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Newsmakers: April 2-8, 2018

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Accounting
BKD LLP promoted Gabbie McCollum, Meg Meystrik and David Schoenhoff to senior associate positions. McCollum and Meystrik work in the firm’s National Health Care Group, and Schoenhoff is in the National Financial Services Group. McCollum, who has a bachelor’s in accounting from Missouri State University, focused on community health center clients. Meystrik, with a bachelor’s in business administration from St. Louis University, focuses on long-term care and hospice clients. Schoenhoff is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and business administration, as well as a master’s in accounting.

Banking & Finance
Legacy Bank and Trust made three new hires: Dustin Royster as senior vice president and director of Small Business Administration lending, Kylee Brown as senior credit analyst, and Kelly Anderson as vice president of corporate and private banking. Royster, who has a bachelor’s in finance from MSU, has 16 years of industry experience and currently serves on the Rural Missouri Inc./SBA 504 loan committee and the board for the Republic Area Chamber of Commerce. Brown has seven years of banking experience and previously worked for Central Bank of the Ozarks as a loan review specialist. Anderson spent the past 14 years in the nonprofit sector, working for the Hamels Foundation for six years.

Education
Nixa High School student Sophia Jackson was one of 15 students statewide to receive an Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship Award from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri Bar. The award denotes leadership in civic service to the community.

Government
Mike Miller, a retired chief financial officer for the Associated Electric Cooperative, was elected treasurer of the Greene County Democratic Central Committee, succeeding AJ Million. Miller will serve out Million’s term through August, at which time he will be eligible for re-election. Miller also worked as vice president of finance for Silver Dollar City and retired in 2010.

Municipal
The city of Branson named Jeff Matthews as police chief, effective in early April. Currently working as deputy chief of the Arlington Police Department in Texas, he has 33 years of law enforcement experience.

The city of Springfield named Errin Kemper, assistant director of Environmental Services, as director of the department to succeed the retiring Steve Meyer. Kemper worked as assistant director since 2013, previously serving as a professional engineer with the city for a decade.

Jon Mooney was named assistant director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. He started with the department in May 2013 as administrator of chronic disease prevention. Mooney previously worked for eight years at the Jordan Valley Community Health Center.

The Springfield Art Museum earned accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. Of some 33,000 facilities nationwide, only 1,070 gained the accreditation.

The Greene County 31st Circuit Court’s Juvenile Court was recognized for a fifth time with a Permanency Award by the Missouri Supreme Court. The distinction honors the local court’s 100 percent success rate to place abused and neglected children in permanent homes in 2017.

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