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Newsmakers: Aug. 12-18, 2019

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Accounting
Madison Moore, a staff accountant at KPM CPAs & Advisors, completed all parts of the certified public accounting examination and earned her CPA license. The designation is awarded by the American Institute of CPAs. Moore provides audit services to clients in the nonprofit and governmental industries with an emphasis on school districts, municipalities, counties, special districts, colleges and nonprofit organizations.

KPM hired Hannah Bracker, Ashley Gray and Kaia Marcinkowski as staff accountants. Bracker provides audit services to clients in the nonprofit and government industries. Gray provides audit services in a variety of industries and is currently pursuing her CPA certification. Marcinkowski provides audit services primarily in the nonprofit and governmental industries.

Architecture
H Design Group LLC added Ashlan Fiester as marketing coordinator. She has experience in marketing, copywriting, social media strategies and public relations. Fiester graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism with a bachelor’s in journalism and a master’s in strategic communications.

John Oke-Thomas of Oke-Thomas and Associates Inc. was admitted as chartered architect member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He is one of three Missouri architects, and the only from Springfield, who has been admitted to the institute. As a member of the institute, he is allowed to practice in the United Kingdom.

Paragon Architecture LLC hired Tanner Wilkinson as project coordinator. He has a focus on sustainable design and educational programming for 21st century learners. Wilkinson graduated from Drury University in 2018 with a master’s in architecture.

BRP Architects added Jake Burris as an architectural intern. He is a fifth-year student at Drury pursuing a master of architecture degree.

Education
Drury University was named one of the best values in American higher education by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. The rankings are based on objective measurements of academic quality and affordability. Drury was one of 44 colleges named in the Midwest region.

Health Care
Cox South and Cox Branson received the American College of Cardiology’s Chest Pain – MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2019. The award recognizes the hospitals’ commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. To receive the award, the hospitals demonstrated at least four consecutive quarters of full participation in the registry, while performing at the top level of standards for specific performance measures.

Nonprofit
The Kitchen Inc. named Colin Ayre as housing coordinator, Theresa Oglesby as director of housing programs and Valerie Falcon as housing assistant.

The Rare Breed Youth Services program named Tammy Preston and Courtney Myers as case managers and Katherine Westmorland as coordinator. The Kitchen’s Home At Last program named Luke Wallace as case manager and Valerie Wolfe as coordinator. The Kitchen also hired Rylea Luckfield as grants and compliance coordinator, Phyllis Stanley as support nurse, Ning Graham as accounting clerk, Tina Moore as director of human resources and Stefanie Nentrup as community development coordinator.

The Rotary Club of Springfield Downtown elected its 2019-20 officers: Tamera Jahnke as president; Michael Overton as president-elect; Denise Baumann as secretary; Dwayne Fulk as past-president; Stan Adamson as treasurer; Stephanie Hurt as membership chair; Steve Bach as public relations chair; Jim Lumpe as service projects chair; and Rayanna Anderson as director.

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