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Newsmakers: Dec. 23-29, 2019

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Construction
The U.S. Green Building Council awarded Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification for new construction. LEED is a voluntary third-party verified green building ratings system addressing site, water, energy, materials and indoor environmental qualities of facilities. O’Reilly Hospitality Management LLC built the hotel in 2018 with such environmental features as low mercury lighting, saving 1.2 million kWh per year; low-flow fixtures, conserving 735,000 gallons of water a year; and a construction waste-management plan that diverted 1,400 tons of debris from the landfill.

Government
Gov. Mike Parson appointed Dr. Patricia Hogan Mort, of Springfield, to the Mental Health Commission, and Mariann Morgan, of Carthage, and Ron Richard, of Joplin, to the Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors. Mort is a certified psychiatrist at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic in Branson. Morgan is an attorney with Checkett & Pauly PC. Richard owns C & N Bowling Corp. and served as a state legislator in both chambers beginning in 2002.

Health Care
Dr. Charlotte McKnight joined CoxHealth Ozark Pediatrics. The pediatrician completed her residency at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. An Aurora native, McKnight returned to the area after living two years in Germany while her husband served in the U.S. Air Force.

Law
Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown PC attorneys John Carnahan III and Thomas Peebles Jr. were named to the 2019 Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyers list. Carnahan practices in the areas of tax and estate planning; corporate, real estate and financial law; and business succession planning. Peebles practices in estate planning, wealth transfers and trust administration. Only 5% of Missouri and Kansas attorneys are selected to the list. 

Municipal
The Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management named Quentin Black deputy director. He’s served as a U.S. Marine Corps officer for 17 years and most recently worked as emergency management director for Citizens Memorial Hospital.

The Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce named Walmart as the 2019 Large Business of the Year and Comfort Inn as the 2019 Small Business of the Year. Separated by number of employees, the chamber’s executive committee chose the companies based on growth, innovation, stability and community service.

Nonprofit
The Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Ozarks Region Chapter honored nine companies and individuals with awards at its 2019 National Philanthropy day luncheon: Ed and Carol Pinegar, Philanthropist of the Year; Prime Inc., Philanthropic Business of the Year; Chris Ball and Bob Lowe, Volunteer Fundraisers of the Year; Harmony House’s iCare campaign, Fundraising Campaign of the Year; C.W. Titus Foundation, Philanthropic Foundation of the Year; KOLR 10, Philanthropic Media Outlet of the Year; Melanie Earl of Drury University, Fundraising Professional of the Year; and Shae Smith, Youth Philanthropist of the Year. 

Springfield Regional Arts Council Executive Director Leslie Forrester was elected board president for two statewide organizations: Missouri Citizens for the Arts and Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies. Her role with Missouri Citizens for the Arts includes supporting advocacy efforts to ensure statewide art funding continues. With MACAA, Forrester works with staff to engage and encourage local arts agencies to serve their communities through the arts.

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