People on the move 12/23/02

Monday, December 23, 2002

Counselors to present program at national talk

Michelle Riehn and Brenda Schmidt, both licensed professional counselors at Lighthouse Counseling Services in Perryville, Mo., have accepted an invitation as presenters for the National Catholic Education Association.

Riehn and Schmidt will present a program on classroom management for children with behavioral issues in April 2003, during the annual convention in St. Louis.

Speakers are chosen from various backgrounds based on qualifications that "inspire, revitalize and create new ideas." The NCEA was organized in 1902 and represents 200,000 educators serving 7.6 million students in Catholic elementary and secondary schools.

Accountants attend federal tax institute

CPAs Bill Schott and Harold Fallert of the Schott & Van de Ven firm have attended a federal tax institute in Nashville, Tenn. The two-day training included nationally acclaimed speakers from the industry.

The institute provided information on federal taxation on gifts, estate, generation-skipping transfers and preserving family businesses. The institute also covered administrative and regulatory developments.

Schott has been a CPA for more than 40 years. Fallert has more than 40 years of experience and serves as the tax manager for the company.

Also with that firm, Rebecca J. Lohmann attended a two-day workshop on individual income tax returns sponsored by the Missouri Society of CPAs. The workshop applied the latest changes in preparing federal individual tax returns.

Lohmann is a staff accountant with the firm and graduated with a master's degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Westfield employee wins trip to California

Customer service employee Mary Frazier, who works at Westfield Shoppingtown West Park, won a trip to California as a reward for winning the regional Superstar of the Month award. The four-day trip to Los Angeles was the first time in 29 years that Frazier and her husband had taken a trip.

Some examples cited of Frazier's service was driving an expectant mother who had car troubles 30 miles to her home. She also gave another customer cab fare. Frazier has a background in accounting.

-- From staff reports

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