Bartlett fire chiefs earn state's highest level of certification
• Congratulations to Bartlett Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Brian Becker and Battalion Chief Denice Maiz, who have conferred the designation of Chief Fire Officer (CFO) from the state of Illinois, the highest fire officer certification level in the state.
The Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office guides individual member professional credentialing.
The credentialing process evaluates fire professionals' training, education, community involvement, professional contributions, and future professional development goals.
The CFO designation program uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the CFO credential. The program prepares individuals for future success and advanced leadership skills.
• Northbrook-based KemperSports hired Patrick O'Donoghue as general manager for Deerpath Golf Course in Lake Forest.
In this role, O'Donoghue will oversee golf and food and beverage operations for the city-owned municipal golf course and lead the team in delivering best in class customer service. In addition, O'Donoghue will oversee the food and beverage operations at Forest Park Beach, Lake Forest, which is also owned by the city.
O'Donoghue is a 10-year food and beverage industry veteran and spent the last five years as general manager of Prime and Provisions Steakhouse in Chicago.
Prior to that, he worked as an assistant general manager for more than five years at Wildfire Chicago within the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group.
He holds a bachelor of business management and a Bachelor of Arts in sports management from St. Ambrose University.
• Bailey Radnitzer of Des Plaines was one of three students to receive the Paul and Martha Meek Leadership Award from the University of Tennessee at Martin during its spring 2021 commencement on May 8.
The Paul and Martha Meek Leadership Award is presented to graduating seniors who demonstrate outstanding campus and community service during their time at UT Martin.
Radnitzer, a bachelor of fine arts graduate, has been involved in service, scholarship and leadership from her very start at UT Martin. She served as SOAR orientation leader for her first three years and as a First Year Initiative PEP leader for the last three years.
She has received several registered student organization awards, including the University Service Award and the Emerging Leader Award, and has held three leadership positions with the League of Striving Artists student art group, including president.
Radnitzer is also an active volunteer with the Red Fern Animal Shelter.
• CURE Media Group, a multimedia platform devoted to cancer updates, research and education, named Mount Prospect resident Maria Lim the winner of its 2021 Extraordinary Healer Award for Oncology Nursing, which honors nurses for their tremendous dedication, expertise and helpfulness in caring for patients.
Lim was recognized during a virtual awards ceremony in conjunction with the Oncology Nursing Society's 46th Annual Congress. Award-winning actor and producer Sterling K. Brown served as the event's keynote speaker.
In 1993, Lim earned her RN from the University of St. LaSalle in Bacolod, Philippines. A nursing shortage in the U.S. facilitated her getting a job at the Hampton Plaza Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Niles, and then at Lutheran Home and Services for the Aged in Arlington Heights.
Lim later applied to the oncology department at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, and received her OCN and certificate in transplant nursing. She worked there for 16 years before moving to the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, where she currently works as an infusion clinical nurse.
Lim, as a patient advocate, gives her patients hope and helps them deal with psychological and physical issues.
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