STAR Financial Bank promotes Parry Leavell

STAR Bank announces the promotion of Parry Leavell to senior commercial banker serving clients in the Fort Wayne area. Leavell joined the STAR team in 2016.

“Parry has proven to be a leader among the STAR team, as well as in the community. He is always open to taking on new tasks no matter what they are and is willing to help anyone who needs it,” says Joe Martin, regional president at STAR Bank.

Leavell has over 20 years of experience in business banking. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Economics from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Leavell is an active volunteer in the community and holds various leadership roles including president and founding board member of Women’s Care Center Northeast Indiana, president of Solanus Casey Vocation Society and vice president of St. Vincent’s de Paul School Board.

Girl Scouts board members elected

At their annual meeting on May 1, Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana elected the following new board members:

Directors at large for three-year terms ending in 2024:

Sherri Johnson, owner of Artist’s Touch, an art and design business in Warsaw, and former art instructor at Warsaw Community Schools.

Kelsey Rowe, an electrical engineer and associate partner with Design Collaborative in Fort Wayne, and a former Girl Scout and Girl Scout Gold Award recipient.

Director at large for a two-year term ending in 2023:

Jean Fahy, a division manager for building materials with Do it Best Corp. in Fort Wayne, a former Girl Scout and mother of a Girl Scout.

Elected to the Board Development Committee for two-year terms ending in 2023:

• Jean Fahy

Jana Grothaus, program officer at Questa Education Foundation in Fort Wayne, a former Girl Scout and mother of two Girl Scouts.

Susana Worth, Spanish interpreter/translator, formerly with Lincoln Financial Group and Superior Essex.

Continuing board members include: Lisa Cashel, chair; Julie Spears, 1st vice chair; Amy Roush, 2nd vice chair; Thomas Edington, treasurer; Robin Tribbett, secretary; Eve-Lynn Clarke; Jana Grothaus; Heather Herron; Carlton Mable; Giang Petroviak; Jon-Myckle Price; Terry Roe; Margaret Sturm; Ron Voglewede; Anne White; and Susana Worth.

Four join Realty ONE

Realty ONE Group Envision announced four new members of its team.

Saddem Humaidi, who is originally from Yemen, has been a licensed agent since 2000. He can be reached online at or by phone at 260-418-2420.

Brent Minnick, who began his career as a mortgage broker in Atlanta in 2006, returned to his hometown of Fort Wayne in 2008 to begin investing in real estate. He has bought and sold over 50 homes locally. Reach out to him online at or by phone at 260-241-3991.

Fort Wayne is a great place to live and work, which is why Kelly Rader chose to call it home. With roots in Youngstown, Ohio, Rader came to Fort Wayne in 2019. She has a background in social work. She can be reached online at or by phone at 330-979-0052.

Stacie Smith is originally from Reno, Nevada. She moved to Indiana in 2014 to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in History & Political Science at Huntington University. Since then, she has worked as a human resources manager for a local home health company in Fort Wayne. She obtained her real estate brokers license in 2021. She can be reached online at or by phone at 260-388-5778.

Premier Bank welcomes David Sparacio as chief accounting officer

Premier Bank of Youngstown, Ohio, announced the addition of David Sparacio as senior vice president, chief accounting officer.

Sparacio brings with him 25 years of experience in financial services, most recently serving as director of accounting operations for IBERIABANK, which was acquired by First Horizon Corporation in July 2020. As chief accounting officer, he will lead the company’s accounting functions, making sure that controls are appropriately documented and running effectively, developing process efficiencies to support growth and utilizing technology in implementation of accounting systems.

Sparacio earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of New Orleans, his Master of Business Administration from Loyola University New Orleans and his Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

He currently serves as a colonel in the finance corps of the U.S. Army Reserve.

Jennifer Scroggs to lead Premier Wealth

Premier Bank has appointed Jennifer Scroggs as senior vice president, director of Premier Wealth.

Scroggs has over 15 years of experience achieved through numerous roles within wealth management in addition to a background in law. She most recently served as senior vice president, director of trust/chief trust fiduciary officer for the bank where she was responsible for leading all associates of the Trust department while maintaining the trust book and overseeing the platforms of fiduciary duties on trust accounts ensuring compliance and proper documentation requirements.

As director of Premier Wealth, Scroggs will oversee the strategy development and execution for the entire wealth management division. She will be responsible for the overall sales and financial growth, new relationship acquisition and overall profitability of the division.

Scroggs earned a Bachelor’s in Marketing and International Business from Ohio University and a Juris Doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She is a member of the Toledo Bar Association and the Toledo Estate Planning Council. She also serves on the boards for Toledo GROWs and the University of Toledo Foundation.

Alyssa Ivanson named WANE 15 evening anchor

WANE 15 has announced that Alyssa Ivanson, currently the anchor of First News on weekday mornings, will move to weeknight anchor on WANE 15’s top-rated First at Five, News at Six, and Nightcast at 11PM newscasts. She will anchor along with Fort Wayne favorite Dirk Rowley.

Ivanson has been with WANE 15 telling Northeast Indiana’s stories for 15 years, serving in a variety of roles. Starting as a general assignment reporter and producer, she anchored the weekend evening newscasts from 2007-2015 before being promoted to 15 Finds Out investigative reporter.

In 2018, she joined WANE 15’s morning newscast, anchoring weekdays from 5-7AM. Alyssa has been nominated for more than a dozen Regional Emmy Awards, and has been recognized numerous times by the Indiana Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists, and Indiana Broadcaster’s Association. Most recently she was nominated for three Regional Emmy Awards.

Ivanson has been on maternity leave for the past few months, spending time with her husband and newborn daughter, Chloe. She will assume her new role on June 14, following the departure of longtime WANE 15 anchor Terra Brantley, who leaves WANE 15 to become the president and CEO of the Fort Wayne Urban League.

New magistrate named

The Huntington County Courts announced that Amy C. Richison has been appointed as the new full-time magistrate for Huntington County Superior Court and Huntington County Circuit Court, effective July 1. Richison graduated from Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington in 1996, and started her career as a deputy prosecutor in Johnson County. She served as the chief deputy prosecutor of Huntington County from 1997 until she was elected to the position of prosecuting attorney for Huntington County. Richison has served as the elected prosecuting attorney for Huntington County since January 1, 2007.

Richison has focused her career in the prosecutor’s office on advocating for children who have been victims of abuse, and has received numerous awards. She has received the Hope Award for child advocacy from the Northeast Indiana YWCA in 2010, was named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the United States Junior Chamber in 2011, and received the Ronald E. Mitchell award from the Huntington County Child Protection Team in 2012.

HEA 1064 was signed into law on April 26, which provides that the Huntington County Circuit Court and Huntington County Superior Court will jointly appoint a magistrate to serve the Huntington County Courts, effective July 1. Huntington County Superior Court Judge Jennifer E. Newton and Huntington County Circuit Court Judge Davin G. Smith welcome Richison to the newly created position.

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