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7:56 PM, Apr. 24, 2013  |  Comments
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Wausau resident Joanna Bailey of D.C. Everest Senior High School will be honored as the Midwest District High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education at its national convention April 23 to 27 in Charlotte, N.C. The award is in recognition of outstanding teaching performance at the high school level and the ability to motivate today's youths to participate in a lifetime of physical activity.

Bailey, a physical education teacher at Everest for nine years, will vie with four other district winners for the distinguished honor of National High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year. The National Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award recipients will be announced April 26 at the NASPE Hall of Fame Banquet.

In Bailey's school district, there are 10 distinct curriculums designed to offer students a range of activities to explore. Students may choose from Cardio Fit, Dance and Fitness, and Strength and Conditioning, among others. Technology plays an integral role in her program as well. Students use heart rate monitors, Fitnessgram for assessments, and iPad applications and flip cameras to receive instant and constant feedback on performance.

Finance

? Gregory G. Brown, a certified financial planner in Weston, attended the Financial Planning Association's Symposium 2012 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Many topics were covered, included "Structuring Distribution Strategies in a Bear Market," and "New Words for a New Economy." The Symposium offered break-out sessions with opportunities to discuss "Making Sense of Fiscal & Monetary Policies," "Sovereign Debt," and "2012 Income Tax and Social Security Issues."

Health

? The Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care Joint Heart Care program named two new leaders. Dr. Richard Reinhart is the new heart service line medical director, and John Beauchamp now will serve as the heart service line administrator for the joint program. They'll work together to support a team of specialists dedicated to providing high-quality heart care for patients.

Reinhart has practiced in north central Wisconsin for more than 22 years as a cardiologist, and has treated patients in Marshfield, Wausau, Weston, Minocqua and Rhinelander.

Beauchamp has been the operations manager for cardiology at Marshfield Clinic Marshfield Center since 1994. He has provided guidance to cardiology managers throughout the Clinic system, serving as the Clinic's heart services horizontal coordinator.

Dr. Jason Potocki has joined the Orthopedics staff at Marshfield Clinic Weston Center. Potocki is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon. He sees patients with back and neck problems including herniated discs, fractures, spinal stenosis and scoliosis.

Insurance

John Byers, Schofield, and Eric Jacobson and Gene Hellman, Rothschild, financial associates with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, have qualified for the Sierra level conference by providing financial guidance and solutions to members of the organization in 2012. They are with Thrivent Financial's South Wisconsin Regional Financial Office, and serve Lutherans and their family members in Clark, Marathon and Wood counties.

A.M. Best has affirmed Thrivent Financial for Lutherans' A++ (Superior) rating as well as its stable outlook. The rating is the highest of the ratings agency's 16 ratings categories. A.M. Best cited Thrivent Financial's strong risk-adjusted capitalization, its increasing earnings trend, rising assets under management, and name recognition within its Lutheran policyholder base as the primary reasons for its affirmation.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a faith-based, Fortune 500 financial services membership organization helping its nearly 2.5 million members to be wise with money and to live generous lives. Thrivent Financial and its affiliates offer a broad range of financial products and services.

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