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Newsmakers: Aug. 9-15, 2021

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Banking & Finance
The Bank of Missouri added Kristie Williams as branch operations officer at its Branson banking center. She’s worked in banking 22 years in the Branson market and holds an MBA from Western Governors University.

Tyler Brownlee joined Commerce Bank as a small-business banking specialist offering customized lending, credit and money management solutions for business owner-operators. He has seven years’ experience in retail at commercial vendors and holds a bachelor’s in universal studies from Oklahoma State University.

Central Bank of the Ozarks selected Kendrick Edwards to receive its diversity internship and scholarship. He’s a Parkview High School graduate enrolled as a business and marketing major at Ozarks Technical Community College. The program runs for two years.

Health Care
Citizens Memorial Hospital added Drs. Stephen Davis and Haris Riaz to the medical staff at the CMH Heart Institute Clinic. Davis, a cardiologist, is certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He earned a doctorate in medicine from University of Virginia and completed a residency in internal medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, as well as a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the University of Virginia-Charlottesville.

Riaz, an interventional cardiologist certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, received a doctorate in medicine from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan, and completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, as well as a fellowship in interventional cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Springfield Business Journal promoted Amy Egger to manager of finance and customer care and hired Karen Craigo as a reporter. Egger, previously office manager, has been on SBJ’s staff four years and has 25 years of experience in accounting work. Craigo has worked as editor and general manager of The Marshfield Mail, and taught composition and creative writing at several universities. She also served as Missouri’s fifth poet laureate.

The Missouri Supreme Court reappointed Wes Pratt of Missouri State University to the Commission on Racial Ethnic Fairness for a term ending in June 2024. Pratt, who works as assistant to the president and chief diversity officer at MSU and serves as board president of Minorities in Business, also was appointed co-chair of the commission’s Practice of Law Subcommittee.

Kendall Ford succeeded Janelle Reed as manager of SingleMomzRock, an organization Reed started to support single moms and provide awareness of local resources. Ford, who has eight years of nonprofit experience, moved to Springfield in September 2020 after living in Ethiopia for two years as a missionary. Reed is focusing solely on her position as advancement director for Victory Mission & Ministry, the umbrella organization of SingleMomzRock.

Isabel’s House hired Vickie Dudley as executive director to succeed six-year leader Holly Beadle. Dudley previously worked for Joplin-based Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri. Beadle moved to Community Foundation of the Ozarks Inc. as director of philanthropic services.

Finley River Community Foundation named Cynthia Murphy Glenn as Citizen of the Year. The award recognizes her involvement in the Ozark Chamber of Commerce, volunteering at Ozarks schools, including roles with the athletic and junior ROTC booster clubs, and as president of the White River Valley Electric Cooperative Roundup Program. Glenn and her husband co-own Blue Monkey Towing.


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Programs that work. I’m amazed at the number of “non profits” across the country and just how much money flows from the pickets of Americans through these organizations and churches. $475 Billion! Thats the number. Some of that money is spent out of country but when you add these monies to the trillions spent via the Government just in my lifetime at what point do we get to ask for results? After decades of welfare and free this and that for the “unfortunate” all we have done is grow the dependency! EVERY program be-it private or public should be designed to break the dependency, not create it.

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