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Carrie Pescatello was promoted to assistant branch manager at the Dupont Road office by Partners 1st Federal Credit Union. Pescatello was previously an assistant manager in a retail sales environment.

LaBov & Beyond Marketing Communications and Training announced LuAnn Erickson, manager of human resources, and Ryan Holt, account supervisor, have become shareholders and that Marcus McMillen was promoted to art director.

D. Randall Brown, managing partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Fort Wayne office, was recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in the Bet-the-Company Litigation practice by Best Lawyers. Brown concentrates his practice in commercial litigation.

Marsha Eschbach, Anne King, Brian Edwards and Nick Staller of Academy Mortgage Corp. passed extended courses on Fair Lending Awareness, Good Faith Estimate & Change of Circumstances, Information Security Awareness and Consequences of Fraud.

Gretchen Schilb joined Intrix Technology Inc. as vice president, business development officer for the Midwest region. Schilb has 12 years of experience in the industry.

Jim Marcuccilli, president and CEO of Star Bank, was elected 2013 chairman of the board of directors of the Indiana Bankers Association. Michael C. Marhenke of Independent Alliance Banks Inc. and Grabill Bank is on the ABA Membership Council, and Michael D. Cahill of Tower Financial Corp. is a Northeast Region director.

Cathy Snyder and Jodi Strock joined DeKalb Health Medical Group as nurse practitioners. Snyder and Strock each have over 15 years of experience in the industry.

Jean Hogan of Fort Wayne has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc.

Tom Penno joined NoMoreClipboard as vice president of channel management. Penno was previously the COO of the Indiana Health Information Exchange.

Marjorie Kennedy Babbitt, Thomas Western and Douglas Schrader were re-elected to the REMC board of directors.

Perry Shilts of Shilts Law Office was named a 2012 Top Divorce Lawyer in the August issue of Fort Wayne Monthly magazine.

Kari Butcher was named store manager at the Bluffton location of Maurices. Butcher will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the store.

The following individuals have been selected to participate in Leadership Fort Wayne’s 31st class: Christopher Angellatta, chief operating officer, YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne; Eric Barie, director of regional marketing, Frontier Communications; Nora Bass, vice president, surgery and trauma, Parkview Health; Josiah Brown, assistant director, employer services, IPFW Career Services; Ramona Coleman, coordinator of professional development, Fort Wayne Community Schools; William Davenport, commercial account executive, Old National Insurance; Dottie Davis, deputy chief, director of training, Fort Wayne Police Department; Stephen Franks, chief marketing officer, Vertical Leap LLC; Kimberly Fuhrmann, marketing and administrative manager, Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority; Gilda Chan-Gonzales, senior merchandise planner, Vera Bradley; Marci Hamilton, chief nursing officer, Orthopedic Hospital of Lutheran Health Network; Lindsay Hanas, senior IT business analyst, Vera Bradley; Nick Harmon, director, Jack Laurie Group; Stephanie Hoffherr, product development associate, Vera Bradley; Ciera Houle, nitinol process engineer, Fort Wayne Metals; Brenda Houtz, supervisor, Indiana Michigan Power; Kari Huston, VP and director of client community relations, PNC Bank; Jason Jolicoeur, dean, School of Public & Social Services and School of Education, Ivy Tech Community College; Nicole King, office manager, Family Quest Inc.; Albert Kohout, principal/owner, Galecki Financial Management; Timothy Kuhnen, VP and business relations manager, Tower Bank; Rich Lynch, retail marketing director, Do it Best Corp.; Cathy Maxwell, vice president, academic affairs, Ivy Tech Community College; Alan Nauts, chairman, art and communication department, University of Saint Francis; Kevin Neebes, specialty investment manager, Ambassador Enterprises; Wayne Robison, CFO, Briljent LLC; Kirk Rodgers, contracts manager, Raytheon; Kim Sabrosky, community relations manager, Indiana Michigan Power; Christina Sandmaier, director of development and marketing, Fort Wayne Philharmonic; Beth Schrader, senior ECM consultant, Imaging Office Systems Inc.; Andrew Schuum, director of sales and service, Jack Laurie Group; Shawna Squibb, associate bursar, IPFW; Mary Tonne, controller finance, General Motors; Chad Tranter, vice president, credit analysis, Wells Fargo Bank; Rebecca Trump, IT director, Lincoln Financial Group; Olivia Warner, president, Indiana Stamp; Matthew Wirtz; deputy director, City Utilities engineering, city of Fort Wayne; and Gina Yonkman, administrator, Home Nursing Services.

Indiana Tech hired the following full-time faculty members: Lisa R. Brown, assistant professor of accounting and finance; Kelly J. Fast, assistant professor of health information technology and director of the health information technology program; Les A. Grundman, associate professor of mechanical engineering; Staci R. Lugar Brettin, assistant professor of marketing and management; John J. Minnich, assistant professor of accounting; Jenifer L. Schutte, assistant professor of psychology; and Tammy M. Taylor, associate professor of education.

Zach Benedict, partner at Morrison Kattman Menze Inc., recently spoke at the annual Statewide Conference on Housing and Community Economic Development. Benedict’s presentation was titled “Reciprocal Revitalization: Retrofitting Hoosier Communities for All Ages.”

Kevin L. Runkel of Moake Park Group achieved his Indiana Architect Registration.

Jon A. Bomberger, John R. Burns III and N. Reed Silliman of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP’s Fort Wayne office were named 2013 Lawyers of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America.

Dave Weimer joined BioSignia as senior vice president of business development. Weimer has extensive experience in technology implementation, sales and account management.

Orizon Real Estate in Kendallville announced that Terri Deming was named listing agent of the month and that Tim and Anita Hess were named the sales team of the month.

Joe Martin was promoted to president of Star Bank’s North region. Martin was previously president of the bank’s West region.

Indiana Data Center hired Nathan Welch as network administrator and Aaron Johns and Kelie Bailey as IT customer support.

The Literacy Alliance elected the following people to its board of directors: Betsy Thomas, Vera Bradley Designs; Kristi Brotherton, Parkview Health Systems and Sonya Strahm, Ivy Tech. Elected for a second term were Casey Scheurich, board treasurer, Dulin, Ward and DeWald; Mary Lehto, IPFW; and Jeremy Reidy, Beckman Lawson LLP. Other board members are Mary McDonald, board chair, Lincoln Financial Group, retired; Judy Gillman, board secretary, Frontier Midwest Network Operations, retired; Becky Cooper, Lincoln Financial Group; Sheri Davis, Comprehensive Marketing Inc.; Drew Dunlavy, Lake City Bank; Louise Jackson, Women’s Bureau; Tim Jones, Navistar; Mike Landram, Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce; Paul Spoelhof, City of Fort Wayne; Beth Wolf, Resource Financial Company Inc.; and Sarah Arnold, Ivy Tech, intern.

The Indiana Commission for Women is accepting nominations through Dec. 14 for the 2013 Indiana’s Salute to Women Torchbearer Awards. The recognition is the highest honor given by the state to Hoosier women who have overcome obstacles or whose achievements have contributed to making Indiana a better place in which to live, work and raise a family. Call 317-232-6720 or go to for information.