Gall named Professional of the Year
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Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013

Gall named Professional of the Year

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    VICTOR A. CASTILLO
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    Sandra TRYBUS

Compiled by Amanda Harris

Cheri Gall has been named 2013 HR Professional of the Year for her leadership as Director of Human Resources for Leroy Springs & Co., a nonprofit provider of recreational opportunities in the Carolinas.

Gall was named the winner in the division for organizations with 201-750 employees. The honor came from the Carolinas Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, which serves southern Mecklenburg, York, Chester and Lancaster counties, according to a Leroy Springs & Co. press release.

“I am completely honored by it,” Gall said.

Gall said she is used to giving rewards and was surprised to be receiving an award. She credited her success to working with an innovative company.

Leroy Springs & Co. recently compiled results from an employee opinion survey and is working on putting that feedback into action.

“I work with a great group of people,” Gall said.

Gall’s nomination also cites her role in establishing an employee wellness program, Employee Assistance Program and awards and recognition initiatives, according to the release.

Gall is has been with Leroy Springs & Co. for 15 years. This is the first time she has been nominated for the award.

Endowment scholarship

Sandra Trybus, a Charlotte native and a graduate of East Carolina University, has been awarded a Board of Trustees Endowed Scholarship from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn.

The school is considered by many to be one of the top schools in the nation for clinical optometric education.

The scholarship is for $5,000 each year of Trybus’ four year tuition. Trybus was one of 36 students this year to receive the scholarship.

“I was shocked,” Trybus said. “It’s such a large amount of money. It helps me out a ton.”

Trybus also was the recipient of a $14,000-a-year loan from N.C. Forgivable Education Loans for Service, which provides tuition assistance to qualified students pursuing a graduate or professional degree. The loan will be forgiven on a yearly basis in exchange for full-time employment in a designated critical employment shortage profession in North Carolina.

“I’m really lucky in that aspect,” she said.

After taking a few related classes in high school and completing 25 hours of job shadowing in the field, Trybus said she knew optometry was the career path for her.

“I just really loved it and thought it would be a great profession,” she said. “It helps people and changes their lives.”

Trybus is the daughter of John and Anna Trybus.

Military news

Victor A. Castillo, an Air National Guard 1st Class and Charlotte native, has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

Castillo completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, basic warfare principles and skills and physical fitness.

By completing the training, Castillo earned four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Castillo is the son of Maria Castillo of Charlotte.

Sean D. Gary, an Air Force Airman and Charlotte native, has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

Gary completed an eight-week program that included training in Air Force core values, physical fitness, basic warfare principles and skills and military discipline and studies.

By completing the training, Gary earned four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Gary is the son of Ralph Gary and a 2009 graduate of Ardrey Kell High School.

Jakelyn E. Connell, Army National Guard Pfc. and Charlotte native, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia.

During nine weeks of training, Connell studied the Army mission, history, tradition, core values and physical fitness. The soldier also practiced basic combat skills and received instruction on military weapons, drill and ceremony, marching and field tactics.

Cornell is the daughter of Nicole Connell and niece of Seret Dinkler of Charlotte.

Cornell graduated from Independence High School in 2012.

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