News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 2, 2013

On the move: June 2, 2013


The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Deena Dodd, director of the Terre Haute-based Indiana Statewide Rural Health Network, was elected to the board of directors of the National Cooperative of Health Networks Association at the association’s annual meeting in New Orleans. Dodd will serve a three-year term.

“Dodd’s passion for collaborating with other network leaders and for sharing resources is clear through her day-to-day advocacy and communications,” said Rebecca Davis, executive director of NCHN. “Her focus on relationship building and knowledge of resources that can strengthen networks financially and systemically are a unique asset to NCHN. We are excited about the new energy she will bring to the Board.”

In addition to growing the NCHN membership, Dodd said she hopes to encourage existing members to take advantage of the educational opportunities and leadership development resources offered by the association.

Deena Dodd has been with InSRHN since January of 2011 and has served as the director since September 2011. The InSRHN was developed out of a HRSA grant in May 2008, and it was designed to improve the financial viability and sustainability of Indiana’s rural health care providers. The goal of InSRHN is to reduce the isolation faced by rural administrators and their teams and engage in alliances; pool resources; share best practices; leverage buying power and facilitate in peer to peer learning opportunities.

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Carol Myers, Jennifer Hanley and Brandi Hanson, who collectively have about 58 years’ experience with First Financial Bank, recently advanced in their careers in Trust Services, where they work from the Main Office Banking Center at One First Financial Plaza in downtown Terre Haute.

Myers, who joined Trust Services at First Financial Bank in 1985, is now vice president and trust officer. She manages the Personal Trust division of the department. She is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor through the Institute of Certified Bankers and is a graduate of the Cannon Financial Institute Trust School and Graduate Trust School. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana State University in 1997, and she is a graduate of Rockville High School.

Hanley joined First Financial in 1995 and is now vice president and trust operations officer. She has experience in areas of trust administration, including corporate trust, employee benefits and trust operations. She has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and graduated with honors from the Cannon Financial Institute Securities Operations School. She is designated as a Certified Securities Operations Professional. Hanley is a native of Terre Haute and a 1990 graduate of Terre Haute North Vigo High School.

Hanson, who has been promoted to assistant employee benefits officer, joined the staff of First Financial Bank Trust Services in 2003. She is a Certified IRA Services Professional. She administers Individual retirement accounts, among other duties, including customer service support for employee benefit plans. She has a bachelor’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University and an associate’s degree of applied science in business administration, with a specialty in financial services, from Ivy Tech State College.

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Phillip R. Garrigus and Jonathan L. Scherle of First Financial Bank have recently been promoted to vice president.

Garrigus, vice president of retail product sales, now in his 40th year with First Financial, began his banking career in 1974 and works from the bank’s Operations Center at 1401 S. Third St. He received a bachelor’s degree in business management from Indiana State University in 1973 and recently concluded eight years’ service on the ISU Alumni Board of Directors. He is a 1985 graduate of the Prochnow School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a 1968 graduate of Rockville High School. His community service affiliations have included Junior Achievement of the Wabash Valley, Leadership Wabash Valley Class XVI, Kiwanis Club of Greater Terre Haute, Lost Creek Elementary School PTA, Woodrow Wilson PTO and United Way of the Wabash Valley.

Scherle, vice president and floor plan manager in the First Financial Bank commercial loans department, joined the bank in 2005 and works from the Springhill Banking Center at 4500 Dixie Bee Road. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting, with a minor in insurance, in 2002 from ISU. He is affiliated with Terre Haute Young Leaders, currently serving as treasurer; Downtown Terre Haute Inc., serving on the board of directors and the finance committee; United Way of the Wabash Valley, review team volunteer; and is a graduate of the Leadership Wabash Valley Class XXXIV.

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First Financial Bank employees Karen J. McGlone, Courtney Nicole Pearson and Shelmeca Cockrell recently received promotions.

McGlone is now a deposit operations supervisor. She joined First Financial Bank in 2010 and works from the bank’s Operations Center at 1401 S. Third St. She is a graduate of Sullivan High School and of University of Phoenix with an associate’s degree in foundations of business.

Pearson was recently promoted to banking center manager. She joined First Financial Bank in 2008 and works from the Honey Creek Banking Center at 3401 S. U.S. 41. She received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana State University in 2011. She serves as treasurer for Crossroads of America Exchange Club.

Cockrell, who is now an assistant manager, joined First Financial Bank in 2005 and works from the Main Office Banking Center at 1 First Financial Plaza in downtown Terre Haute. She received her master’s degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University this year, and she is a 2009 graduate of Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Cockrell volunteers as a ministry leader for Cross Tabernacle.

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Helen Isles and Brittany E. Bennett are now First Financial Bank officers.

Isles, senior human resources generalist officer, joined First Financial in 2002 and works from the bank’s Operations Center at 1401 S. Third St. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources and is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management. Isles is a 2010 graduate of Indiana State University, with a bachelor’s degree in human resource development. She serves as board member and treasurer of Altrusa International of Terre Haute and is a member of the Wabash Valley Tennis Club.

Bennett, senior attorney and officer, joined the bank in 2008 and works from the Operations Center. She received her doctorate from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University in Bloomington and is admitted to practice law before the Indiana Supreme Court and in the Northern and Southern District Courts of Indiana. She is a 2005 graduate of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with bachelor’s degrees in marketing and human resource management. Bennett serves as the lead of First Financial’s Legal Department, is the second vice president of the Terre Haute Bar Association and participates as a member of the advisory board of the Wabash Valley Chapter of the March of Dimes.