People in business

Sandy Gumon, RN, nurse manager of Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department, was honored recently with a Patriot Award from the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. She was nominated by Jennifer Stoner, RN, of O'Fallon, a first lieutenant in the Air National Guard and a nurse in Memorial's Emergency Department.

ESGR was established to gain and maintain employer support for the Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support and increasing awareness.

Derek Miller, a graduating senior from Belleville East High School, was presented with a college scholarship from Heneghan and Associates, a civil and structural engineering firm.

Miller was one of 55 applicants who applied to the scholarship program. He plans to attend Washington University, where he will pursue a degree in electrical engineering.

Also, Larry Thompson was recently hired as the company's first structural engineer. He has 27 years of engineering experience.

Al J. Pranaitis, a partner in the Alton law firm of Hoagland, Fitzgerald, Smith & Pranaitis, has been elected to the board of directors for the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. As director, he will assist the association in its work with the business, insurance and medical communities in support of tort reform legislation. He will serve a three-year term.

He also was recognized as the 2009 Volunteer of the Year and he received the Meritorious Service Award.

Beverly Schroeder, an agent with The Prudential Insurance Co. of America's Swansea office and a resident of Germantown, recently completed Prudential Special Needs Solutions...For All Ages, an educational program hosted by the company in Chicago.

Scott Crean has joined Fabick CAT, of Troy, as territory manager for Monroe, St. Clair, Madison, Jersey and Calhoun counties. He is a former Caterpillar Corporate intern. He is a Caterpillar Certified Sales professional.

Michael Horvath, of O'Fallon, has accepted a position for a summer internship as an engineering project manager for Designed Conveyor Systems Inc. in Franklin, Tenn. He is a 2006 graduate of O'Fallon Township High School and will be a senior at the University of Illinois in the fall.

Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen Inc. has awarded $1,000 scholarships to recent high school graduates Joseph Bullard, of Belleville, Jessica Thompson, of Troy, and to college student Justin Helpingstine, of Salem.

Bullard is a 2009 graduate of Belleville West High School and will pursue a civil engineering degree at the University of Illinois -- Urbana-Champaign.

Thompson is a 2009 graduate of Triad High School and will attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for a degree in civil engineering.

Helpingstine will transfer to the University of Illinois -- Urbana-Champaign to work toward completion of his bachelor's degree in civil engineering.

Mary Ellen Schultz, Telecom Tech Support analyst for the American Red Cross South Central Division, hosted the spring Lunch and Learn Mobility event for the AT&T users group FOCUS.

Southwestern Illinois College's history professor Patrick McGarrity will be heading to Washington, D.C. this month to build upon his knowledge of immigration. He was selected to participate in the 2009 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on American Immigration Revisited.

He is an immigrant himself, arriving in America in 1986 from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He became a citizen in 1999.

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois has chosen Rich Conner of Edwardsville and Herman Seedorf of Town and Country, Missouri, as the newest members of its Executive Committee. The committee guides the overall operations of the Leadership Council, helping to set the organization's agenda and focus on the Council's efforts on key issues to support its mission of fostering regional economic development.

Pamela Huelsman has joined Brown Smith Wallace as a state and local tax (SALT) manager in the Tax Services group. She has more than 20 years of industry experience.

She will focus on managing client engagements and providing a full range of SALT services and to continually monitor the legislative, judicial and regulatory tax landscape to stay current with changing regulations.

Elizabeth "Betsy" Witt has passed the Professional Engineer's exam. She is a transportation engineer in the Maryville office of Bernardin, Lochmueller & Associates Inc.Jeremy Bearth has been promoted to accounting manager for Gundlach Equipment Corp. His responsibilities include managing all day-to-day accounting operations.

Victoria Vasileff, executive director of St. Clair County Court Appointed Special Advocates, has completed Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's 40-hour Illinois Victim Assistance Academy.

Stephanie Muentnich, project manager at Oates Associates, received the Young Engineer of the Year Award from the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers.

Southwestern Illinois Visiting Nurse Association announced two registered nurses have joined: Krista Roe and Bob Baur. Roe has 10 years experience and Baur has 14 years of experience.

Janet Lynn Klein, CFE, CPA manager at the CPA firm of Ganim, Meder, Childer & Hoering P.C., has earned her CFE designation.

Kelly Simpson, P.E., LEED AP, recently became an accredited professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, by passing the LEED AP exam. She is the director of Water Services with Kaskaskia Engineering Group LLC.