Jim Rausch accepted a call in November 2011 to become pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Muskegon, MI. He lives with his wife Chris and two children, Jennica and Jacob, in Muskegon and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wayne Schimpff participated in the Second Environmental International Teachers Convention as a keynote speaker. His speech was titled “Building Partnerships in Developing Environmental Sustainable Development Activities for Indonesia.” After the conference, he joined the U.S. Consulate General’s staff in Surabaya, Indonesia, to help develop a variety of exchanges to empower Indonesians to develop their own environmental sustainable development plan. This was his third trip to Indonesia.
Mark Myers, choral director at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, IL, has been honored with a Vocal Vanguard award, a 2012 Aspire Award sponsored by FAME, a national show choir competition. The award was based on the number of online nominations Myers received from fellow members of the Academy of Show Choir Professionals around the country.
Jeff Davis was elected president of the Naperville Public Library Board. He is vice president, sales administration and marketing with Phoenix Closures, Inc., a Naperville-based manufacturer of plastic caps and closures. Davis has been a coach, Cub Scout den leader and has served on the Naperville Community School District 203 board from 2000 to 2003. Davis also served on the Naperville Area Chamber’s board of directors from 2003 to 2006 and chaired the legislative committee.
John Krutzler is head of Marsh USA’s Columbus, Ohio, office. He’ll be responsible for the overall growth and profitability of the office and for ensuring that Marsh delivers superior advisory and transactional services to its clients in central Ohio. With nearly 30 years of insurance industry experience, he has held a variety of leadership, sales and account management positions within Marsh Risk Consulting and Marsh’s brokerage operations. Prior to his appointment he was central zone sales leader for Marsh Risk Consulting.
The Reverend Barbara Carlson edited “Continuously Creating Spirit, A Clarke Wells Reader” by Clarke Dewey Wells. Carlson writes, “Witty, insightful, provocative, often profound, Dr. Wells’ work is a legacy to free religious thinkers from a man who loved life, loved the church, was devoted to the common good, and had great compassion for the human condition.” The book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Brad Hite was named president of Stainless Sales Corporation. He was hired in 2009 as the national sales manager and his most recent role was general manager of the Chicago stainless steel strip service center. As president, Hite plans on continuing the company’s growth initiatives and its 66-year tradition of exceptional service.
Michael D. Oldenettel was installed as the 2012 president-elect of the Illinois Association of Realtors. He’ll serve as chair of the strategic planning committee and as vice chair of the leadership and executive committees and National Association of Realtors political advisory working group. He’s managing broker-owner of RE/MAX Results Plus, Inc. in Jacksonville, IL.
Steve Lacey published a book titled “The Poems of S.E. Lacey.” It began as a personal book shared only with family and friends but is now available at Amazon.com. He lives with his wife Gloria Parsons in Three Rivers, MI, and Fort Myers, FL, and continues his love of music in both states, being active in numerous choral groups.
Helen Baker is the office manager/administrative assistant of a mental health counseling agency. She accepted a second three-year term as ruling elder at the Oswego Presbyterian Church in January where she serves as the parish nurse. Baker says “serving on several senior-related boards and committees keeps me busy and off the streets.” She lives in Montgomery, IL, and may be reached at email@example.com.