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Newsmakers: Sept. 23-29, 2019

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KPM CPAs PC Marketing Director Crystal Mapp was selected to participate in Class 4 of OzarkLeads, an initiative between the city of Ozark, Ozark Chamber of Commerce and the Ozark School District. The program is designed to develop leaders committed to improving the quality of life in Ozark.

Drury University placed No. 20 on the Midwest Regional University list by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2020, up nine spots from its previous listing. The college also ranked No. 10 for Best Value, No. 23 for Best Undergraduate Teaching and No. 42 on Top Performers for Social Mobility. The list uses data on student outcomes, graduation rates, faculty resources, alumni giving and expert opinions to compare institutions.

Drury honored four faculty members at its 2019 opening convocation ceremony: Tiffany Cossey, associate professor of accounting, with the Faculty Award for Leadership; Katlin Cundiff, assistant professor of management, with the Faculty Award for Scholarship; and Justin Leinaweaver, assistant professor of political science, and Jennie Long, professor of criminology and director of the law and society program, with the Faculty Award for Teaching. Nominations are received from students, faculty, administrators and alumni, and honorees are selected by a committee of students and faculty.

Missouri State University biology professor Alicia Mathis received the Penny Bernstein Distinguished Teaching Award from the Animal Behavior Society. She was nominated by current and former students through a letter writing process.

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Phoenix Home Care Inc. promoted Ben Spickard to chief financial officer from financial services controller. Before joining Phoenix Home Care in 2017, he worked as a commercial loan officer for The Bank of Missouri for five years.

Midwest Block and Brick Inc.’s Springfield office earned a Gold Safety Award from the National Concrete Masonry Association/Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute. The awards are given to product manufacturing members of the NCMA and ICPI for exemplary safety performance based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration incident reports.

The Springfield Police Department promoted three civilian employees: McKensie Phillips to office administrator; Michael Costello to senior computer forensic analyst; and Amanda Livingston to financial analyst.

The Kitchen Inc. hired Bailey Bleckler as case manager at Rare Breed Youth Services Center. She works with youth in housing through assessment, developing housing stability plans, case management and service referrals.

Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, Missouri Inc. inducted Jacqueline Post as president of the 2019-20 board of directors. Post, the senior vice president of marketing at BluCurrent Credit Union, previously served as board secretary. Additional board officers for 2019-20 are Jeremy Hahn of Life360Fairbanks, vice president; Eric Gerke of Springfield First Community Bank, treasurer; Kelly Warren of Hawthorn Bank, secretary; and Miles Ross, community volunteer, at-large member. Three new members were added to the board: Steve Baratta of Ollis/Akers/Arney, Ramona George of Ozarks Technical Community College and Anita King of T-Mobile USA Inc.

Habitat for Humanity named Hannah Spencer as marketing and communications specialist, a newly created position. She implements and directs marketing and communication efforts and handles special events planning and promotions. Spencer previously worked as social media manager for America’s Incredible Pizza Co.


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