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Newsmakers: July 2-8, 2018

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Banking & Finance
The Missouri Bankers Association installed Guaranty Bank President and CEO Shaun Burke as chairman and elected four other local bankers to board positions: John Everett of Legacy Bank and Trust, Legislative Affairs Committee chairman; Mark Harrington of Old Missouri Bank, Ozark regional director; and Steve Fox of U.S. Bank and Russ Marquart of Central Bank of the Ozarks, at-large directors.

Drury University added five members to its Board of Trustees: Rick Ayre, Kimberly Hamm, Mark McDonald, Emily Pitts and Gorm Tuxen. Ayre, of Seattle and from the class of 1971, is a former vice president and executive editor at Amazon. Hamm, class of ’86, is an audit partner in the Springfield office of BKD LLP. McDonald, ’91, is medical director of Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Pitts, of St. Louis, is the principal of diversity and inclusion at Edward Jones. Tuxen, of Branson, is president of Tuxen & Associates Inc., working in the international security, parking and transportation industries.

Drury’s Board of Trustees elected Rita Baron as chairwoman-elect, succeeding Lyle Reed. Baron, principal of Springfield architecture firm Baron Design & Associates, is a 1999 Drury graduate and a trustee since 2007. She will become the first woman to lead the Drury board.

Three longtime Drury trustees were honored for their years of service. Former Commerce Bank chairman Ken Carter, ’64, and retired Springfield dermatologist Dr. Tom Lynch, ’65, were granted emeritus trustee status, after each served for 32 years. Retired insurance executive Tom Kellogg, ’58, was granted lifetime trustee status after his 28 years.

Professional engineer Craig Kern joined Bartlett & West’s Springfield office as a lead project engineer. He is responsible for design and delivery of drinking water treatment and distribution systems. Kern’s 12 years of experience includes time with City Utilities of Springfield in water treatment and supply and facilities management.

Interior Design
Grooms Office Environments hired Abbey McCandles as a staff designer. She graduated from Pittsburg State University with a bachelor’s in interior design and a minor in construction technology.

John Hallgren
joined Crosslines of Springfield as community resource manager. Hallgren has been providing case management services at the Council of Churches’ outreach program since May.

Leadership Springfield hired Carrie Richardson as its first executive director. A graduate of Class 25, she’s worked as chief operating officer of Ozarks Community Hospital, where she’s served for 10 years. Richardson is charged with providing Leadership Springfield’s strategic direction, expanding programs and overseeing staff.

Alina Lehnert received Leadership Springfield’s 2018 Kenworthy Award for her commitment to the organization, community service and good citizenship, as well as her leadership and ethics. A graduate of Signature Class 23 and founder of Lehnert Leadership Group LLC, she’s served six years on Leadership Springfield’s board, including a stint as president.


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