Business briefs – May 27

Gallery to open in Bargersville

Local artist Dianna Porter, of PortalUnlimited, will open the doors of a new gallery/art studio space June 3 in downtown Bargersville.

A grand opening celebration is set from noon to 8 p.m. at the studio, 10 Plummer St.

Porter’s husband, Bill will volunteer in the gallery.

Art will be available in prices ranging from $10 to $2,500. Digital art prints and original art will be for sale as well as the work of other area 3D artists.

Porter specializes in commissioned custom art and keeps her calendar full. Pricing for custom art is available upon request in the gallery. Other creative products will also be for sale.

Porter is a graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is an illustrator, fine artist, portrait artist, costume designer, and also worked several years as an event designer.

Her teaching experience has been in community enrichment classes at Garfield Park Arts Center, The Indianapolis Art Center, The Southside Art League and Michael’s stores.

Classes will be offered Monday and Tuesday evenings. Monday will be a drawing class, “So You Think You Can Draw” and Tuesdays, a watercolor class, “Watercolor, Controlled Chaos.”

Go to to get more information and register. You may also register in the gallery. Classes will begin the week of June 12.

Drone workshop set for June in Edinburgh

A one-day workshop on drones and their application to remediation, geoscience, and related engineering research and practice will be conducted on June 27 in Edinburgh.

The workshop will be conducted at the historic Pixy Theatre, 111 S. Walnut St.

The workshop will to provide an overview of the technical capabilities of drones, and will introduce the legal and insurance requirements for drone use for research and commercial purposes. This workshop is not intended to ready the participants for the FAA licensing exam.

The workshop will be taught by Damon Lercel and Richard Steckel of UAViation; and Jim Peterson of Southeast Missouri State University. All are licensed and insured commercial drone operators.

Steckel also is an FAA certificated commercial pilot with more than 4,700 hours of flight time and an FAA ground-school instructor. Peterson is experienced in research and practical applications of drone technology to business in the central US.

The cost of the one-day workshop is $175, which includes a box lunch.

For more information or to register, please contact Lercel at or 314-484-6360.

Soil erosion workshop set for June in Edinburgh

The Owens-Forrest Environmental Institute is sponsoring a comprehensive erosion and sediment control review course and field demonstrations June 28 to 29 at the Historic Pixy Theatre, 111 S. Walnut St., in Edinburgh.

The Master Class will cover fundamental subjects for those applying for  Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) certification.

Members of the Living Soils Alliance will present advanced topics related to soil sampling and analysis, biotic soil technology and reinvigoration, restoration and sustainability of soil. Upon completion of the course, attendees can apply to EnviroCert Intl., Inc. for 16.0 professional development hours.

Lead instructor for the class will be Mike Harding, CPESC, an environmental consultant with offices in Edinburgh and San Diego, California. Harding is a graduate of Purdue University and one of the leading technical experts in the field with more than 40 years of experience in soil erosion and nonpoint source pollution control both in the United States and overseas. Other speakers include technical experts Marc Theisen, vice president of Profile Products, Inc. (IL); Shawn Casey, president of Finn Corporation (OH); Ed Lee, vice president of HydroStraw, Inc. (WA); Randy Braun, Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and Ed Glatt, EcoTurf Midwest (IL).

The cost of the two-day course is $295 and includes all meals, refreshments and an evening performance at the Historic Pixy Theatre on Wednesday evening June 28. For more information and to register for the class, please contact Harding at 619-379-5116 or

Greenwood chamber elects new officers

Christine Alfery has been elected the new board chair of the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce (2017-18).

Alfery is the regional sales manager for First Merchants Bank, where she is responsible for the retail banking centersthroughout Central Indiana.

She began her banking career with National City Bank (now PNC). She joined First Merchants Bank in 2012 as a banking center manager, and was promoted to retail market leader before assuming her current role in 2014.

Alfery has supported the Greater Greenwood Chamber since 2006, first as an ambassador, and served on the board of directors since 2010. Alfery also  volunteers for United Way of Johnson County, the Old Town Greenwood Association and Habitat for Humanity. She serves as a board director for Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center in Avon and Bloomington.

Alfery holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University and is a Leadership Johnson County graduate.

2017-18 chamber officers serving with Alfery include:

  • Chair-elect: Kent DeKoninck, Greenwood Community Schools
  • Vice chair: Rick Myers, Times Leader Publications
  • Secretary/treasurer: Greg Simons, Simons Bitzer & Associates
  • Past chair: Tom Vander Luitgaren, Van Valer Law Firm
  • President/CEO (Ex-officio): Christian Maslowski, Greater Greenwood Chamber

The chamber also elected Cindy Hiland-McNalley, of MacLand Servpro, as a new board director for a three-year term. She previously engaged with the chamber as an ambassador, women leaders symposium planning team member and program facilitator.

Hiland-McNalley volunteers for the Indianapolis Komen Race for the Cure, Habitat for Humanity, Hendricks County Exchange Club, Morgan County Boys & Girls Club, and others.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University.