The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $750,000 grant to Springfield Community Gardens to train local veterans on farming techniques. The grant, called the Enhancing Agriculture Opportunities for Military Veterans Award, will help SGC, working with CoxHealth, in hiring five veterans for the coming year to work on the Amanda Belle’s Farm community garden planned across from Cox South Hospital. The organization also will provide organic small-scale farming techniques and hands-on training through 24 workshops for 50 veteran participants.
Banking & Finance
Central Trust Co. promoted Jordan Ellis to retirement services relationship manager. He works with retirement plan sponsors on their responsibilities and helps prepare plan participants. Formerly an investment assistant, Ellis has five years of banking experience. He has a bachelor’s in personal financial planning from University of Missouri and a master’s in the field from the College for Financial Planning.
BKD LLP promoted Katie Barrett to operations manager and Meg Green, Ana Hill, Gabriele McCollum and David Schoenhoff to manager positions. A 13-year employee with BKD, Barrett manages facilities, correspondence, mail and reception. Green is a member of BKD’s long-term care team providing Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement consultation. She has a bachelor’s in accounting and international business from Saint Louis University and a master’s of accountancy from Missouri State University. Hill is a member of the long-term care team providing consultation and has a bachelor’s in accounting from Grand Canyon University. McCollum primarily works with community health center clients, providing audit services. She has a bachelor’s in accounting from MSU. Schoenhoff is a member of the BKD National Financial Services Group and the retail and business teams of the Springfield office. He provides tax, accounting and consulting services and has bachelor’s degrees in accountancy and business administration, as well as a master’s of accountancy and a tax certificate from University of Missouri-Columbia.
Evangel University added four faculty members for the 2020-21 academic year: Chanda Long Clayman as an associate professor in the Department of Education; Robert Eby as an associate professor in the Department of Theology and Global Church Ministries; Meghan Musy as an assistant professor of Old Testament studies; and Cory Shipley as an assistant professor of practical theology at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Clayman’s duties include supervising Evangel teacher candidates and serving as the school’s certification officer. She previously worked as director of teaching and learning for Ozark Public Schools and has a master’s in education from Missouri State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Liberty University. Eby also teaches master’s and doctoral classes at AGTS and serves as the director of the Cordas C. Burnett Center for Biblical Preaching. He is an ordained minister and holds a master’s in contemporary theology from Lincoln Christian Seminary and a doctorate in biblical interpretation and theology from AGTS. Eby most recently served in a pastoral position with Southwest Community Church in Shorewood, Illinois. Musy teaches undergraduate theology classes at Evangel and master’s and doctoral classes at AGTS. She has a master’s in religious studies from MSU and a doctorate in Christian theology from McMaster Divinity College. Musy was previously the assistant professor of Old Testament at Southwestern University in Lakeland, Florida. Shipley is the project coordinator for the Doctor of Ministry program at AGTS. He holds a master’s in divinity from AGTS and a doctorate in ministry from Oral Roberts University. Shipley was previously a U.S. missionary from the Assemblies of God.
CoxHealth was among the hospitals recognized in the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives’ 2020 Healthcare’s Most Wired program. CoxHealth received the Quality Award for achieving Digital Health Certified Acute and Ambulatory Level 8. CHIME performs annual surveys assessing how health care organizations apply advanced and core technologies in their clinical and business programs.
Springfield Victory Mission Inc. promoted Janelle Reed to advancement director. She’s responsible for creating and implementing its marketing, fundraising and branding plan. She joined Victory Mission in 2017 as a gift processor and later became its community engagement manager. Reed holds a bachelor’s in business management from Evangel University.
Mortgage lender Paddio named Ryan Kluttz as director of production. He previously worked with First Mortgage Solutions and Veterans United Home Loans, a sister brand of Paddio. Kluttz holds a bachelor’s in business management from Kansas State University.
The National Association of Realtors named Linda Brown of AMax Real Estate as one of its five 2020 Good Neighbor Awards winners. The honor recognizes real estate agents impacting their community through volunteer work. Brown co-founded Eden Village, a housing development for the homeless. The award comes with a $10,000 grant for Eden Village, and Brown will be featured in the November-December issue of Realtor Magazine.
Drive-thru coffee shop Bigfoot Coffee Co. LLC opened; a pair of Springfield attorneys launched medical marijuana certification clinic The Med Card Co. LLC; and husband-and-wife owners Ryan and Lesley Day debuted their first business venture with the opening of The Farmhouse on Boone Cafe LLC.
Andrea Petersberg, owner of the Local Bevy, says the appeal of a local store holds a lot of value for people in and outside of Springfield. Petersburg says being a supporting part of the local connection for artists is important for her.
Randy Bacon, professional photographer and humanitarian, shares his story on how he left his job in the corporate world to pursue his dream. Now 60 years old and with signature character to his photography and business, he says he still is a 15-year-old boy with a camera.
Becky Thomas, co-owner of Third Street Sportswear, gives her advice for maintaining good relationships with clients. Drawing on her experience working with customers coast to coast, Thomas says equity and fairness are some of the best ways to build trust and respect.
Don Helms, co-owner of Munchie Moe’s, says it's important to know your business and to think ahead of your supply chain. Helms says COVID-19 has changed the way he has experienced business operation. He says foresight is key.
Janet Susdorf, business consultant and founder of Brain Power for Hire, LLC, discusses the importance of adapting and learning from failure. Drawing from the struggles she has faced in her own life as a sixtime cancer survivor, Susdorf talks about when to fight and when to accept change.
Jennifer Charleston, a 20-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department and the only female lieutenant in the department, talks with SBJ’s Christine Temple about her career in law enforcement and her new position in the department as a liaison to the LGBTQ+ community.
Moving from physical meetings to digital meetings can feel like a barrier, but Mackenzie Scherer, an independent technology business consultant, says it can be an opportunity. Scherer says that with good moderation, a digital meeting experience can make people feel more included in the discussion.
Abby Glenn, development director for Habitat for Humanity, says corporate partners are a huge asset to the work they do. Corporate donation matching programs help individual donors feel they are contributing more and help Habitat for Humanity cover the large costs of their projects.
Alex Neville-Verdugo, museum director at the Discovery Center in Springfield, describes the opportunities the Discovery Center has through partnerships with other educational organizations. Neville-Verdugo says the Discovery Center’s virtual learning program reaches across multiple countries, with traffic mostly coming from the U.S. and Canada.
Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager at HR Advantage, says we do see fewer women in the workforce today than before the pandemic. Hurst says many women want more flexible work environments and that is one way employers can capture the female labor force.