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Employment office names accounting recruiter

The Greenwood Express Employment Professionals office has named Tracey Ostrowski the office’s new accounting and finance recruiter.

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Ostrowski will act as liaison between job seekers and organizations.

Before joining the Express team, Ostrowski worked at Angie’s List, where she sold specialty advertisement for the magazine. She also has six years of specialized recruiting experience.

For more information, contact the office at 888-5700 or visit

Credit union awarded national education honor

Financial Center First Credit Union was awarded the 2014 National Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award (asset category $150 million to $500 million) from the Credit Union National Administration. The award was presented at CUNA’s Government Affairs Conference in Washington in March.

The award recognizes outstanding leadership of a credit union for personal finance education programs for members and the community through face-to-face teaching, publicity and organizational collaboration. Financial Center has won the state Desjardins Adult Education Award for the past seven years, but this is its first national prize.

Financial Center hosted 15 member seminars, more than 40 lunchtime workshops for employees of its business members, weekly seminars at the Mexican Consulate’s office, and two brewery startup workshops. The credit union also partnered with other not-for-profits to provide budgeting and credit workshops and one-on-one counseling services. The credit union also sent monthly newsletters that focused on relevant and timely financial news, investment strategies and services provided through the credit union.

Bank president named to national committee

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has appointed five new members to its mutual savings association advisory committee.

Dan Moore, president and chief executive officer of Home Bank SB, was named as one of the new members. He will join the committee of 10 bankers from around the United States serving on this national committee.

The committee’s responsibilities include assessing the condition of mutual savings associations, regulatory changes and other issues of concern to the institutions.

Moore has worked in the banking industry for more than 40 years, joining Home Bank in 1978. He is a graduate of Indiana State University and holds a Master of Science in management from Indiana Wesleyan University. Moore is currently in his second term as a director for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis and is a former director of the Indiana Bankers Association. In addition to his involvement in the local community, he has also served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Indianapolis.

2 insurance agents added at financial services firm

Financial Center Services recently expanded its insurance agency by adding two insurance agents, Jerry Sparks and Paige Kauffman.

Sparks joined the credit union in June as a business development officer. In March he began working as an agent serving Greenwood and the southside. He holds several professional designations, including certified credit union financial counselor, financial services specialist and life underwriter training council fellow. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, the Air Force Reserve and the Indiana Guard Reserve.

Sparks is a member of the Greenwood Rotary Club. He is a past president of the Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce and past chairman of the Franklin Township Relay for Life. He is also a federal journeyman and a retired Indianapolis firefighter. Sparks holds a master’s degree in business management from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Kauffman began working at the credit union in January. She worked as a personal banker before transitioning to the insurance department in July. She recently earned her property and casualty licenses. Before joining the credit union, she worked with low-income families focusing on economic self-sufficiency through her life, accident and health insurance licensing.

Franklin professors promoted, given tenure

The Franklin College Board of Trustees granted tenure and/or promotion to six faculty members during its February board meeting.

The following faculty members were granted tenure and promotion to associate professor:

Jamie Bromley, a resident of Franklin, is an associate professor of psychology and department chair. She joined the college in 2009. Bromley earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Dallas, her master’s degree from Duquesne University and her doctorate from the University of Akron. She has a specialization in counseling psychology.

Casey J. Hayes, a resident of Franklin, is an associate professor of music, director of choral activities, music department chair and holds the Thurston Endowed Chair of Music. He joined the college in 2009. Hayes received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education and choral conducting from Butler University and his doctorate in music education from the Steinhardt School of Education, New York University.

Sarah Mordan-McCombs, a resident of Greenwood, is an associate professor of biology, genetics and cancer biology. She joined the college in 2009. Mordan-McCombs earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from DePauw University and her doctorate in biology from the University of Notre Dame.

Randy Smith, a resident of Franklin, is an associate professor of political science and department chair. He joined the college in 2009. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Quincy University, his master’s degree in political studies from the University of Illinois-Springfield and his doctorate in political science from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

The following faculty members were granted promotion to full professor:

Sara Colburn-Alsop, a resident of Franklin, is a professor of Spanish. She joined the college in 2001 and was given tenure in 2006. Colburn-Alsop earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English from Ripon College, her master’s degree in Spanish from Middlebury College in Madrid, Spain, and her doctorate in 17th century peninsular literature from Indiana University.

Kathy Taylor Remsburg, a resident of Franklin, is a professor of athletic training, the athletic training program director and the chair of the education division. She joined the college in 1990 and was given tenure in 2008. Remsburg earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Indianapolis and her master’s degree in athletic training from Illinois State University.