• Christopher Basaten was named assistant principal at Kimball Hill School in Rolling Meadows.
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Basaten, who joins District 15 from Winnetka School District 36, served as a fourth-grade teacher at Hubbard Woods School for the past five years. Before that, he held careers in both IT programming and banking and investment.
Basaten holds a bachelor's degree in communications and political science from Western Illinois University and two master's degrees -- one in elementary education from National Louis University and one in educational leadership from Concordia University.
• Peter Caliendo of Hoffman Estates was appointed by the Confederation of Pan American Baseball as the technical director for baseball for the XVI Juegos Panamericanos Guadalajara, Mexico, 2011 games.
Caliendo is currently president of Caliendo Sports International, a sports company that takes teams around the world for competition and education. He also holds educational programs for baseball coaches.
Director of the Great Lakes Region, USA Baseball National Team Identification Series, Caliendo is also on the International Baseball Federations tournament committee and has worked the Beijing Olympics; Olympic Qualifier in Havana, Cuba; the Pan Am games in Rio, Brazil; and was the director of the technical committee in the historical World Baseball Cup.
• Wheeling resident Antonio Herrera was selected a "hero" in long-term care by the Health Care Council of Illinois.
Herrera, who is a certified nursing assistant at Alden Long Grove Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Long Grove, was recognized for positively impacting the facility's "quality of life" and his commitment to serving the needs of the patients, residents and their families.
He is one of nearly 100 individuals throughout Illinois who were honored as part of National Nursing Home Week.
Herrera received a certificate of recognition.
• Greg Tomczak, a senior at East Leyden High School, represented Illinois and participated in the 47th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo.
More than 5,500 students competed in 94 occupational and leadership skill areas at the event. Tomczak competed in the area of technical drafting and ranked 24th out of 50 competitors.
SkillsUSA is a national organization that serves trade, industrial and technical occupations students in public high schools, career and technical center and schools and two-year colleges.