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Newsmakers: July 30-Aug. 5, 2018

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Banking
Arvest Bank hired Mandy Anthes as a commercial banker. With 14 years of banking experience, she’s responsible for generating, evaluating and approving commercial loans. Anthes has a bachelor’s in business management from Missouri State University.

BancorpSouth Bank promoted Chrys Craig to first vice president-loan officer and Nickie Bland to vice president-loan officer. With each more than 20 years of financial industry experience, they serve on the Premier Banking team providing concierge-style banking to clients with specialized needs. 

Education
Nixa Public Schools teacher Sarah Miesner and Springfield Public Schools teacher Jean Lawson were selected as regional teachers of the year through a program by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Miesner previously was named Nixa’s 2018 Teacher of the Year, as was Lawson in the Springfield district. Both are now among 32 teachers in the state eligible to compete for the Missouri Teacher of the Year in the fall.

Tamara Stine, the numeracy coach at Springfield’s Bowerman Elementary School, visited the White House to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. One of 108 K-6 science and math teachers nationwide selected, she was the lone representative from Missouri. Stine received a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

Central High School debate teacher Jack Tuckness was inducted into the 2018 National Speech & Debate Association Hall of Fame. He’s taught at Central for 19 years, turning a 12-student program into currently more than 200. Tuckness previously coached speech and debate at Kickapoo High School.

Health Care
Trust Healthcare Consulting Services CEO Torrey Barnhouse was named among the Top 50 CEOs of small and midsize businesses in the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award. The job and recruiting site ranked him No. 41 with a 96 percent approval rating.

Media
Metro Woman Magazine
received the Clarion Award in the Magazine Series or Special Section, External Publication category for its rebranding and growth strategy. Publisher Angela Frizell will be recognized at the Association for Women in Communications’ 2019 national conference.

Municipal
The Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau
earned reaccreditation from Destinations International during the group’s annual convention in Anaheim, California. The Destinations Marketing Accreditation Program reviews governance, finance, management, membership, market intelligence and other industry standards. The CVB earned DMAP accreditation in 2009 and must reapply every four years.

Nonprofit
Lost & Found Grief Center elected its fiscal 2019 board officers: Chairman Ron Prenger, senior vice president and chief hospital officer at CoxHealth; Vice Chairman Gary Leonard, a Steak ‘n Shake franchisee; Secretary Shannon Nagy, a community volunteer; and Andrea Stevens, a manager at Elliott, Robinson & Co. The center also added Joe Johnson, general counsel of International Dehydrated Foods, and David Stotelmyer, a managing director at BKD LLP, as board members.

Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri hired Tish Boothe as human resources director. She’s the organization’s first in that position and supports 100 employees in nine offices. With 13 years of experience, Boothe previously managed HR for Gardner Capital and has a bachelor’s in international business management from Missouri State University.

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