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Newsmakers: Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2021

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Accounting
BKD LLP promoted Missy Bunch to outsourcing senior associate, and Ana Hernandez and Dylan Lyon to senior consultants. With a bachelor’s in accounting from Missouri State University, Bunch provides clients general ledger cleanup, bookkeeping and QuickBooks support. Hernandez, who holds a bachelor’s in accounting from College of the Ozarks, handles consulting and audit services to home care and hospice providers. Lyon provides financial consulting services to community health centers and holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Drury University.

Banking & Finance
Guaranty Bank appointed Jeremy Thomas as a residential lender. With nearly 20 years of banking experience, he’s worked for Guaranty since 2009, most recently as a retail banking officer. Thomas also had stints with Bank of America and Postal Federal Community Credit Union.

Central Bank of the Ozarks appointed two retail officers with management of banking centers: Tisha Radcliff over the Chesterfield Village branch and Tyera Sutton over two branches in Ozark. Radcliff has 15 years of managerial experience, previously at the bank’s Highlandville branch. Sutton has eight years of banking experience and most recently served as an assistant branch manager.

Arvest Bank named Justin French, Craig McCoy, Daniel Ogunyemi and Krystal Simon as board members in Springfield. French is a producer for Barker Phillips Jackson Inc. and previously served as a mortgage lender for Regions Bank. McCoy is the CEO of Mercy Springfield Communities and has led hospital systems in Atlanta, Phoenix and Greenville, South Carolina. Ogunyemi is the college director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Ozarks Technical Community College. Simon is the CEO of Care to Learn and previously led operations at Camp Barnabas.

Education
Southwest Baptist University added 10 faculty members: Shellie Austin, instructor of library services and the campus digital services librarian; Taylor Corlee, instructor of communication; Jordan Edwards, assistant professor of university studies and director of the Gordon and Judy Dutile Honors Program; Kole Foster, assistant professor of physical therapy; Andrea Gramling, instructor of nursing; Bill Marr, instructor of business administration; David Quackenbos, assistant professor of Christian ministry; Kira Rubin and Izzy Switzer, instructors of athletic training; and Cassie Trippe, instructor of nursing on the Springfield campus.

Health Care
Daniel Good was promoted to vice president of pharmacy for Mercy’s acute care and hospital-based operations in the Springfield community and the Mercy hospitals in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. He’s also responsible for the Pharmacy RePack operation and the 340b Program.

Insurance
Megan Owens, a commercial risk account manager with Ollis/Akers/Arney, was named the 2021 Outstanding CSR of the Year in Missouri by the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. She’s firm’s fourth customer service representative to receive the statewide distinction since 2016. With a bachelor’s in business from College of the Ozarks, Owens has worked for Ollis/Akers/Arney since 2013.

Municipal
The Missouri Municipal League Board of Directors elected Richard Sheets as executive director to succeed the retired Dan Ross. Sheets, who has served in an interim capacity since January, has worked as deputy director since 2004 and directed the League’s legislative and advocacy efforts since 2009. He previously worked as planning director for Greene County and has a bachelor’s in urban and regional planning from MSU.

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