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Old Missouri Bank promoted Jeff Birdsell to vice president-credit officer. Birdsell joined OMB in June 2008 and was the bank’s credit review officer prior to his promotion. Birdsell has a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State University and about nine years of banking experience.

Sheri Phillips, assistant professor and director of career development at Evangel University, had an article titled “Path Models of Vocational Calling in Christian College Students” published in the July edition of the Christian Higher Education Journal. The article is based on Phillips’ dissertation.

Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper D. Scott Rice was promoted to the rank of corporal and designated assistant zone supervisor in Zone 4, covering Stone and Taney counties. Rice had worked in Zone 12 in Christian County.

Gov. Jay Nixon presented Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Co. the first Flag of Freedom award for its efforts to hire military veterans under the Show-Me Heroes program. Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Co. has hired 11 veterans since the program began in 2010.

Health Care
The Healthcare Financial Management Association awarded Tyler Hedden, CoxHealth vice president of clinical services, the Certified Healthcare Financial Management designation.

This certification recognizes finance professionals in the health care industry who have achieved an enhanced level of knowledge and proficiency.

Amy Francis of Ollis & Co. was named 2011 Missouri Customer Service Representative of the Year by The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. Francis, is now eligible for the national honor.

Carole Liston, a regional freelance writer, is the recipient of a 2011 International Apex Award for Publication Excellence. The award recognized Liston’s work in producing the corporate newsletter for R.E. Smith Construction Co. in Joplin and Springfield. This is her third International Apex Award.

The board of trustees for the Springfield Workshop Foundation named David Dunn the foundation’s executive director. Dunn previously served as the development director for the Salvation Army, responsible for its operations across Southwest Missouri.

The Springfield Rotaract Club elected its governing board to lead the organization for the 2011–12 year, which began in July. New board members are: President Weston Kissee of Edwarad Jones; President-elect Adrienne McCoy of Ronald McDonald House; Secretary Lindsey Neddenriep of Ozarks Food Harvest; Treasurer Tyler Creach of Kirkpatrick, Phillips & Miller CPAs PC; Sergeant-at-arms Adam Lotz of Kirkpatrick, Phillips & Miller; Director of Professional Development Emily Thomas of Vision Clinic; Director of Public Relations Brian Praschan of Pinnacle Family Advisors; and Past President Stephanie Brown of the Ozarks Technical Community College Foundation.

The Springfield Southeast Rotary Club named new board members to serve one-year terms in its organization beginning July 1. They are President Brent Baldwin of BancorpSouth; President-elect Laura Ward of Webster University; Secretary David Pomerenke of Promotional Products of the Ozarks; Treasurer Dave Compere of Lawing Financial Group; and directors Randy Mayes of Success Coach Network; Heather Ramsey of Great Southern Bank; Stuart Stangeland of St. John’s Clinic; Kyle McClure of City Utilities; and John Horton of Layer 3 Technology.

The Doula Foundation of Mid-America received two funding awards for its efforts to improve pregnancy outcomes.

The Musgrave Foundation awarded DFMA $2,000 to provide doula support during pregnancy, birth and the early postpartum period.

The Children’s Trust Fund awarded DFMA $28,859 for a pilot project titled First Connections: Community-Based Doula Support for Pregnant Teens. This project provides in-home visitation and labor support to pregnant teens in cooperation with Jordan Valley Community Health Center and the Springfield/Greene County Women, Infants and Children program.

Environmental Works named Kara Gosa its accounts receivable clerk at the company’s Springfield headquarters. She most recently worked at Carlos O’Kelly’s as its hospitality supervisor. Gosa graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s in accounting.

The Nola Shivers design team at Decorating Den Interiors of Nixa ranked No. 6 out of more than 300 Decorating Den Interiors franchises across the country in sales. The team members are Shivers, Denise Wright, Nicholas Falls, Sandie Rodery and Heather Landolt.

Laura Whisler, marketing director at the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, was selected as a 30 Under 30 honoree by Destination Marketing Association International.

As part of that honor, Whisler, 29, received complimentary convention registration and three nights’ accommodations for DMAI’s Annual Convention July 20-22 in New Orleans. Whisler has worked for the Springfield CVB since 2002.[[In-content Ad]]


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