BKD LLP promoted James Robertson, Alaina Shaffer, Nicole Troutman and Whitney Wendler to senior managers. Robertson, who holds a master’s in accountancy from Missouri State University, is a member of BKD’s Southern Missouri employee benefit plan team and provides audit services to employee benefit plan clients. Shaffer is a member of BKD’s employee benefit plan audit team and holds a bachelor’s in accounting from MSU. Troutman is a member of BKD National Health Care Group and provides audit services to community health centers, and Wendler is a member of BKD’s Springfield tax team. Troutman and Wendler both hold bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from MSU.
Banking & Finance
Central Bank of the Ozarks added Claudia Krebaum as an assistant vice president and banking center manager. She has 13 years of managerial and personal banking experience. Krebaum will be responsible for retail sales and operations at the bank’s upcoming East Sunshine branch.
Matthew Suarez, an assistant vice president and portfolio manager for Central Trust Co., earned the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor designation from the National Association of Plan Advisors. He passed the CPFA examination, which covers responsibilities and management of retirement plans.
Heritage Bank of the Ozarks appointed two board directors: Angie Jackson, vice president of Justice Furniture Manufacturing Co., as an outside director, and Lance Boyer, the bank’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, as an inside director.
The Ozark Board of Education hired Kristy Richart as the North Elementary assistant principal for the 2021-22 school year to succeed Morgan Kelly, who was named principal. Richart has worked nearly all of her 20 years in education for Nixa Public Schools. She holds a bachelor’s in elementary education from Drury University and a master’s in education administration from Southwest Baptist University.
Evangel University Director of Jazz Studies Joel Griffin was honored posthumously with the 2021 Outstanding Jazz Educator Award by the Missouri Music Educators Association. He served as an associate professor of music and directed jazz studies at Evangel from 2012 until fall 2020, when he died from injuries sustained in an auto accident. A saxophonist, composer and music educator, Griffin held a bachelor’s in saxophone performance from Missouri Southern State University, a master’s in music theory from MSU and a doctorate in music arts in music education from Boston University.
Springfield Public Schools McGregor Elementary Principal Sara Shevchuk was named the principal of Truman Elementary, effective July 1, to succeed the retiring Joellyn Travis. Shevchuk has worked at SPS for 15 years and has a doctorate in educational leadership at SBU.
Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks hired Kathryn Wall as director of community engagement to succeed the retiring Samuel Pippin. Wall has worked the past seven years as public health information administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, and previously as a Springfield News-Leader reporter. With a master’s in public administration-health policy and a bachelor’s in print journalism from MSU, she’s responsible for connecting with BCFO’s outlying communities, forming relationships with donors, health departments, hospitals and clients.
Coryell Collaborative Group hired Kevin Moyer as chief investment officer, a newly created position. He’s responsible for investment selections and forming investment policy, while managing relationships within the institutional capital markets and lenders. Moyer has experience in acquisition, disposition and capital markets for Jack Sitt Real Estate in New York and Simon Group Holdings, a manager of private equity funds.
Visionhealth Eye Center in Republic moved; Gettin’ Basted expanded north to Springfield; and the second Springfield facility for Blue Iguana Car Wash opened.
Jennifer Charleston, a 20-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department and the only female lieutenant in the department, talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about her career in law enforcement and her new position in the department as a liaison to the LGBTQ+ community.
Moving from physical meetings to digital meetings can feel like a barrier, but Mackenzie Scherer, an independent technology business consultant, says it can be an opportunity. Scherer says that with good moderation, a digital meeting experience can make people feel more included in the discussion.
Abby Glenn, development director for Habitat for Humanity, says corporate partners are a huge asset to the work they do. Corporate donation matching programs help individual donors feel they are contributing more and help Habitat for Humanity cover the large costs of their projects.
Alex Neville-Verdugo, museum director at the Discovery Center in Springfield, describes the opportunities the Discovery Center has through partnerships with other educational organizations. Neville-Verdugo says the Discovery Center’s virtual learning program reaches across multiple countries, with traffic mostly coming from the U.S. and Canada.
Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager at HR Advantage, says we do see fewer women in the workforce today than before the pandemic. Hurst says many women want more flexible work environments and that is one way employers can capture the female labor force.
Curtis Marshall, CEO of Tie & Timber Beer Company, says he sees work-life balance very differently. When he was younger, he would push himself to take on more and more responsibility, but would stop and put his career on hold for months while living in New Zealand or Mexico, or to start a pet software project. He says he lives by the philosophy of work hard and play hard.
Brent Cochran didn’t think he would become a retailer, but when thinking of ways to keep his young adult son with Down syndrome intellectually engaged, he came across a father and son team that did just that. Cochran, now owner of Al’s Pals Pet Place, says both the needs of his son and his affection for the family dog with a sensitive stomach led him to the world of e-commerce.
Michelle Romero, co-owner of PKD Venue, says her business has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by changing its business model to include food service. Now on top of serving as a venue for rent, they can keep revenue through online and pick up and go orders.
Dr. Clifton Petty, dean of the Breech School of Business at Drury University, lists three priorities for an effective MBA program. Petty says an entrepreneurial focus, a cohesive group of fellow students and an emphasis on hands-on experience are things students should look for in an MBA program. This is sponsored content.
Megan Short, the executive director of the Springfield Contractors Association, discusses her company’s organization strategies to encourage networking. She encourages organizing networking events around some activity and working to explicitly provide time during events for people to chat and have conversation.