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Newsmakers: Oct. 8-14, 2018

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Banking and Finance
Ozark Bank added Shane Strahl as senior vice president and commercial lender at the Highway NN branch in Ozark. He handles loan portfolio management, new business development and community relations. Strahl has 25 years’ experience in banking, including a stint at The Bank of Missouri.

Education
Ying Cao
was named director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching at Drury University. She previously spent 13 years at Zhengzhou No. 1 High School in China and also taught at Tufts University in Massachusetts and Oregon State University.

Entertainment
Andy B’s Entertainment & Bowling Centers hired Jordan Lewis as an accountant. Lewis has worked in public accounting as a staff assistant and holds a bachelor’s in accounting and an MBA from Missouri State University.

Health Care
Burrell Behavioral Health Inc.
received a $2.7 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to fund its Treatment and Recovery Expansion and Enhancement project. The funds will be spread out over five years to enhance and expand addiction treatment, intervention and recovery services for youth and young adults with substance abuse disorders.

Municipal
Nixa City Council appointed Joe Campbell as interim chief of police following the promotion of former chief Jimmy Liles to Nixa city administrator. Campbell, a former major for the Nixa department, will stay in the position until a council review in 2019.

Jasmine Bailey was named public affairs officer for the Springfield Police Department. She most recently worked as a news anchor for KNSF-TV in Joplin and holds a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Missouri.

Politics
U.S. Rep. Billy Long, R-Springfield, received the National Federation of Independent Business Guardian of Small Business Award. It’s given to members of Congress for their commitment to protecting small business.

Real Estate
Dizmang Properties Inc. broker and owner Paul Dizmang received the 2018 Richard A. Mendenhall Award from Missouri Realtors for leadership skills, commitment to service and enthusiastic spirit throughout his career.

La Nora Kay of Good Life Realty of Missouri in Branson was named 2018 Realtor of the Year by Missouri Realtors. The award is given to a member who exemplifies dedication to the National Association of Realtors’ code of ethics, efforts to encourage good real estate practices among other brokers, volunteer work and business accomplishments.

Deana Wolfe of ReeceNichols Real Estate received the R. Layne Morrill Award from Missouri Realtors. Recognizing career-long political involvement to advance the legislative agenda of Realtors, Wolfe was honored for her work in a real estate political action committee.

Transportation
The Missouri Public Transit Association elected Kelly Turner of City Utilities as an officer on its board of directors. He spent 11 years as a consulting engineer before joining CU and holds a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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