Business briefs



Franklin chamber aims to boost membership with outreach efforts

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce has begun a new program to increase membership.

The chamber’s Ambassador Program is designed to increase outreach efforts.

Chamber ambassadors will serve as representatives of the chamber. The chamber will recognize ambassadors in newsletters, on social media, during events and on the chamber’s website.

Ambassador eligibility requires participants to be employed by a current Franklin Chamber of Commerce member and get an endorsement from their employer. Any current employee of a chamber member in good standing may apply to serve as an ambassador.

For more information about the program, or to apply, visit or contact the office 736-6334 for more information.

Franklin Rotary Club elects board members to serve 1-year term

The Franklin Rotary Club has elected new members for its 2015-16 board of directors. Board members serve a one-year term, which began July 1.

The new members include the following:

Stephanie Wagner of Indianapolis, president, vice president and branch manager at PNC Bank in Franklin.

Loren Snyder of Franklin, past president, financial consultant at Hilliard Lyons in Franklin.

Kim Minton of Franklin, president-elect, vice president of development at the Johnson County Community Foundation in Franklin.

Kirk Bixler of Franklin, treasurer, assistant dean of students and director of career services at Franklin College.

Jennifer Tennell of Franklin, secretary, independent contractor.

Eric Fredbeck of Franklin, membership chairman, attorney and partner at Deppe, Fredbeck & Boll LLP in Franklin.

Deidra Baumgardner of Franklin, public relations chairwoman, director of communications at Franklin College.

Jim Martin of Franklin, community service chairman, retired from Vectren.

Meg Butcher of Bargersville, new generations chairwoman, business development manager at Christopher B. Burke Engineering in Indianapolis.

Kurt Schletzer of Franklin, Rotary Foundation chairman, financial adviser at Edward Jones in Franklin.

David Yount of Franklin, sergeant-at-arms, attorney at Deppe, Fredbeck & Boll LLP in Franklin.

Schoenherr receives director position at Franciscan service

Brenda Schoenherr has been appointed administrative director of Home Care, Hospice and Hospice House for Franciscan Visiting Nurse Service (VNS).

In that role she is responsible for developing and implementing programs, coordinating patients and staff and physician collaborations.

Schoenherr’s most recent position was regional operations director for Community Health Systems in Franklin, Tennessee, where she oversaw 12 hospice programs nationally. Before that, she held various administrative and clinical leadership roles with Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Association in Michigan.

In 2008 she was awarded Educator of the Year by the Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Schoenherr received her undergraduate degree in nursing from American Sentinel University (Denver) and earned a master’s in business health care management from Baker College Center for Graduate Studies (Michigan).

Greenwood Toastmasters marking 50th anniversary at YMCA event

Greenwood Woodman Toastmasters will mark its 50th anniversary today.

In honor of the occasion, a celebration event will be at 7 p.m. at the Baxter YMCA. Members of the public are invited to learn more about Toastmasters. Since 1965, the club has been dedicated to helping people become better speakers and leaders.

Chartered with 20 members in 1965, Greenwood Woodman Toastmasters Club is located in District 11. The Greenwood Woodman Toastmasters Club meets 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Baxter YMCA between Shelby Street and U.S. 31 on the southside.

For more information about the club, visit

Local KinderCare center receives national accreditation from group

Center Grove KinderCare has been awarded accreditation by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation.

NECPA accreditation confirms the commitment and dedication of the Center Grove KinderCare teachers and staff to provide education and care to children and families.

Only 10 percent of early childhood programs in the nation achieve the recognition, according to a statement from KinderCare.

Accreditation involves self-study, surveys of parents and staff, a site-visit by early childhood education professionals and a final review by the NECPA board of commissioners. In awarding accreditation, NECPA evaluates the center’s environment and curriculum, measuring it against a national set of standards of education, health and safety.

Center Grove KinderCare has been serving area families for more than 11 years. It accepts children ages 6 weeks to 12 years.

For more information, contact Carol Ann Torres, center director, at 882-7775, or