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Newsmakers: Sept. 18-24, 2017

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Drury University promoted Mike Brothers to executive director of university relations from director of media relations. He is responsible for the school’s visibility and reputation locally, regionally and nationally through the media. Brothers continues to oversee the school’s video content to connect with prospective students and stakeholders.

Drury named professors Albert Korir, Jennifer Silva Brown and Allin Sorenson as deans at the school. Korir leads the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Brown is over the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Sorenson heads up the School of Communication and Fine and Performing Arts.

Beth Harville, Drury’s interim provost, was installed as provost. She has been a faculty member at the university since 2005, serving as a professor of biology and chemistry as well as dean of the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences.

Gov. Eric Greitens appointed Doug Russell, president of Durham Co. in Lebanon, to the State Board of Education. A University of Missouri-Columbia alumnus, he is active in Rotary Club, Lebanon Trustees and Lebanon Ambassadors.

Health Care
The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys recognized Wendy Garrison, Missouri State Public Defender System assistant public defender for Springfield, on its 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction list of 2017. The list is based on client and peer nominations, research and AIOCLA’s independent evaluations.

Loehr Chiropractic and Acupuncture LLC hired Dr. Abigail Emery. A graduate of Murray State University in Kentucky, she earned her doctor of chiropractic degree from Logan University in Chesterfield. She is certified in acupuncture, selective functional movement assessment and trigger point dry needling.

The Lakewood assisted living facility, owned by Americare Senior Living, received an Excellence in Action Award from NRC Health. The honor recognizes the top 10 percent of assisted living facilities in resident satisfaction and recommendations.

HealthcareFirst Inc. promoted Misty Skinner to executive vice president of services. She began working for the company in 2010, most recently as senior vice president of client services. Skinner now also oversees revenue cycle management services.

Adam Woody
of the Law Office of Adam Woody was named on the list for Best Lawyers in America for his work in defending clients who have received DUIs/DWIs. Woody also was elected recently as secretary of the executive board for the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

The Salvation Army-Springfield added Majs. Butch and Lisa Frost to lead the local organization. They have 20 years of experience as officers, having both graduated in 1995 from The Salvation Army College for Officers Training. Their previous appointment was at the Northern Divisional.

Andrea Harp joined Camp Barnabas as marketing director. Previously, she served as social media and marketing coordinator for Ozarks Community Hospital Health System. She has seven years of experience in marketing and public relations.

Parks & Recreation
Dickerson Park Zoo Director Mike Crocker received a certificate of merit for Zoo Keeper Education by the American Association of Zoo Keepers. The award recognizes Crocker’s commitment to keeper staff training and animal care through professional development opportunities.

Lee Hart, the tropical Asia zookeeper at Dickerson Park Zoo, was appointed to the national board of the American Association of Zoo Keepers for a four-year term. He has served on the Ozarks’ chapter of the association’s executive board for seven years.


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