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Newsmakers: Jan. 18-24, 2021

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KPM CPAs PC promoted accountant Hannah Montgomery to supervisor. With five years of accounting experience, she provides audit services and serves on the employee benefit plan team. Montgomery holds a bachelor’s in accounting and finance from Drury University.

Banking and Finance
Guaranty Bank hired Brandon Wardenburg as a vice president and senior credit officer. He has 15 years of industry experience, with stints locally as a credit analyst for Central Bank of the Ozarks and U.S. Bank, and most recently as senior commercial portfolio manager for Denver-based Sunflower Bank. Wardenburg holds bachelor’s degrees in finance and marketing management from Missouri State University.

Drury Law Enforcement Academy Director Tony Bowers earned the 2020 Distinguished Staff Service Award. He was recognized by the university for building the academy’s reputation throughout southwest Missouri, leading to quality employment outcomes for graduates. Bowers leads and recruits for three academy classes a year.

MSU received a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand and improve computer science education in elementary grades at rural schools. The funds are expected to provide the tools, curriculum and technology to support 150 teachers and 13,500 students. MSU was among 20 awards out of over 1,000 grant applicants in the federal Education Innovation and Research program.

Ozarks Area Community Action Corp. and Discovery Center of Springfield Inc. was awarded $315,250 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide STEM education for children in low-income families. The funds are dedicated to teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics through hands-on, seated models in the partnership between OACAC and Discovery Center.

Mary Meyer Keyes, of Springfield, was appointed to the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund Board. She’s a relationship manager for Affinity Wealth Partners and previously worked as a client associate for Merrill Lynch. With a bachelor’s in communications from Drury, Keyes also served as chief of staff to former Missouri first lady Melanie Blunt.

Health Care
Dr. Mark Walterskirchen joined Citizens Memorial Hospital’s Urology Surgical Clinic staff. As a urology surgery specialist, he is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Walterskirchen attended medical school at University of Washington and completed a urology residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center.


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