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Newsmakers: April 29-May 5, 2019

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Accounting
BKD LLP promoted Matthew Looker and Emily Reese to senior managing consultants and Laura Rice and Eimee Wakefield to managing consultants. Looker is a member of the firm’s technologies division and assists clients with implementations and project management for new products. Reese assists large health care systems with reimbursement and regulatory consulting services. Rice performs reimbursement consulting to clients and prepares Medicare and Medicaid cost reports for community health centers. Wakefield provides consulting services to home care and hospice clients.

Education
The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools honored five reading teachers with Turner Reading Awards: Rachel Hoing at Watkins Elementary School, Shondra Collins at York Elementary School, Alyssa Wicklund at Westport Middle School, Liz Eason at Weller Elementary School and Kendall Bennett at Jarrett Middle School. Nominations for the awards were submitted by SPS educators and peers earlier this year with nominees completing a questionnaire detailing their accomplishments in the classroom.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Missouri Seal of Biliteracy Program approved The Summit Preparatory School to offer the seal to qualifying seniors upon graduation. The program promotes active participation in a global society and economy by incentivizing, recognizing and celebrating the acquisition of biliteracy skills and sociocultural competencies.

Health Care
Citizens Memorial Hospital’s Heart Institute in Bolivar added Kyla Inman as nurse practitioner. She provides evaluation and treatment for adult cardiology patients, stress test supervision, patient education, and management of blood clots and heart failures. Inman earned her nursing degree from East Central College in Rolla and her bachelor’s and master’s in nursing from Cox College.

Dr. Abigail Emery of Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture LLC completed the requirements to become Webster certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. The Webster technique teaches care for pregnant women, such as gentle adjusting techniques, individual case management systems and evidence-informed practices.

Law
Matthew Growcock was elected managing member of Lowther Johnson Attorney at Law LLC, succeeding Michael Miller. Growcock, who joined the firm as a member in 2012, practices in commercial and civil litigation. Miller was named chief operating officer and general counsel for Mid-Missouri Bank.

Nonprofit
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks Inc. named Karen McDonald and Tad Peters as the 2018 Bigs of the Year. McDonald, who has worked in public schools for 18 years. has mentored the same little for the last decade. Peters, an officer with the Springfield Police Department, joined the BBBSO Board of Directors in 2011 and has mentored his little since then.

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