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    Kathy Callen joined Old National Bank as community engagement executive for its Fort Wayne region.
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    Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network designated Byron Braun, president and fundamental choice portfolio manager of Braun Wealth Management Group LLC, as a member of its Premier Advisors Program.
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    Do it Best Corp. hired Travis Adams as a business technical support technician and Bryan Chamberlain, forecasting and logistics planner.

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Bethany Clapper joined Lutheran Life Villages as public relations coordinator for the new north-side retirement community. Clapper previously worked at Turnstone as director of events.

Christopher L. Nusbaum joined the law firm of Dale, Huffman & Babcock. Nusbaum will practice in the areas of real estate, trust and estate planning, estate administration and business formation.

Morrison Kattman Menze Inc. hired Andrew Hesterman as a graduate architect and Dia Holman as an interior designer. Hesterman is a 2011 graduate of Ball State University and Holman is a registered interior designer in Indiana.

Star Bank hired Andy Yergler as vice president of mortgage banking, Bob Fischer as a mortgage banker and Lois McAllister as a mortgage banker. Yergler recently worked for Fifth Third and Wells Fargo, Fischer has 30 years of banking experience and McAllister worked for Wells Fargo.

Brian Garn was promoted to supervisor at 80/20 Inc. Garn also completed a CNC Machinist program through Ivy Tech and Work One.

Baden Gage & Schroeder LLC promoted Juliana Eichman, Mark Landrigan and Lisa Smith to supervisor and Lianne Shaffer to senior accountant. It also hired Allyson Winebar as a staff accountant.

Randi Guilford, an RN at Community Memorial Hospital, passed her board exam administered by the International Board of Lactation Consultants.

Aaron Moore, a financial adviser with Northwestern Mutual, earned the Chartered Financial Consultant professional designation from The American College.

Carolyn Gray joined Physicians Health Plan as quality manager. Gray has held several executive leadership positions throughout her career.

Tiffany Glasser was named store manager of Maurices in Bluffton. Glasser is responsible for day-to-day operations, including sales performance, visual presentation and personnel recruitment and training.

The 2012 members of the Alzheimer’s Association Northeast Advisory Council elected Robert Rhee of Beers, Mallers, Backs & Salin as council president. Other elected committee members are: Marianne Baker, D.O. McComb & Sons; April Dager, Woodview Memory Care; Anna Eckert, Woodview Memory Care; Sara Felger; Sue Forte; Marcia Goheen; Hamid Hamdi, St. Joseph Medical Group; Keith Huffman, Dale, Huffman & Babcock; Kristi Maloney, The Oaks-Parkview Pointe; Steven Manning; Roy Martin; Virginia Roesler; Nina Slaven, Covington Manor; Phyllis Thompson; Patricia Trainer; Gina Yonkman, In-Home Nursing Services; and Patricia Zakula, Children First Center.

Dave Weadock joined The Baldus Co. as project manager, focusing on wayfinding, signage and exhibit customers.

Brooke Lancey joined The Wassenberg Art Center as office manager. Lancey previously taught art for Defiance (Ohio) City Schools and worked in the graphic design industry.

Randall T. Lehman of Northwestern Mutual was recognized by the company with membership in its 2011 Forum group, recognizing an outstanding year of helping clients throughout the region achieve financial security.

Scott Thompson was named sales manager at Brock Grain Systems. Thompson has nearly 25 years of experience in wholesale and retail sales, marketing and strategy development and execution.

C. Erik Chickedantz, a partner in the law firm Hawk, Haynie, Kammeyer & Chickedantz, Fort Wayne, assumed the office of president of the Indiana State Bar Association for 2011-12 at the Association’s annual meeting in French Lick.

Do it Best Corp. named Meagan Alexander member education and special events manager, promoted Karl Dusin to merchandising manager for farm and ranch, pet and apparel lines, promoted Drew Gallmeyer to merchandising manager for global sourcing, hired Rich Lynch as retail marketing director, named Randy Rusk communications coordinator and hired Brandon Wolf as e-commerce manager.

Partners 1st Federal Credit Union hired Heather Bontempo as New Haven branch manger and Carly Ashcraft as Dupont Road branch manager. Bontempo and Ashcraft each have more than five years of sales and customer service experience.

Regina Kostoff joined the Fort Wayne Urban Enterprise Association as executive director. Kostoff most recently served as utility services manager for the Board of Public Works for Fort Wayne.

Tricia Neary, community sales director for Lutheran Life Villages, joined the International Council on Active Aging Changing the Way We Age Campaign. Neary also earned a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.

Eric Olson, president of T-E Inc., received the Alumni Achievement Award from Ball State University. Olson is a 1983 cum laude graduate.