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Accounting
Robyn Beckman, operations manager of APlus Payroll, passed the certified payroll specialist examination managed by the American Payroll Association. Beckman has worked at APlus Payroll for five years.

Architecture
Stephanie Slone-Snadon joined Slone Architects as director of interior design. Slone-Snadon, who has a bachelor’s in interior design from the University of Arkansas, has experience in commercial and residential design previously working in Nashville, Tenn.

Banking
Central Bancompany named Andrew Tasset head of marketing for Central Trust & Investment Co. Central Bancompany also owns Empire Bank, for which Tasset continues to serve as vice president and marketing manager. Tasset has more than 18 years of experience in advertising and marketing.

Dennis Vance joined OakStar Bank as a mortgage loan officer. Vance has 16 years of experience in banking, most recently as vice president of Mid America Mortgage Services, and he owns Bound by Faith Publishers.

Pine Bluff, Ark.-based Simmons First National Bank named Joe Renner senior vice president in the special asset management department in Springfield. Renner received his bachelor’s in finance from Missouri State University and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Georgetown University.

Education
Donna Washburn earned Evangel University’s 2011 Orville and Jewel Mills Young Faculty Award for excellence in teaching. Washburn serves as chairwoman of the school’s department of behavioral sciences and field coordinator for the social work program. The award recognizes teachers younger than 45.

Evangel also honored Randy Tate, professor of humanities, with the E.M. and Estella Clark Award, which supports distinguished efforts in higher education on behalf of Assemblies of God.

Food
The Academy of Chocolate in London awarded Askinosie Chocolate two gold and two silver medals. The 70 percent Del Tambo Ecuador dark chocolate bar won a gold medal for Best Bean-To-Bar Dark Chocolate, and its packaging won a gold medal for Best Packaging. The 72 percent Tenende Tanzania dark chocolate bar won a silver medal for Best Bean-To-Bar Dark Chocolate, and the Davao Dark Milk Chocolate bar won a silver medal for Best Bean-To-Bar Milk Chocolate.

Garbo’s Pizzeria named Laine Scholz general manager. Scholz has experience as a pharmaceutical sales representative and worked most recently as a representative of the American Red Cross Blood Services Division in Columbia.

Government
The city of Branson honored Big Cedar Lodge and Hilton hotels in Branson with Green Initiative awards for their efforts in recycling, conservation and sustainability. Awards also went to Ben Kinel, who developed and maintains the Veterans Memorial Garden at State Highway 76 and Roark Valley Road, and Branson Alderman Rick Davis, for continued support of Branson landscaping.

Republic code compliance official Seth Wollard was named a certified floodplain manager by the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Wollard passed an examination on the programs and standards used to minimize flood losses.

Health Care
Brent Fletcher, a licensed clinical social worker at St. John’s Clinic Behavioral Health, published “Interactive Stories & Life Lessons with Children,” addressing anger, lying, fear, bullying and overcoming nightmares. A portion of the book’s proceeds goes to The Titus Task, a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to adopting families.

Dr. Jonathan Thornsberry joined St. John’s Clinic-Strafford. Thornsberry, who is board certified in family medicine, received his medical degree from the St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed his residency with the Cox Family Practice Residency Program in Springfield.

Legal
Legal Services of Southern Missouri named Summer Masterson as a staff member. Masterson, who received her juris doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan, works in consumer law among other areas at the Springfield office.

Media
Journal Broadcast Group’s KTTS-FM earned regional Edward R. Murrow awards for its Web site, www.ktts.com, and writing. KSMU-FM won a regional Murrow Award in the Audio News Series category for its coverage of the Missouri public defender system crisis.

417 Magazine received a Poynter Institute award for best leisure/lifestyle coverage with its “Asian Food Lover’s Guide.” More than 85 judges from national publications and journalism professors from the University of Missouri School of Journalism selected the honorees.

Nonprofit
The Missouri Department of Economic Development awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks $59,105 in state tax credits to support its mentoring program. The funds were made available through DED’s Youth Opportunities Program.[[In-content Ad]]

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