Hall & Hall Engineering, president-elect; Larry H. Christy, secretary-treasurer; and Nicholas C. Gearhart, sergeant-at-arms. New directors through June 30, 2016 are Laurie L. Dawley, Dennis E. Jordan and Gail A. Naughton.

Waypoint Services elected John Weyer (see photo), manager of Transmission Services, Alliant Energy-Interstate Power & Light Co., as president of its board of directors. Also elected were Stacie Osako, Van Meter Inc., as president-elect; David Parmley, Bankers Trust Co., treasurer; and Vanessa Solesbee, Solesbee Group, secretary. New board members are Anne H. Carter, Teri Copler, Vicky L. Greff, Lynette Marling, Jeff Portman, Stefanie Munsterman-Robinson, Stephanie Severin, Carrie L. Thompson and LaSheila S. Yates.

Tiffany Koss, nurse coordinator at the Solon Assisted Living and Solon Memory Care, received certification as a gerontological nurse from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has appointed Linn County Supervisor Linda Langston of Cedar Rapids to its National Advisory Council.

Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids has received the 2013 Women’s Choice Award for being voted one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience by women for a second consecutive year.

Carl Busch, a mixologist at Winifred’s Bar, and Josh O’Connell of Cobble Hill, both in Cedar Rapids, will advance to the Iowa Restaurant Association’s state mixology finals Sept. 22 at Prairie Meadows in Altoona.

Mark Roberts and Roger Stone of Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman and Kelly Baier, William McCartan and Joseph Schmall of Bradley & Riley were named to Best Lawyers 2014 edition Cedar Rapids Lawyer of the Year.

Corridor attorneys selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of the Best Lawyers in America were, from Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman — Mark Roberts, Christine Conover, J. Scott Bogguss, Matthew J. Brandes, Philip D. Brooks, James A. Gerk, Larry G. Gutz, Lynn W. Hartman, Stephen J. Holtman, Kathleen A. Kleiman, David W. Kubicek, Eric W. Lam, Darrel A. Morf, Paul P. Morf, Iris E. Muchmore, Mark H. Ogden, Randal J. Scholer, James E. Shipman, Roger W. Stone, Kevin J. Visser, Kyle W. Wilcox; and from Shuttleworth & Ingersoll — Connie M. Alt, Brian D. Bergstrom, John M. Bickel, Kevin J. Caster, Terri C. Davis, Laurie L. Dawley, Dean R. Einck, Richard S. Fry, Richard C. Garberson, William S. Hochstetler, Robert D. Houghton, Donald L. Johnson, Linda M. Kirsch, Diane H. Kutzko, Michael O. McDermott, Dennis J. McMenimen, James C. Nemmers, Douglas R. Oelschlaeger, Steven J. Pace, Thomas P. Peffer, Nancy J. Penner, William P. Prowell, Jennifer E. Rinden, William R. Shuttleworth, Gary J. Streit, Mark L. Zaiger; from Bradley & Riley — Kelly Baier, Pat Courtney, Michael Denney, Brad Hart, Tim Hill, Maureen Kenney, Janice Kerkove, Bill McCartan, Bill Neppl, Byron Riley, Joseph Schmall, Greg Seyfer, Dean Spina, Vernon Squires, Paul Burns, Mike Pugh and Don Thompson.

Shive-Hattery was ranked No. 189 on the Architectural Record’s Top 300 Architectural Firm list, moving up from No. 213 last year.

For the fourth year in a row, Circle Computer Resources in Cedar Rapids has made Inc.’s 500|5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America list, ranking No. 2,844. Also named to the list for the seventh consecutive year is Iowa City-based TMone, ranking No. 3,141.

Valerie Kemp, a probation and parole officer in Johnson County, received the Scotia Knouff Line Officer of the Year Award at the American Probation and Parole Association’s summer training institute.

Cedar Rapids-based distributor Next Level Promotions, founded in 2009, has merged operations with Marion-based IMS Branded Solutions, founded in 1996 and located at 2840 Seventh Ave., Marion.

Enrichment Therapy and Learning Center will open its new office Sept. 6 at 2461 10th St., Suite 203, Coralville. An open house will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

An open house event for locally grown products will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Fireside Winery, 1755 P Ave., Marengo, sponsored by the Iowa County Women, Land and Legacy planning committee. Cost is $5. RSVP by Sept. 13 to Jennifer Ness, (319) 668-2010 or at

The Women’s Equality Day Celebration will begin at 6:15 p.m., on Monday, at the Kirkwood Training & Outreach Services Center, 3375 Armar Dr., Marion. Diane Ramsey (see photo), Iowa Womens Leadership Conference executive director, and Sashi Solomon (see photo), St. Luke’s Midlife Care for Women nurse practitioner, will be honored. Cost is $10, $6 for students and seniors. Go to or call Anna Patty at (319) 231-9582.

The Marion Chamber of Commerce is seeking applicants to become community leaders and is sponsoring the 2013-2014 Marion Leadership in Action Series. Application deadline is Sept. 2. Contact Jill Ackerman, president, at or call (319) 377-6316.

Elliot Eisenberg will present “The Economic Forecast” 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, at Hills Bank & Trust Co. Community Room, 590 E. Forever Green Rd., North Liberty. Sponsored by the Greater Iowa City and Cedar Rapids Area Home Builders associations and the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, cost is $40. To register, call (319) 351-5333 or email

The Iowa Inventors Group will meet 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9, at Community Savings Bank, Robins. Patent lawyer Daniel Northfield will speak.

Google will be a supporting sponsor of the Fourth Annual Tech Expo 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, from at The Hotel Kirkwood Center, Erb’s Technology Solutions has announced.

“Tallgrass Workplace Expo 2013: Workplace Performance Amplified” will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 1239 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, and Thursday, Sept. 12, at 218 Second St., Coralville. Call Tallgrass Business Resources, (800) 373-9211.

A free conference for hog farmers on swine health management issues, sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association Swine Health and Animal Well-being Committee, will be 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Washington County Extension Office, Washington. Contact IPPA Public Policy Director Cody McKinley at (800) 372-7675 or Expo 2013 will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Oct. 23, at the Coralville Marriott, and sponsored by the Entrepreneurial Development Center, Technology Association of Iowa, Iowa Capital Investment Corporation and John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center. Contact Christie Remley at To register, go to

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