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Newsmakers: Dec. 9-15, 2019

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BRP Architects added Nelson Zavaleta as a student architectural intern. He is a fifth-year student at Drury University and plans to graduate next year with a master’s in architecture.

Drury University appointed Marilyn Harris as the school’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer. She’s responsible to raise the visibility of diversity efforts, clarify goals and assess progress, and provide expertise on issues of access, equity, diversity and inclusion. Harris also will continue working as head of Drury’s human resources department.

Drury hired Jenny McCool as an internal point person for the Enterprise Center project in the school’s 25-year master plan. She will work with architects, engineers and contractors on the job. McCool has 15 years of construction experience and 10 years in higher education, most recently as a senior project manager in facilities for EaglePicher Technologies.

Health Care
Pure & Clean LLC hired Dina Readinger as vice president of health care business development. She has 15 years of experience as a senior executive sales representative, eight years as a district sales manager and two years as oncology sales manager with GlaxoSmithKline in St. Louis. Readinger completed her executive MBA at Washington University.

The Midwest Association of Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals honored The Senior Health Center Program at Citizens Memorial Hospital with the Award for Excellence. The program provides health and wellness opportunities in a social environment for area residents 55 years and older.

Neale & Newman LLP hired Kirsten Poppen as an attorney. With 20 years of experience in litigation and business ownership, including stints at Strong, Garner & Bauer PC and Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, she practices in business, employment and family law.

The Springfield-Greene County Library District received an Anchor Award from The Schools Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition at its annual conference in Washington, D.C. The award is given to innovative users of broadband connections, with the library being recognized for its use of free Wi-Fi service connecting all 10 branches and the 24-hour kiosk at the Library Express West.

Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc. honored Jennifer Katzin with a Board Member Award of Excellence. Katzin, a founding board member of the Community Foundation of Rogersville, was nominated for her work on the annual fundraiser Rockin’ Rogersville and for filling various roles on the board.

CFO named Jill Bright as the 2019 Humanitarian Award recipient for her work with the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks. She founded the nonprofit in 2012 and since it has provided almost 4 million diapers across 59 southwest Missouri counties. The award, founded in 1990, honors individuals serving in a humanitarian capacity. The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce reviews nominations to select the recipient. 

Tery O’Shell was named executive director of Sculpture Walk Springfield. She has 20 years of experience working as a director of development.

Branson Kampgrounds of America’s Holiday Campground earned the 2020 KOA President’s Award and Founder’s Award at the KOA Annual International Convention in Savannah, Georgia. The President’s Award is given to campgrounds meeting quality standards and receiving high customer service scores. The Founder’s Award is the highest service award and is given to campground owners and managers based on customer service scores and the KOA Quality Review.


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