Mount Mercy University announces new employees

George Ford
Published: March 2 2014 | 7:00 am - Updated: 1 April 2014 | 9:03 am in


Mount Mercy University has hired Ali Swanson (see photo), previously with Pearson, and Tyler Poldervaart (see photo), previously with the Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, as admissions counselors. Also hired were Kim Mourer (see photo), previously with the University of Iowa, as academic adviser; Ny-Oka Sokol (see photo), previously with CRST, as accountant; Jenna Hunt (see photo), previously with Wartburg College, as online program coordinator; and Samantha Hawes (see photo), previously with Wholistic Wellness Clinic and Spa, as data specialist.

United Way of East Central Iowa has hired Dave Loy (see photo) as its manager of financial stability. Loy previously was director for Partnerships for Safe Families.

Dupaco Insurance Services has hired Brian Lyons as an insurance agent at the 3131 Williams Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids office of Dupaco Community Credit Union.

Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust has hired Megan James (see photo) as account executive. James was previously with the Collins Community Credit Union’s Johnson Avenue Hy-Vee branch.

The Amana Colonies Convention and Visitors Bureau has hired Chelsey McDill (see photo), previously with ImOn Communications, as executive director.


Jeff Albright (see photo) has been promoted to president of ESP International in Cedar Rapids. Albright was previously vice president of global sales and marketing.

David Wenzel (see photo), an attorney with Lynch Dallas PC in Cedar Rapids, was promoted to shareholder.

AXA Advisors promoted Ryan Bosch, Marion, from financial professional to district manager of the American Division. Bosch will manage the Bosch district of the Cedar Rapids branch, located at 200 First St. SW, and the district’s five financial professionals.


Brian Fagan (see photo), an attorney with Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC, was appointed to the Kids First Law Center board of directors.

The Better Business Bureau, Cedar Rapids, has named Penny Olson (see photo), Tom Vogel (see photo) and Shane Wicks to its board. Vogel also joined the Iowa City Corridor Advisory Council.

The Greater Cedar Rapids Elderly Consortium has named Kathy McCarthy (see photo), Client Services, HomeChoice Senior Care, as president. Other officers elected for 2014 were Cathy Webber (see photo), community outreach, Summit Pointe, vice president; and Elizabeth Boenish (see photo), community relations, UnityPoint Hospice.

International Traders of Iowa Eastern Iowa Chapter has named Roxann Von Lienen (see photo), Midamar Corp., and Ranae Juhl (see photo), U.S. Bank, to its board of directors.

Roger Stone (see photo) will continue to serve as chairman of the 2014 Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC board of directors. Others elected to to the board are Kevin Visser (see photo), Mark Roberts (see photo), Lynn Hartman (see photo) and Paul Morf (see photo).


“An Exit Plan for your Business,” a SCORE workshop on the process of selling your business, will be Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Marion Public Library, 1095 Sixth Ave., Marion. There is no charge. To register, go online to

“When and How to Elect Social Security Retirement Benefits,” an educational workshop designed for retirees and pre-retirees, will be Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Thursday, March 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Public Library. The workshop is sponsored by Frank A. Varvaris and Associates, Cedar Rapids.

“It’s not about the clothes: Why style is important to your writing,” a writing workshop led by Laura Behrens of Red Pen Communications, will be held Tuesday, March 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Longbranch Restaurant in Cedar Rapids. The workshop is sponsored by the Society for Technical Communication Eastern Iowa Chapter. For registration and more information go to


The annual meeting of West Side Mutual Insurance Association will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, in the home office building located at 120 Vinton St., Palo.

Goodwill of the Heartland is accepting nominations for the annual Emily Helms award through March 7. The award is presented to an individual, 14 years or older, who has a physical, mental, emotional or developmental disability and resides in Goodwill’s 19-county service area. For forms, call Goodwill at (866) 466-7881 or download from the website at

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