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Newsmakers: June 13-19, 2022

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Forvis LLP elected Jeff Lenhart and David Stotelmyer III as partners and promoted Matt Cash and Jess Myers to managing directors. Lenhart serves as director of the firm’s wealth adviser offices in Springfield, Branson and Joplin and is a member of the private client financial advisory team. He has 10 years of experience serving major national wealth management firms and holds a bachelor’s in business administration from University of Missouri-St. Louis and a master’s in personal financial planning from the College for Financial Planning in Colorado. Stotelmyer, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from University of Arkansas, is assistant accounting and auditing director for Forvis’ southern Missouri practice. With over a decade of audit service experience, Cash is a member of the firm’s higher education, construction and real estate national groups. He holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Drury University. Myers works in Forvis’ National Commercial Services Group and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Missouri State University.

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Sophie Pierpoint joined Old Missouri Bank as vice president and business development officer. In nearly 20 years of fundraising and development work, she’s held roles as development director for MSU and as chief development officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks.

Central Bank of the Ozarks appointed Mary Schrag to its Advisory Board of Directors in the Springfield market. She owns Physical Therapy Specialists Clinic Inc. and also holds board seats with the Missouri State Board of Education, the Southern Ozarks Alliance for Rural Development and the MSU Foundation.

Guaranty Bank hired Sarah Hassan as an assistant vice president and residential lender. She holds a bachelor’s in physical education from MSU.

Luciana Brown was selected to serve as principal of the Willard Orchard Hills Elementary School, effective July 1. The longtime Willard native has worked for the school district since 2006, holding roles in teaching, professional learning facilitation and administration.

MSU added Zora Mulligan as executive vice president, a new role for the school, and promoted Brad Bodenhausen to vice president for community and global partnerships, succeeding Jim Baker. Both positions are effective in early July. Mulligan has worked since 2016 as commissioner of the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development. She will serve as second in command to MSU President Clif Smart and is charged with leading efforts to redesign the university to meet modern educational needs. With a bachelor’s in political science and psychology from Drury University, as well as a master’s in education and Juris Doctor from University of Kansas, Mulligan previously was chief of staff for the University of Missouri system and executive director for the Missouri Community College Association. Bodenhausen has worked for MSU since 2014, currently as associate vice president of international education and training. He holds a bachelor’s in mass communication from University of Central Missouri and a master’s in international affairs and administration from MSU.


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