Rhea & Kaiser in Naperville promoted Kay Carlson to junior buyer/planner, Connie Lenci to database supervisor and Allyson Schmidt to assistant account executive. The agency also hired agricultural communications specialists Jill Maliszewski and Jill Carlson.
DDB Chicago promoted Deanne McLean to senior vice president and Mike Meyers to group creative director in the agency's interactive creative group Beyond DDB. Betsy Brady was elected vice president.
Tim H. Schneckloth joined Arends Advertising, Oak Brook, as director of public relations.
Rodi Platcow Malin, Chicago, promoted Julie Blum and Jason Howe each to account executive and named Daniel Patti account coordinator.
Abelson-Taylor, Chicago, promoted three staffers and hired six new employees. Jan Podjasek and Ted Goeglein were each promoted to group creative director. Rebecca Ruf was promoted to account coordinator. New are Kelsey Nguyen, Michelle Conforti, Brenda Topor, Wendy Gelchion, Dave Parker and David Van Alphen.
Eric Woolson joined Flynn/Wright in Des Moines as director of public relations.
Erickson McLellan in Des Moines promoted Tim Hayes to account manager/copywriter.
New at K/N Integer, Des Moines, are account assistant Joan Lynch, fulfillment coordinator Dave Riggle, billing coordinator Regina Hilton, account executive Josh Fleming, account coordinator Sarah Robertson and senior copywriter Dan Johnson. Kyle Brown was promoted to information-systems manager.
Fitch hired Tim Mullahy as account manager, senior associate for its Ann Arbor office. Also new are traffic manager Juanita Hursey, account executive, senior associate Wendy Enriquez, senior associate/writer Diane Milbauer, associate Chris Denerll, production director Ann Vencil and senior associate/art director Michelle Radcliffe.
Grace & Wild's division x hired animation technical director Megan McBurney, effects supervisor Robert Clegg and graphics producer Jeff Somers in Farmington Hills.
Martin/Williams Advertising, Minneapolis, promoted Terri Shapiro to senior vice president, group account director.
Out There Advertising, Duluth, hired Mary Shields-Johnson as media director.
Russell & Herder promoted Jim Engel to general manager of its Brainerd office. Dan Ness was promoted to account services manager. John Bement was tapped as the St. Paul office's new general manager.
Foley Sackett, Minneapolis, promoted Steve Kotvis to management supervisor, Paulette Parrot to media supervisor, Stephanie Mastous to assistant media planner and Tina Cloutier to media coordinator. New are assistant account executive Sidne Berg and public relations account executive Tony Barrows.
Gabriel Diericks Razidlo, Minneapolis, promoted Doug deGrood to associate creative director.
Jim Melzer joined Morgan & Myers as a senior copywriter in the firm's Minneapolis office.
New at Barkley Evergreen & Partners, Kansas City, are broadcast buyer
Marlene Stewart, media planner Chrissie Mealy, account supervisor Lane Bartram, account supervisor Lea Ann Hodson, business manager Cindy Clough, accounts-payable supervisor Debbie Stewart and art director Heather Hodson.
Adamson, St. Louis, hired account executive Lisa Schulte and promoted Elizabeth Holum to assistant account executive.
The Hughes Group, St. Louis, hired Kimberly Jones as a print buyer/planner and Hannah Johnson as assistant account manager.
Hitchcock Fleming and Associates hired Brian Poston as account coordinator and Shelly Motts as marketing-services project manager in Akron.
Mark Freeman Associates, Cleveland, hired productions manager Pennie Vittek and copywriter George Akel.
McKinney Advertising & Public Relations promoted Lisa Makarchuk to senior account director in Cleveland.
Libby Perszyk Kathman, Cincinnati, hired associate account executive Russ Hickey, administrative assistant Connie Graff and administrative clerk Carrie Hensley.
Todd Heichel joined Badertscher Communications, Marion, as a copywriter.
Don Lorincz was named senior copywriter at Stephan & Brady in Madison. He will work out of the Chicago office.
McFarland Group, Elm Grove, promoted Patrick Kopischkie to public relations coordinator.