Banking & Finance
Old Missouri Bank hired Callie Carroll as vice president of business development and shareholder relations officer. She previously worked as director of athletics development at Missouri State University, where she earned a master’s in professional studies and sports management, and a bachelor’s in broadcast journalism.
Kathy Lampley returned to Piatchek & Associates as client relations manager. She previously had a seven-year stint as the firm’s office manager and most recently with her husband, Steve, launched a business, K&S Electric. Lampley holds a bachelor’s in management information systems from Ambassador University in Texas.
The Ozark School District named Morgan Kelly as principal of North Elementary and Tom Colvin as assistant principal of Ozark Junior High. Kelly has served as the school’s assistant principal since 2015, and she succeeds the retiring Karen Hood. Kelly has a master’s in educational administration and a doctorate in educational leadership, curriculum and instruction from Evangel University. Colvin has 23 years of experience in education, serving the last five in Ozark. He has a master’s in educational administration from Southwest Baptist University.
College of the Ozarks’ Armstrong McDonald School of Nursing ranked as a Top 5 nursing program in Missouri by RegisteredNursing.org. The ranking system categorizes the nation’s college nursing programs based on the results of The National Council Licensure Examination, as well as tuition cost, average program length and geographical coverage. The C of O nursing graduates last year scored a first-time pass rate of 100%, exceeding the national average of 84%.
Gov. Mike Parson appointed Hollie Elliott, of Fair Grove, to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education and Abigail Pinegar-Rose, of Ozark, to the State Lottery Commission. Elliott has worked as executive director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group since 2017 and previously managed public affairs for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. She holds a master’s in administrative studies and agriculture advocacy and a bachelor’s in agricultural communications from MSU. Pinegar-Rose is marketing director for the Pinegar auto dealerships in Republic and Branson. She holds a bachelor’s in communications from MSU.
CoxHealth named Alan Butler as system director of public safety and security over its six hospitals and 80 clinics. He has 30 years of experience in health care security, most recently as vice president of health care security over 200 hospitals for Denver-based HSS. With a master’s in criminal justice management from Sam Houston University, Butler has directed security for the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Medical City Dallas Hospital and Baylor University Medical Center.
Citizens Memorial Hospital added advanced practice providers Kelsi Yates, Candi Erven and Sheri Stofer. Yates, a nurse practitioner, joined the urology surgical clinic. She holds a master’s in nursing from Maryville University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s in nursing from Southwest Baptist University. At the gastroenterology clinic, Erven, a nurse practitioner, holds a master’s in nursing from University of Missouri-Kansas City and a bachelor’s in nursing from MSU. Stofer, a registered nurse and physician assistant, joined the endocrinology center. She holds a master’s in physician assistant studies from University of North Dakota and a bachelor’s in nursing from Excelsior College in New York.
Mid-West Family Broadcasting hired Makayla Easley as administrative assistant. She previously worked in retail and at CoxHealth handling emergency room patient registration.
Visionhealth Eye Center in Republic moved; Gettin’ Basted expanded north to Springfield; and the second Springfield facility for Blue Iguana Car Wash opened.
Jennifer Charleston, a 20-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department and the only female lieutenant in the department, talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about her career in law enforcement and her new position in the department as a liaison to the LGBTQ+ community.
Moving from physical meetings to digital meetings can feel like a barrier, but Mackenzie Scherer, an independent technology business consultant, says it can be an opportunity. Scherer says that with good moderation, a digital meeting experience can make people feel more included in the discussion.
Abby Glenn, development director for Habitat for Humanity, says corporate partners are a huge asset to the work they do. Corporate donation matching programs help individual donors feel they are contributing more and help Habitat for Humanity cover the large costs of their projects.
Alex Neville-Verdugo, museum director at the Discovery Center in Springfield, describes the opportunities the Discovery Center has through partnerships with other educational organizations. Neville-Verdugo says the Discovery Center’s virtual learning program reaches across multiple countries, with traffic mostly coming from the U.S. and Canada.
Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager at HR Advantage, says we do see fewer women in the workforce today than before the pandemic. Hurst says many women want more flexible work environments and that is one way employers can capture the female labor force.
Curtis Marshall, CEO of Tie & Timber Beer Company, says he sees work-life balance very differently. When he was younger, he would push himself to take on more and more responsibility, but would stop and put his career on hold for months while living in New Zealand or Mexico, or to start a pet software project. He says he lives by the philosophy of work hard and play hard.
Brent Cochran didn’t think he would become a retailer, but when thinking of ways to keep his young adult son with Down syndrome intellectually engaged, he came across a father and son team that did just that. Cochran, now owner of Al’s Pals Pet Place, says both the needs of his son and his affection for the family dog with a sensitive stomach led him to the world of e-commerce.
Michelle Romero, co-owner of PKD Venue, says her business has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by changing its business model to include food service. Now on top of serving as a venue for rent, they can keep revenue through online and pick up and go orders.
Dr. Clifton Petty, dean of the Breech School of Business at Drury University, lists three priorities for an effective MBA program. Petty says an entrepreneurial focus, a cohesive group of fellow students and an emphasis on hands-on experience are things students should look for in an MBA program. This is sponsored content.
Megan Short, the executive director of the Springfield Contractors Association, discusses her company’s organization strategies to encourage networking. She encourages organizing networking events around some activity and working to explicitly provide time during events for people to chat and have conversation.