• Registered nurse Ireen Evangelista, director of nursing at Alden Estates of Barrington, was named 2011 Director of Nursing of the Year by the Illinois Health Care Association (IHCA).
Award winners were chosen by the Long Term Care Nurses Association Council and announced during a dinner ceremony at the IHCA's annual convention.
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• Township High School District 214 presented Matthew Blakely, executive director of Motorola Solutions Foundation, with its first Township High School District 214 Motorola Solutions School-Business-Community Partnership Award. Blakely received the award in appreciation for his support of the WildStang FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team.
A WildStang sponsor since its inception 17 years ago, Motorola has provided financial and educational support. Through its foundation, more than $600,000 has been donated and company engineers have mentored WildStang students from Rolling Meadows, Wheeling and Prospect high schools.
• Forest Reeder joined the Des Plaines Fire Department as a training/safety officer. A coffee and cake reception welcomed him to Des Plaines on Monday, Sept. 26, at Fire Station #1.
Certified by the office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal at multiple levels, Reeder comes to Des Plaines with extensive experience, most recently serving as director of training for the Southwest United Fire Districts Academy and training/safety officer for the Pleasantview Fire Protection District.
Reeder will also receive the Instructor of the Year award from the Illinois Society of Fire Service Instructors later this month.