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A Chop House on Wicker Employee Spotlight: Cassie Brown

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Cassie Brown, a server at Chop House on Wicker, has been with the restaurant for almost a year now. She says the business’ atmosphere is what originally drew her to join the team.

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Kathi Tilling continues to bring inclusion and diversity in new position at Horizon Bank

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Horizon is pleased to announce Kathi Tilling as their new Diversity and Inclusion Officer. This recently created position reflects Horizon’s deep commitment to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion for all Horizon Advisors, customers, vendors, and the communities they serve.

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A Tippecanoe State Park Employee Spotlight: Vernon Gillum


2019-vernon-ESRarely do we find our passions early on in life. Sticking with that passion and making it a career is even rarer. For Vernon Gillum, Property Manager at Tippecanoe River State Park, there was never any question that he would find a career somewhere in the natural world.

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A First Merchant’s Bank Employee Spotlight: Stephanie Madison

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Stephanie Madison’s mom taught her two very important lessons in life.

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FSSA Secretary Jennifer Walthall Receives National Impact Award


Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Jennifer Walthall, M.D., M.P.H. is this year’s Jerry W. Friedman Health and Human Services Impact Award winner. The Impact Award is presented annually by the American Public Human Services Association. It was created in honor of Friedman, who served as executive director of APHSA from 2001 to 2010 following decades of various leadership roles in human services. Dr. Walthall received the award this week at APHSA’s National Health and Human Services Summit in Washington, D.C.

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Marty Terry Employee Spotlight – Teachers Credit Union

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Martin Terry, known more often as Marty, is the man you need to talk to about money. With over 30 years of experience in the realms of financial decision making, Terry has dealt with it all. As a financial planner at Teachers Credit Union, Terry has experience in personal finance, trust funds, and investments. He works with TCU members every day and takes pride in the credit union’s culture where all team members make it their responsibility to see their clients succeed financially.

Terry grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and went on to graduate with a finance degree from Central Michigan University. Although he admits he had “dreams of being a park ranger freshman year” he would eventually go on to get a master’s degree in finance as well. Terry’s first job out of college was at a large national bank in...

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NorthShore Health Centers Employee in the Spotlight: Dr. Aditya Shah

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It’s important for physicians to get to know their patients, but it is just as important for patients to know their physicians. Dr. Aditya Shah, M.D., is one of the newer faces at NorthShore Health Centers. He is a family practice doctor with a strong passion to help people through science.

Shah was born in India and later moved to the Region, where he graduated from Munster High School. The year before he moved to the States, Shah spent a year living with his uncle who is a doctor in India. Everything he observed in that time inspired him.

“That’s when I really got interested in healthcare,” Shah said. “Since high school, it’s always kind of been what my goal was.”

Armed with this goal, Shah sought out to further his education. He started out by earning a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Indiana University Northwest. Then, it was on to med...

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Marram Health Center Employee Spotlight: Mindy Krsak

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One of the newest faces at Marram Health Center, Mindy Krsak does it all. She is a pediatric nurse practitioner boasting over 20 years of experience in healthcare. She puts all of her knowledge to use keeping kids happy and healthy as they grow up.

From newborns to 18-year-olds, Krsak spends her days diagnosing, treating, testing, and writing prescriptions for her young patients. Though the work is hard, she absolutely loves it. Krsak excelled at science and math in high school and knew she wanted to put those skills to work, but it was not until college that she discovered her love for nursing.

“I love the nursing aspect of it because I love being able to care for people,” Krsak said. “I get to meet people on their worst day possible and help them get home and back to a regular schedule.”

In her all her years of experience, Krsak has worked a number of different...

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Addison Pointe March Employee of the Month: Cheryl Bilyak


Addison-Pointe-March-Employee-of-the-Month-Cheryl-BilyakCheryl Bilyak, a registered nurse, has been recognized as the Addison Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center March 2019 Employee of the Month. Bilyak has worked at Addison Pointe for a year, and says she loves the atmosphere.

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Nurses celebrated, honored at Porter Regional Hospital

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In what Porter Regional Hospital’s lead nursing educator called “The Oscars of Nursing,” the hospital awarded seven honors to local nurses or aids and recognized dozens of their peer nominees at the organization’s annual National Nurses Week Awards & Recognition Ceremony Thursday. The room was filled with emotion, laughter, cheering, and even a heart-felt tear or two for the nurses who care for patients, comfort them, save lives, and give back to their communities.

“Today we are recognizing all nurses at Porter for their dedication to quality patient care and nursing professionalism. We are very excited to convey seven special awards that are the culmination of excellence in nursing over this past year,” said Debra Polster, chair of the nurses’ week committee and Director of Clinical Education and...

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Overhead Door Company of Northwest Indiana Employee Spotlight: Brent Verkler

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Brent Verkler experiences a lot of stories. Sometimes they reveal themselves in a garage he enters, other times a client pulls up a chair and fills him in on their lives as he gets to work installing a new garage door opener.

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