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Newsmakers: Dec. 24-30, 2018

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Construction
Green Circle Projects LLC hired Cristina Bustamante as development planner and Michael Shoults as construction manager. Previously a freelance architect, Bustamante works on market research, project documentation and development visualization. Shoults was most recently a project manager with DeWitt & Associates Inc. and oversees development construction.

Education
David Burton
and Karla Deaver were honored at the University of Missouri Extension Summit in Columbia. Burton, a Greene County engagement specialist, received the Carl N. Scheneman Excellence in Teaching Award for planning, conducting and evaluating Extension activity the past year. He also was awarded the Outstanding Program Award for the Greene County Excel leadership program. Deaver earned the Outstanding Program Award second-place honor for the Dig Into Adventures program with 4-H Club at the Ozark Empire Fair.

Missouri State University’s online doctor of nursing practice ranked third best in the country by Grad School Hub, a website specializing in graduate degree program information. The rankings were based on a point system factoring accreditation, concentration areas and tuition.

Entertainment
The Branson Regional Arts Council hired Perry Davis Harper as an instructor of private vocal coaching. He’s currently performing in his fourth season at Sight and Sound Theatre and previously traveled the country singing operatic and musical theater repertoire. Harper has a master’s in vocal performance from University of Alabama and a bachelor’s in music from Arkansas State University.

Health Care
CoxHealth promoted Tim Jones to president of Cox Medical Group, and appointed Dr. Staci Niemoth to chairwoman of CoxHealth’s Joint Operations Committee. Jones succeeds retiring president Dr. James Ceaser to oversee all CoxHealth-integrated physicians. Niemoth, the current medical director of Women’s Health Services, replaces Jones to lead the committee of senior physicians and administrators acting as a voice for day-to-day operations.

The Missouri Job Center received a $3 million Ozarks Promise grant to train 372 individuals in health care fields through December 2020. Funded through the America’s Promise program, full tuition and fees are covered by the grant for programs including certified medical assistant, certified pharmacy technician, phlebotomy and basic emergency medical technician. 

Municipal
Rhonda Lewsader
was named Springfield’s city attorney, after serving in an interim capacity since September. Frank Romines vacated the position to become a staff attorney in Denver. Lewsader, a 19-year city employee, leads a 20-employee department with a roughly $2 million annual budget.

Retail
Bass Pro Shops ranked No. 11 in Reputation.com’s 2018 Retail Reputation Report. With a total rating of 654 out of 1,000, Bass Pro Shops ranked first in the sporting goods category, 14th for cleanliness, 17th for convenience, 19th for product availability, 20th for parking and amenities, and 22nd for customer service. Artificial intelligence, machine learning and sentiment analysis was used to examine millions of customer reviews online for the rankings.

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