Laura Gandy, who works as a manager at the Mascoutah McDonald’s, was named a Ray Kroc Award winner. Gandy, a 12-year veteran at the Mascoutah location, was one of just 340 managers worldwide to win the award, which is named after the restaurant’s founder. Gandy also won a trophy and a $2,500 cash prize. Those 340 winners represent 1 percent of all McDonald’s managers and will meet in Florida in April for a gala.
Sonya Jones, who reality TV fans may remember as the runner-up on NBC’s The Biggest Loser Season 16, is the new outreach representative for Hospital Sisters Health System Medical Group. Jones, a Litchfield native who now lives in Sherman, teaches P.E. at Sherman Elementary School and coaches girls’ track at Williamsville High School, and will now serve HSHS as a spokesperson and a health and wellness advocate. HSHS owns St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.
Jerry Timmermann, a Breese resident who works as a New York Life Insurance Company agent and who also founded The Timmermann Group consulting agency, was elected to New York Life’s 2016 Agents Advisory Council. Each year, 24 agents are elected to the council, members of which work with senior management to implement innovations and communicate those ideas to other local agents. The Timmermann Group has offices in Breese and in Creve Coeur, Mo.