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Newsmakers: Dec. 19-25, 2022

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College of the Ozarks’ James P. Keeter School of Engineering was accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Established in 2016, the C of O program’s first engineers graduated in 2020. To date, 4,361 programs at 850 colleges and universities in 41 countries have received ABET’s accreditation.

Anderson Engineering Inc. promoted Kathy VanWey to executive vice president and appointed her to the company board. A seven-year employee, VanWey has served as vice president of administration, human resources director and project manager at the firm.

Health Care
Citizens Memorial Hospital hired registered nurse Chad Garner as director of hospital nursing services. He has 20 years of business management and nursing experience, including 12 years in health care leadership, most recently as nursing director at Saint Francis Healthcare System in Cape Girardeau. He holds a bachelor’s in nursing from Missouri State University and is a certified emergency nurse through the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing.

CMH added nurse practitioner Courtney Brummel to its addiction recovery team. She offers outreach addiction recovery services at the El Dorado Springs Medical Center and Ozarks Community Health Center in Hermitage. Brummel holds a bachelor’s in nursing from University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s in nursing from Maryville University in St. Louis.

Carnahan Evans PC attorneys John M. Carnahan III, Thomas D. Peebles Jr. and Joseph “Chip” Sheppard III were named among the top attorneys in the state for 2022 by Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyers magazine and Andrew T. Peebles was on the Missouri-Kansas Rising Stars list. Each was recognized by their peers in their respective practice areas: Carnahan, tax; Peebles Jr., estate and probate; Sheppard, cannabis law; and Peebles, estate and probate.

The city of Springfield promoted Danny Perches to assistant director of the Economic Vitality Department. He joined the city last year as development project facilitator and previously served as project manager for economic development at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Working with department Director Amanda Ohlensehlen, Perches works on economic and community development policy, projects and research.

Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ 2022-23 Inclusion & Belonging Grant Program issued $120,000 to eight nonprofits: Better Together Playground, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Empower: abilities, Heart of the Ozarks United Way, History Museum on the Square, Ozarks New Hope, Springfield Little Theatre and Unity of Springfield.

Springfield Community Gardens received a $75,000 Environmental Protection Agency grant for its regenerative agriculture internship initiative. The grant helps fund seven monthlong internship cohorts.

Real Estate
Viviana Writer, principal broker at Prosperiti Brokers, was named a CoStar Power Broker for the third time. The latest recognition was in Commercial Top Sales Deals for the third quarter in Springfield.

Jack Henry & Associates Inc. (Nasdaq: JKHY) ranked No. 402 among the top 499 public companies on a Newsweek list for its environmental, social and governance policies. The firm scored 67.3 out of 100, based on its ESG policies.


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