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Newsmakers: Oct. 18-24, 2021

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Accounting
BKD LLP promoted Ally Jackson, Wyatt Jenkins, Trista McDaniel, Ryan O’Grady and Lindsay Owens to directors in its Springfield, Branson and Joplin offices. Jackson works in the national health care group, performing audits, as well as financial and grants management consulting. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Missouri State University. Jenkins manages corporate finance deals, including mergers, acquisitions and strategic affiliations, company sales and divestitures, recapitalizations, management buyouts and succession planning. He holds a bachelor’s in accounting and general business and a master’s in business administration from MSU. McDaniel provides tax planning, accounting and consulting services, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from University of Missouri-Columbia. O’Grady provides assurance and advisory services in the health care and nonprofit industries, and holds a bachelor’s in accounting from Drury University. Working in BKD’s private client services division, Owens handles income, gift and estate tax compliance, consulting and planning. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from MSU.

Architecture
BRP Architects added architectural intern Brian Vanne and student architectural intern Nick Risopoli. Vanne holds a bachelor’s in painting and a master’s in architecture from Drury University. He previously worked at Drury as a design fabrication coordinator for the Hammons School of Architecture, supervising the woodshop and digital fabrication lab, as well as serving as an adjunct instructor. Risopoli, a fifth-year architecture student at Drury, has studied abroad in Greece and served on student organizations, including the Student Government Association.

Communications
Mediacom Communications Corp. received a 2021 Social Impact Award from Content & Creativity Human Resources. The cable company was recognized for donating $100,000 to regional Feeding America food banks, including Ozarks Food Harvest. The awards program honored corporations’ responses in the community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Education
Springfield Public Schools’ Wilson’s Creek Intermediate was named a National Blue Ribbon School, one of 325 schools nationwide in 2021. The recognition is based on academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Health Care
Cox Monett Hospital President Darren Bass was promoted to vice president of clinical services at CoxHealth, effective Jan. 1. In his 20 years working for the health system, Bass oversaw the recent opening of a new hospital in Monett and helped achieve a five-star rating for patient satisfaction from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Bass began his health care career as a physical therapist and holds master’s and doctorate degrees in physical therapy from Washington University in St. Louis.

Fordland Clinic added family nurse practitioner Allie Jackson to the medical staff at its community health center in Fordland. She holds a bachelor’s in health care from Evangel University, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Cox College of Nursing.

Real Estate
Missouri Realtors named Brian Jared of Murney Associates Realtors as 2021 Realtor Salesperson of the Year. The award recognizes commitment to industry ethics and cooperation, association activity, advanced education and professional designations, community service and sales volume. A licensed Realtor for 20 years, Jared volunteers on numerous boards and committees, including his service as an RPAC-MO trustee, state legislative coordinator and state director for Missouri Realtors, which he served as 2020 chair of the Advocacy Committee.

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