Names & Notes

Harper joins Eyecare Associates

Eyecare Associates has announced the newest doctor to join its practice, Kreg D. Harper OD. Dr. Harper is an Iowa native hailing from Panora, in Guthrie County. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and then received his doctorate from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago.

Harper brings with him a wealth of experience. He spent his immediate post graduate time in fellowship at the Minneapolis Eye Consultants specializing in laser refractive surgery and advanced glaucoma treatment. Following his time in Minnesota, he received additional training and/or was employed in some of the most prestigious ophthalmology practices in the upper Midwest including: Tobin Eye Institute in MO; Omaha Eye & Laser Institute in NE and Wolfe Eye Clinic in Iowa. Harper specializes in medical eye care related to diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis; glaucoma, cataracts and eye pathology. He also treats eye infections, evaluates LASIK candidates in addition to performing routine eye exams and fitting contact lenses.

Harper is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the Iowa Optometric Association and Heart of America Contact Lens Society. He has served as a national COPE reviewer where he would evaluate continuing education courses and recommends national certification of content which is then accepted in every state and U.S. territory.

He has two adult children, Katherine a nurse in Des Moines and Eli pursuing further education in medicine in Denver. His interests include his pets, music and travel.

Harper is accepting new patients at both Marshalltown and Toledo locations.

Summers featured in Profile Magazine

Cindi Summers, a 1988 Marshalltown High School graduate and senior vice president of human resources for Casey’s General Stores, was recently featured in Profile Magazine in an article entitled “Fuel and Family Intersect at Casey’s General Store.”

Summers was part of a team responsible for finding a new HR information system to replace the antiquated system currently in use. This new system would be a one-stop shop for Casey’s employees and managers seeking to access both personal and company-wide data.

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CAPS receives Dan Chavez Beyond the Horizon award

CORALVILLE — Child Abuse Prevention Services received the Dan Chavez Beyond the Horizon program. Only one Iowa organization receives this prestigious award, presented at the Iowa Culture and Language Conference, each year.

Nominees must advocate on behalf of the immigrant, refugee and non-English speaking population of Iowa; promote the development of policies and procedures that are supportive of new Iowans in an area of need such as social services, education, workforce development, or housing and must have made a difference by initiating beneficial change in policies, structures or processes and has left a lasting mark on Iowa’s human landscape.

When asked why she chose to nominate Child Abuse Prevention Services for this award Rachel Inks, the coordinator for the English Language Learner & Migrant Programs at Marshalltown Community Schools, had this to say:

“Marshalltown Community School District believes in the power of collaborative community partnerships, and we believe CAPS rises to be part of the solution striving to mitigate and eliminate opportunity gaps and barriers experienced by immigrant, refugee and non-English populations. CAPS programming is personalized to fit the needs of the diverse population within the wider Marshalltown community. Their multilingual and ethnically diverse staff is carefully trained to work with families to reach, teach and transform conditions that marginalize families.”

“We are honored for our agency to be recognized for our efforts in serving the non-English speaking population in Marshall County,” said Nikki Hartwig, program manager.

“We were surprised and humbled to receive the Dan Chavez Beyond the Horizon Award. It is an agency-wide effort which led to this nomination. We have a staff of incredible people who excel at supporting and encouraging all the families in our programs. It is a privilege to have such positive rapport with our partners at the Marshalltown Community School district, and for them to see the value in what we do in our programs at CAPS,” said Jana Enfield, executive director.

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