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USSI hired Gordon Chapman as a design supervisor; Edison Bender and Kyle Plummer, interns; Robert Fisher, mechanical technician; and Tim Rorick was promoted to director of acoustics.

New hires for 80/20 Inc. are Kathryn Hensler, maintenance department; Kristopher Kreager, extrusion processing team; Judith Milum, machine shop; and Lisa Etter, inventory team.

Indiana State Police Master Trooper Larry E. Schenk from the Fort Wayne Post announced his retirement after 34 years. Indiana State Police Detective Harry N. Nix with the Fort Wayne Post announced his retirement after 33 years.

Davon A. Bultemeier with Thrivent Financial in Hoagland qualified for the Pinnacle Council conference.

Deb Hess rejoined Fort Wayne Newspapers as sales manager over the retail advertising department.

Julie Bobay has joined Schenkel Construction Inc.

The McMillen Center for Health Education’s board of directors for 2014-15 are Grant Goeglein, Northwestern Mutual, president; Melissa Wolf, Baden, Gage and Schroeder LLC, vice president; Stasha Carrasquillo, Parkview Foundation, secretary; and Betsy Hartman, Do it Best Corp., treasurer. Newly elected board members are Ann Reidenbach, Reidenbach Nutrition; and LaTheresa King, Fort Wayne Community Schools.

Kevin Cahill joined First Financial Bank as an assistant vice president and treasury management services representative.

Jeff Berggren and Nate Perry with Huntington University’s enrollment staff were recognized by the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals Inc. at its June meeting for their commitment to recruiting students to the institution.

United Way of Allen County’s new members for the 2014-15 board of directors are Herb Anderson, BF Goodrich Tire Mfg.; Mickey Benton, retired member of UAW Local 2209; Susan Berghoff, Dulin, Ward and DeWald; Brian Heflin, Wells Fargo Bank; Max Montesino, IPFW; and Amy Richardson, UAW Local 2209. Changing roles July 1 are members Steve Smith to board chair; Judge Wendy Davis, immediate past chair; and Ruth Stone, vice chair.

Michael Kretschmer was appointed mechanical engineer for Apollo Design Technology Inc., and Rita LeFavour was promoted to customer relations specialist.

Do it Best Corp. hired Amy Davis as an order entry coordinator; Darlene Ehle, mainframe support analyst; and Kevin Rowe, computer operator. Promoted were Tony Casiano and Mike Rosene, senior IT project managers; Steve Coker, advertising sales supervisor; Matt Davis, Dave Hoffman, Jenny Jaxtheimer, Jessica Thurston and Brandon Wittwer, senior IT developers; Amber Gerardot, merchandise coordinator; Bryant McClellan, senior IT database developer; and Lauren Wilson, associate merchandise manager in lawn and garden.

Jessie Williams, Mallory Peters and Grace McCarthy joined First Federal Savings Bank as tellers in the Fort Wayne area.

Nicole Kenefic and husband Brian Kenefic are the new owners of KDA Furniture & Interiors at 1611 Pheasant Run in Huntertown, effective last January.