Mike Van Koevering, left, receives Member of the Year award from American Feed Industry Association Chairman Paul Phillips. Submitted

County hospital welcomes social media specialist

GREENFIELD — Hancock Regional Hospital recently announced the hiring of social media specialist Kayleigh Ellis.Ellis, who graduated in May from Ball State University with a major in advertising, is the guiding hand behind all of the hospital’s social media, including its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. She also plans to create social campaigns and promotions for the hospital’s social media pages.

Ellis said she hopes to bring awareness to the hospital’s quality and care.

Community foundation welcomes new employee

GREENFIELD — Carol Reynolds joined the Hancock County Community Foundation as an administrative associate. She hails from Clifton, Ohio and has lived in Greenfield for 28 years.Carol has a rich background in non-profit work, according to a press release. She served as the interim program coordinator with Meals on Wheels of Hancock County, where she created and maintained records for volunteers and clients. As a library assistant for the Hancock County Public Library, she worked with patrons on library collection and technology, created posters and advertising materials and instructed patrons on electronic reading devices. She also served as the children’s ministry director at Brown’s Chapel Wesleyan Church. She is a long-term volunteer with the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen and currently serves as secretary on the board of the directors.

Carol has also worked in education, first as a media center assistant for Eastern Hancock Community School Corporation. She was also an academic support associate with the Greenfield branch of Ivy Tech Community College.

On a limited contract basis, Carol continues her work as a search engine analyst with Leapforce to test and make improvements to search algorithms with engineers.

Carol’s responsibilities with HCCF include bookkeeping, database management and scholarship and grant-making support.

Elanco worker receives feed industry award

The American Feed Industry Association named Mike Van Koevering, Ph.D., of Elanco Animal Health as one of its Members of the Year during a recent ceremony at its Board of Directors dinner in Arlington, Virginia.The Member of the Year Award is presented to an AFIA member who exhibits outstanding support in achieving the organization’s goals and objectives throughout the year. With the exception of the 83 members of the Food Safety Modernization Act working group who received the award in 2014, only 36 individuals have been honored prior to this year.

Van Koevering is a member of AFIA’s Board of Directors and the VFD task force. He worked with AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman and AFIA’s controller to develop a financial model to assist the association in forecasting the impact and probability of various scenarios. Additionally, he assisted with his Elanco colleagues, the Sustainability Oversight Committee by providing resources to track consumer issues and identify key influencers. He also helped with the 2016 Executive Leadership Summit’s consumer communications session and follow-up webinar.

“The financial model will be useful to AFIA for many years to come, and it wouldn’t have been possible without Mike’s vision and the overall support of Elanco,” said Newman.

Van Koevering is the director of beef and operations for Elanco Knowledge Solutions.

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Rorye Hatcher is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at ​317-477-3211 or