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December 23, 2012

Graveman wins ITC teaching award

The Instructional Technology Council, a national organization supporting online/distance learning education, has announced that local instructor April Graveman will be named an ITC 2013 Distinguished Educator at a recognition luncheon during its national conference this spring in San Antonio, Texas.

Graveman, a Biology/Health Sciences associate professor for both Ellsworth and Marshalltown Community Colleges, has taught for the Iowa Valley Community College District for several years, most recently online.

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ITC will present each distinguished educator with a framed certificate at the Recognition Luncheon at eLearning 2013, and list honorees in the eLearning 2013 conference program and on the ITC website. This is a small thank you for the incredible work they do for the distance learning students at their institutions.

The ITC website reports that "the innovation and diligence exemplified by each award winner mark them as exemplary members of our community this recognition is extremely well-deserved."

Judges included members of the ITC board of directors, past award winners, and attendees at ITC's annual Leadership Academy.

GCMH appoints interim CEO

The Board of Commissioners of Grundy County Memorial Hospital has appointed longtime Chief Financial Officer Lisa Zinkula as Interim CEO of the hospital, effective Jan. 1. Zinkula will serve in the role while a search is conducted to fill the CEO position left open as Pam Delagardelle begins her new position as CEO of Allen Health System.

Zinkula began working for Grundy County Memorial Hospital 10 years ago. Her experience in hospital financial administration began at Allen Hospital, where she worked for six years before joining GCMH. She is a graduate of Luther College, and is active in a variety of community leadership roles. She was a 2010 recipient of the Twenty Under Forty Leadership recognition for young leaders in the Cedar Valley.

"We have every confidence in Lisa's experience and ability," remarks Board Chair Brenda Davis. "Lisa is equipped with in-depth knowledge of the hospital after serving as CFO for the past 10 years."

While the Board of Commissioners has not yet approved a search process to locate Delagardelle's permanent replacement, Davis says board members are comfortable with the present administrative staff and want to take time to find the right person to fill the top GCMH position.



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