Neighbors in the news: Glenview dentist named president of Chicago Dental Society

• Dr. Thomas Schneider, Jr. of Glenview was installed as president of the Chicago Dental Society. Previously, Dr. Schneider held multiple leadership positions within the Chicago Dental Society's Northwest Side Branch and served on numerous committees.

As president, Dr. Schneider will lead planning efforts and preparations for the 157th midwinter meeting, "A Dental Tradition," which will be held in February at McCormick Place West in Chicago. The event is the society's annual scientific meeting and one of the dental industry's premier events.

Dr. Schneider graduated from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry and has a bachelor's and master's degree from Loyola University Chicago and Loyola University's School of Dentistry, with a specialty in periodontics, respectively.

In addition to his leadership roles with the Chicago Dental Society, he is a member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, American Academy of Periodontology, Illinois Society of Periodontists, Midwest Society of Periodontology, The Odontographic Society of Chicago, and is a Fellow of both the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists.

Dr. Schneider has also taught dentistry for much of his 33-year career and is currently teaching in the department of Periodontics at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Dentistry. He is also an active member of the Knights of Columbus.

Attorney Shannon Bauer joins the Estate Planning and Administration practice group at Lavelle Law in Schaumburg. Courtesy of Lavelle Law

Attorney Shannon Bauer has joined the Estate Planning and Administration practice group at Schaumburg-based Lavelle Law. Bauer has been working with the team at Lavelle Law as an incoming associate and law clerk since August of this year.

She arrives with an established commitment to the community service initiatives of Lavelle Law, having spent significant time volunteering with Chicago-area legal aid organizations while in law school at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Bauer was a multiple-time member of the dean's list at Loyola, where she also was a Leadership, Service and Public Interest Recognition Award recipient. She holds a master's degree in education from Marian University and two bachelor's degrees from the University of Kentucky.

Prior to joining the team at Lavelle Law, Bauer worked as a law clerk for 18 months at a Chicago firm.

Erich Beer receives his Snap-on/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year award Nov. 18, at the ASE board of governors meeting in Arizona. Pictured, from left, are: Tim Zilke, ASE president and CEO; John Wolf, president, Snap-on Business Solutions; award recipient Erich Beer and Mark Polke, chairman of the ASE board of directors. Courtesy of Peter Jordan

Prospect Heights resident Erich Beer, an ASE Certified automotive technician, was honored with a national achievement award as the Snap-on/ASE Master Automobile Technician of the Year.

Beer was recognized on Nov. 18 at the fall board of governors meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

The ASE annual awards spotlight top scorers on the ASE Certification tests from among the ranks of the approximately quarter million ASE Certified professionals nationwide.

Beer works at Formula Automotive in Mount Prospect.

• Daniel VanOverbeke of Lake Villa, a Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, graduate student, has been chosen for the highly competitive Diversifying High Education Faculty in Illinois program, a fellowship program designed to increase the number of minority full-time tenure track faculty and staff at higher education institutions in the state.

Established in 2004 by the Illinois General Assembly, the program is open to any Illinois graduate student who is a member of an underrepresented group. Fellowship recipients receive a tuition waiver and monthly stipend.

The fellows enjoy networking and conference opportunities as they prepare for careers in higher education. They agree to seek positions in Illinois higher education institutions, governing boards or education-related positions in a state agency after completing their graduate education.

Returning fellow VanOverbeke is a doctoral student in economics and was initially chosen for the 2020-2021 academic year. He is a multiple SIU alumnus with bachelor's degrees in economics, finance and business economics.

He has also earned master's degrees in accounting, economics, agricultural economics and media in mass communication and media arts. He plans to continue his work in economic development research after graduation.

VanOverbeke hopes to become an economics professor and initially to teach in Israel for a year after graduation.

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