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Newsmakers: April 6-12, 2020

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Architecture
Dake Wells Architecture Inc. was one of eight firms honored as a 2020 Emerging Voice from The Architectural League of New York. The award highlights work addressing larger issues within architecture, landscape and the built environment.

Banking and Finance
Central Bank of the Ozarks added Leah Reed as mortgage loan officer and Shawn Keys as vice president-loan officer. The bank also promoted Kelsey Payne to banking center manager at the South Glenstone Avenue branch. Reed has 15 years of experience in the real estate and lending industry. With 27 years of industry experience, Keys is responsible for business development and commercial and consumer lending. Payne brings eight years of experience and is responsible for the daily tasks of the branch.

Guaranty Bank promoted David Shelton to assistant vice president/infrastructure manager in the information systems department. Shelton, formerly IT manager, rejoined the bank in 2017.

Ron Penney, private wealth adviser with Penney, Murray & Associates, qualified for the company’s Circle of Success Annual program. He has 37 years of experience.

Education
Springfield Public Schools named Jason Steingraber as principal of Pershing K-8, effective July 1. The current principal of Wilder Elementary School, Steingraber has 22 years of experience with SPS and succeeds Ryan Savage at Pershing.

Entertainment
Silver Dollar City Attractions hired Angela Davis as marketing director of sales and Cole Estes as marketing director of sponsorships and promotions. Davis has 20 years of hospitality experience with Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center. She oversees all sales and group operations at Silver Dollar City, Showboat Branson Belle and White Water. Estes most recently served as senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia Inc. in Springfield and now works on Silver Dollar City, White Water, Showboat Branson Belle and Silver Dollar City Campground.

Municipal
Nixa was ranked the 10th safest Missouri city by the National Council for Home Safety and Security. The rankings are compiled using FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics of cities with populations over 10,000 and local law enforcement data.

Nonprofit
The Kitchen Inc. hired Stacy Harshberger as director of accounts. She has a bachelor’s in business management and a master’s in organizational leadership from Evangel University.

The Pediatric Brain Foundation named Amber Riddle to its board of directors. Riddle is the chief financial officer of preschool and early child care centers Little Sunshine’s Enterprises Inc.

Lost & Found Grief Center added Lisa Hallam as chief operating officer, Shannon Nagy as database manager and Ethan Potter as program coordinator. Hallam has 30 years of health care experience, most recently as nursing director for Mercy Hospital Springfield’s emergency department. Nagy has worked as an office manager and two decades as a community volunteer. Potter joined Lost & Found in May 2019 as a part-time coordinator.

Technology
Pearson-Kelly Technology promoted Lee Flood to executive vice president from director of sales. He joined the company in 2014 as an account manager.

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