SYNERGY HomeCare of Richmond Receives 2019 Best of Home Care® – Provider
of Choice Award
Richmond, IN – SYNERGY HomeCare of Richmond announced today that it has received the 2019 Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse. The Provider of Choice Award is granted only to the top-ranking home care providers, based on client satisfaction scores gathered by
Home Care Pulse, an independent satisfaction research firm for home care.SYNERGY HomeCare of
Richmond is now ranked among a select few home care providers across the country who have proven
their ability to provide outstanding care.
This is the 4th year that Synergy Homecare has won the Best of Home Care award! Congratulations to everyone who made this possible.
IU East welcomes new faculty to campus
For Immediate Release
February 11, 2020
Richmond, Ind. - Indiana University East welcomes two new faculty members this spring semester.
Denise Frazier, assistant professor of education, joined the IU East School of Education. She received her Ph.D. in Reading Education with cognates in Elementary Education and Research and her Masters of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education from Ball State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication and Public Relations from Purdue University.
Previously Frazier was an assistant professor of literacy education at Purdue University Northwest. Formerly, she was an adjunct professor in education for Indiana Wesleyan University. She was the district high ability coordinator and a sixth-grade teacher for the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation. She has also taught fifth grade at Garfield Elementary.
Prakriti Pollack, a visiting lecturer in chemistry, joined the IU East School of Natural Science and Mathematics and will be on campus for the spring semester. Pollack received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from The Ohio State University. She received her Master of Science in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, and her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with minors in physics and mathematics from the University of Calcutta in Kolkata, India. She also received a Master of Business Administration from Wright State University.
Previously Pollack was a part-time laboratory instructor and lecturer for the University of Dayton. She has taught part-time at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and was a teaching associate at The Ohio State University. She has also been a scientist with Aldrich Chemical Company in Miamisburg, Ohio.
The Reid Health Breast Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.
Governor Eric Holcomb has appointed Donna Spears to the Indiana Real Estate Commission. Spears is an associate broker at Coldwell Banker Lingle,
2020 Chamber Day at the Statehouse on Tuesday February 11, 2020 – Indianapolis. Join the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and many other chambers from around Indiana for the 2020 Statewide Chamber Day at the Statehouse, coordinated by the Indiana Chamber Executives Association.
On February 11, your Wayne County colleagues and small business owners will get a chance to see the Indiana General Assembly in action. By participating, you can; tour the Statehouse, hear powerful presentations, get a personal look at the legislative process, and have lunch with other chamber advocacy teams from throughout Indiana.
$35.00 for Chamber Members
$65.00 for Non-Chamber Members
Register online by February 1st for this event: Chamber Day at the Statehouse
Meridian Health Services welcomes Kellie Pearson-Carroll, ED.M. as its new Vice President of Human Resources.
With more than 20 years of human resource operations and management in hospital and healthcare organizations, Pearson-Carroll will lend her experience to Meridian and oversee the development and implementation of human resource policies, recruitment, retention, legal compliance, benefit plans, employee relations, communication, and employee events.
Prior to her new position at Meridian, Pearson-Carroll served as Chief Human Resources Officer for American Academic Health System the owner of both Hahnemann University Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA. Previous to that she was the Executive Director of Human Resources for Lower Bucks Hospital in Bristol, PA.
Founded more than 50 years ago and located in Richmond, Friends Fellowship Community is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community that serves more than 300 seniors, according to a release.
Fields previously served as the executive director of Bethany Pointe Health Campus in Anderson. He joined Trilogy Health Care Services in 2006, operating six campuses, including one opening and one acquisition, since then.
Quality Matters (QM) is a nonprofit organization that provides the gold standard for certifying the quality of online courses and programs. During the QM process, courses are reviewed by a team of three faculty members with current experience in teaching online. The review team uses the QM Rubric for Higher Education, which includes 42 specific review standards.
"Quality Matters is the international standard for quality in online education," said Daren Snider, dean of IU East's School of Humanities and Social Sciences. "Stephanie's work in certifying her courses has been exemplary of the excellence in online teaching that we strive for at IU East."
Denise Retz, Park Superintendent for Richmond Parks and Recreation, recently received the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification from the National Parks and Recreation Association (NPRA). She is the first Park Superintendent to receive this certification for the City of Richmond.
