Applause for business achievements

Kaitlyn O’Connor

Kaitlyn O’Connor

Ashley Strawn

Ashley Strawn

April Miller

Estefania Perea

Tori Vernik


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The Lima News

3515 Elida Road

Lima, OH 45807


Mosher receives honor

Tim Mosher received the honor of being named the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges. Mosher, the 2015 Rhodes State College Outstanding Alumni Award recipient, was nominated by Rhodes State President Dr. Debra McCurdy. Each of Ohio’s 23 community colleges could submit one nominee for the award.

Mosher attended Lima Technical College, now Rhodes State College, from 1980 to 1984, completing a certificate in Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic and an associate’s degree in nursing. In 2014, he earned a master of science in nursing, family nurse practitioner from Otterbein University. He has served the community as a registered nurse, fire chief, fire training officer and certified nurse practitioner. He currently serves as a certified nurse practitioner at St. Rita’s Professional Services.

University of Findlay’s new brand garners award

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) named the University of Findlay a bronze award winner of its 2016 Circle of Excellence awards program.

Findlay was recognized for its efforts to develop and launch a new visual identity system for the university, which reflects the university’s heritage and the forward-looking culture that drives the university. The university was selected from among 25 entries.

Altrusa International of Lima receives award

Members of Altrusa International of Lima attended the District 5 Conference in Mansfield and received the Dorothy Spayth Literacy Award for their Book Tasting Project held last year.

The project served pre-kindergarten children, ages 3 to 5 in Lima and Allen County. Students read books, then using happy and sad faces, colored the pictures to describe how they felt about each book they read. This information was used to help decide what books to purchase for LACCA.


Findlay’s Sonography Program earns accreditation

The University of Findlay’s Sonography Program has earned national accreditation following a review, which designates it as one of only three Ohio higher learning institutions that offer bachelor’s degrees in this discipline to earn the status.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, a division of the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Programs provided the approval.

This accreditation gives the program more prestige, allowing the University of Findlay sonography students to earn their certifications prior to graduation, making them more marketable to employers.


Manpower hires Schroer

Nick Schroer is the new business development specialist for Manpower in West Central Ohio.

Schroer is a New Knoxville native, and has held various sales and marketing positions throughout the area over the last 10 years.

Range Kleen adds to staff

Estefania “Steph” Perea has been added to the staff at Range Kleen Mfg., Inc. in the marketing department.

Perea will be working out of the Dallas location. She obtained her graphics arts degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. Her responsibilities will include website development, collateral materials, social media contest and consumer advertising, as well as photography, video and assisting in packaging design.


Shook Touchstone garners school project

Shook Touchstone LLC, comprised of Dayton-based Shook Construction Co. and Lima-based Touchstone CPM, will provide construction management services for a $42 million new Pre-K through 12 school building project for Reading Community Schools in Hamilton County.

The project includes the construction of a new 215,560 square foot facility to house 1,715 pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students. The new building will reside on the existing Reading Community Junior/Senor High School site on Columbia Avenue in Reading. Additional work includes abatement and demolition of the district’s existing schools.

This project makes for more than $790 million in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade construction work the Shook Touchstone team has performed since its inception in 2007.


Range Kleen promotes Miller and Vernik

Range Kleen Mfg., Inc., of Lima has announced the promotion of two associates.

April Miller has been promoted to the position of Sales Account Administrator. She has been with the company for almost 15 years.

She started out in the packaging department in September 2008. She joined the Quality Control team and made an immediate impact with her attention to detail. She ascended to a leadership role in operations as the head of Quality Control.

Tori Vernick will be assuming the position of Independent Gourmet Sales Coordinator. She has been with the company for one year.

Vernick started as an intern in May of 2015 working on the accounting, sales and operations departments. She joined the accounting team as a part time accounts receivable specialist. She will earn her bachelors degree in business administration from The Ohio State University in the Fall of 2017. She now joins the sames team in a full time role that will focus on growing sales in the Independent Gourmet Retail Channel.

Bath promotes three

The Bath Township Fire Department has promoted three fire department personnel.

Firefighters Crystal Plumpe, Brandon Webb and Jared Jenkins are being promoted to the position of Platoon Chief.

Plumpe has been with the department since 2005 and is a graduate of Elida High School, Apollo Career Center, Rhodes State College and Franklin University. She is a certified fire and EMS Instructor.

Webb has been with the department since 2002 and is a graduate of Bath High School and Apollo Career Center. He is a certified fire safety inspector, fire investigator and fire instructor.

Jenkins is a graduate of Apollo Career Center and Rhodes State College. He joined the department in 2006. Jenkins coordinates the department’s part time hiring, training and orientation program.


Lima native presented at conference

Aaron Black, formerly of Lima, presented at Tysons Corner at the TECS conference located at Tysons, Virginia. He will be speaking in London England in October.

