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JIM SCHAEFER has joined the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber as director of investor relations. Most recently, Schaefer was a regional territory manager at Professional Office Services Inc. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in political science.

JODEE KNOX has begun her role as emergency department director at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital. Knox spent the last 10 months as the director of emergency services at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. Previously, she served as the patient advocate at Allen Hospital and the manager of inpatient and emergency department at Grundy County Memorial Hospital.

BETH SULLIVAN has joined the UnityPoint Health-Allen Foundation as the alumni relations development coordinator. Sullivan graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in political science and public administration before working as an admissions adviser at Kaplan University in Cedar Falls.

KENDRA RICHMAN is the director of organizational development at UnityPoint Health-Waterloo. Her related work experience includes Methodist Health System in Omaha, CBE Companies and most recently United Healthcare.

ALI RIGDON is the clinic supervisor at two new UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care locations in Waterloo. Rigdon joined UnityPoint Clinic in 2011 and previously was clinic supervisor at UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine-United Medical Park. She is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in health-care management.

Four new associates have joined VGM Group Inc. KRISTA McNURLEN was hired as vendor account manager for VGM Marketing. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and previously was with Hellman. VGM’s Education division has hired DANNY HIGGINS as software systems manager. He graduated from Hawkeye Community College and previously was at CBE Companies. VGM Homelink has two new associates. JESSICA HORAN is a transportation patient care coordinator. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa and previously was with Mercy Hospital. ABBY DAWSON is an accounts payable representative and joins VGM from Grainger.

DAVID BEATY, ChFC, CLU, LUTCF, president of Heartland Financial Services Ltd., has been accepted for 2017 Million Dollar Round Table qualification. MDRT represents the top financial services representatives worldwide.

MIKEL WOODS has been appointed president of Advanced Heat Treat Corp. He previously served as senior vice president and has been with AHT since 2005. Prior to AHT, Woods held several leadership positions at HUSCO International. He has a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Iowa and executive MBA from University of Wisconsin.

HEIDI ABBEN, assistant vice president, mortgage lending at First National Bank, was presented the President’s Club award by the Iowa Mortgage Association. To qualify for the award, minimum loan origination eligibility must be over $20 million or more than 130 units in residential loan volume in 2016.

JENNIFER MOUNT has joined Veridian Credit Union as accountant III. Mount, a resident of Jesup, previously was a payroll tax accountant with Veridian Fiscal Solutions. She has a bachelor’s degree at Wartburg College and a master’s degree in accounting at the University of Northern Iowa.

AMANDA OTT is a team lead for Veridian Fiscal Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Veridian Group. Ott, a resident of Cedar Falls, previously was at Veridian Credit Union as a learning and development specialist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in family services from the University of Northern Iowa.

MOLLY MURPHY has joined Veridian Credit Union as internal auditor II. Murphy, of Waterloo, previously was an assurance associate at RSM US LLP. She earned a B.S. in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

DAVID PETERS, retired chairman and CEO of Peters Construction Corp., has been awarded the position of life governor to the Associated General Contractors of America Board of Governors. Peters has served 12 years on the AGC Board of Governors as well as is a past president of the Master Builders of Iowa, AGC’s Building Chapter in the state of Iowa.


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