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Newsmakers: May 28-June 3, 2018

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Construction
Branco Enterprises Inc. promoted Garrett Dowling to business development manager from project manager. With 20 years of experience in the construction industry and 10 years in sales, he previously served as a managing partner at Modern Woodmen of America.

Education
Diane Smith
, an associate professor of nursing at College of the Ozarks, was selected as a volunteer item writer for the Nation Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination. Chosen for her clinical specialty and nursing expertise, Smith joined the college in 2009 and became an associate professor in 2015.

Nixa Public Schools received the 2018 Governance Team Award from the Missouri School Boards’ Association. Received by 20 of Missouri’s 518 public school districts overall, the award honors professional development, regional and statewide leadership, and participation in legislative advocacy.

Rusty Osborne, associate professor of biblical and theological studies at C of O, received the school’s Mildred Letton Wittick Professional Achievement Award. The award honors faculty for professional accomplishments in research, publications, performance and professional organizations.

Kara Boehmer was named principal of Portland Elementary School in Springfield, replacing Josh Holt, who will serve as principal of Harrison Elementary during the 2018-19 academic year. Boehmer is currently principal at Marshfield’s Hubble Elementary School.

Tammy Flowers was named assistant director of early childhood at the Campbell Early Childhood Center of Springfield Public Schools. For the past nine years, she coordinated early childhood for the St. Joseph School District.

Drury University journalism professor Jonathan Groves earned a Tow-Knight Disruptive Journalism Educator fellowship for a second year from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism. The fellowship comes with a $1,500 stipend and recognizes innovation in the classroom.

Gerald Chambers was hired by the Ozark School District to serve as executive director of student services for the 2018-19 academic year. He will oversee federal programming, school resource officers, nurses and counselors for the district. With 21 years of experience, Chambers is currently principal of Sparta Elementary School.

Missouri State University awarded Faculty and Staff Excellence in Public Affairs Awards to five employees: Gib Adkins, central region administrator of Missouri State Outreach; Priscilla Childress, assistant director of New Student and Family Programs; Susan Martindale, academic adviser at the Advisement Center; Abigale Ehlers, senior instructor of hospitality leadership; and Ana Estrella-Riollano, assistant professor of biology and biomedical sciences.

Health Care
Tara Chandler
was promoted to vice president of strategic initiatives and population health at Phoenix Home Care Inc. For the company, she’s earned certification for an accountable care organization, called Keep Well ACO, and been contracted by The Remington Report.

Insurance
Deryk Morelock
joined Nixon & Lindstrom Insurance as a commercial insurance specialist. With three years of experience in commercial property risks, he previously worked for American Family Insurance as a sales specialist.

Legal
Judge Thomas Mountjoy of the 31st Circuit Court was presented with a Judicial Excellence Award from the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association. The award recognizes adherence to legal and ethical standards during his judgeship.

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