During the Greater Beloit Area Crime Stoppers Board Meeting in March, Sara Regenauer, Town of Beloit Finance Director, was voted on the organization’s Board as Treasurer. Greater Beloit Area Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit organization made up of citizens who are against crime and want to create a partnership between the surround communities, media and law enforcement personnel. Rewards of up to $1,000 are offered to anyone who gives details that lead to an arrest of criminals.
Doctor W. Stephen Minore, President and CEO of Rockford Anesthesiologists Associated, Medical Pain Management Services and Rockford Ambulatory Surgery Center was presented with the “Distinguished Service Award” by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) at its annual March meeting in Orlando. The organization’s board of directors chose Dr. Minore to receive the outstanding service award in recognition of his exemplary work with patient safety and clinical process improvements for enhanced care delivery. The national organization, ASIPP, was formed in 1998 with the goal of promoting the development and practice of safe, high quality yet cost effective interventional pain management techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of pain and related disorders, and to ensure patient access to these interventions. Dr. Minore was one of ASIPP’s initial members and has served on many of its board positions.
The agents of Spectrum Insurance Agency, 5301 E. State Street, Rockford, had a couple of very busy months. Spectrum Insurance Agency would like to congratulate the following employees for their dedication to fulfilling the Continuing Education Requirements set forth by the Department of Insurance of Illinois and Wisconsin.
Maria Salinas and Nancy Salsbury attended the Ethics class through ServiceMaster DSI and Alpine Body Shop. They each received 3 continuing education credits for the completion of this class.
Aimee Berman completed “Fundamentals of Social Security and Medicare” provided by Insurance Career Training Inc. Berman received 4 continuing education credits for the completion of this class.
Phil Thompson attended and completed “CIC: Life and Health” provided by IIA of Illinois. Phil went to Springfield to meet the continuing education requirements and CIC requirements that will allow him to guide clients in that market. Thompson also successfully completed “Long-Term Care: Programs, Policies and Partnerships” provided by WebCE. He received 8 continuing education credits for the completion the class.
Eve Whitaker completed “NFIP Review” and received 3 continuing education credits.
Julie Burfoot completed a self-study class titled “NAHU Advanced Self-Funding Course” provided by National Association of Health Underwriters. Burfoot received 5 continuing education credits for this course.
Spectrum Insurance Agency, Inc. has had agents updating their skills with professional classes. They congratulate all of our agents for their dedication to fulfilling the Continuing Education Requirements set forth by the Departments of Insurance in Illinois and Wisconsin. Bruce Graham, Jimmy Rozinsky, Maria Salinas, Shirley Geiser, Julie Burfoot, Karla Rodgers, Brandon Latino and Todd Martinovich have all completed the state required Errors and Omissions class. They will each receive 6 continuing education credits for completing this course. Several agents also completed their Ethics course through RESTORx: Shirley Geiser, Bonnie Arrington, Eve Whitaker, Aimee Bermen and Jimmy Rozinsky.
Todd Martinovich also took “Building Construction and Estimating” through RESTORx for additional continuing education credits. Maria Salinas completed “Fundamentals of Social Security and Medicare” through Insurance Career Training. She will also receive continuing education credits for the completion of this course. These professional courses allow agents to serve clients more efficiently and effectively.
Joel Stueland has become the vice president of Milwaukee operations at Corporate Contractors Inc. (CCI), a leading general contracting firm in southern Wisconsin. His vast construction industry experience spans more than 20 years and includes hands-on project engineering, management, and executive leadership positions.
Stueland joins the company’s senior leadership team and will be responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of operations in CCI’s growing Milwaukee area office. With extensive working knowledge of ground-up and adaptive-reuse projects, he will also oversee build teams to ensure project success. He has qualified to obtain licensing in several states and holds a BS in construction engineering from Iowa State University.
Corporate Contractors Inc. (CCI) also announced that Sharon Reitsma has joined the company as project manager. She will work out of the company’s Milwaukee area office in Delafield.
Reitsma brings a mix of experience in design, client relations and construction management. She will serve as an overall client advocate and project leader while managing the build team to bring each client’s vision to life. She holds a BS in interior design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MBA in business administration from Cardinal Stritch University.
