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Newsmakers: Dec. 17-23, 2018

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Accounting
KPM CPAs & Advisors named Rebecca Harmon and Kristi Wilkins as shareholders. Both have 20 years of accounting experience. Harmon provides tax preparation and planning services to businesses and individuals, while Wilkins helps lead the accounting outsourcing team and specializes in accounting system design and implementation.

BKD LLP promoted Roman Bosovik to senior associate II and Jeanette Gunya to senior consultant II. Bosovik is a member of BKD’s national manufacturing and distribution group and its employee benefit plan team, where he provides audit and review services to clients. Gunya is a BKD senior consultant of health care billing services and has 19 years’ experience working with PPO networks and claims processing for a federal health insurance carrier.

Banking and Finance
Brian Pitts
joined Bank of Bolivar’s mortgage lending team to work as vice president of the Republic Road branch. He has 16 years of banking experience, most recently with Franklin American Mortgage Co.

Missouri Trust & Investment Co. hired Laura Kiesel as chief administrative officer. She manages administration operations for client accounts and communication with clients, professional advisers and staff on the laws and administration of trusts and estate manners. Kiesel has 30 years of industry experience, including 11 as a certified trust and financial adviser.

Education
Dr. Letitia White-Minnis
was named interim dean of the McQueary College of Health and Human Services at Missouri State University. She previously worked as MSU’s associate dean of academic programs and department head of communication sciences and disorders. White-Minnis succeeds Dr. Helen Reid, who plans to retire in February.

Drury University hired Corey Bray as vice president and director of athletics, effective March 18. He succeeds Mark Fisher, who is retiring at the end of the academic year. Bray currently works as associate athletics director for compliance at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

The Reeds Spring R-4 School District board selected Cody Hirschi as superintendent out of 38 candidates. Currently the superintendent of the Mid-Buchanan School District in Faucett, he is scheduled to start July 1. Hirschi succeeds Michael Mason, who is slated to retire at the end of the 2018-19 academic year.

Insurance
Croley Insurance and Financial Inc. hired Tiffany Lafferty as a licensed property and casualty agent. With six years of insurance experience, she focuses primarily on personal and commercial products.

Municipal
The City Utilities of Springfield Board of Public Utilities elected Joe Reynolds of Central States Industrial as chairman. Other officers appointed for 2019 are Denise Silvey of Paul Mueller Co., vice chairwoman; Rob Rector of Ozarks Technical Community College, secretary; and Jennifer Wilson of nForm Architecture LLC, assistant secretary.

Springfield City Manager Jason Gage named Collin Quigley and Maurice Jones as deputy city managers. Quigley, the former assistant city manager, had finance and budget process responsibilities added to his oversight of multiple city departments. He started with the city in 2007. Jones, a former economic development director in Dubuque, Iowa, has 20 years’ experience revitalizing urban cities and leveraging public-private partnerships for development.

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