Business Briefs – December 9

Youth Connections names board

A non-profit organization that serves students and children in the tri-county area has named their board of directors.

Youth Connections has named the following board members:

  • Kimberly Shell, president
  • Jerry Sparks, vice-president of finance
  • Mike Tollar, vice president of fund development and marketing
  • Luke McNamee, secretary/vice president of board development and governance
  • Abigail Jones
  • Bill Bradford
  • Matt Solomon
  • Doug Wood
  • Eva Goeb

Financial Center names new officer

Financial Center First Credit Union has named a new chief operations officer.

Sven Leander was named to the position.

Leander joined the Credit Union in December 2010 as the consumer lending production manager. He was later promoted to vice president of lending.

Leander has a degree in economics from Indiana University. He currently serves on the Indiana Credit Union League’s Emerging Leaders Advisory Group and is the 2013 recipient of the ICUL’s Emerging Leadership Award.

Dance studio moves

A non-profit dance studio has moved.

Inspire Dance Company is now at 337 Western Blvd., Suite C, Greenwood.

The studio was formed in 2012 as a non-profit and began offering classes in a one-room studio on Loews Boulevard in Greenwood. The studio was created by a group of parents that wanted a family-friendly studio that offered age-appropriate choreography and costumes for their children. The studio grew from six students to 150.

The studio offers ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz and recreational classes and a competitive program and serves ages 2 to adult.

Surgeon joins southside hospital

Richard L. Makowiec has joined Franciscan Physician Network Orthopedic Specialists and will see patients in Indianapolis and Mooresville.

Makowiec most previously was associated with Northwestern Medicine Surgery Center – Orthopaedics in Warrenville, Illinois. He has held various appointments with medical facilities throughout northern Illinois, including Delnor Hospital, Central Dupage Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, The Neurologic and Orthopedic Institute of Chicago and Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

He is a Diplomate with the National Board of Medical Examiners and American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Greenwood redevelopment grant used to renovate homes

A couple in Greenwood recently finished house renovations using money they received from  the city’s redevelopment commission.

Janette and Walter Koon finished renovations on four properties on North Madison Avenue in Old Town Greenwood.

They received a $50,000 grant from the redevelopment commission. They operate businesses out of the properties.