Jacki Gommel, WELL AP, LEED AP ID+C, ASID, IIDA, principal of Gommel Design, Rockford, has been recognized by the Center for Active Design as a FITWEL Ambassador.
FITWEL is the premier system for optimizing building design and operations to improve health, well-being & productivity outcomes. First launched in 2017, FITWEL was developed by The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the General Services Administration (GSA).
Gommel Design has been providing complete interior design services to local and regional clients since 1995. Gommel was previously named a WELL Accredited Professional and a LEED Accredited Professional.
TheFranaGroup recently announced that Patrick Nwaezeigwe, MBA, has joined the company as a Financial Associate. Nwaezeigwe will bring his FQHC expertise in financial leadership to develop and implement effective operating and financial strategies. Nwaezeigwe has an MBA degree in Business Administration-Accounting from Roosevelt University, Chicago. He is a senior-level nonprofit financial executive with solid business and financial insight and has served in several leadership positions including: Chief Financial Officer of Fetter Health Care Network, Charleston, South Carolina; Circle Family Healthcare Network, Chicago and Access Community Health Network, Chicago.
Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois has announced that Benjamin Bernsten, former Director of Retail and General Counsel, replaced Sam Schmitz as President effective May 6. Schmitz retired after 10 years as President of Goodwill. Bernsten has been responsible for all aspects of Goodwill’s retail operation and legal affairs within the 18 county territory since 2012 and created numerous new programs and revenue generating operations including the e-commerce program, Goodwill Outlet Store, Donation Express Donation Center, corporate donations program, Halloween program and expanded recycling and salvage operation with revenue benefiting the Goodwill mission programs.
Chris Kelley, marketing strategist at V2 Marketing Communications, recently judged the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) in the American Advertising Federation (AAF) District 6. The judging took place in South Bend, Indiana. The District 6 NSAC featured nineteen student advertising teams from colleges and universities in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan who presented their advertising campaigns for the national sponsor, Ocean Spray.
Hannah Orem, DC of Upper Cervical Care Center – Rockford, received Level 3 NUCCA Certification at the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) Conference in Irvine, California in April. Orem is the only woman in the state of Illinois to hold this level of certification. She has been practicing at Upper Cervical Care Center – Rockford for over 4 years and serves patients from infancy through their 90s.
SwedishAmerican is pleased to welcome its new Cardiologist Dr. Moses Kyobe, MD. Kyobe comes to SwedishAmerican with more than 14 years of cardiology experience and is board certified in internal medicine, general cardiology, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Medical Association and has a special interest in heart failure management and evaluation. He received his medical degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. He completed both his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio.
Rosecrance Medical Director, Dr. Raymond Garcia, recently received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at the 2018 Convocation ceremony in Rockford. Each year the award recognizes faculty who have demonstrated outstanding interest and commitment to the College of Medicine by providing special support and/or activity for teaching of undergraduates, graduates or in continuing education. Garcia graduated from the College of Medicine Rockford in 1994 after receiving several honors as a medical student. After completing his psychiatry residency at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago he returned to Rockford to begin his psychiatry career. Garcia joined Rosecrance in 2009 and oversees clinical treatment and care at the Rosecrance Harrison Adult Campus. He has been Board Certified in psychiatry and neurology since 1999. He is licensed in Illinois and is a member of Illinois Psychiatric Society and the American Psychiatric Association. He has also received the Golden Apple and Mentor of the Year Awards in
SwedishAmerican President and CEO Dr. Michael Born recently joined a group of top executives at Vizient’s Mid-Atlantic Conference to talk about today’s critical healthcare challenges. Vizient, the largest member-driven, health care performance improvement company in the country, invited Dr. Born to attend and speak on post M&A integration, particularly regarding SwedishAmerican’s integration with UW Health. Born gave a presentation titled “The Journey of SwedishAmerican’s Integration with UW Health.” He provided insights, lessons learned, gaps found, and successful approaches that SwedishAmerican has experienced, and talked about ongoing areas of focus as SwedishAmerican continues its journey of integration with Madison, Wisconsin-based UW Health.
