Business briefs – August 19

Ruoff Mortgage names Dodson top originator

Residential mortgage lender Ruoff Home Mortgage announced that Donnie Dodson was the top loan originator companywide for the month of July. The top spot in each branch office, as well as the company, is based on the number of closed loans during the month, as compared to their fellow peers.

Dodson has been with Ruoff Home Mortgage since May 2015. He has won the top spot several times.

Dodson works out of the Greenwood office, which is located at 972 Emerson Parkway, Suite C.

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New doctor joins hospital psychiatric group

Dr. Joseph O. Niezer has joined Franciscan Physician Network Psychiatric Specialists.

Located at 610 E. Southport Road, Suite 200, Indianapolis, Psychiatric Specialists treat patients with emotional and behavioral conditions through medical intervention.

Niezer specializes in psychotic disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders and dementia. He will provide care to patients at Franciscan Health’s Indianapolis and Mooresville hospitals.

He most recently completed psychiatry and neurology training programs at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he was chief resident. He worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings including the Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Niezer received his undergraduate degree at Wabash College and earned his medical degree at the IU School of Medicine.

Indiana Members hosts 9th annual golf outing

Indiana Members Foundation, the charitable arm of Indiana Members Credit Union, hosted its ninth annual golf outing at Valle Vista Golf Course in Greenwood on June 28.

More than 100 golfers attended the sold-out event which raised over $25,000 to benefit the Indiana Members Foundation. The foundation supports children in the Indianapolis and surrounding communities through the Joan Wolfe Legacy Grant Program, Indy BackPack Attack School Supply Drive and local non-profits that serve youth.

Indiana Members Credit Union, headquartered in Indianapolis, was founded in 1956 on the campus of IUPUI.

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Executive director named at State Bar Association

The Indiana State Bar Association announced recently that Joe Skeel of Franklin is its next executive director.

He will succeed Thomas A. Pyrz, who is retiring Jan. 5 after serving for more than 25 years.

Since 2009, Skeel has served as executive director of the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s largest and most broad-based member association for journalists. During that time, he also served as executive director of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the Society’s supporting charity.

Skeel joined SPJ in 2004 as editor of the Society’s member magazine, Quill.

Previously, he spent almost 10 years working at community newspapers in central Indiana including Topics Newspapers, the Noblesville Daily Ledger, the Daily Journal and the Columbus Republic.

Skeel is a graduate of Ball State University, with degrees in journalism and public relations. Skeel grew up in Johnson County and graduated from Whiteland Community High School. He currently lives in Franklin with his wife, Becky, and sons, Noah and Isaac.

Professors, students, present at Mathfest

The Franklin College mathematics faculty presented a course at Mathfest, an annual conference sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America in Chicago in July.

The workshop, “Creating a Purposeful Student Learning Experience,” emphasized creating learning-focused departmental culture in and out of the classroom to help students develop skills to achieve in college and beyond.

The minicourse presenters included Whiteland resident Dan Callon, Ph.D., professor of mathematics, as well as Franklin residents John Boardman, Ph.D., professor of mathematics and Paul Fonstad, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, Justin Gash, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics and head of the division of business, computing and mathematics, Stacy Hoehn, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics and Angie Walls, director of the math center and lecturer.

Boardman, Fonstad and Hoehn each had papers accepted for presentation at the conference, as did student Cody Burker, a junior majoring in applied mathematics and computer science.

Burker was one of eight students who attended the conference. Recent alumnus Jacob Smith of the southside also attended. He will begin work this month on his doctorate at the University of Cincinnati.

The college hosted a reception during the weekend, giving faculty the chance to reconnect with alumni from the Chicago area. It also gave the students the opportunity to meet potential networking and internship contacts.

The following Franklin College students attended the conference: Burker, Oakleigh Collier, Monica Collins, Cole Falco, Octavio Gonzalez, Munashe Mugonda, Matt Thomas and Jacob Wolfla.

OrthoIndy offers new therapy procedure

OrthoIndy Physical Therapy now offers dry needling treatment at its Fishers and South locations.

Dry needling is a form of physical therapy for the treatment of many musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions.

During the treatment, a very fine filament needle is inserted through the skin and into the deeper tissues that are considered trigger points to pain.

Dry needling works by causing a small lesion within the muscle tissue and surrounding soft tissues, which creates a chemical and neurological response, allowing the muscle to relax, which creates a local healing response — reducing pain and restoring range of motion and movement, according to a statement.

Conditions that respond well to dry needling include athletic and overuse injuries, tendonitis, chronic neck and back pain, headaches and post-surgical pain.

Referrals are not required for an appointment with OrthoIndy Physical Therapy.

Military hall receives $15,000 for memorial

Financial Center First Credit Union presented representatives from the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame with a $15,000 check to support the building of the organization’s memorial.

Financial Center has given nearly $50,000, according to a statement from the company.

The hall of fame is a charity important to Financial Center, which was founded at Fort Benjamin Harrison and still serves military families all around the world.

Office Pride announces new billing director

Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services announced recently the addition of Jennifer Agnew as the new director of billing services for the brand.

Agnew will oversee billing for the entire franchise system.

She has worked for the company for 11 years and previously was a retail banker. Office Pride offers janitorial work such as carpet cleaning, window washing and restroom sanitization, to clients.

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