Mayor Dave Snow said, “Denise Retz has shown again and again her commitment to our beautiful and outstanding Richmond Parks Department. I truly appreciate the work she’s put into obtaining this vital certification. It speaks volumes of our Parks leadership and path we’re on as a team.”
Retz said, “It is essential in this field to continue to seek out more opportunities to learn, keep up with ever changing trends as well have the proper knowledge and skill set to take Richmond Parks and Recreation to the next level. Obtaining this certification is my way of showing my commitment and doing the best I can for our park team and the City of Richmond as a whole."
Wayne Bank Names New Executive and Senior Leadership Team
Cambridge City, Indiana.
Release: January 3, 2019.
For Immediate Release
Wayne Bank announced today the realignment of its executive and senior leadership team. The Wayne Bank Board of Directors appointed Mike Gaddis as the bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Board of Directors. Gaddis has been with Wayne Bank for more than 28 years. Gaddis served most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer.
In addition, Kyle Clark was promoted to Chief Lending Officer. Laura Kehlenbrink was promoted to Chief Human Resources Officer. Kandra Conley continues to serve as Chief Financial Officer.
“We are excited about this new direction of our leadership team,” Gaddis said. “The Board of Directors and I believe having a dynamic leadership team is critical to fulfilling our legacy as a local community bank. Our entire team is committed to ensuring the right people are in the right roles to shape a positive impact for our customers and the overall community.”
As Wayne Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Gaddis will provide a strategic continuation of the commitment to our employees, customers, and community in his new leadership role. His leadership will ensure Wayne Bank is living and operating under its core values, which are:
The leadership team is excited to continue providing personalized experiences and the latest banking technology to support the needs of Wayne County residents and businesses.
“This shift in our leadership team helps us ensure we live our mission of providing high-quality financial services that meet the needs of our community, its businesses and its citizens,” said Bonnie Boyd Kruckenberg, co-owner of Wayne Bank. “We want our customers and community to think of us as friends in banking, personal banking advisors, and advocates for what our community needs to thrive and succeed.”
The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner is January 17. This year’s theme is “2020: A Perfect Vision”.
This is a celebration of the amazing work and dedication of 18 businesses and individuals to be named that evening. This is an opportunity to thank the great leaders we work and live alongside. A delicious meal will be catered by The Olde Richmond Inn. A cash bar will be available.
RSVP by January 9, 2020: Register for the Chamber Annual Dinner 2020: A Perfect Vision
The Reid Health December Ambassador is known as a calming influence, even in the sometimes stressful situations faced by the health system's Security team.
Dereck Tipton, a native and resident of Liberty, responds to every Security call with "a positive attitude, a calm demeanor and a smile on his face," wrote one nominator. Said another: "He is always smiling and courteous. He also remains very calm in high-stress events."
Other nominators said his "positivity is infectious," he illustrates "a kindness about him that makes everyone feel welcome and safe" and he has a gift for turning negatives into positives. "He is always willing to go the extra mile for his fellow employees, patients, and visitors."
Others echoed the theme. "Dereck works very well with calming patients and visitors who are upset, and is very capable of handling situations that get out of control."
Tipton came to the Reid team two years ago after working for about 10 years with Liberty utilities. He also has served for 18 years as a reserve deputy sheriff.
He and his wife, Courtney, have two teenage sons - Mason, 16, and Gage, 14. When not at work, he loves golfing and camping. He also spends time with his son's activities, which include FFA, 4-H, and sports.
"I really like the people I work with. We have a great team in Security," he said.
Somerville Bank would like to welcome Loan Officer Melinda Burr to our Richmond office. Melinda has been with Somerville Bank for 5 years, recently transferring to the Mortgage Center here in Richmond. She came to us with over 15 years of experience in lending, real estate, and title law already under her belt. Friendly and driven, Melinda is the perfect storm of knowledge, experience, and professionalism. All local professionals in the real estate industry are INVITED to a Welcome Reception for Melinda at The Cordial Cork on Friday, December 13th from 4:00-6:00. There will be a Champagne toast at 5:30 and then a raffle drawing immediately following. Bring your business card to drop in the drawing for a $50 gift card to The Cordial Cork, a box of cupcakes from LisaCakes, or a bottle of wine. Must be present to win!
An Earlham College senior double majoring in Economics and Peace & Global Studies has earned the Rhodes Scholarship, one of the world’s most prestigious academic awards. The Rhodes funds up to three years of graduate level coursework at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, beginning in fall 2020.
