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Dr. Sushant Kale named Stroke Director

August 1, 2011

Dr. Sushant Punjaram Kale has joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of neurology. He also is a member of SIU HealthCare, the medical school’s practice group, and director of St. John’s Hospital Stroke Center.

Kale completed fellowships in interventional neurology at St. Louis University (2011) and vascular neurology at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo (2009). He completed residencies in neurology (2008) and internal medicine (2005) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital, all in Little Rock. He earned his master’s in public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2004) and his medical degree from Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College in Pune, India (2001).

From 2009-2011, Kale served as staff stroke neurologist at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis and at SSM Neurosciences Institute’s DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton, MO.

Kale is board certified in neurology and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, and the Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology. He has been published in several professional journals.

A native of India, he is married to Shubhangi Peche and has one child.

Life Long Catholic Educator David McKenzie Named New President/Principal of Saint Vincent Pallotti High School

Laurel, Maryland – March 4, 2011 Sister Gail Borgmeyer, S.A.C., the Provincial of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters, announced today that Mr. David McKenzie has been selected as the new President/Principal of Saint Vincent Pallotti High School effective July 1, 2011.

In making the announcement, Sister Gail said, "David McKenzie will continue the strong Saint Vincent Pallotti High School traditions of academic excellence and the teaching of Christian values which form the mission and values of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters and the legacy of our Founder, Saint Vincent Pallotti.”

Mr. McKenzie currently serves as Principal of Saint Thomas More Preparatory School, a co-educational Catholic high school sponsored by the Archdiocese of Delaware in Magnolia, Delaware. He has worked in many academic leadership roles including positions in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Secretariat for Catholic Education. In 1998, His Holiness Pope John Paul II knighted Mr. McKenzie into the Order of St. Gregory the Great.

Martin Madden, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, communicated Mr. McKenzie’s appointment to the Pallotti faculty earlier this week. “The Board is very pleased and enthusiastic about the Sisters’ appointment of an outstanding Catholic educator such as David McKenzie. We look forward to Mr. McKenzie's talents, vision and strong leadership leading Pallotti as we approach our 100th year anniversary in 2021.”

In addressing the faculty and administration on Tuesday, Mr. McKenzie said, “I am honored to continue my life-long commitment to Catholic education as a member of the Saint Vincent Pallotti High School family and look forward to continuing the deeply rooted traditions the Pallottine Sisters have built over the past ninety years".

The selection process was led by the Search Committee and its chairman, Mr. Brian MacLean, in collaboration with the Koppen Group, an executive search firm in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. MacLean said, “The Search Committee was well-represented by faculty, school leadership, board members, alums and parents. The committee worked hard and wholeheartedly endorses the appointment of Mr. McKenzie".

Mr. McKenzie will replace Mr. Steve Edmonds who, after 35 years of outstanding and dedicated service to Pallotti, will step down as President/Principal on July 1. Mr. Edmonds will continue his affiliation with the school in his new role as President Emeritus.

Ms. Beth Moritz

Director, Pallottine Renewal Center

ST. LOUIS, MO - For over 40 years Pallottine Center has been run by Pallottine Missionary Sisters whose mission is to live a life of prayer through God while joining with other Christians and their call to faith in order to spread the word of God to all. Now, Pallottine Renewal Center is experiencing a renewal of its own, with the leadership of a new Director.

With Sr. Elizabeth Monsanto, SAC, moving out of the role of Director, the Koppen Group in St. Louis was retained to undertake a nationwide search to find the person with the know-how, passion and heart to further the development of Pallottine Renewal Center and to meet the spiritual needs of believers. The Pallottine Renewal Center is pleased to announce the addition of Beth Moritz. Ms. Moritz has a background in theology, nonprofit and strategic development. Ms. Moritz comes well-qualified to provide Pallottine hospitality and further the vision and mission of the Sisters.

“Pallottine has a long history of enabling individuals to reconnect with God and reflect on their faith. We want to bring this mission to many more people and we are excited that Beth will be able to help us accomplish this,” said Sr. Gail Borgmeyer, S.A.C., Provincial, Queen of the Apostle Province. “This is an exciting time for our retreat center because Beth has the right experience to help us move Pallottine Renewal Center forward into our next successful 40 years!”

In addition to overseeing the various Pallottine retreats and executing a new development plan for the organization, she has come with a personal goal. “I want to fulfill the mission of the retreat center by providing a sacred space for people to reflect, pray and nurture their spiritual lives.” Ms. Moritz also stated that she is anxious to help the Sisters in their mission, to awaken Christians to their apostolic calling and to deepen their love of God.

Dr. Jeffrey W. Cozzens

Chair, Division of Neurosurgery; Department of Surgery

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Dr. Jeffrey Cozzens has joined the faculty at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as professor and chair of the neurosurgery division. He has a special interest in surgery for epilepsy, brain tumors and Parkinsonís disease and other movement disorders as well as microsurgery of the spine.

Prior to joining SIU, Cozzens was associate professor of neurosurgery at Northwestern University (NU) Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago (1985-2009). He was also director of medical student and resident teaching for the neurosurgery division at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston.

Cozzens has completed two fellowships Ė one in epilepsy and stereotactic neurosurgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis (1985) and the second in trauma neurosurgery at Cook County Hospital in Chicago (1984). He completed his neurosurgery residency at NU (1984). He earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Chicago (1978). He earned a bachelorís degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon (1974).

Cozzens is board certified in neurological surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of several medical societies including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American Epilepsy Society, North American Spine Society and American Society of Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery. His research interests include brain tumors, movement disorders and epilepsy surgery.

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Koppen Speaker Series

Kevin Wheeler, an expert in the field of leadership and recruitment, visited Koppen Group on May 3rd to share his expertise and insight on the future of recruiting with more than 50 area business leaders.

Mr. Wheeler is an author, teacher, consultant and speaker. He is President of Global Learning Resource, Inc., a Fremont, California based consulting company that helps organizations attract and build world-class talent through improvements in their human resource strategies, leadership development programs and recruiting functions. Kevin has been a research affiliate at SRI International and a research affiliate at the Institute for the Future in Menlo Park, CA. He has headed talent acquisition function globally and was a SVP for Staffing and Workforce Development at the Charles Schwab Corporation. He is the founder of two corporate universities. He has an extensive national and international consulting practice with such organizations as Yahoo, Eli Lilly, Corning, Inc., Starbucks Coffee Company, Edwards Lifesciences, Federated Department Stores, and BP, as well as with organizations in China, New Zealand, Australia and El Salvador.