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Newsmakers: Feb. 12-18, 2024

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FORVIS LLP promoted Justus Brashers, Riley Johnson, Eli Wells and Jacob Wunderlich to senior associate positions. Brashers and Johnson provide audit services and each earned degrees in accounting from Missouri State University – Brashers a bachelor’s and master’s and Johnson a bachelor’s. Wells leads audit engagements and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from University of Central Missouri. With a bachelor’s in accounting from Arkansas Tech University, Wunderlich provides accounting services.

Banking & Finance
Nathan Roetto, a vice president, financial adviser and portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, earned his certified financial planner certification from the Certified Planner Board of Standards Inc. With Morgan Stanley since 2020, Roetto met the board’s experience and ethical requirements, completed financial planning coursework and passed the CFP examination.

Health Care
Dr. Michael W. Etches joined Citizens Memorial Hospital’s Willard Medical Center. A psychiatrist, he has worked for CMH since 2021 and specializes in treating mood, panic and bipolar disorders, memory deficits, ADHD, depression, anger issues and geriatric wellness. Etches holds a Doctor of Medicine from Avalon University School of Medicine in Curacao and completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Central Florida.

Better Block SGF’s 2023 Placemakers Awards went to Erin Danastasio for Placemaker of the Year and the Fassnight Creek Greenway Trail Community Mural for Placemaking Project of the Year. Danastasio was recognized for her work as executive director of the Hatch Foundation and the annual Celebrate SGF festival, while the trail was honored for Ozark Greenways bringing together artist Linda Passeri and volunteers to paint a mural in the Jefferson Avenue underpass.

The Kitchen Inc. appointed its 2024 board of trustees executive officers: President Kim Tilley, vice president of operations for support services at Mercy Hospital Springfield; Vice President Rob Fridge, project manager at Spectra Composites; Secretary Eric Latimer, fire operations division chief for Springfield Fire Department; Treasurer Jen Albers, senior managing consultant at FORVIS LLP; and past President Ellen Hammock, vice president of operations at CoxHealth.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources awarded a nearly $2.6 million Onsite Wastewater Treatment Grant to H2Ozarks to provide financial assistance to homeowners with on-site wastewater concerns. The funds cover the headwaters of the James River in the Springfield region and reach into Barry, Christian, Greene, Lawrence, Polk, Taney and Webster counties.

The Child Advocacy Center hired Emily Hertzog as director of development. She previously served as development director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District and as director of education and development at the Springfield Regional Arts Council Inc.

The Arc of the Ozarks named Michele Fields as a senior development specialist and Julie Jones as assistant development director. Fields is responsible for fundraising, event planning, grant writing and raising awareness of the organization’s mission. She’s worked 35 years in public relations, sales and marketing and has 14 years of experience in the developmental disability field. Jones is responsible for donor engagement, community relations, advocacy and fundraising, and has 28 years of experience in marketing and community relations.

Serial entrepreneur Dan Cobb was appointed as board chair of the Missouri Technology Corp. He has 40 years of technology industry experience and co-founded software firm HealthMedX, which later sold to Netsmart Technologies.


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