Summia Tora, a native of Afghanistan, is just the latest global scholar to emerge from Earlham, building upon the College’s reputation as a leader in the liberal arts and sciences for its commitment to peace, justice and global understanding. Tora is the first woman from Earlham and the first student from Afghanistan to be awarded the scholarship. She is the second Earlham student in three years to earn a Rhodes Scholarship.
Tora plans to pursue coursework in refugee studies, forced migration studies and social entrepreneurship while in Oxford. Her focus will be on scholarship related to internally displaced people in Afghanistan but also refugees in Pakistan and different parts of the world.
Tora’s academic pursuits in Oxford will build upon her Earlham education and her own life’s experiences. When she was a child, she fled to Pakistan with her family to escape violence and other economic factors threatening their safety. Most of her formal education was in Pakistan, but she received a scholarship to study at the United World College in Montezuma, New Mexico, for the final two years of high school. As a UWC student, she advocated for refugees seeking asylum in the United States by spreading awareness about the conditions of undocumented immigrants living in detention centers.
When she arrived at Earlham in 2016, her coursework and co-curricular pursuits helped her gain a more sophisticated understanding of the factors that contributed to forced migration in locations around the world.
In the summer of her first year, she earned funding from Earlham in support of an internship at Exodus Refugee Immigration in Indianapolis, and worked closely with Congolese and Afghan refugees seeking a new life in Indiana. During her third year at Earlham, she spent a semester abroad in Athens, Greece, and gained further experience providing translation services for Doctors of the World, an international human rights organization that provides emergency and long-term medical care to refugees and other vulnerable populations. Later on Earlham’s campus, Tora and other Earlham students conducted a fundraiser for refugee families that she had met at a solidarity shelter during her time in Greece.
“It was a form of reliving my own experience, but also realizing that I had some form of privilege in the way that I was living my life as a refugee,” Tora says of her internship and experiences in Greece. “I’ve wanted to give back, because I know what this hardship is like.”
On Earlham’s campus, Tora benefited from a liberal arts curriculum that exposed her to coursework beyond her two majors, resulting in mentorship from faculty in the departments of Economics, Peace & Global Studies, African & African American Studies, History, English and Global Management. Similarly, she worked extensively with interdisciplinary teams of students on a number of entrepreneurial projects that broadened the scope of her interest in refugee studies. She also worked more broadly with the entire student body as co-president of Earlham Student Government for the 2018-19 academic year.
"I was delighted when I heard of Summia's success,” says Rajaram Krishnan, a professor of Economics at Earlham, and one of Tora’s faculty mentors. “At Earlham, Summia has worked with focus and purpose both inside and outside the classroom, and the Rhodes is a fitting reward for her efforts. That it is Earlham's second Rhodes in three years suggests that we can make it a habit!"
Hashem Abu Sham’a, a 2017 Earlham graduate and the College’s last Rhodes Scholar was one of the first two awardees from the State of Palestine as part of the inaugural Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine program. George E. Hamilton, Class of 1905, and Joseph Clyde Little, Class of 1917, also were Earlham Rhodes Scholars.
For Tora’s Rhodes interview, four Peace & Global Studies students helped her by dressing up on a recent Saturday afternoon to simulate a “hard-hitting mock interview,” according to Joanna Swanger the director of Earlham’s Peace and Global Studies program.
“I never doubted her ability, as she has been a dedicated and conscientious student of Peace and Global Studies and of Economics, and she has already demonstrated her talents in peace-building and governance,” Swanger says. “Both Summia and Hashem are bringing important questions of justice to bear on the work of peacebuilding and leadership, through directly confronting and challenging legacies of racism and colonialism. I congratulate Summia on this marvelous accomplishment."
Rhodes Scholars are chosen on the basis of exceptional intellect, character, leadership and commitment to service. It is one of the most prestigious academic awards in the English-speaking world, and one that broadened its reach in recent decades. At its founding in 1902, the award was only open to men from the British colonies, Germany and the United States. The program began including women in 1978 and, in recent years, has been extended even further to include students from around the world.
About 100 students are now chosen for Rhodes Scholars annually. Tora was one of just two Rhodes Scholars chosen in her region as part of the Global Scholars program, which debuted in 2018. About 600 students from 50 different countries participated in the application process, and students from 12 different countries were finalists, she says.
