Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

Notes from all over the county

August - September 2018

The Hamilton County Leadership Academy announced its 2018 graduating class.  

Kelly Barton, Community Health;  Ryan Berry, Garmong Construction Services; Jesse Billingsley, Church, Church, Hittle + Antrim; Cassandra Bogaards, Elements Financial; Casey Cawthon, City of Fishers; Brad Cozza, Hamilton County Airport Authority; Dan Degnan, Purdue University College of Pharmacy; Ashlie Dew, Elements Financial; Dana Donahue, Lake City Bank; Alex Emerson, Coots, Henke & Wheeler, P.C.; Aaron Head, City of Noblesville; Bradley Howell, Hamilton East Public Library; Jeremy Hunt, Beck's Superior Hybrids; Katie Jess, ACES Power; Jeff Johnson, Meyer Najem; Julia Lowe, CarDon & Associates; Henry Mestetsky, City of Carmel; Angela Morris, St. Vincent | IU Health; Laura Musall, FC Tucker; Daniel Potash, arcDesign; Patrick Propst, Faith Community Church; Marcus Reed, City of Westfield; Natasha Robinson, Prevail Inc.; Greg Sorvig, Heartland Film; Andrew Swickheimer, Noblesville Schools; Gina Terril, Indiana Members Credit Union; Branden Voegerl, CleanSlate Technology Group; Seth Warren, Riverview Health; Mike Winterhalder, Navient; Julie Wright, Central Indiana Community Foundation; Adriann Young, Noblesville Schools Education Foundation; Shanna Young, The Legacy Fund. 

Kimberly Dimond

Kimberly Dimond is the new executive director of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, replacing Dr. Alan Davis, who retired after nearly two decades in the position.

The Westfield Chamber of Commerce appointed Nick Verhoff as interim President.

Dagny Zupin

Nickel Plate Express hired (photo) Dagny Zupin as communications coordinator.

Wil Hampton

Noblesville City Councilor Wil Hampton (photo) was hired by The ELAM Group and 21ology.com as a Client Development Specialist.

Noblesville resident Amy Thornton Shankland (photo) wrote the book Joy to You and Me (at work!), a guide to spreading joy and happiness at work and beyond.

First Farmers Financial Corp. will repurchase up to $1 million of its own outstanding common stock to provide capital management opportunities and add value for the Company’s shareholders.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development awarded a $1.46 Million grant to the Hamilton County Workforce Innovation Network, a partnership between Hamilton County employers and educators. It will provide state-of-the art workforce training for students entering the workforce and adults seeking a new skill set.

Indiana Humanities awarded a Quantum Leap grant to the Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad to transform the Arcadia Depot (photo) into an interactive attraction that will tell the history of northern Hamilton County, the industries that grew as a result of the train and discovery of natural gas, and the people who settled it.

The City of Westfield launched a financial transparency website to give the public access to its financial data through OpenGov.com, a California-based company specializing in financial transparency. The portal is online at https://westfieldin.opengov.com

Westfield’s Grand Park (photo) was named a “Favorite Outdoor Venue” by the readers of Sports Destination Management, the leading nation-wide publication for sports event planners and tournament directors.

The Legacy Fund, Hamilton County’s Community Foundation, announced $134,400 in grants to 19 organizations, including: Advocates for Children and Families Inc $12,000; Alternatives Inc $15,000; Arts for Learning (Young Audiences of Indiana),$5,000; Best Buddies Indiana $5,000; Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville $10,000; Camptown Inc. $5,000; Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development $8,500; Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank Inc. $8,900; Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County $15,000; Nickel Plate Arts $13,000; Noblesville Sister Cities International $6,000; Open Doors of Washington Township $3,000; Second Helpings $10,000; Servants at Work $3,000; LINK YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL GRANTS:B.A.B.E. Store $2,000; Mama’s Cupboard Inc. $4,300; The O’Connor House $3,200; The Recovery High School at Fairbanks (Hope Academy) $2,500; Trinity Free Clinic Inc. $3,000