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Newsmakers: Oct. 17-23, 2016

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Accounting
Roberts, McKenzie, Mangan & Cummings PC hired Erica Brockus as a staff accountant. She holds a bachelor’s in accounting and finance and an associate degree in mathematics from Drury University.

Civic
Springfield Police Department awarded Cpl. Brian Crum and officers Jennifer Sandage and Betsy Shiley the Life Saving Award. Officer Jim Cooney received the Command Commendation and officer Dave Laws received the Purple Heart.

Education
Ozarks Technical Community College was awarded a $1 million federal grant to expand its Diesel Mechanics Training Center and build four truck bays and four automotive classrooms with learning labs.

The League of Innovative Schools accepted Springfield Public Schools as one of 19 new school districts in its national coalition. SPS leaders and programs were recognized during the Missouri Association of School Administrators/Missouri School Boards’ Association annual fall conference at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach.

Missouri State University named Sue Camp director of sponsorships working with the MSU Foundation’s alumni and development staff.

She previously served as director of development and sales for Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

Health Care
The American College of Zoological Medicine awarded diplomate status to Dr. Rodney Schnellbacher, the staff veterinarian at Dickerson Park Zoo Animal Hospital the last two years. He completed his residency at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Aquarium and is credited with over 20 animal health publications.

CoxHealth nurses Jamie Dudley, Lana Garcia and Emily Stark received the Daisy Award for their patient service based on nominations for the honor. Dudley was recognized for the compassion she showed a brain tumor patient who was without friends or family; Garcia provided emotional support to a victim of domestic violence throughout the hospitalization; and Stark made it possible for a 97-year-old patient, whose last wish was to go outdoors, to experience fresh air one last time.

Burrell Behavioral Health President and CEO Todd Schaible received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Promoting Mental Health during the Humanitarian Award Banquet by the University of Missouri International Center for Psychological Trauma. The honor recognized his advocacy for the application of progressive business practices to the management of health services during nearly 40 years at Burrell.

Media
Missouri Press Association elected The Daily Events publisher Jeff Schrag its 2017 president during the group’s 150th annual convention held in Branson. Schrag’s newspaper career began in 1989, and he’s been a member of the MPA Board of Directors since 2004, having served as treasurer in 2005 and 2012. Other local members on the MPA board are Paul Berry of Springfield News-Leader and Jacob Brower of Monett Times/Cassville Democrat.

Springfield Business Journal earned nine awards during the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest, including second place for Best News or Feature Series and Best Business Story.

Municipal
Springfield-Greene County Park Board
received full accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies during the National Recreation and Park Association annual conference in St. Louis. The accreditation process took over two years.

Nonprofit
Springfield Ballet Inc. added board member Mary Ling to replace a member who moved to the Kansas City area. She works as global senior human resources manager at Positronic Industries.

Real Estate
Waco Title Co.
received an unqualified audit opinion certifying its adherence to the American Land Title Association’s Best Practices standards. The independent audit was under the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 16, Type II.

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