Now Tora is planning for her next steps as she prepares to join other Rhodes luminaries, a list that includes former Secretary of State Dean Rusk; South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright; philosopher Naomi Wolf; U.S. Sen. Cory Booker; and Marc Kielburger, co-founder of Feed The Children.
– Meridian Health Services welcomes Tracy Douglas-Wheeler, MS as its new Vice President of Community Health.
Ms. Douglas-Wheeler is a proven expert in community health and will be responsible for the clinical and administrative operations of Meridian’s community health services throughout the state of Indiana. She will oversee the cohesive quality and performance of the primary medical care operations, including MeridianMD, Meridian Women’s Health, Meridian Health Pediatrics.
Tracy Douglas-Wheeler, Vice President of Community Health at Meridian
“I look forward to using my time and talent at an organization like Meridian that prioritizes patient-centric healthcare where the whole-person—physical, mental, and social well-being is taken care of,” said Douglas-Wheeler.
With more than 20 years of experience in healthcare administration and
operations in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Delaware, Douglas-Wheeler also served as Executive Vice President of Operations of a Federally Qualified Health Center as well as Chief Operations Officer of an association serving ambulatory community health centers. Prior to those roles, she held various leadership positions in hospitals and health systems specializing in both adults and pediatrics.
“Her new role will complement our organizational structure in providing quality community care throughout this region,” said Hank Milius, president and CEO of Meridian, “With her success in clinical leadership and management, I’m confident Ms. Douglas-Wheeler will find even more opportunities to create additional integrated services for the communities Meridian serves.”
Waytru Bancorp, the holding company for Wayne Bank and Trust Company (“Wayne Bank”), announces two important appointments to its executive leadership team. The Wayne Bank Board of Directors appointed John Christy as the bank’s 9th President and Chief Executive Officer, effective November 12. Mike Gaddis has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Wayne Bank.
Gaddis has a long-standing career at Wayne Bank, over 28 years, and has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Wayne Bank since 2015. He has been an integral part of Wayne Bank’s success, embracing and exemplifying the bank’s philosophy “You’ve Got a Friend in Banking.”
Christy joins Wayne Bank with over 30 years of banking experience primarily within the Indiana and Midwest markets. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of United Trust Bank. He previously held leadership positions at PNC Bank, Key Bank, and Monroe Bank and Trust Co. He has an extensive background in business development, compliance, and operational leadership.
Old National Road Welcome Center to host
Richmond Racing Book Signing
Richmond, Indiana – Richmond writers Bill Holder and Ronn Berry have captured the auto racing history of Richmond, Indiana with their latest book, Richmond Racing. The public is invited to meet the authors, Saturday, November 16th at the Old National Road Welcome Center from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Richmond was once home to five race tracks including open-wheel, stock car, drag, motorcycles, and road racing which are all represented in their book along with vintage photos and newspaper clippings of the era. Throughout the book, the authors share stories of tracks dating back to the early 1900s and of the racers, many of whom, went on to become well known at the Indy 500, Eldora Speedway and Daytona 500 races.
During the book signing, there will be over a dozen vintage and current race cars on display and area drivers in attendance. An autograph page inside the book provides opportunities for attendees to collect autographs from drivers. Books are $20.00 and proceeds will be donated to the Dayton Auto Racing Fan Club’s Injured Drivers Fund. Just in time for the holidays, this local book is a must-have for any racing or local history enthusiast.
The Old National Road Welcome Center is located at 5701 National Road East, Richmond, Indiana. For more information call 765-935-8687 or VisitRichmond.org
Business News - We have a new employee. Doris Williams comes to us will much talent. She is a longarm quilter, embroiderer, and crafter. She owns several Brother & Janome machines. Our sewing machine technician, Josh Rushing, recently completed and is certified on the Brother Luminaire XP1. Nancy just returned from Brother training in Chicago on the Luminaire XP1 and the new Disney Scan N Cut.
Wayne Bank welcomes Crystal Kaulen as the new Plaza Branch Manager.
Business - Belden Distribution Center
Business News - On Friday, October 4th the Belden Distribution Center in Richmond will reach a milestone of 3,000 days without a lost-time accident. The Richmond DC currently employs 44 associates over three shifts working 5-7 days a week. These associates specialize in receiving material, processing orders and shipping Belden product orders to customers all over the world. Congratulations to Belden's Richmond Distribution Center on this outstanding accomplishment!