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Central Bank of Boone County has named Sandy Jonas manager of the Village Bank, at 1916 Paris Road in Columbia. Branch managers oversee the day-to-day operations of the branch, including management of the staff; leadership in sales and service; and administrative and compliance functions. Jonas has more than 30 years of financial services experience. CBBC also announced three employee promotions made in December. Mahogany Thomas, at the Columbia Mall Bank, and Alex Hager, at the Keene Financial Center, were both promoted to financial associates. The bank’s customer service center promoted Yohali Sandoval to a bankcard representative, and Stacia Gerrish has joined CBBC as a mortgage loan officer.
Randall Minchew has become president of the board of directors for Phoenix Health Programs, a local substance abuse treatment center. Due to his strong background in business management and 40 years of his own sobriety, Minchew will continue the organization’s mission to improve the health and quality of life of those impacted by drugs and alcohol.
MBS Textbook Exchange announced the following promotions: Lee Ballenger, to network and server administrator; Caroline Armstrong, to MBS direct acquisitions specialist; Kimberly Walker, to MBS direct business analyst; Edgar Ailor, to MBS direct strategic partnership manager; and Brad Johnson, to network and server administration.
David Roebuck, Ph.D., who currently serves as professor of political science at Columbia College, will assume the position of dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Shanda Traiser, Ph.D., who is currently the director of strategic planning at Basin Electric Power Cooperative, will be the dean of the School of Business Administration. Sarah Vordtriede-Patton, Ph.D., who is currently the interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at St. Ambrose University, will serve as the dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
Paul Tatum, medical director of the Compassus hospice program in Columbia and associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at MU, has been appointed to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Board of Directors. He will lead the organization’s education, training, networking and advocacy efforts.
Jeff Guinn has been named Restaurateur of the Year by the Mid-Missouri Chapter of the Missouri Restaurant Association. He is food and beverage director as well as the executive chef for The Broadway. He oversees all hotel food and beverage operations, including those of ElevenEleven and The Roof.
The Boone Hospital Foundation has recently elected Kat Cunningham as the new board president. She is the president of Moresource, and she has been a member of the foundation board for 13 years.
Dave Griggs, owner of Dave Griggs’ Flooring America, has been named chairman of the National Federation of Independent Business’s state Leadership Council. Griggs’ flooring company, founded in 1975, became an NFIB member in 1991.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri announced that four new members have been selected to serve on the organization’s board of directors: Kathleen Bruegenhemke, Hawthorn Bank; Iris Calloway, MU; Dr. Tim Fete, MU School of Medicine; and Harriet Yelon, community leader.
The Columbia Police Department has hired Andre Cook as the civilian police trainer. His law enforcement experience has spanned more than 20 years in several different capacities. He served as a reserve officer in the early ’90s, and he retired as a lieutenant and chief of the detectives unit at the Fulton Police Department in 2013. In between those positions, Cook worked with the Missouri Capitol Police and the Holt’s Summit Police Department.