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Newsmakers: June 4-10, 2018

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BKD CPAs PC appointed Kristen Bright, Tim Chitwood, Juli Pascoe and Erica Smith to partner. Bright provides audit and consulting services for developers, utilities, governments, universities and nonprofits. Chitwood works with family and private-equity owned businesses. Pascoe provides audit and consulting services for long-term, continuing care and assisted living organizations and communities. Smith provides tax and business consulting to historic preservation, low-income housing and real estate industries.

BKD promoted Tod Eastlake to managing director. With 30 years of experience, he oversees operations and administrative personnel of the firm’s national advisory services.

Banking & Finance
Haley Decker
joined Bank of Sullivan as a loan specialist at its Springfield branch. With three years of experience in commercial and consumer lending, she has a bachelor’s in accountancy from Missouri State University and plans to begin MBA studies this fall at MSU.

Kerry Moore
, associate professor of education at College of the Ozarks, received the Eugene Charles Wittick Teaching Excellence Award for demonstrating teaching ability and student impact.

Crystal Magers was named principal of Sherwood Elementary. She succeeds Nicole Holt, who will transition to director of professional learning for the 2018-19 academic year. Magers started with Springfield Public Schools as a first-grade teacher at York Elementary School.

Troy Cronkhite
, band director at Glendale High School, was appointed to assistant conductor of the Springfield Youth Symphony, succeeding retiree Carla Wootton. Cronkhite has been band director at Glendale for the past six years. He completed a bachelor’s in music education from Northwest Missouri State University and a master’s in music from Sam Houston State University in Texas.

Drury University hired Juan Rodriguez-Nieto as an assistant professor of finance in the Breech School of Business. He recently earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Rio Grande and participated in the nonprofit PhD Project to boost diversity among American business schools. Rodriguez-Nieto is one of only 29 male Hispanic-American finance and economics professors teaching in collegiate business schools in the United States.

The Nixa Public Schools Board of Education received an Outstanding Board award from the Missouri School Boards’ Association. The board was among 20 of the 520 total school boards in the state to receive the top award recognizing quality, safe and secure learning environments, as well as use of technology, supportive infrastructure and long-range facilities planning.

Springfield Business Journal hired Christine Temple as features editor and audience development director. She has a bachelor’s in journalism from Evangel University and worked as a reporter for Springfield News-Leader before more recently serving as communications and public relations coordinator at Ozarks Food Harvest.

Chelsey Bode
, president of Pearson-Kelly Technology, was named 2018 Difference Maker of the office technology industry by ENX Magazine. She became a partner in the company in 2016.


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