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Newsmakers: June 20-26, 2022

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FORVIS LLP won three awards out of the 23 issued at the Association for Accounting Marketing’s annual summit in Louisville, Kentucky. The firm’s private client division rebranding was recognized in the branding category, while its 2021 Integrated Report won in the collateral and content marketing category and a Meet the Team campaign was honored in the social media campaign category.

BRP Architects added architectural interns Riley Jarvis and Taryn Vogan-Bohrer, and a student architectural intern, Joe Bogowith. Jarvis and Vogan-Bohrer hold master of architecture degrees from Kansas State University, and Bogowith is an architecture student at Drury University, studying to earn his master of architecture degree.

Banking & Finance
Central Bank in Springfield hired Jacob Kellett as senior vice president and chief credit officer to succeed the retiring Bob Berlin. Kellett has 17 years of experience in portfolio and risk management, commercial lending and credit analysis. He holds a Juris Doctor from University of Tulsa and is a graduate of the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking.

Branson Bank added Marcus Harmon as vice president of commercial lending, with a focus on small businesses, real estate and construction. With eight years of banking experience, he holds a bachelor’s in administrative management from Missouri State University.

U.S. Cellular was named to the Forbes list of Best Employers for Diversity for the third year in a row. Based on surveys conducted by Statista Inc. of over 60,000 employees in companies with at least 1,000 employees, companies were evaluated by diversity engagement indicators and diversity among top executives and boards, among other areas.

Russell Cellular Inc. promoted Jason Kapperman to director of customer solutions. He joined the company in 2020, with 10 years of experience in wireless sales and support, and helped develop a new Customer Solution Center. Kapperman leads over 50 team members and oversees the support of over 300 stores.

Nixa Public Schools honored Allison Fleetwood as 2022 Teacher of the Year, Erica Mahn as Volunteer of the Year and Lindsay Ball as Support Staff of the Year. Fleetwood is department head for Nixa Theatre and is overseeing the arts integration program to develop a culture of the arts throughout the district. Mahn, who works as director of community pharmacy for Alps Pharmacy, was recognized for her efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, notably organizing vaccine clinics for school students and staff. As the district’s head nurse, Ball was honored for ensuring a safe environment for students during the pandemic, creating testing sites and working on the district’s plan to return to the classroom.

MSU appointed John Jasinski interim provost, effective July 1, to succeed the retiring Frank Einhellig. Jasinski previously worked as president of Northwest Missouri State University the past 13 years. During his one-year contract, he’s responsible for academic program reviews and approvals, accreditations and faculty affairs, as well as developing a plan to reduce academic-related expenses. Jasinski holds a doctorate in educational leadership and higher education administration from University of Nebraska.

Taney County Associate Circuit Judge Tiffany Yarnell received a 2022 Women’s Justice Award in Public Service from Missouri Lawyers Weekly. The awards recognize leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and the legal profession. Yarnell has a 17-year legal career in public service.


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