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Newsmakers: Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2016

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Accounting
BKD LLP appointed David Fields and Derek Smith to partners in its southern Missouri practice offices. Fields, a member of BKD’s National Health Care Group, works on audit, grants management, financial operational issues and cost report preparation for community health centers. He has a bachelor’s in accounting from Southwest Baptist University. Smith, a member of BKD’s National Construction & Real Estate Group, develops and implements structures and tax-savings strategies and assists with business and family succession planning. He has a bachelor’s in accounting and business administration from Truman State University, as well as a master’s in accounting.

Civic
The International Association of Water Rescue Professionals recognized rescue specialist Marc Becker and firefighter Michael Kuss of the Springfield Fire Department, along with Logan-Rogersville firefighters Grant Peters and Roy Harris for their swift-water rescue incident on May 29, 2015. The emergency responders helped rescue a family of five swept away during a major storm and flooding.

Education
Drury University appointed Jana Neiss as associate vice president of academic affairs and dean of the College of Continuing Professional Studies.

For the past six years, she’s directed the Teacher Education Program at Missouri University of Science & Technology, and previously helped start Drury’s Rolla branch campus in 1995. Neiss has a doctorate in education from the University of Missouri and a master’s from Pittsburg State University in Kansas.

Washington Monthly magazine named Drury in its Best Bang for the Buck list, and The Princeton Review named Drury as one of the best colleges in the Midwest. Drury is No. 49 in the Midwest in Washington Monthly’s 2016 guide for marketable degrees at affordable prices.

The school made Princeton Review’s online listing of the 2017 Best Colleges: Region by Region.

The Princeton Review listed College of the Ozarks in its Best 381 Colleges, 2017 edition. Based on surveys by 143,000 students, about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges make the list.

C of O is identified as a “Great School” for agriculture, education and health services majors.

Foundation for Springfield Public Schools awarded $246,370 in Back to School grants to 43 Springfield schools. Grants were issued in the categories of student experience, modern learning environment, classroom projects, community engagement, professional development and Reading Roundup.

Health Care
Integrity Home Care Inc. promoted Amy Ford to vice president of home health and hospice. Ford, a registered nurse, joined Integrity in mid-2014 and led acquisitions and implementation of the firm’s Kansas City, Lebanon, Branson and Joplin hospice agencies.

CoxHealth added six physicians at its Springfield, Branson and Monett campuses: Dr. Erik Martin at Cox Monett’s emergency department, Dr. Lisa Lemons at the Cox Medical Center/Psychiatry in Branson, Dr. Eunice Asare-Bawuah at Springfield Inpatient Physicians, Dr. Nicole Kucera at CoxHealth’s Pediatric Center, Dr. Khushbu Shukla at CoxHealth Newborn Medicine Specialists and Dr. Tim Akins at Ferrell-Duncan Clinic.

Nonprofit
Junior League of Springfield Inc. selected its 2016-17 board members: Angela Blevins, president; Mary Kromrey, president-elect; Courtney Hayes, secretary; Erin Malloy, treasurer; Jen Welton, communications vice president; Casey Chasteen, community vice president; Tara Benson, membership vice president; and Tammy Dixon, finance vice president.

Publishing
Whitaker Publishing LLC owner and President Gary Whitaker was named a 2016 Folio: 100 honoree to be recognized at an event in New York City. Selected in the Corporate Catalysts category, he currently is serving a two-year term as president of the City and Regional Magazine Association.

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