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Newsmakers: May 22-28, 2023

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Accounting
Certified public accountant Kari Wooderson returned to work for KPM CPAs & Advisors in a supervisor role in the audit department.

She has 12 years of experience in accounting, auditing and consulting with financial institutions, and she works with the firm’s bank clients.

Banking & Finance
Guaranty Bank hired Mindy Mitchem as executive vice president and chief credit officer and Erin Lawrence as vice president and marketing director.

Mitchem most recently held the same role for Legacy Bank & Trust Co. and has 18 years of commercial banking experience in operations, lending and credit. She manages Guaranty Bank’s credit administration division including loan assistants, credit department and loan administration. Lawrence has 14 years of marketing experience, previously working as a senior marketing specialist at insurance firm American National.

Education
Evangel University professor Gary Martindale received the school’s Clark Award, and associate professor Meghan Musy was honored with the Mills Young Faculty Award.

Both recognize excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. Martindale teaches biblical studies and has been on faculty since 1999.

Musy teaches on the Old Testament and began working at Evangel in 2020, after serving in the same position for Southeastern University in Florida.

Health Care
Citizens Memorial Hospital hired Dr. J. Scott Swango, an orthopedic hand surgeon. With 30 years of experience working at hospitals in Springfield, he holds a doctorate in medicine from University of Oklahoma, where he also completed a residency in orthopedic surgery. Swango completed a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at the University of Florida.

Media
The Missouri Broadcasters Association named KSGF 104.1 the 2023 Medium Market Station of the Year to be awarded during its annual convention in June. Given for excellence in broadcasting, industry leadership and a commitment to the betterment of the community, the SummitMedia station was recognized for its talk radio programming, featuring “Mornings with Nick Reed” as well as national hosts covering politics to pop culture and current events.

Nonprofit
Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield Inc. CEO Brandy Harris was named Executive of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Professional Association during its national conference in Orlando. She’s overseen the local clubs and its more than 100 full- and part-time staff members since 2019 and in that time added four after-school locations to bring the total to eight.

Lost & Found Grief Center appointed three new members to its board of directors: Stephanie Bottorf, director of gift and estate planning for The Salvation Army; Camber Jones, a senior associate with Spencer Fane LLP; and Dr. Shawn Usery, chief medical officer for CoxHealth. Each is serving a three-year term, beginning July 1.

Tourism
Silver Dollar City was voted as the No. 1 U.S. theme park in a USA Today reader poll. SDC was No. 2 the past two years in the 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, behind SeaWorld Orlando, but ranked No. 1 in 2020 and 2012. Another Herschend Family Entertainment-owned theme park, Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, ranked No. 10.

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