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Newsmakers: June 17-23, 2019

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Education
Robert Randolph was named the inaugural director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Ozarks Technical Community College. He will help guide the implementation of the facility and manage operations upon its opening in August 2022. He most recently was the manufacturing engineer manager for seven years at CNH Industrial Reman and has worked as a project engineer for Yarbrough Industries Inc.

The Ozark Board of Education hired Elizabeth Dawson as early childhood assistant director. She succeeds Sandra Roy, who will move to South Elementary School as an assistant principal for the 2019-20 school year. Dawson joined the district in 2015 as a speech-language pathologist working with elementary students before becoming a special education process coordinator in 2017.

The Evangel University Enactus Team won the Jack Shewmaker Enactus Spirit Award. The award recognizes a team demonstrating a strong commitment to improving the lives of others and furthering the Enactus mission.

Mark Smith was named dean of the McQueary College of Health and Human Services at Missouri State University, effective Aug. 1. He previously served five years as associate dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. Smith was selected out of 35 applicants.

Health Care
Mercy Hospital Springfield and Mercy Hospital Lebanon were among 832 hospitals awarded an A from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Hospital Safety Guide. The Leapfrog Group uses 28 measures of publicly available safety data to assign grades to some 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice a year. The grade recognizes hospitals focusing on advancing patient safety.

Dr. Nicole McCauley of Breath of Life Wellness Center earned her diplomate in the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics. With her 14 years of experience, the license goes to doctors of chiropractic in the specialties of pediatrics and pregnancy.

Media
417 Magazine publisher Gary Whitaker received the Milton W. Jones Lifetime Achievement Award from the City and Regional Magazine Association. He has owned the publication with his wife Joan since 2001 and has served consecutive terms as CRMA president, 2015-17.

Nonprofit
Sara Walraven was named program director at Developmental Center of the Ozarks. She was most recently quality improvement coordinator at DCO and continues to serve as the accreditation and licensing contact, in addition to supervising the coordinators of each program. Walraven succeeds Jana Browning, who died in April.

Recreation
Fritz’s Adventure hired John Vaughn as chief marketing officer to develop and implement an overall marketing and sales strategy. He has 20 years of experience, most recently as senior vice president for Huddle Inc.

Retail
White River Marine Group, Bass Pro Shops’ marine manufacturing division, hired Zach Kauk as president. He has 30 years of experience in global manufacturing and product management at Caterpillar Inc. and most recently worked as vice president of its excavation division. He succeeds the retiring Les Crawford.

Technology
OMG Commerce was named a Best Workplace for 2019 by Inc. magazine. OMG was one of 346 finalists selected out of more than 2,000 applicants ranked by employee surveys covering trust, management effectiveness, perks and confidence in the future. Qualifying companies are privately held and based in the U.S. with at least 10 employees.

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