Lori Watkins grew up in Crown Point, where she attended schooling all the way through high school. Once she graduated, she went on to continue her studies at Robert Morris University where she obtained an associate degree in business management.
“Managers can be bosses, or they can be coaches. You have team players that are after the common goal. Your job as a coach is to make sure that they get there.”
Tracey L. Crandall joined Methodist Hospitals on January 3, 2017, as Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer. She joins Methodist from Inova Health Systems in Falls Church, Virginia, where she was Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to that, she worked as Vice President of Human Resources at Fresenius Medical Center. Tracy brings a strong background in talent acquisition, employee relations and organizational change. Tracey holds her MBA from DeVry University Keller Graduate School of Management in Downers Grove, IL.
Kristi Calder did not plan for a career in the caregiving industry, but when it happened she fell in love. As the Human Resources Coordinator and Recruiter for FirstLight Home Care, she is part of a system that helps people in need.
NWI Innovators of the Month highlights new Society Member Dwayne Walker, Chicagoland Popcorn CEO, who keynoted the 11th Annual Adjunct Innovators Conference as a Muhammad Ali impersonator. His focus: “Delivering knockout strategies to Build the Mind of a Champion” aimed at motivating students. Also featured was Society Team Member Danita Johnson Hughes who announced an “integrated model” of total health offering both primary care and behavioral health for patients.
St. Mary Medical Center recently welcomed several new practitioners to the Community Care Network, Inc. – the physician and health professional group affiliated with St. Mary Medical Center and Community Healthcare System hospitals. The new practitioners join the providers of Innovative Women’s Health, with offices in Hobart, Portage, Winfield, Merrillville and Valparaiso.
The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana has named Steve Beekman Executive Director of the Region’s largest hunger relief organization, effective immediately. Beekman had served as the Food Bank’s Deputy Director and Head of Development since 2013, and was the Interim Executive Director for the past several months.