Blackhawk Bank is pleased to announce that Jennifer Cummings has been promoted to Vice President – Deposit Operations. A member of the Blackhawk Bank family since 1999, Cummings is a graduate of Upper Iowa University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a minor in Public Administration. She recently received her Accredited Payments Risk Professional (APRP) designation from NACHA - the Electronic Payments Association and holds her National Check Professional (NCP) accreditation. Serving her community, Cummings volunteers with the School District of Beloit for the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Core Management Team and Project AIU. She is also an active volunteer for Junior Achievement. She formerly worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Girl Scouts Girls Who Rock program, and United Way’s Day of Caring and Budget Allocation
Deborah Griffith has been promoted to First Vice President – Retail Market Manager for First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) branches in Rockton, Roscoe and Winnebago in Illinois as well as the Monroe and Argyle offices in Wisconsin. In this role, she serves on the retail management team and develops sales and service plans, coordinates and manages strategic priorities that support bank-wide initiatives, as well as coaches and develops the branch managers in her markets. Additionally, she manages the sales process through the bank’s online channels.
Griffith joined FNBT in 2003 bringing prior banking experience from another local community bank. She received her undergraduate degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois with a double major in Business Administration Management and Public Relations. She went on to receive her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Over the years, Deb has volunteered with many community activities, including the Downtown Beloit Association’s Street Dance event and multiple holiday parades. She also represents the bank at Hononegah High School’s Incubator program. Griffith is based at FNBT’s Rockton bank branch located at 300 E. Main St. and resides in Rockton with her husband and twin daughters.
With more than 40 years of experience in banking, Bonnie Gundry has been promoted to Vice President – Branch Manager of FNBT’s Rockton office. Gundry started her banking career in 1975 at Macktown State Bank, which was acquired by FNBT in 2001. She has held many positions including operations and managing the teller and new accounts functions. As branch manager, Bonnie is responsible for managing the day-to-day customer service and operations of the branch, building relationships with customers, and providing Sound Advice to help customers take advantage of financial opportunities to fit their needs.
Gundry was born and raised in the Rockton area. She holds an associate’s degree in business and has earned industry certifications through the American Bankers Association.
Active in the community, Gundry is currently on the board for Stateline Mass Transit in Rockton and is the treasurer of Rockton Remembers, an organization that works with the community to provide benches throughout the Village of Rockton and its parks. She is a member of Shirland Methodist Church. For over 21 years, she was a volunteer emergency medical technician and firefighter with the Shirland Fire Department. She also served as a board member of the Macktown Living History Education Center as well as treasurer of the Rockton Chamber of Commerce. Gundry resides on a small farmette north of Shirland, Illinois with her husband, Steve.
Christina Symons has been promoted to Vice President – Branch Manager of FNBT’s Monroe office located at 1625 10th St. in Monroe, Wisconsin. In this role, she manages the day-to-day branch operations and customer service initiatives. She develops her branch staff through coaching and training to help them achieve their personal goals. Having over 20 years of banking experience and extensive leadership training, Symons is able to provide customers and businesses valuable Sound Advice to help them succeed in their financial goals.
Symons has lived in Monroe since 2007. She previously worked for M&I Bank before joining AMCORE Bank in 2004 where she worked when FNBT acquired the Monroe and Argyle, Wisconsin AMCORE branches in 2009.
First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) proudly announces the promotion of five individuals as approved at a recent board meeting.
Dave Marshick has been promoted to First Vice President – Commercial Banking Manager. Marshick joined First National Bank and Trust in 2014 and now has over 25 years of experience helping businesses achieve their financial goals. He has developed a reputation for being both a skilled commercial banker and a trusted advisor who takes the time to get to know his clients, so that he can provide them with the best possible solutions to suit their unique needs. As a commercial lender, he has helped numerous businesses discover actionable financial solutions that have resulted in improved business models. By working directly with business owners he is able to provide banking expertise, while finding a creative solution that helps clients achieve their immediate and long-term financial goals.
Marshick received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Marshick is based at FNBT’s Janesville, Wisconsin branch location.
