Findlay professor awarded Fulbright
Louann Cummings, professor of business at The University of Findlay, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach in Hanoi, Vietnam, during the spring 2014 semester. Cummings will be working in the International School of Management and Economics at the National Economics University.
She will be teaching both introductory and specialized accounting/finance courses. Additionally, she will be consulting and making presentations to the National Economics University colleagues, local organizations, the University of Social Sciences and Humanities and Nha Trang University. She will also be involved in volunteer activities.
The Fulbright Scholar committee also ask that she maintain a blog during her tenure in Vietnam and bring back her experiences to share with interested colleagues and stakeholders in the U.S.
The Fulbright Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education. The core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides approximately 800 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.
Boughan recognized by TopMark
Michelle Boughan, with TopMark Federal Credit Union, was awarded mortgage originator of the year at the myCUmortgage annual partner’s conference.
Boughan was recognized for outstanding results in helping members with home ownership.
She is a 1998 graduate of Shawnee High School and has been with TopMark for seven years.
Mertz joins Defiance law firm
Dylan T. Mertz, of Defiance, has joined the law firm of Arthur, O’Neil, Mertz, Michel & Brown, of Defiance.
Mertz is a graduate of The University of Toledo College of Law. While there, he wrote and directed his efforts to the areas of medical negligence and environmental policy. He is also a 2010 Magna Cum Laude graduate of The Ohio State University, during which time he received dean’s list recognition for nine consecutive terms.
Mertz specializes in the areas of domestic relations and general to complex civil litigation.
The law firm has amassed more than 100 years of combined trial experience.
Lima Convalescent hires director
Joy Reichenbach has joined the Lima Convalescent Home Foundation as executive director. She will oversee the day to day operations of Lima Convalescent Home and Lochhaven Assisted Living Apartments.
Reichenbach holds an associate’s degree in nursing from Hesston College, Hesston, Kansas; a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bluffton College; a master’s degree from The Ohio State University and the core of knowledge for nursing home administrators.
She has been a nursing home administrator since 2002, most recently at Hilty Home in Pandora. She has also served as director of nursing at Mennonite Memorial Home in Bluffton.
Reichenbach and her husband reside in Bluffton and are the parents of four grown children.
Longtime board member retires
Richard Meredith has stepped down from the board of Allen County Children Services.
The local retired attorney was appointed by the Allen County Commissioners in July 2003. He served as board chair from February 2004 to December 2009 and vice chair from January 2010 to December 2013.
Fitzgerald named news director
Jeff Fitzgerald, news anchor with Your Hometown Lima Stations, has been named news director, effective Jan. 1.
Fitzgerald has 28 years of experience in the news business in Lima. He will oversee the direction and content of the stations’ news operation. Additionally, he will continue to anchor the 6 p.m. news Monday through Friday.
He is a Lima Central Catholic graduate and was inducted into the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Hall of Fame in June of 2012.
Fitzgerald is married to his wife, Kim, and has two stepsons, Blake and Dylan.
Guidance counselors attend luncheon
Wright State University, Lake Campus welcomed 20 guidance counselors from high schools representing Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Shelby and Van Wert counties for the annual appreciation luncheon. Included in this luncheon was a working session facilitated by Lake Campus staff which focused on the college search process for high school students.
Julie Schosker, guidance counselor from Tri-Star Career Compact won a $300 Lake Campus scholarship drawing, which was sponsored by the Western Ohio Educational Foundation. She will be able to award this scholarship to a senior of her choosing.