PATRICIA THOMA, mortgage officer at Deere Employees Credit Union, which serves the Waterloo area, received the President’s Club Award in 2016 from the Iowa Mortgage Association. The award is given to originators in Iowa for achieving at least $20 million in loan production or 130 loans.

MARY BROWN, associate professor emerita, was inducted into the Allen College Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame as part of its 2017 class. Brown pioneered service learning at Allen College and served as the director of the Center for Engagement, Learning and Leadership from 2010 to 2013. She retired in December 2015 after more than 40 years of service as a registered nurse.

CHRIS HOFELDT, GREG BARTZ and AMY CAMARATA joined Cedar Valley Hospice. Hofeldt, of Waterloo, joined the marketing team as an outreach and communications specialist. He has more than five years of experience in the field and received a bachelor’s degree in public relations and communication from the University of Northern Iowa. Bartz, of Oelwein, joined the clinical staff as a nurse in the Independence office. He has more than 14 years of hospice experience and earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Upper Iowa University. Camarata, of Cedar Falls, joined the Waterloo office as a nurse. She has more than two decades of experience in the health care field and earned her degree from Hamilton College in Cedar Falls.

MICHAEL BAXLEY was named president of Best Cob LLC, working out of the company’s production plant in Independence as well as the business office in Rock Falls, Ill. His experience includes serving in the Navy and working in public and private companies.

KRISTIE KREMER joined Pinnacle Specialty Care in Cedar Falls as administrator.

MARK HEMSATH joined the Advanced Heat Treat Corp. executive team as director of sales and marketing. Hemsath has a bachelor of science business degree from Miami University and an MBA from the University of Toledo. He has 30 years of experience in heat treat furnace sales, most recently with Seco/Warwick as its Thermal Group general manager.

DENISE URICH is a business reporting analyst for VGM Insurance Services. She has a master’s degree from Capella University and was with TekSystems Inc. WANDA OHRT joined VGM Homelink as financial review business analyst. Ohrt is a UNI graduate and was with Cedar Valley Community Healthcare. MIKE LARSEN joined VGM’s IT department. He graduated from Hawkeye Community College and was with CBE Companies. JOSHUA WHEELOCK joined VGM’s facility services department.