News From Terre Haute, Indiana


December 21, 2013

ON THE MOVE: Dec. 22, 2013

Scot M. Agerter has joined Thompson Thrift Construction as a project manager. He has more than 26 years of construction experience.

He comes to Thompson Thrift from Aspen Group, Inc., where he served as a project manager beginning in 2008. Before that he served as a project manager with Wurster Construction Co., Inc., from 1994-2000 and 2003-2008. He also was a senior project manager with the Mattingly Group.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in building construction technology from Purdue University.

Jared Ruehrschneck has joined the Thompson Thrift as an estimator. Before coming to Thompson Thrift, he was a packaging technician with HR Solutions, Inc., in Mt. Vernon, Ind.

He also worked for Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana, Duke Energy, Eden Enterprises and Hasser Construction.

IUPUI awarded him a bachelor’s degree in construction management technology in 2006 and an associate’s degree in architectural technology in 2005.

Yolanda C. Reedy has joined Thompson Thrift as an accounting associate. Before becoming a member of the team, she was a post closing auditor with First Financial Bank. Before that she was self-employed as a day care center operator. She served in the Air Force for five years.

She holds an associate’s degree in accounting from South Western Illinois College.

Derek Sease has joined Thompson Thrift as a project engineer. He most recently served as a project manager with Mezzetta Inc, which he joined in 2010. He also was a project supervisor and an assistant project manager for that company. He served internships with Hunt Construction Group and D.A.G. Construction.

He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Ball State University in 2010.


Larrison’s Tax Service celebrated its recent move to 108 N. 25th St. on Thursday with an open house and ribbon cutting. After 70 years of operation at its Locust Street location, Michael and Barbara Perkins are excited to welcome the Wabash Valley to their new office.

For more information, see Larrison’s Tax Service on Facebook or call 812-232-6864.


Dr. Stacy Lowdermilk has joined the Union Associated Physicians Clinic health care team in the Optometry Department.

Lowdermilk earned her doctorate of optometry from Indiana University School of Optometry. Her clinical interests include family ocular health exams (infant-geriatric); contact lens fittings: single vision, astigmatism, bifocal and mono vision; and diagnosis and co-management of cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and LASIK.

“I’m thrilled to be practicing in my hometown where I’m able to do what I love because I love what I do,” Lowdermilk said.

Lowdermilk is a graduate of Terre Haute North Vigo High School and Indiana State University. Lowdermilk completed her doctorate at Indiana University in Bloomington. She resides in Clay County.

For more information, call 812-242-3700.


Sullivan County native Lisa Bock has accepted a major leadership role with ARAMARK. ARAMARK is the contracted food service provider for the Indiana Department of Correction.

Bock, the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility Food Service director, has been promoted to general manager. She will oversee ARAMARK food service operations at five Indiana Department of Correction Facilities, including WVCF. ARAMARK launched her career at the maximum-security facility in 2009 when she was named assistant food service director. Bock was honored as the 2011 Assistant Food Service Director of the Year for ARAMARK. She advanced to food service director in 2012.

“The experience and challenge of working with a staff of 40, to ensure the daily nutritional needs of over 2,000 offenders are met, have prepared me very well for my new assignment,” Bock said.

The Sullivan High School graduate earned a business management degree from the University of Southern Indiana.


Forrest Sherer Insurance has promoted Jamie Bell to the position of personal risk manager. Bell has 12 years experience within the industry, having spent the last four years with Forrest Sherer as an account manager in the personal lines division.

Bell received her bachelor’s degree in insurance and risk management from Indiana State University. She is the chair of the Fellowship Committee at Berea Christian Church and is a member of Tri Kappa. She also was involved in Insurance Professionals of the Wabash Valley.

Forrest Sherer is a full-service independent insurance provider that offers customers a range of insurance products and services to suite their needs.


Seven new Indiana Conservation Officers officially joined the DNR Division of Law Enforcement during graduation ceremonies today at the Indiana Government Center South.

Dale Clark, recipient of the Division’s James D. Pitzer Outstanding Officer of the Year Award earlier this year, administered the oath of office to the recruits.

The new officers represent the 33rd recruit class of Indiana Conservation Officers, the oldest law enforcement agency in the state. The officers include Eli J. Hendricks, West Terre Haute (Parke, District 5).

“The training and resultant graduation of these officers is the culmination of a lot of hard work,” said Law Enforcement division director Danny East. “We are proud of their accomplishments thus far as they move to their next training phase at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.”

The new officers underwent five weeks of basic training, followed by 12 weeks of on-the-job training with a veteran conservation officer. Their training continues with a 15-week course at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, after which they will report to their assignments to complete a one-year probationary period.

The DNR employs 214 conservation officers who in addition to enforcing state laws are often called upon to help during emergencies and natural disasters. They also engage in non-law enforcement activities such as outdoor instructional programs, including boater, hunter, snowmobile, and trapper education. River rescue, cave rescue, underwater search and recovery, and K-9 teams are specialty response units available statewide whenever needed.

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