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Newsmakers: April 18-24, 2022

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Arts
The Springfield Art Museum appointed Lori Gipson as museum educator to lead its studio arts programs and as a member of the museum’s leadership team. She previously served as education and community engagement manager at the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, where her educational programming work was awarded six times by the Tennessee Association of Museums. Gipson holds a bachelor’s in fine art from Missouri State University and a master’s in fine art from Kent State University.

Banking & Finance
Branson Bank promoted Natasha Clough to branch operation officer and Brandy Wright to branch development officer. Clough has 19 years of retail banking experience, including five years at Branson Bank. She is responsible to support retail associates, study branch metrics and oversee retail operations. Wright has worked nine years in banking and 11 years in retail management. With Branson Bank since 2019, she oversees market development for branch locations and develops training plans for the relationship banker teams.

Education
Springfield Public Schools appointed Jennifer Webb as coordinator of student and school services for the 2022-23 school year. Currently serving as principal of Mark Twain Elementary School, and a former district teacher, she’ll provide oversight of all SPS customer relations.

Nonprofit
Jeremy Hahn, executive vice president of Life360 Community Services in Springfield, earned national recognition by the No Kid Hungry campaign. He was named among 10 leaders in the 2022-23 No Kid Hungry Out of School Time Meals Champion cohort for efforts in providing meals to schoolchildren in Missouri and Arkansas. The group is slated to participate over the next year in raising awareness about summer and after-school meal programs, providing support for new programs and sharing best practices.

The American Heart Association hired Lisa Napoli Meagher as director of development for the Springfield and Joplin region. Part of her duties is to direct the AHA Heart Walk and Go Red for Women fundraising and events.

Developmental Center of the Ozarks Programs Director Sara Walraven was appointed to the Missouri Early Childhood State Advisory Council. She’s worked for DCO for 10 years and holds a bachelor’s in sociology from Fort Hays State University.

Jim Medley, of Nixa, was elected as president of the American Association of Radon Scientist and Technologist’s Heartland Chapter. The group works with the Environmental Protection Agency and state governments to promote professional radon testing and mitigation in private and public buildings. Medley has 40 years of construction experience, including 27 years in the radon testing/mitigation industry. The chapter covers Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas.

Real Estate
Viviana Writer, a principal and co-owner of Prosperiti Brokers LLC, was recognized with the CoStar Power Broker Award for the largest commercial lease in the fourth quarter of 2021 for the Springfield area. The property was a warehouse near the Commercial Street Historic District.

Technology
Pearson-Kelly Technology promoted Executive Vice President Lee Flood to president. An employee since 2014, he’s credited with leading the company to 50% revenue growth over the last three years. In his new role, Flood manages five department heads and oversees major projects.

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