Deborah S. Brenneman was elected to serve as chair of the Cincinnati Women's Initiative for Thompson Hine LLP, where she will be charged to create a culture of inclusion and diversity at the firm. Brenneman is also a participant in the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce's WE Lead, and specializes in employment law, specifically preventative counseling and litigation.

Thomas F. Hankinson joins the litigation group at Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL. Hankinson specializes in numerous aspects of intellectual property litigation, such as patent disputes, trade secrets, and contractual agreements, and also has experience in managing modern discovery issues.

Patricia Mann Smitson has been named chair of Thompson Hine's Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, where she will spearhead the firm's diversity and inclusion efforts in and around the Cincinnati area. Smitson's background is in corporate financing transactions, and she has also served on community boards, such as United Way and the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati.

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP launched a new consulting practice, Vorys Health Care Advisors LLC (VHCA), to address challenges and developments in the shifting landscape of federal healthcare policy. Maureen M. Corcoran will serve as president. VHCA will advise clients on a number of healthcare issues, such as services for children, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, aging and community-based services.


Stantec will boost its Cincinnati office, which primarily provides water infrastructure, environmental management, and geotechnical engineering consulting, with two new hires in water infrastructure and marketing. Brad S. Clark joins the company as senior project engineer in the water practice area, and Jim Whelan joins as marketing coordinator for Stantec's Great Lakes and Southeast Regions.

Jim Menninger joins Furlong Building Enterprises, LLC, a commercial and industrial construction firm, as a field superintendent. Menninger has experience in the commercial construction industry, and also participates in Ducks Unlimited, an organization that raises funds for the preservation of wetlands and waterfowl.

Employers Resource Association (ERA), which serves more than 1,300 member companies in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana regarding a variety of human resources issues, elected a slate of officers for 2011. They include Chair of the Board Lynn M. Mangan, vice president, client services of Paycor, Inc.; Vice Chairman Bill Thiemann, executive vice president and chief customer officer of LPK; and Secretary Katharine C. Weber, attorney with Jackson Lewis LLP.


Xavier University appointed Scott A. Chadwick, Ph.D. as the university's new provost and chief academic officer, with his position formally beginning on July 1. Chadwick has previous administrative experience at Canisius College in Buffalo and Creighton University in Omaha. 

Megan Hathaway, a fourth-year civil and environmental engineering major at the University of Cincinnati, received the Charles J. Ping Award from Ohio Campus Compact. The award honors outstanding leadership and community service. Hathaway was recognized for raising thousands of dollars to fight cancer, largely through participation in UC's Relay For Life.

Northern Kentucky University English professor Tonya Krouse is one of 14 scholars selected to participate in the National Humanities Center Summer Institute in Literary Studies from June 26 through July 1. The National Humanities Center is the only major independent American institute for advanced study in all fields of the humanities.

Alexandra Calvert, junior, brought home the first ribbon ever received by Xavier University' from the 2011 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championship Show, which was held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington on May 5-8. Calvert won a 10th place ribbon in the Walk-Trot-Canter Equitation (Individual) category.