The Journal Gazette
Saturday, July 16, 2016 10:00 pm

Business people


Lisa Dudeck joined Do it Best Corp. as a switchboard operator; Krystina Johnson, general accounting clerk; Sara Kitzmiller, co-op claims clerk; and Sherri Knisely, EDI correspondence clerk. Yvonne Bynum was promoted to IT project manager.

Amanda Kaluza was hired at Dulin, Ward & DeWald Inc. as a staff accountant.

Doug Carroll with Ruoff Home Mortgage was the top loan originator companywide and Larry Dickey was for the southwest office for June.

Becky Chasey joined Dorian Maples & Associates as a personal organizer.

Local agents earning the designation of Allstate Premier Service Agent for 2016 are Justin Harkelroad, Steven Westrick, Garrett Williams, Jay Raj and Susan Law.

Martin Swenson, an unlimited quotes special project coordinator with PHD Inc., Fort Wayne, celebrated his 45th employment anniversary July 12.

The 2016-17 officers for Audiences Unlimited Inc. are Gregory Troutner, ProFed Federal Credit Union, chair; Steve Toor, The History Center, vice chair; Robert E. Rhee, Beers, Mallers, Backs & Salin, treasurer; and Andrea Thomas, retired from Wellspring Interfaith Social Services, secretary. New members of the board are Rhiannon Buell, PNC Bank; and Sam Gnagey, retired from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Christy Vice joined AUI as a new staff member.

Lita Mello of K&K Insurance was included in Insurance Business America magazine’s Elite Women list.

Tom Wyss of Fort Wayne began his two-year term as a member of the board of directors for the Indiana CPA Society.

Stacy Knapper with Vera Bradley Inc. was named executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for the Indiana University Foundation.

Gavin A. Mohr was appointed chief financial officer for STAR Financial Bank.

Jaron Havens with Lincoln Financial Group was named a Rising Star in Retirement Under 40 by LIMRA.

Tyler Graves, business development representative for Wessler Engineering, was named to the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series Class XLI.

Patrick Robinson was hired as a peer support coordinator at The League.

Vicky Patterson accepted the position of executive assistant and human resources manager for Kosciusko REMC, and Lourdes Jimenez was promoted to engineering and operations assistant.

Sue Delagrange joined Oaktree Guidance and Wellness Center as a registered dietitian/nutritionist.

Eric Davis, Justine Betz and Nolan Wojtowicz joined Buck Consultants LLC as associates.

Seth Bennett with Hallmark Home Mortgage was named the top producer in the Fort Wayne office for June.

Gregory Smitley with Huntington University joined First Bank of Berne’s board of directors.

Fort Wayne native Chris Todia was named chief operating officer for Youth for Christ of Northern Indiana.

Melanie King with The Hagerman Group was promoted to chief financial officer.

Mark Richardson joined Shambaugh & Son as a mechanical project manager.

Joining Century 21 Bradley Realty are Jim Costa, Kendra Gabet, Rose Kumfer, Wendy Little, Loren McKnight, Angela Palm, Dan Passwater, Rick Rutledge and Katie Zelt. For June, Tim Haber was the top producing agent and Adams/Watkins was the top producing team.

Rev. Dr. Gary W. Zieroth joined Concordia Theological Seminary as assistant professor of pastoral ministry and missions, as well as dean of students and director of vicarage.


Mitchel Hazelett, a Kentucky state police detective and a Fort Wayne native, received the Electronic Crime Branch Detective of the Year certificate.


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