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    The Allen County Partnership for Water Quality is hosting a Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) certification workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Envision Center, 916 S. Calhoun St. in Fort Wayne.
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    KSM Consulting LLC and Katz, Sapper & Miller are offering a free information technology lunch seminar, “IT Solutions for Not-for-Profits,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at Greater Fort Wayne Inc., 200 E. Main St.
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    Total Internship Management Workshop, hosted by Indiana Tech and presented by Intern Bridge, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 12. For more information, visit

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Patti Van Leuven was named director of transitions at the Women’s Bureau, as well as its Commission on Accreditation of Rehab Facilities administrator. Van Leuven has been with the Women’s Bureau since 2000.

Julia Thorn was promoted to a training team position at 80/20 Inc. Thorn has been with the company since 2006.

Ed Vessels, owner of HiValu LLC, was elected president of the Huntington University Foundation board of directors. Vessels will also serve on the board of trustees.

Tom Berger joined Extension Inc. as chief nursing officer. Berger will work with the implementation team to provide clinical integration support, advice and direction of production, trial and lab implementations of Extension solutions.

Huntington University promoted Thomas Bergler and Luke Fetters to professors of ministry and missions and Diana Shenefield to assistant professor of nursing.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Northeast Indiana has named its board of directors and officers for 2012. Officers include: Julie Nill, Comcast Spotlight, chair; David Waggoner, Premier Funeral Funding, vice chair; Lisa Grogan, Wells Fargo, secretary; Otto H. Chang, IPFW School of Business, treasurer. The board of directors includes: Aaron Butler, attorney; Kevin Feldman, BKD; Jose Hernandez, Community Action of Northeast Indiana; Jim Melvin, Midwest America Federal Credit Union; Shelly Miller, Orthopaedic Hospital/Lutheran Health Network; Shelly Musolf, Indiana Tech; James Porter, Parkview Health; William Rush, DeHayes Group; Sue Sands, Lake City Bank; Melissa Twitchell, Fort Wayne Metals; Brent Wake, city of Fort Wayne; and Bill Warriner, Goodwill Industries.

Betsy Perry Patton joined Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana as event coordinator. Patton is responsible for the coordination and planning of the fundraising events hosted by the organization.

Tower Bank promoted Dan Beechy to manager of the Waynedale Financial Center and Andrew Dance to manager of the Stellhorn Financial Center. It also hired Tracy White as mortgage loan originator and Jessica Clayton as HSA relationship manager for The HSA Authority.

Misty Gehres joined 1st Class Hoosier Realty in Decatur as a sales associate.

Jenna Wall joined the Downtown Improvement District as an event coordinator. Wall has experience with the Roller Dome and Floor Systems Inc.

The AIDS Task Force recently elected officers for its 2012 board of directors: president, Catherine Periolat, Family Dentistry & Aesthetics; vice president, Jessica Henry, Midwest Pipe and Steel; secretary, Matthew Meyer, Lincoln Financial Group; and treasurer, Wayne Hall, Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Newly elected members are Bob Gould, community volunteer; Kelly Pautler, Carson Boxberger; and Kathy Thornson, Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health. Returning board members are Daniel Borgmann, Helmke Beams LLP; Mark Carboni, Tri State Maintenance Inc.; Sandra Pulliam-Griffin, Fort Wayne Community Schools; Maurice Keltsch, retired, Keltsch Pharmacy; Julie Morrison, Fort Wayne Newspapers; Dar Richardson, grief and loss counselor; Earl Robinson, Fort Wayne Community Schools; and Kelly Updike, Embassy Theatre.

Louise Jackson was named CEO of the Women’s Bureau. Jackson will direct all operations and fundraising initiatives of the bureau.

Diana Parent, president and managing director of Sperry Van Ness/Parke Group, was named a member of the Midwest Commercial Real Estate Hall of Fame by Midwest Real Estate News magazine. Parent is profiled in the December 2011/January 2012 issue of the magazine.

