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Newsmakers: July 20-26, 2020

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Abacus CPAs LLC promoted Amy Murphy to senior associate from associate. She has 20 years of experience in payables, receivables and financial statements.

Don Tosh, senior professor of mathematics at Evangel University, was selected to lead national math honor society Kappa Mu Epsilon. He will serve one year as president-elect, followed by four years as president. Tosh is the first person to lead the organization twice; he served as national president 2005-09.

The Missouri State University Ad Team took first place in the McCain Institute’s Peer-to-Peer Protective Campaign. The 13-member group designed the Kindness Empowers Youth program for the virtual competition, which aimed to address the topic of targeted violence in communities. MSU’s Ad Team has won eight national titles since 2008.

Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau Inc. added Megan Buchbinder as marketing director. She succeeds Sean Dixon, who is relocating to Topeka, Kansas. Buchbinder is responsible for developing and implementing the CVB’s marketing plan and projects, an advertising schedule to increase awareness of the city, cooperative advertising programs and staff oversight. She most recently served as marketing director for Springfield Little Theatre.

Springfield Police Department promoted eight individuals: Capt. Tad Peters to major; Cpls. Christina Flood, Ben Haines and Chris Nuccio to sergeants; Police Service Representative Erin Carson to police service supervisor; and PSRs Daniel Yepsen, William Evans and Kyler Small to police services representative II.

The Kitchen Inc. hired Ellen Herbig as community development coordinator. She earned a bachelor’s in professional writing and a master’s in student affairs from MSU. Herbig most recently worked in community outreach and leadership development at Drury University.

Lost & Found Grief Center added five new members to its board of directors: Andrea Brady, retail regional manager for Great Southern Bank; Lisa Hallam, chief nursing officer at Select Medical; Craig McCoy, president of Mercy Springfield Communities; Dr. Karen Scott, co-founder of Lost & Found Grief Center; and Mike Woody, former director of marketing for Silver Dollar City.

Lost & Found Grief Center hired Tasha Ganson as chief operating officer. She’s worked 14 years in business development and marketing in the medical field, most recently in health care administration for Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital. Ganson earned a bachelor’s in marketing and an MBA from MSU.

The Junior League of Springfield, Missouri, Inc. installed its 2020-21 officers and board members: Courtney Hayes, president; Allison Robertson, president-elect; Jami Moore, secretary; Michelle Vespa, treasurer; Mary Bozarth, management director; Lisa Yoakam, sustainer director; Maria Stockton, nominating chair; and Stephanie Hesser, Stacy Schneider, Carrie Brown, Rachel Fuhrman, Heather Trinca and 
Sandy Howard, at-large members.


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