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Newsmakers: July 5-11, 2021

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Accounting
KPM CPAs & Advisors appointed Sean Balisle as managing shareholder, succeeding Randall Moots. With 30 years of accounting experience, Balisle is the firm’s sixth managing shareholder. He previously served in leadership roles as the financial institutions team leader, a member of the executive committee, and as the audit and assurance department head.

Abacus CPAs announced 10 promotions: Matt Clark to supervisor of accounting services; Shuhan Gu to supervisor of the Branson office; Jill Coleman to adviser; Chris Abercrombie and Tucker Virnig to consultants; Hannah Husgen, Caleb Kubacak and Amanda Moore to senior analysts; Brooke Shepherd to coordinator; and Candice Alcantar to client support specialist.

Advisory
The Vistage CEO-peer advisory group named Fritz Jacobi as chair, succeeding Bruce Nasby. Jacobi has chaired a Vistage group in Wisconsin the past 12 years and previously worked in newspaper publishing for 20 years, including a stint as Springfield News-Leader publisher in the mid-1990s. Nasby continues to serve as president of Global Advisory Associates LLC.

Banking & Finance
The Bank of Missouri added Stephen Critchfield, Kevin Hutcheson and Debbie Williams to its seven-member southwest region advisory board. Critchfield, of Branson, co-owns Commercial One Brokers and has over 45 years of experience in land development, residential construction, consulting and commercial brokerage. Originally from Atlanta, Hutcheson is a Chick-fil-A franchisee since 2011 and owns and operates the eatery in Branson. Williams, of Branson, built the Moon River Theatre with her husband, Andy, and she started the Moon River 10K run and a 501(c)(3) to help homeless dogs and cats in the Branson area.

Education
Ozarks Technical Community College named Aaron Light as dean of health sciences, succeeding the retiring Sherry Taylor. Light has worked for OTC since 2003, most recently as director of the respiratory therapy program. He led the college’s effort to become authorized by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education to offer bachelor’s degrees in the program. Light holds an associate degree in respiratory therapy from OTC, as well as bachelor’s degrees in management and respiratory therapy from Missouri State University, a master’s in respiratory care management from Northeastern University and a doctorate in health science from Nova Southeastern University-Florida.

Springfield Public Schools named Carla DeSilva-Carver director of the department of analytics, accountability and assessment. She joined SPS in 2020, previously serving as the district’s assistant director of performance analytics. Prior to that, DeSilva-Carver worked for Burrell Behavioral Health as director for recovery services, as well as in operations and analysis for both Mercy and CoxHealth hospitals in Springfield.

Nonprofit
Good Samaritan Boys Ranch promoted Alissa Jecklin to director of the transitional living services program for youth aging out of foster care. She’s worked for Good Samaritan for eight years, most recently directing the Footsteps/Darr House transitional living home for young men. Brittani Derossett succeeds Jecklin in that post. Derossett is a licensed master-level social worker who’s served at-risk, traumatized youth, most recently at Great Circle-Springfield.

Good Samaritan also hired Mattie Dennis as medical coordinator. She’s a registered nurse who has worked in rehabilitation and long-term care.

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