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Newsmakers: May 10-16, 2021

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Banking
Springfield First Community Bank added Bryan Jones as a commercial banking officer and Andrea Gill as marketing coordinator and events planner. With 13 years of banking experience, Jones manages commercial real estate and business loans. Gill, who fills a newly created position, most recently served as marketing coordinator at Tomo Drug Testing. She’s responsible for the bank’s branding, website, social media campaigns, and public relations and event coordination.

Education
Linda Wellborn, Evangel University’s director of institutional effectiveness and accreditation activities, was honored as a Mighty Mentor during the 2021 Higher Learning Commission national conference. She was among accreditation peer reviewers who served as team leads for the HLC and helped other members become peer reviewers. Wellborn, an Evangel faculty member since 1995, has served as a peer reviewer and consultant for the higher education accrediting organization since 2001.

Evangel Named Greg Johns vice president for student development to succeed the retiring Sheri Phillips. Johns had served as Evangel’s director of spiritual life and campus pastor since 2014 and previously was the area director of the South Africa region for Assemblies of God World Missions. Johns holds a doctorate in higher education from Nova-Southeastern University, a master’s in Christian education from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and bachelor’s in Bible from Central Bible College.

The Ozark Board of Education hired Kim Fitzpatrick as the school district’s executive director of student services beginning in the fall. She’s served as Ozark South Elementary principal for 14 years and began her teaching career in 1989. With a doctorate in educational leadership from Saint Louis University, Fitzpatrick succeeds Gerald Chambers, who is moving into the role of executive director of secondary learning.

College of the Ozarks was named to The Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges for 2021. The 200 schools that made the listing, out of roughly 650 surveyed, were selected based on more than 40 data points, including academic offerings, student debt, career placement services and alumni salary levels.

Health Care
Family nurse practitioner Stephane Counts joined the medical staff at Citizens Memorial Hospital and the Ash Grove Family Medical Center. She treats acute illnesses and injuries, as well as women’s health issues. Counts holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Cox College and is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Citizens Memorial Hospital added CoxHealth vascular surgeon Dr. Grant Scott as a visiting specialist. At his Bolivar practice, he diagnoses and treats patients for vascular conditions. With a doctorate in medicine from University of Missouri, Scott completed a general surgery residency at Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency in Arizona and a vascular surgery fellowship at Charleston Area Medical Center in West Virginia.

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