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Newsmakers: Oct. 17-23, 2022

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The Whitlock Co. added Paula Melton as a supervisor and Brett Stufflebam as a loan review specialist. With experience working with outsourced businesses and complex tax clients, Melton holds a master’s in accountancy from Missouri State University. Stufflebam most recently worked in banking as a senior credit analyst for seven years.

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Old Missouri Bank promoted Jessica Sims to senior vice president and director of strategic initiatives. She has nearly 20 years of banking experience, beginning as a teller with Bank of America and working in branch management for Liberty Bank and Simmons Bank before joining OMB in 2016.

Drury University recognized Jim Markusic with the 2021-22 Steve Hynds Online Educator of the Year Award and Patty Bounous as the Drury GO 2021-22 Sue Rollins Educator of the Year. Markusic began teaching behavioral sciences courses in 1999, and Bounous instructs online and evening programs at the Monett campus.

Evangel University added 14 faculty members for the fall semester: Erica Daniels, assistant professor of counseling; Tiffany Dirks, assistant professor for education doctoral programs; Christine Flores, assistant professor of social work and coordinator of field education; Kevin Holle, assistant professor of criminal justice; Michelle Jacobs, professor of business; Preston Kness, instructor of history; Lori Lawley, instructor of humanities; Lisa Millen, assistant professor of church history at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary;

Sergio Navarrete, director of Hispanic initiatives at AGTS; Jeremy Osborne, associate professor of mathematics; John Patton, professor of biology; Blake Petersen, assistant professor of English and director of the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program; Jane Williams, assistant professor of intercultural studies; and Piper Wright, physical education coordinator.

Springfield Little Theatre appointed its 2022-23 board officers: President Luke Simon of VMware Inc., Vice President Corey Kilburn of RoundTable Legal LLC, Secretary Katie Tonarely of Aflac, Treasurer Steve Kelly of Capstone: An Acton Academy; and Immediate Past President Travis Liles of FORVIS LLP. Newly elected board members are Art Hains of Missouri State University, Joey Powell of Dickerson Park Zoo, Wade Shelton of AIDS Project of the Ozarks, Chris Sweet of Commerce Trust Co. and Christine Temple of Springfield Business Journal LLC.

Lost & Found Grief Center appointed Mike Woody as acting executive director, after a stint as interim director, and hired Gen Nelson as program director, Mehl Maigi as marketing director and Brittany Johnson as program coordinator. Woody has spent his career with Silver Dollar City, 1980-2019, serving as marketing director and managing sales and strategic partnerships. Nelson worked the past nine years as a middle school counselor and also has served as a group coordinator for Lost & Found’s middle school and high school therapeutic grief support groups. Maigi held roles in marketing for Lost & Found before spending the last couple of years as a producer for video production company Blend Studio. Johnson previously worked as a counselor at Rountree Elementary School for nine years and has expertise in play therapy and expressive arts.


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