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Newsmakers: March 27-April 2, 2023

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Accounting
The Whitlock Co. hired certified public accountant Chelsey Dollarhide as an audit manager in the Springfield office. Previously a chief financial officer at multiple companies, she holds a bachelor’s in accounting and an MBA from Drury University.

Banking & Finance
The Bank of Missouri promoted Bryan Allison to Bolivar community bank president. The Polk County native has 25 years of lending experience and 15 years of bank management experience. Allison holds a bachelor’s in agriculture business and economics from Missouri State University. 

Education
Springfield Public Schools promoted Travis Shaw to deputy superintendent of operations to succeed John Mulford, who’s retiring from SPS on July 1 and taking the superintendent job in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Shaw, who joined SPS in 2017, is currently executive director of operations. In his new role, Shaw will oversee financial and business services, transportation, facilities and construction, and human resources, among other areas.

Insurance
Craig Henley, vice president of sales at OneSource Insurance Group, earned the certified insurance counselor designation for property and casualty insurance through The National Alliance. He’s worked in insurance since 2011, and also handles life, health, business and personal lines.

Law
Carnahan Evans PC hired attorney Alexandra A. Henson as an associate in the estate planning group. She holds a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Arkansas and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri, and also has experience working in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Gov. Mike Parson appointed Josephine “Jody” Larison Stockard, of Springfield, as associate circuit judge for the 31st Judicial Circuit in Greene County. She succeeds T. Todd Myers, who was promoted to circuit judge for the 31st Judicial Circuit last year. Stockard has worked as a Department of Justice employee for seven years, as an assistant U.S. attorney since 2018. She’s also served as Greene County’s assistant prosecuting attorney and as a legislative staffer to former Gov. Matt Blunt.

Municipal
The Bolivar Board of Aldermen approved the hiring of Thomas Relford as city administrator, succeeding the retired Tracy Slagle. Relford worked with the FBI for 25 years before retiring as the special agent in charge of the Albany, New York, field office in 2021. Recently, he’s worked in security audit and compliance through Thomas F. Relford Consulting LLC and last year was appointed to the finance committee for the city of Salem, where he resided.

Nonprofit
Charity Jordan, prevention education coordinator for Harmony House, was appointed to the Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations. The commission acts as a clearinghouse regarding human rights, offers related education services and provides recourse for discriminatory acts.

Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks Inc. Executive Director Anjanette LaBellarte-Gilbert won the Heart of Hospice Visionary Award from the Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association. The award recognizes collaboration to improve hospice/end-of-life care through public policy, consumer education or service to the community.

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