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Rhodes appointed chief deputy engineer

Brion E. Rhodes has been promoted to chief deputy engineer at the Allen County Engineerís office. He replaces Mark Stockman, who left the engineerís office to take a new position.

Rhodes is a graduate engineer, a registered professional engineer and a registered professional surveyor. He worked with the Warren County Engineerís Office and the Ohio Department of Transportation before coming to the Allen County Engineerís Office in June 1997. He was a bridge engineer before this promotion.

As chief deputy engineer, Rhodes will administer all aspects of design, construction and repair of the local roadway system, bridges and culverts in Allen County while also providing administrative support to the county engineer. He will manage the activities of the office in the absence of the county engineer.

Kiel promoted at Citizens

Gregg Kiel has been promoted to vice president underwriting manager at Citizens National Bank.

Kielís responsibilities will include updating the retail department on all of the underwriting changes that occur. He will also be responsible for training, document revisions and product development.

Gregg has been with Citizens National Bank for 10 years, working as a retail lender and underwriter.

Helmig, Belton promoted by ATFD

Lt. Brian Helmig, of the American Township Fire Department, has been promoted to the rank of captain.

Firefighter Jason Belton has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

Rager moves up at Citizens

Andrew Rager has been promoted to vice president loan originator for the Citizens National Bank for its Bluffton location.

Rager is responsible for originating home mortgage loans, home equity lines of credit and other consumer loans.

He graduated from Bluffton University with a bachelorís degree in organizational management. He obtained banking experience in the Elida office of Citizens National Bank.

Matthews new manager at Mennonite Mutual

Lawrence Matthews was recently named manager of Mennonite Mutual Aid Society. In this role, he will manage the day-to-day operations of the Bluffton-based insurance company.

Matthews brings 30 years administrative experience to the job. He joined the company as an agent in March and will continue to serve clients in that role. He holds a property and casualty license from the Ohio Department of Insurance and will be involved in recruiting and training agents, product and systems development and developing client relations for Mennonite Mutual Aid Society.


American Township hires firefighter

Aaron Cunningham has been hired by American Township Fire Department as firefighter.

The position came open when Captain Armando Cabrera left to join the Chicago Fire Department.

Mescher joins Garman/Miller

Kellen Mescher, of Minister, recently joined the Garmann/Miller staff as part of the landscape architecture department.

Mescher received his bachelorís degree in landscape architecture from The Ohio State Universityís Knowlton School of Architecture. In college, he was a member of the Architecture Honors and Scholars program and the student chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

He is a 2005 graduate of Minster High School.


Dunlap retires as road superintendent

Steven L. Dunlap retired Oct. 31 as road maintenance superintendent with the Allen County Engineerís Office.

Dunlap had been an employee of the Allen County Engineerís Office for 30 years. He worked as a laborer, highway maintenance worker and highway maintenance supervisor on the west side.


Orthopaedic Institute earns MRI honor

The Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio, in Lima, has been awarded a four-year American College of Radiology accreditation in MRI. This is the third consecutive term for this accreditation.

The American College of Radiology awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice.


Bowden passes certification exam

Melinda M. Bowden, of PromoHits! Ltd., in Bluffton, passed the certification examination administered by Promotional Products Association International to receive the Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) industry certification.

The Master Advertising Specialist (MAS) and Certified Advertising Specialist (CAS) are the promotional products industryís only professional designations. They are acquired through a combined result of number of years active in the industry, completed courses, industry contributions and other criteria.


Caprella receives the Fuller Award

Michael Caprella will receive the Ohio Section American Water Works Associationís George W. Fuller Award for exemplary service in the water supply field. He will receive the award at the national meeting in June 2010 in Chicago.

The Fuller Award is given once a year to one person by water professional peers to recognize that personís contributions to the profession of drinking water supply and treatment.

Caprella is deputy director of utilities for the City of Lima.

Grand Lake picked as HomeCare Elite

Grand Lake Home Health announced that is has been named to the 2009 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing health agencies in the United States. This is the third straight year that Grand Lake Home Health has been ranked as one of the Home Care Elite.

The 2009 HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry.

Grand Lake Home Health is affiliated with Joint Township District Memorial Hospital and Grand Lake Health System.

McCain marks 25 years at Edward Jones

Jaye E. McCain, of the financial services firm Edward Jones, recently won the firmís service award for 25 years as an Edward Jones financial advisor.

Geis, Giffin named outstanding faculty

Debora Geis, associated professor in the division of nursing at Rhodes State College was recognized as the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges full-time outstanding faculty of the year.

Geis has 21 years of service at Rhodes State. She is the course coordinator for medical surgical nursing and is well-known for her innovative use of technology in the classroom.

Judy Giffin received the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges award as the outstanding adjunct faculty of the year.

She has contributed 28 years of service to Rhodes State and has a total of 50 years of teaching experience.


McNeal participates in child health program

Dr. Sheila McNeal, of Lima, is designing a calcium promotion and overall nutrition and obesity prevention program aimed at inner-city, underserved and uninsured school children from 6 to 10 years of age. She is using the American Academy of Pediatrics Community Access to Child Health planning grant to complete her program.

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