People in business

Mark Eichenlaub, Ed.D., of Freeburg, has been named grants administrator at Southwestern Illinois College. His appointment begins July 1. He will monitor regional, state and national grant-funding opportunities.

Russell K. Scott, a partner in Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., in Belleville, has been elected to the board of governors of the Illinois State Bar Association. The board directs the operations and activities of the statewide organization.

Thomas J. Casey, P.E., has joined SCI Engineering Inc. as a senior engineer in the O'Fallon office. He will be responsible for planning, executing and managing geotechnical explorations, senior geotechnical analyses and report review, as well as business development activities for transportation and other large-scale projects.

Hospice of Southern Illinois announced the following new employees: Christopher Alexander, RN, of Edwardsville, as clinical services manager for the community Hospice Home in Edwardsville; Elizabeth Hellmann, of Trenton, as a medical records clerk; Janel Holmes, RN, of Waterloo, as a field staff nurse; Lisa Mulvany, RN, of Troy, as a field staff nurse, and Shirley Saia, of Belleville, as finance manager.

Lisa Fannin has been named mortgage banker at Gorman & Gorman Home Loans. She has been in the mortgage industry for more than three years, and spent six years as a real estate agent and property manager.

Sarah Pingsterhaus, an accountant with Martin Financial Services Inc., in Swansea, has recently completed the curriculum and testing required to earn the Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor designation.

Brenda Wagner, branch manager at TheBANK of Edwardsville, in Shiloh, was named 2009 Citizen of the Year by the Fairview Heights Chamber of Commerce. She was nominated on the basis of her accomplishments in service to the community and service to others.

Attorney James Haller, a partner at The Bankruptcy Center in Belleville, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

The new officers of the St. Louis chapter for the Society of Professional Journalists took office on May 7. They are: Kelsey Volkmann, of the St. Louis Business Journal, president; Elizabeth Donald, of the Belleville News-Democrat, vice president; Jill Moon, of The (Alton) Telegraph, secretary; and Jeff Tomich, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, was re-elected to his current seat as treasurer.

Michelle Braddock, AIA, LEED AP, recently became an accredited professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, by passing the LEED AP exam. She is the owner/architect with Braddock Architectural Services, LLC.

Mike Staub and Carl Drafall have joined the O'Fallon office of FGM Architects as intern architects. Staub is a resident of Millstadt and is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Drafall is a resident of Kirkwood, Mo., and is a graduate of the University of Kansas.

Also, Mitch Rybacki, of Nashville, Andy Stehl, of Smithton, and Lisa Vohlken, of Greenville, have passed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design exam and have been designated LEED accredited professionals.

Lorraine Gustavis has been hired as brand experience trainer for the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission. She will serve as liaison between the St. Louis business community, hospitality industry and frontline CVC members to support marketing efforts.

Jennifer Dell has been named accounting manager at Gorman & Gorman Home Loans. She will be responsible for accounting management and duties.

Mary Bornheimer, of Trenton, has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president for planning, research and technology at McKendree University, in Lebanon.

Also, George Kriss, of Shiloh, has been promoted to director of information technology at McKendree.

Elaine Patterson, of Swansea, has joined First Bank, in Swansea, as a financial service officer.