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News-DemocratMay 13, 2013 

Financial adviser Mary Blackard joined Wilks & Associates, an advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. in Belleville.

GCS Credit Union recently added two new employees. Lauren Smith was appointed marketing manager, and Laura Stemm was hired as assistant marketing manager. The credit union has branches in Granite City, Madison, Pontoon Beach, Edwardsville and O'Fallon.

George Ripplinger, principal of the law firm Ripplinger and Zimmer, LLC in of Belleville and St. Louis, was appointed vice chair of the Standing Committee on Legal Education, Admission and Competence of the Illinois State Bar Association. The committee studies all phases of preparatory and legal education requirements for admission to the bar and the standards for bar examinations. The committee also reviews continuing legal education, competence and law skills.

Charles West, of Alton, joined Asset Strategies as a financial planning associate. West will be in the firm's new office at 4115 Humbert Rd., Suite A, in Alton.

Dr. Savoy Brummer, of the Emergency Department Medical Director at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, received the ED Medical Director of the Year Award from Blue Jay Consulting, the Emergency Medicine Foundation and the American College of Emergency Physicians. Brummer has managed the Emergency Department at Memorial since 2012.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the Construction Leadership Institute named Frederic McCall as its first Alumni Leadership Award recipient. McCall is vice president of BSI Constructors and a 2004 graduate of CLI.

Rotary International District 6510 Governor Thomas Ripperda was named Assistant Rotary Coordinator for Zone 31 of the international organization. Ripperda is the training director for Educational Concepts Unlimited of Belleville and will assume the new position July 1. He will be responsible for working with the three central and southern Illinois Rotary districts, which have 6,505 members spread among 152 clubs. Zone 31 is comprised of Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana and parts of Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Illinois.

Attorney Megan Gilbreth, of Blake Law Group PC, attended the Navigating the Residential Foreclosure Maze Seminar. Among its focuses, the law firm concentrates on real estate issues. The firm has offices in Belleville, Collinsville, Edwardsville and Columbia.

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