Essentials: Movers & Shakers

By: The Gazette
May 15, 2013 Updated: May 15, 2013 at 5:35 pm
photo - Cherie Gorby
Cherie Gorby 

- Michael Vargo has joined Blakely + Company as art director. Vargo has nearly a decade of advertising and graphic design experience; his graphic design experience includes working with a variety of diverse clients in the athletic, tourism, financial and utilities industries.

- Colorado Springs-based Diversified Machine Systems has hired Courtney Thurman as director of marketing for U.S.-based and international marketing initiatives. Thurman is a Startup Colorado Springs board member and Entrepreneur Press author.

- Special Kids Special Families announced the hiring of Dionna Lanich as program coordinator of Joey's Place, an SKSF nonintegrated adult day program. Lanich has more than 14 years of experience working with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. She graduated from the University of Wyoming and holds a degree in social work.

- Cherie Gorby has joined Colorado Springs Health Partners as chief operations officer. Gorby has a broad range of experience in quality clinical operations management, strategic planning and execution. Most recently, she served as care coordination manager for Community Health Partnership in Colorado Springs. She also served as chief operating officer for Memorial Health System, one of several roles she filled during her 20 years at Memorial. Among her accreditations, Cherie holds an MSN in Nursing Administration and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

- Cynthia Bullock has been named regional representative for the Grant Professionals Association. Bullock, who has served as the GPA Colorado chapter's inaugural president for two years, will be responsible for chapter formation in seven Western states including Colorado, California and Hawaii. Bullock is also co-founder and executive director of Harley's Hope Foundation and serves as affiliate faculty in Regis University's Master's in Nonprofit Management program. 

- At a recent luncheon honoring administrative professionals citywide, the Pikes Peak chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals presented the following awards: Administrative Professional of the Year went to Sue Hammond, executive staff assistant to the executive director of the Pikes Peak Library District. Last year, in addition to her normal duties and supportive responsibilities for PPLD's executive director's office and the board of trustees, Hammond served as liaison with the poet laureate and has planned and assisted with numerous poetry programs; she recently was named to the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate steering committee. Otis Campbell, of Northrop Grumman, was honored as Executive of the Year; Campbell served in the Air Force in the Space Lift Operations and satellite command and control; at Northrop Grumman, he is the field engineer and manager of mission payload engineers, system administrators, maintenance controllers and an administrative assistant. He also is the vice chairman of the board of directors for the African-American Youth Leadership, deputy executive director for the African-American Youth Leadership Conference and the chairman for the Leadership Institute Seminar Committee. Member of the Year went to Gaby Stephenson, executive assistant at the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau; Stephenson has volunteered as a member and chairperson for several committees of the Pikes Peak chapter of the IAAP and is serving as president-elect of the chapter's board of directors. Julie Branch, a student at Pikes Peak Community College where she is pursuing her associate of applied science degree, majoring in paralegal, was named 2013 Scholarship Recipient, receiving a scholarship for $750.

- The American Academy of Forensic Sciences, which is based in Colorado Springs, announced its 2013-14 officers: Barry Logan, president; Daniel Martell, president-elect; Dr. Stephen Billick, vice president; Betty Layne DesPortes, vice president; John Gerns, secretary; Dr. Victor Weedn, treasurer; and Robert Barsley, past president. Directors include Lucy Davis, criminalistics; Dr. Gregory Davis, pathology/biology; David Baker, digital and multimedia sciences; Laura Fulginiti, physical anthropology; Laura Liptai, engineering sciences; Dr. John Young, psychiatry and behavioral science; Julie Howe, general; Jane Lewis, questioned documents; Roderick Kennedy, jurisprudence; Jeri Ropero-Miller, toxicology; and John Kenney, odontology.

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