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Newsmakers: Aug. 16-22, 2021

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Banking & Finance
Guaranty Bank hired Rob Dixon as assistant vice president/consumer lending manager. He previously served as banking center manager for Central Bank of the Ozarks and has a 25-year career in banking and lending. Dixon holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Southwest Baptist University and is a graduate of the Missouri Bankers Association’s School of Lending.

Central Bank of the Ozarks promoted Jose DelaTorre to retail officer and a banking center manager and added Abby Glenn as a business development specialist. DelaTorre has worked four years in the financial industry and eight years in customer service. Glenn has seven years of business development experience.

Greenwood Laboratory School appointed Ron Snodgrass as interim director and Jeni Hopkins as assistant director. Succeeding 16-year leader Janice Duncan, Snodgrass retired in 2015 from Springfield Public Schools after 29 years of service as an administrator at multiple schools, including seven years as Central High School principal. Hopkins has worked in education for nearly 30 years, as a counselor and coach at Greenwood and Hillcrest High.

Health Care
Katie Towns was named director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department after serving in an interim capacity for five months. She’s worked as assistant director since 2015 and previously served as public information administrator and as a chronic disease administrator. Towns holds a master’s in public health and a bachelor’s in sport medicine/athletic training from Missouri State University.

Matthew Turner was promoted to vice president of CoxHealth’s Community Hospital Group to serve as a liaison for system directors and its community hospitals in Branson, Monett and Lamar. He’s worked for CoxHealth since 2017.

Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation named two new administrators: Bob Behnke at the Ash Grove Healthcare Facility and Sarah Crosswhite at the Citizens Memorial Healthcare Facility. Benhke has worked the bulk of his 30-year health care career for CMH, most recently as the skilled nursing facility therapy services supervisor. He’s a licensed physical therapist and holds a master’s and doctorate in physical therapy from Missouri State University. Crosswhite most recently served as assistant director of nursing at CMH and has 20 years of nursing and leadership experience. She holds a nursing degree from Southwest Baptist University.

Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Ash Grove Healthcare Facility earned a Commitment to Quality Bronze Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. The distinction is the first of three progressive award levels through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program, which honors members’ commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and people with disabilities.

Big Cedar Lodge named Jeff Steen director of agronomy to oversee its five golf courses and promoted Steve Johnson to senior golf course superintendent. Steen has 24 years of experience managing golf resorts, about half that time with the Pebble Beach Co., and holds a bachelor’s in horticulture and turf-grass management from Olds College in Canada. Johnson has managed golf courses for 34 years.


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