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June 12th, 2014
Jeremy Bauer

Jeremy Bauer

Bauer to take over as Jacobs athletic director

Jeremy Bauer is following his dreams as the new athletic director at Jacobs High School in Algonquin.

“I knew the day would come when I’d have to make the decision to be a lifetime coach or follow my dream of being an administrator,” Bauer said.

Bauer is ready and feeling confident for this transition because of his history at Jacobs. He has coached varsity softball for 11 years and boys golf for eight.

He earned his bachelor’s (2000) and master’s  (2007) degrees in education from Northern Illinois University.

Wendi Venable

Wendi Venable

Venable becomes TriMark VP

Wendi  Venable has joined TriMark Financial Solutions as vice president of sales.

Venable has more than 16 years of sales experience and an extensive background in sales development, implementation and training.

In 2009, she authored a book, “Finder’s Keeper: Finding and Keeping the Best Sales and Customer Service Professionals.”

“By bringing in someone with her level of experience, we can continue to work towards growing our organization with a quality sales staff, as well as improve interaction with our customers,” said G. Darrell Rigley, president and founder of TriMark.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University.

Joshua Moon Johnson

Joshua Moon Johnson

Moon Johnson named director of multicultural center

Joshua Moon Johnson has been named assistant dean of students and director of the Multicultural Student Center at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

“Joshua brings an incredible array of professional experiences and national networks that will enrich the MSC’s support of students of color and focus on helping all students claim their place in creating a more socially just world,” said Lori Bergquam, vice provost and dean of students at the University of Wisconsin.

In his new role, Moon Johnson will continue to build upon the social justice mission to strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus where all students are engaged.

He earned his doctorate in education in 2011 from Northern Illinois University and previously was director of LGBT Services and the Non-Traditional Resource Center at the University of California in Santa Barbara.

Frank West

Frank West

QSC adds West as sales directors

Frank West has been named sales director of the central region for QSC Audio Products.

West joins QSC with more than 15 years of experience in the professional audio/video market.  His previous roles include regional director for Biamp Systems, regional sales manager for a video editing company called Fast Multimedia and a retail support associate with Toshiba.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Northern Illinois University.

Ghida Neukirch

Ghida Neukirch

MPA alumna Neukirch named city manager of Highland Park

Ghida Neukirch will assume the role of city manager in Highland Park in November.

Neukirch began working with the city in August 2012 and has 21 years of municipal management experience, including 13 years with the village of Buffalo Grove and six years with Niles.

She holds a master’s degree in public administration from NIU, is a credentialed manager through the International City/County Management Association and served as president of the Illinois City/County Management Association.

“Her commitment to our city is contagious. Her energy, responsiveness and experience will serve the city well,” Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering said.

Carlos Fulcher

Carlos Fulcher

Fulcher appointed to top IABC post

The International Association of Business Communicators has appointed Carlos Fulcher as its new executive director.

Fulcher has a strong background in association management and experience in information technology, project management and global operations. He was most recently worldwide deputy executive director with the Drug Information Association in Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he was CIO of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Fulcher said IABC’s international presence was a key factor in his decision to take up the role.

“I’m looking forward to working with a global organization and increasing the expansion of the association into new and emerging markets,” he said.

He has a bachelor’s degree in numerical control technology from NIU and a master’s degree in business administration.

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