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Banking
PrimeLending named Alan and Debbie Kindall to its Springfield mortgage team. The Kindalls, who have worked in local mortgage lending since 1990, serve a variety of clients including schools and nonprofit organizations.

Education
Anita Kissinger, Springfield Public Schools associate superintendent of educational services, received the Missouri Outstanding Instructional Leadership Award from the Missouri Staff Development Council. Kissinger was nominated by SPS staff for program implementation such as faculty study groups, and summer academies for teachers and leaders.

Bernie Dana was named chairman of Evangel University’s Business Department, succeeding Glenn Bernet, vice president for academic affairs, who served as interim chair in August. Dana joined the Evangel faculty since 2001 and most recently served as an associate professor of business.

Government
The Greene County DWI Court was designated an Academy Court by the National Center for DWI Courts, in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The county court serves as a training site and provides technical assistance for other communities interested in implementing DWI courts. This is the second time Greene County has earned the three-year designation.

Gov. Jay Nixon appointed two Springfield natives to bipartisan apportionment commissions that will set new boundaries for the 34 districts in the Missouri Senate and the 163 districts in the Missouri House of Representatives. Doug Harpool, a Democrat, and Joe Passanise and Miles Ross, both Republicans, were among the 18 members appointed to the two commissions that will reapportion the state’s legislative districts following the 2010 Census.

Insurance
Lisa Jones of MetLife Resources attended MetLife’s Women’s Symposium in Orlando, Fla. The two-day symposium provided education, training and networking for MetLife’s female sales representatives.

Media
The Writers Hall of Fame honored longtime Springfield reporter Kathleen O’Dell with the 2011 Quill Award. O’Dell, a journalism graduate from the University of Missouri-Columbia, helped launch USA Today in 1982 as a member of its original staff and worked at Springfield News-Leader 1977–1982 and 1984–2009, when she took the community relations director post at Springfield-Greene County Library District.

Nonprofit
Lost & Found Grief Center hired Gretchen Gambon as assistant director. Gambon has more than 20 years of experience working with children and families, and in nonprofit management and development. Gambon worked most recently as the director of development with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks.

The Kitchen Inc. named the officers for its 2011 board of trustees: Ken Reynolds, president; Mike Cherry, vice president; Stephanie Ireland, secretary; and John Gambon, treasurer.

Real Estate
Greater Springfield Board of Realtors named Douglas Andrews of Century Realty as 2010 Broker of the Year, its highest honor, and Jessica Hickok of Dizmang Associates as Salesperson of the Year.

Travel
Speaker Pro Tem Shane Schoeller, R-Willard, was appointed to serve on the Missouri Tourism Commission, which determines policy and administrative aspects of promoting tourism statewide.

The Branson/Lakes Area Convention & Visitors Bureau received the Inner Circle Award from the Association Meetings Magazine. This is the fourth year in a row the Branson CVB has received the honor for assisting meeting and convention groups.[[In-content Ad]]

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