NEWARK — The board of trustees of LEADS, Inc., a community action agency headquartered in Licking County, welcomed Nathan Keirns as its chief executive officer, effective Jan. 11.
Keirns has been with Licking County Job and Family Services for 14 years as a senior planner and program evaluator. He also serves as adjunct faculty with Zane State College and Central Ohio Technical College.
At one point in his career, he was appointed as a monitor for LEADS and has worked with the community services division and the fiscal department. He volunteers as an accreditation reviewer for the Council on Accreditation, reviewing social service programs in nine states as well as in Italy and Germany.
Keirns, of Howard, Ohio, has a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and a master’s from Ohio University.
Former CEO Kenneth Kempton will continue in a part-time capacity, assisting in the transition, until April 9.
Hopewell Federal donates to county’s Coalition of Care
HEATH – Hopewell Federal Credit Union donated $500 to the Licking County Coalition of Care, an ecumenical partnership of local churches whose mission is to respond to the unmet spiritual and physical needs of people in crises.
COVID-19 has created an unprecedented need in the area for the coalition’s work.
Each Friday, Hopewell Federal team members are invited to donate one dollar in exchange for the opportunity to dress in casual attire. Funds collected throughout the year are used to support an organization in the community.
BIA installs Manor Homes executive as 2021 President
COLUMBUS — Jeff Yates, of Manor Homes, has been named president of the Building Industry Association for 2021.
Yates joined the BIA’s board in 2017 and was a participant in Manor Homes’ many entries in the Parade of Homes during his tenure with the company. In 2020, Yates was appointed chairman of the committee tasked with reshaping the BIA’s signature event.
Yates plans two initiatives the BIA will undertake in 2021, the recasting of the Parade of Homes and a restructuring of the BIA’s membership program.
Yates, who lives in Delaware County, replaces Jim Lipnos, of Homewood Corporation, who was president for 2020. Yate is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a degree in construction management and has worked for Manor Homes for 23 years.
Rogers Licking County Humane Society board president
HEATH — Rich Rogers, plant manager at the Covestro Newark Compounding Facility in Hebron, has been appointed president of the Licking County Humane Society’s board of directors.
Rogers has worked with Covestro/Bayer/Baulé/Monsanto for 30 years and managed the local facility since October of 2015. He serves as chairman of the Ohio Chemical Technology Council.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 1993 and his master’s from Xavier University in 2000. He also served four years in the United States Air Force in Engineering Services.
McCarthy joins Hendrickson as General Manager
WOODRIDGE Ill. — Jon McCarthy joins Hendrickson as general manager at the auxiliary axle division in Hebron.
McCarthy’s previous role was general manager for Midwest Tool & Engineering in Dayton. He was also European operations manager for Lord Corporation, where he managed multiple locations in Europe then returned to the United States to manage multiple locations in Erie, Pennsylvania, as plant manager.
McCarthy spent 10 years with the Dana Corporation working with the Midwest region. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for developing strategic plans to improve safety, quality and delivery of plant operations.
He has a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University and an master’s from Bowling Green State University.
Nurse practitioner joins Licking Memorial Pediatric Hospitals
NEWARK — Licking Memorial Health Systems announced neonatal nurse practitioner Andrea Sims has joined Licking Memorial Pediatric Hospitalists.
Sims earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron, and master ‘s from Ohio State University. She is certified by the National Certification Corporation and will be providing inpatient pediatric care at Licking Memorial Hospital.
Licking Heights grad accepted into BGSU’s Hatch Program
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Bowling Green State University’s Schmidthorst College of Business and Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership announced Hunter Mahl, a 2020 Licking Heights High School graduate, has been accepted into the 2021 Hatch program, a BGSU event based off ABC-TV show Shark Tank.
Mahl will pitch his idea to investors during a live stream event in hopes of getting funded and starting a business. His product, Rake Master, attaches to a lawn mower to remove objects and trash in its path. It stores them in the mower for later disposal.
The Hatch features student entrepreneurs, or Hatchlings, giving a live pitch of their business idea to a panel of BGSU alumni investors.
Hatchlings are chosen after a highly selective application process. Prior to the Hatch, each Hatchling completes an 11-week program with an accomplished BGSU alumni mentor to create a business presentation.
The Hatch is a virtual event free and open to the public. The 2020 Hatch was streamed live to Hatch watch parties around the region and had more than 3,200 views on YouTube.
Gov. DeWine appoints Pataskala residents to board posts
COLUMBUS – Gov. Mike DeWine announced the appointments of two Pataskala resident, Rob Montagnese and Jennifer Wissinger.
Montagnese, president and CEO of Licking Memorial Health Systems, has been reappointed to the Central Ohio Technical College board of trustees for a term that began on Dec. 10, and ends Sept. 30, 2023.
Wissinger has been appointed to the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers board for a term that began on Jan. 1, and ends Aug. 27, 2023.
Also appointed was Megan Durst, of Dresden, in Muskingum County, to the Accountancy Board for a term that began Jan. 1, 2021, and ended Oct. 7, 2027.