Hallmark Home Mortgage announced the following inductees from its Fort Wayne headquarters into its 2011 Hallmark Hall of Fame class: Tina Bennett, Michelle Clayton, Jeff Davis, Kelly Durnell, Michelle Houlihan, Patrick Kinder, Mark Meussling, Michelle Smekens and Jaymi Sullivan.

Son Huynh was recognized as a top-five salesperson in 2011 by the Coldwell Banker/RWG Dupont office.

Del Doughty was named interim senior vice president for academic affairs at Huntington University. Doughty is a professor of English at the university.

Jeffrey J. Rapp of Northwestern Mutual-Indiana received Northwestern Mutual’s 2012 Central Region Managing Director Leader Award. The honor recognizes an outstanding year of performance with the company, serving the financial security needs of clients and policy owners throughout the region.

Ed McCutcheon, a broker with Century 21 Bradley, was the top individual producer for December and the 2011 top individual producer for the Century 21 Bradley office. McCutcheon also ranked in the 2011 top 50 individual producers for Indiana and Ohio.

BKD LLP hired Tyler Henn, Gary Bishop, Mountala Ogbe, Lauren Denton, Austin Hamilton, Andy Kaehr and Doug Murphy as a first-year staff in audit in its Fort Wayne office.

Philip Trout was recognized by the president of Kroger Co. for his 42 years of service at the West State Boulevard store.

Rene Tyson joined Ruoff Home Mortgage as senior loan officer at its Warsaw branch. Tyson has more than 25 years of experience in the mortgage industry.

Seth Whicker and Tom Ackmann will be headquartered in the new Fort Wayne office of SYM Financial Advisors. The office is currently open at 7030 Pointe Inverness Way, Suite 100. For information, go to

Upstate Alliance of Realtors honored Jim Torres of Century 21 Bradley Realty with the 2011 Realtor of the Year Award, Robert Ellenberger of Coldwell Banker Holloway with the 2011 Hall of Fame Award, Sandy Young of Dreibelbiss Title Company with the 2011 Affiliate of the Year Award and Ann Marquardt of Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber with the 2011 Outstanding Service Award.

Design Collaborative named Jeremy Koomler a partner, promoted Tim Terman and Jason Baker to associate partners and promoted Greg Estes to senior associate.

C. Albert Alvarez joined Family & Children’s Services Inc. as a therapist.

Kristin Steckbeck Bilinski joined Longsworth Law LLC as an associate.

Dan Ryan was appointed to head JX Peterbilt dealerships in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis as general manager. Ryan has been with JX Enterprises for more than 27 years.

The 2012 Athena nominees are: Denise DeMarchis, founder and CEO, Matilda Jane Clothing; Christine Hootman, managing director, Baden, Gage & Schroeder LLC; Susan Makofka, programming engineering analyst, Raytheon Co.; Sherry Myers, volunteer, Women’s Bureau, paralegal at Pantello, Morris, James and Logan, and outreach coordinator at Huntertown United Methodist Church; Jill Perillo, economic development manager, Indiana Michigan Power; Glenna Raber, senior engineer II with honors, Raytheon Co.; and Sharon Simmons, board president, Francine’s Friends Inc. The 2012 Athena Young Leadership Development nominees are: Denice Beights, executive director, Fort Wayne Children’s Choir; Kassie Bowman, software engineer II-Team lead, Raytheon Co.; Allison Dowe, proposal analyst II, Raytheon Co.; Julia Feichter, founder,; Rebecca Preston, solution integrator and Six Sigma Lead, Raytheon Co.; Christen Shiman, HR business partner, Raytheon; Katy Silliman, regional alignment director-Vision 2020, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership; and Lisa Updike, attorney, Barnes and Thornburg LLP. The nominees will be honored and the winners announced at a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. March 14 in The Diamond Room at Ceruti’s Summit Park. For tickets, go to or call 424-1435.