Attorney Steven Migala joined Palatine-based LaVelle Law Ltd., as an associate to the practice.
Migala, who joins the firm with 15 years of experience, most recently served with Riffner Barbar LLC. He is active in the Chicago Bar Association, having previously served as the chairman of its corporation and business law committee.
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A member of Streamwood's plan commission, Migala will concentrate his work with LaVelle in the banking, corporate and estate planning practice groups.
• Doug Dohlen, was appointed assistant superintendent of Parks and Planning for the Des Plaines Park District.
Dohlen began his career with the park district in October of 2009, as the facility maintenance supervisor for Golf Center Des Plaines and Lake Park. His responsibilities included the management of the golf course, driving range and building at the Golf Center, as well as the Lake Park Golf Course and the east side of the park. He also participated in project management and planning throughout the district.
Dohlen holds a bachelor of science degree in construction management from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich., and an associate of applied science degree in building construction technology. He has over 20 years of experience working with various park districts planning and building community centers, aquatic facilities and parks.
• Paul Wells, the broker/owner of RE/MAX of Barrington and RE/MAX Now, also in Barrington, was honored with an Eagle Award at the RE/MAX Northern Illinois 34th annual awards ceremony.
The award, last presented more than a decade ago, goes to an individual who has contributed significantly to the RE/MAX real estate network by making bold decisions during challenging economic times.
Wells expanded his real estate brokerages by acquiring two competing firms, one in 2009 and a second in 2010. He currently has more than 50 affiliated agents working from two offices, which has helped his brokerages not only succeed but thrive in today's challenging economy.
• Jillian Swanson, a 2011 Carthage College graduate from Schaumburg, was among 50 members of the Carthage Choir, who performed May 29 at New York's legendary Carnegie Hall. She is a graduate of Schaumburg High School, and majored in music at Carthage.
The Carthage Choir, one of the oldest touring college choirs in the United States, has performed in 30 states, and has made 12 performance tours to Europe.
• East Leyden High School junior Isamar Mata was selected to participate in the American Youth Leadership Program under the auspices of the East-West Center of Honolulu.
The program begins in Hawaii, where Mata will take part in preparatory learning sessions, then it's on to Cambodia, where he will spend three weeks traveling through the country, learning about climate change, conservation and sustainable development.
Mata is interested in photojournalism, travel and learning about different cultures.