Black is the director of informatics at the Inova Translational Medicine Institute, which is part of the Inova Health Care System in Northern Virginia. He leads a cross functional team of scientists, doctors and IT professionals to build a world-class data infrastructure for the institute’s genomics research and clinical services. He has helped architect and manage one of the world’s largest databases of biological, clinical and environmental data that has ever been collected on human subjects.

Black was co-architect building the flexible data model to store and access data from studies for 30-plus cancer subtypes for clinical data from biobanks and academic institutions across five continents while he was at the Biospecimen Core Resource at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. As part of the network, he was a contributing author in scientific journals such as Nature, Nature Genetics and the New England Journal of Medicine. He has been featured in news articles in healthcare IT News, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.

ONU student selected to co-facilitate

Ohio Northern University student Alexandra Seda, a senior electrical engineering major from Columbiana, Alabama, has been invited to co-facilitate at the White House-sponsored sixth Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University from June 22 through June 24.

She is one of 12 students selected to co-facilitate a four-hour session called, “Hack Your Creative Culture” with leaders from Stanford University and Google. The session will be held at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, at Stanford. It is one of a few partner events co-hosted by the U.S. State Department. More than 600 entrepreneurs from across the United States and each of the world’s six regions will take part in the summit.

Seda was selected through her work as a University Innovation Fellow.


Altrusa International of Lima inducts new officers

Altrusa International, Inc. of Lima inducted new officers for the term 2016-2018. New officers include president, Barbara Berry; vice president, Sandra Bently; secretary, Penny Hunt; treasurer, Jean Chamberlain; past president, Jane Seiling; and board members, Dani Hollar, Sharon Laurent and Mary Rose May.

Range Kleen announce scholarship recipients

Range Kleen, of Lima, has awarded scholarships through a student scholarship program aimed at fostering excellence to the next generation. Potential recipients are dependents of Range Kleen Associates and are selected based on academic achievements.

Kaitlyn O’Connor has received a scholarship through Range Kleen. O’Connor has maintained a 3.8 GPA and is entering her senior year at the University of Alabama majoring as a child life specialist within the healthcare industry. O’Connor made the dean’s list in the Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2016.

Ashley Strawn also received a scholarship through Range Kleen. She finished the 2015/2016 year with a 3.56 GPA and is also entering her senior year. Strawn is studying at Bowling Green State University and is working toward a major in human development and family studies with a career as a child life specialist.

Both O’Connor and Strawn have been ongoing recipients of this scholarship.

Cooper Tire awards scholarships

The Cooper Tire & Rubber Foundation announced that five students will receive Cooper Centennial Scholarships. The scholarship program is in its second year and was originated to commemorate Cooper’s 100th anniversary in 2014. The goal is to assist the children of Cooper employees in the United States with their post-secondary education. The five students, including one from Columbus Grove, were selected as winners and will each receive $1,000 awards.

Alyssa Langhals, 18, is the daughter of Mike and Kay Langhals. Mike Langhals is a Cooper corporate IT manager. Alyssa is a graduate of Columbus Grove High School and intends to study electrical and computer engineering at The Ohio State University.

Other winners included Kathryn Harry, of Findlay; Allison Kreinbrink, of Findlay, Mariah Waaland, of Arcadia and Kiersa Warwick, of Simi Valley, California.

Tuttle awards scholarship

Lauren Biales Wise, a civil engineering student at The Ohio State University, has been awarded the 2016 Tuttle Construction Tiny Rauch Scholarship. She is the 15th recipient to be awarded this annual scholarship. She was presented with a $1,000 check from the Association of General Contractors of Ohio Education Foundation sponsored on behalf by Tuttle Services, Inc. to assist with her college education.

The Tiny Rauch Scholarship is annually granted to a collegiate student pursuing a career in the construction industry that excels both in and out of the classroom. She holds a 3.70 cumulative GPA and is active in many university organizations.

Wise will graduate from The Ohio State University in May of 2017.

Hancock County Firefighters’ Association awards scholarship

Mariah Waaland, a 2016 graduate from Arcadia High School was awarded the Potts/Parcher Memorial Scholarship by the Hancock County Firefighters’ Association.

She will be attending Bowling Green State University with her goal of becoming an emergency medical technician and majoring in neuroscience. She was class valedictorian of Arcadia High School and maintained a 4.0 average. She was crowned the 2015 Tri-State Rodio Association Queen and the Hancock County Horse Queen.

Waaland is the daughter of John and Bea Waaland.

Kaitlyn O’Connor O’Connor
Ashley Strawn Strawn
April Miller Miller
Estefania Perea Perea
Tori Vernik Vernik


The Applause section features people who have received promotions and those who have attended a special seminar or received special training. Any business or business organization is welcome to submit an item for Applause. To submit an item, send to:


The Lima News

3515 Elida Road

Lima, OH 45807

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