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Newsmakers: March 7-13, 2022

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Accounting
BKD LLP’s national health care group was named one of the 10 Most Trusted Healthcare Consulting Companies for 2022 by Insights Care magazine. The listing credited the firm’s understanding of the revenue-generating and cost-saving challenges in the health care industry.

Banking & Finance
Central Bank of the Ozarks promoted Nicole Miller to mortgage loan officer. She has six years of mortgage experience, most recently as a specialist in home equity lines of credit.

Morgan Stanley named Senior Vice President Anita Oplotnik to the firm’s top adviser Century Club. She has worked for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 2005 and holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Missouri Southern State University and an MBA from Missouri State University.

Law
Baty Otto Coronado Scheer PC added lawyers Randy Scheer and Jacob Sappington as shareholders and partners in its Springfield office. Scheer has 30 years of litigation and trial experience, including claims from alleged construction defects, products liability, toxic torts and medical liability. Sappington has represented business and insurance clients for 20 years in trials, arbitrations and hearings. Both attorneys were formerly with Sanders Warren Russell & Scheer LLP.

Carnahan Evans PC was named to the 2022 U.S. News – Best Law Firms in America peer-reviewed guide. The firm received a Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking in trusts and estates law.

Appleby Healy, Attorneys at Law PC promoted Donovan Dobbs to partner. He served the firm in 2019 as an of counsel attorney and joined the staff in 2020 to practice litigation, a division he now leads. Dobbs has a 30-year career in trial work in public and private practice, including a stint as senior assistant prosecuting attorney for Christian County.

Municipal
Nixa appointed Rebekka Coffey as city clerk, succeeding Cindy Robbins, who was promoted to assistant city administrator. Coffey has worked for the city since 2016, most recently as deputy city clerk.

Nonprofit
Justyn Pippins, the recruiting and diversity chair for SCORE Southwest Missouri, was promoted to Midwest region ambassador. He travels to area chapters to promote inclusion among the SCORE advisers and volunteers.

The Kitchen Inc. appointed its 2022 board of trustees executive officers: Ellen Hammock of CoxHealth, president; Diane Winter Reidle, retiree-pharmaceutical sales, vice president; Katie Bolt-Goeke, retiree-clinical social worker, secretary; Rob Fridge of Drury University, treasurer; and Jason Clough of Clough Law Firm LLC, past president. New trustees added were Susan Gladden of Citizens Memorial Hospital and Abby Glenn of Central Bank.

Ozarks Food Harvest Inc. honored volunteer Jim Blackwell by creating an award in his name and selecting him as the first recipient. The Jim Blackwell Golden Gleaners award recognizes his 3,000 hours of service over the past nine years and his extensive work with OFH’s Full Circle Gardens program.

Skaggs Foundation recognized Sherry Herschend with its Legacy Award. Herschend, a member of the Silver Dollar City ownership family, was honored for her efforts and funding to improve access to health care in Stone and Taney counties.

Real Estate
Eko Park Apartments ranked among the top 1% of apartment communities nationwide for customer satisfaction and reputation in J Turner Research and Multifamily Executive’s ORA Power Rankings. The 2021 Online Reputation Assessment measured customer feedback at 128,000 properties and Eko Park ranked No. 953 with a score of 94.

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