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Newsmakers: Nov. 18-24, 2019

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Dake Wells Architecture Inc. added Nia Damgova to its architecture team and Renae Matthews as administrative assistant. Damgova is working toward a master of architecture at Drury Univeristy. Matthews previously served as the human resources and volunteer coordinator for I Pour Life for three years and earned her bachelor’s in business management and an associate degree in organizational leadership from Missouri State University.

The MSU Board of Governors elected Springfield businessman Craig Frazier as chairman and St. Louis businesswoman Amy Counts as vice chairwoman. Frazier has held positions of chief operations officer for HealthMedX LLC, vice president of commerical operations for Healthtronics and president of Intuitive Medical Software. Counts is a senior account executive at insurance provider Wise F&I. Both are scheduled to take on their new roles Jan. 1, 2020.

Robert Weddle, dean of Drury University’s Hammons School of Architecture, was named one of the Most Admired Educators in Architecture by industry publication Design Intelligence for the second year in a row. He has been dean since 2015 and a faculty member since 1999. Surveys are sent to hiring professionals to review quality of architecture program graduates looking at innovation in the field.

Nixa Public Schools was found to be 100% in compliance with all state and federal regulations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. A special education performance report is required every three years by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, Office of Special Education.

Health Care
CoxHealth named Chuck Chalender as chairman of its board of directors, succeeding Dennis Heim, who served as chair since 2017. He is an agent for American Family Insurance and has been on the board since 2008.

The UniFirst Corp. Springfield facility was awarded the TRSA Hygienically Clean Food Safety Certification for its cleaning and servicing of work apparel for food-realted industries. The certification recognizes commercial laundries achieving and verifying hygienic cleanliness of work garments through best management practices, quality assurance and third-party, quantified biological testing.

Gov. Mike Parson appointed Judge Becky Borthwick as circuit judge for the 31st Judicial Circuit. The position was established by the Missouri General Assembly in 2019. Appointed under the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan, she got the nod out of nine applicants and two other finalists.

Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc. added five board members for fiscal 2019-20: Laurie Edmondson, associate professor at Drury’s School of Education and Child Development; Jeff Layman, chief investment officer and principal at BKD Wealth Advisors LLC; Ron Reed, of Rolla, outgoing president of the Houston Community Foundation; Dean Thompson, of Republic, associate general manager at City Utilities of Springfield; and Bryan Vowels, of Joplin, financial adviser at Wells Fargo. Directors on the 21-member board can serve up to two three-year terms.

The Kitchen Inc. hired Ryan VanLaningham as grants and compliance coordinator, Kasandra Thomas as director of human resources and Mary Tower as community housing coordinator.

Real Estate
Good Deal Development LLC hired Tim Cody as chief development officer. He most recently served as the director of finance for the Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency in Rochester, Minnesota. Cody manages all phases of the real estate development process from concept to completion.


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