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Newsmakers: May 29-June 4, 2017

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Banking & Finance
Guaranty Bank promoted Jeremy Thomas to retail banking center manager at its 1341 W. Battlefield Road branch. With more than 15 years of banking experience, Thomas joined the bank in 2009 as a part-time teller, was named a personal banking representative in 2012 and has served as an assistant banking center manager since 2014.

Paula Dougherty, a certified financial planner for Ameriprise Financial-Doughtery Wealth Management, qualified for the company’s Circle of Success annual recognition program. She was recognized for the achievement at the 2017 Achiever’s Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Arvest Bank hired Joe Driscoll as a commercial banker for its North National Avenue branch. Driscoll joins Arvest with nine years of banking experience and has a master’s degree in business administration from Missouri State University.

Great Southern Bank hired Crystal Colton as assistant managing director of residential lending. Colton is responsible for the development of new mortgage business and increasing operational efficiencies.

Education
At the 2017 Nixa Education Foundation Gala, Julie Snowbarger, a paraprofessional at John Thomas School of Discovery, was named Support Staff of the Year. Ronald Thornton, who volunteers to take photos at athletic events, was named Volunteer of the Year.

The international Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals recognized Nixa Public Schools in the 2017 Hermes Creative Awards for its N The Zone magazine and for The Nest Magazine, both of which are produced in conjunction with the Christian County Headliner.

The Ozark Board of Education named Jeremy Brownfield as Ozark High School principal during its May 18 board meeting. Brownfield first joined the Ozark School District as a teacher in 2007 and is replacing retiring principal Sam Taylor on July 1.

Financial
The Whitlock Co. added four employees: Richard Stone as firm administrator, Angela Tummons as outsourced accounting supervisor, and Serena Whorton and Cara Stewart as staff accountants. Stone has 15 years of experience in health care administration, and Tummons has worked 10 years in accounting.

Health Care
Five CoxHealth nurses were honored at the hospital’s Recognition Night: Cox Monett registered nurses Julia Eden, as RN Preceptor of the Year, and Heidi Clark, for the Nurse Inspiration Award; Cox South’s Kalene Jochems, for Clinical Nurse Excellence, and Shannon Rantz, with the Nurse Leadership Award; and Tracy Forker, at Cox Branson, the Rising Star Award.

Citizens Memorial Hospital Director of Reimbursement Tim Wolters is among 11 individuals who received awards during the National Rural Health Association’s 40th annual Rural Health Conference in San Diego, California. Wolters was recognized for his work with rural hospitals around the nation on a variety of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues.

The Developmental Center of the Ozarks announced its 2017-18 board of directors:  President Megan Finn, senior mortgage banker at Flat Branch Mortgage Inc.; Vice President Dr. Jeff Johnson, of Mercy Hospital Springfield; Secretary Lindsay Lund, an associate at Husch Blackwell LLP; and Treasurer Nathan Carter, a supervisor at Brown Smith Wallace LLC.

Law
William Worsham
was recognized for four years in the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys’ 10 Best Missouri criminal law attorneys for client satisfaction. Selections are based on client or peer nominations and the institute’s independent evaluation. From 1999 to 2002, Worsham worked at the Greene County prosecutor’s office as an assistant prosecutor, and then left to start his own firm, Worsham Law Firm.

Nonprofit
Convoy of Hope
received a four-star rating by independent nonprofit evaluator Charity Navigator. The nonprofit also was included in the list of 10 charities with the most consecutive four-star ratings.

Technology
Alexander Open Systems hired Ryan Walker as an account manager. He previously worked as a senior regional manager at Taser International, as well as stints at MTM Technologies and ISG Technology Inc. Walker also has served five years in the U.S. Army.

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