Business

Sandra Stude has been promoted from director of human resources to vice president at Champion Windows. Stude, who joined the company in 2010, has more than 30 years of human resources experience. Stude is a member of the Ohio Employers Committee and the Butler-Warren chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management, where she serves as the Southern Ohio Regional Director.

Geoff Frazier and Kelly Wanstrath have joined the Cincinnati office of Grant Thornton. Frazier will be director of state and local tax, and Wanstrath will be business advisory services manager. The firm provides accounting and consulting services such as valuation, transaction advisory and IT to industry segments including manufacturing, real estate, construction, food service and nonprofit organizations.

SkillSource Business Builders, a local consultancy that specializes in helping companies create and implement strategic growth plans, is adding a sales
division.

David Decker of Springfield Township will launch and lead SkillSource Sales Solutions. Decker has produced more than $350 million in sales over a 30-year career in technology, consulting services and nonprofit industries. His roles have ranged from sales representative to sales vice president working with Fortune 500 senior executives, owners of small and medium-sized businesses, and multi-function teams.

Law

Frost Brown Todd senior associate Ritu Singh, who practices in the intellectual property department, has been elected president of the Network of Indian Professionals of North America. In that role, Singh will oversee the professional development, cultural and political awareness, and community needs of South Asian professionals.

Steve Goodin of Graydon Head has been appointed to serve a four-year term on the Hamilton County Public Defender Commission by the presiding judge of the Common Pleas Court. The five-member body appoints the county public defender and sets general operational policy for the office, which provides legal representation for indigent clients in criminal and family law matters.

Terri R. Abare and Charles C. Bissinger of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease received recognition from the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Abare, who practices in the corporate and finance group, was named Cincinnati Corporate Compliance Lawyer of the year. Bissinger, who is in the commercial and real estate group, was named Cincinnati Real Estate Lawyer of the Year. The publication honors one lawyer in each specialty in each community each year.

Howard L. Richshafer of Wood & Lamping, LLP was named Cincinnati Litigation & Tax Controversy Tax Lawyer of the Year by The Best Lawyers in America. Richshafer, who is the chief tax attorney at the firm, is a former agent for the Internal Revenue Service.

Robert Mecklenborg Jr. and S. Samuel Young have joined the Cincinnati office of Peck, Shaffer & Williams LLP.

Mecklenborg assists clients with tax-exempt financings for healthcare projects, economic development and traditional governmental financings with the Traditional Issues and Conduit practice groups.

Young, who works in the firm's Traditional Issues and Housing groups, assists clients in all stages of project finance.

James Kipling, former chief legal officer for the Kenner division of Hasbro, Inc., has joined Dinsmore as a member of the intellectual property department. At Kenner, Kipling was responsible for IP protection and enforcement matters, and all license negotiation and documentation during a period when Kenner grew from $40 million to $650 million in annual sales. He was involved in the negotiation of master licenses for Star Wars, the Disney Library, DC Comics Superheroes, the Marvel Universe, the National Football League teams and players, and NASCAR, among others.

Stephen R. Hernick, a former associate with Ropes & Gray in Boston, has joined Frost Brown Todd in the business litigation department. In Boston, Hernick concentrated on corporate litigation and white-collar crime.

Medical

Carrie Cooper-Fenske Sanan, MD, has joined The Christ Hospital Physicians "” Obstetrics & Gynecology department. She graduated from the Ohio State College of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Cincinnati. Sanan's areas of interest include minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, personalized birth experiences, sexual health, wellness and preventive medicine.

St. Elizabeth Florence and St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas have been named among the nation's Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America. Both hospitals were recognized for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children's asthma, stroke and venous thromboembolism, as well as inpatient psychiatric services.

Library

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has named Greg Edwards as deputy director and Molly DeFosse as fiscal officer.

Edwards will be responsible for all operations with the exception of human resources and the fiscal office. Edwards was a reference librarian for Middletown Public Library in 1991 and promoted to branch manager at the West Chester Branch in 1994. He joined the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in 1996 as circulation services manager and was promoted to library services manager.

Since 2010, he has been serving as the assistant director "” library services.

DeFosse will be responsible for library finances. She previously served as the fiscal office manager, and before that was the deputy fiscal officer. Prior to joining the library in 1999, she worked at the Clermont County Public Library and the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce.