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Employees promoted, appointed at Hills Bank, MUM, Cambridge

Feb 27, 2017


HILLS — Danielle Cahill has been promoted to vendor management officer at the Hills Bank and Trust Company in Hills.

Cahill has been with the bank since 2010. She was promoted from eServices supervisor to her new position.

Cahill is the daughter of Fred and Ann Marie McElwee of Lockridge.



Young alumni continue to fill administrative positions at Maharishi University of Management, most recently with Patrik Siljestam accepting the position of controller and Mariam Daudi being named director of admissions.

Siljestam, a native of Sweden, earned a bachelor’s degree in business, graduating summa cum laud in 2011, and a master’s degree in 2014. For the past five years, he has been working for M.U.M. in strategic planning, which entailed synthesizing and analyzing data.

Now, as controller, Siljestam will oversee M.U.M.’s accounting operation.

Daudi, a native of Afghanistan, earned a master’s degree in sustainable business from M.U.M. in 2008 and formerly worked as an admissions counselor. She also has attended a course to become a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique and has taught more than 600 people.

“It’s great that the university can provide the opportunity for some young graduates to launch their careers,” said Rod Eason, vice president of enrollment management and marketing. “Some of the best and brightest have taken us up on this offer.”

In addition, Tabitha Sedgwick and Soangela Hardt have recently been hired as admissions counselors.

Sedgwick earned a bachelor’s degree in leadership and communication in 2016, and Hardt earned a bachelor’s degree in media and communications and a minor in sustainable living in 2014.

Recent M.U.M. graduates also will helm Student Support Services.

Leslie Doyle, a 2016 graduate and Sascha Kyssa, a 2012 graduate, have recently been named associate directors of Student Support Services, and will play a major role in helping students deal with any issues that arise.

Jonathan Shapiro, who is retiring and who has helped hundreds of students over many years, will continue as director and will remain in an advisory role.

Doyle and Kyssa both step into the position already having shown remarkable ability in M.U.M. staff positions that involved working closely with students.

“Students feel comfortable with them,” said Eason, who oversees student services. “They’re able to relate to students on a peer-to-peer level.”

The roles previously held by Doyle — student satisfaction and retention specialist — and Kyssa — director of student activities — will now be included in the broader responsibilities of the office of student support services.

Doyle and Kyssa have been training under Shapiro for a number of months, and both have applied to master’s degree programs in social work.

Kyssa studied sustainable living, and has been overseeing student activities, the student lounge, and Vishwashanti Cafe for three years. Doyle studied physiology and health and is a certified wellness consultant.

Printed with permission from The Review, Maharishi University of Management’s electronic newsletter.



Brian Siems has been promoted to regional director of Cambridge’s Advocacy & Supervision Team.

In this role, Siems will build positive relationships with Cambridge’s independent financial advisors and provide support in an Office of Supervisory Jurisdiction capacity.

Siems joined Cambridge in 2014 and has nearly five years of experience in the financial services industry. His professional experience includes strengthening relationships between advisory branches while providing consultative supervisory support in many areas, including trade suitability, outside business activity reviews, and supervisory branch visits.

Siems earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Ferris State University.

Additionally, he holds FINRA Series 4, 7, 24, and 66 licenses.

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