With more than 30 years of experience in banking, Julie Thornton has been promoted to Vice President – Cash Management Manager, based at FNBT’s Beloit-Grand Avenue office. Thornton is responsible for analyzing commercial deposit relationships, sales and servicing of cash management services and working with commercial clients to find the right solutions for their business needs. She enjoys helping her customers discover the best possible tools to help them with day-to-day operations and long-term company goals.
Thornton attended Rockford Business College and Southern New Hampshire College, studying business, finance and accounting. She also earned the Fundamentals of Cash Management Diploma from the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) in 2006, and has attended several industry seminars and conferences hosted by the Wisconsin Automatic Clearing House Association (WACHA). A native of Machesney Park, Thornton currently resides in Durand, Illinois with her husband and two sons.
Dawn Fields has been promoted to Assistant Vice President – Commercial Banking Officer. She started at FNBT as a credit analyst in 2011 and now has nearly 30 years’ banking experience. As a commercial banking officer, Fields is responsible for developing new banking and lending relationships, and providing Sound Advice to existing clients in the bank’s Walworth, Wisconsin market. Her background as an analyst uniquely positions her as an expert in commercial loan underwriting, analyzing financial statements and tax returns, evaluating collateral positions and assessing loan risk for the bank.
She attended the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and has completed numerous industry courses through the American Bankers Association (ABA) and the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA). Fields is based at FNBT’s Walworth, Wisconsin bank location.
Joining the bank in April 2016, Erica Strohm has been promoted to Assistant Vice President – Residential Loan Production Manager for FNBT’s mortgage team in Walworth County, Wisconsin. Now with more than 25 years’ experience in the banking industry, she is responsible for business development and building relationships in the community. Strohm holds a bachelor’s degree in management with a personnel emphasis from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, and has completed numerous training programs in the lending field to stay up-to-date on programs and changes within the mortgage and consumer lending field to provide Sound Advice to her clients.
Currently a member of the Lakes Area Realtors Association and Lakeland Builder’s Association, Strohm is very active in the community. Her previous volunteer work includes serving as treasurer for the Rotary Club of Lake Geneva from 2002 through 2005, and participating in the Women’s Weekend Committee and Geneva Lake Women’s Association’s diabetes outreach committee. She is based at the bank’s Walworth, Wisconsin bank location, and resides in Burlington, Wisconsin with her husband, Mike.
Dan Mowers has been promoted to Assistant Vice President – Commercial Banking Officer, based at FNBT’s Rockton, Illinois bank location. In this role, he is responsible for providing Sound Advice, managing an existing portfolio of clients, and developing new banking and lending relationships. Mowers has more than 10 years of banking experience and joined FNBT in 2010 as a residential underwriter. Prior to FNBT, Mowers worked at HSBC in the consumer finance division.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Mowers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He resides in Roscoe, Illinois with his wife, Kristina, and their two children.
First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce the promotion of two individuals in the Wealth Management department as approved at a recent board meeting.
Lisa Landsee has been promoted to Vice President – Trust Officer. Landsee joined FNBT in 2012 and now has more than 40 years of banking and wealth management experience. With a specialty in special needs trust and estate administration, she is responsible for administering trusts and client relationships for the bank. Prior to joining FNBT, Landsee worked as a trust officer for AMCORE Bank and later M&I Bank. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management and Communication from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin and has completed several industry courses including the Personal Trust School through the Cannon Financial Institute. Active in the community, Landsee volunteers as a court appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children through CASA of Winnebago County, and delivers meals for Beloit Meals on Wheels. Landsee and her husband reside in Rockton.
Tracy Vogel joined FNBT in 1984 and has been promoted to Assistant Vice President – Operations Manager. In this role, she is responsible for providing operational leadership by supervising daily procedures and policies, coordinating security movement, and maintaining account and asset portfolios. Throughout the years, Vogel has completed several industry courses through American Institute of Banking (AIB), as well as continuing education courses through Blackhawk Technical Institute. She lives in Cherry Valley, Illinois with her husband, Tim. Both Landsee and Vogel are based out of FNBT’s Grand Avenue office in Beloit, Wisconsin.