Jennifer May

After a national search, Jennifer May has been selected as the chief compliance officer for MU Health. In this role, May is responsible for leading the strategies, operations, monitoring, and reporting of MU Health’s corporate compliance plan. Prior to this job, May served as MU Health’s acting chief compliance officer and director of compliance effectiveness. Before joining MU Health, she served in the MU Office of Research, Graduate Studies and Economic Development. May began her compliance career with the MU Intercollegiate Athletics Department, where she was responsible for NCAA rules compliance.

Columbia Apartment Association

The Columbia Apartment Association announced its board of directors for 2018. Shawna Neuner, of Columbia Home Rental, will be the board’s president; Matt Hembree, of Mills Properties, will be vice president; and Ben Gakinya will be secretary and treasurer. Other board members include DJ Dometrorch, of Central Columbia Properties; Emmett McNulty, of REM Initium; Mark Stevenson, of REMI; Steven Kempker, of Kempker Properties; and Keith Caldwell, of Caldwell Painting & More. CBT

Columbia Public Schools

Mark Burlison was recommended to the Columbia Public Schools Board of Education to become the principal at Blue Ridge Elementary School. Burlison will replace current principal Kristen Palmer, who was announced as the new principal at Two Mile Prairie Elementary School. Burlison is currently the assistant principal at Blue Ridge. Before working at Blue Ridge, Burlison was the assistant principal at Mill Creek Elementary School for two years and an elementary school teacher for nine years.

Julia Coggins will be recommended to the board of education to become the principal at Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School. Coggins has more than 15 years of experience as a classroom teacher and school administrator. She began her career as a fourth grade teacher at Blue Ridge; she also taught at Grant Elementary School and Centralia Intermediate School. She has been the assistant principal at Eliot Battle Elementary School for the past three years.

Montana Reno

Reno has been promoted to senior commercial lending assistant at Central Bank of Boone County. Senior commercial lending assistants provide support to commercial lending officers by performing administration duties related to maintaining existing customers’ accounts and monitoring lending policies and bank regulations.  

Robb Woolsey

U.S. Cellular has named Woolsey as wireless solutions architect for the Midwest. Woolsey will serve as a technical and solutions design resource to the U.S. Cellular business customers and sales team in Missouri and central and western Illinois. He will be responsible for increasing knowledge and team results with the internet of things and other value-added services.

Jennifer Peck

Peck has joined the board of directors for The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri. Peck is the vice president of marketing and communications at Missouri Employers Mutual, where she is responsible for developing MEM’s marketing strategy and corporate strategy development. Peck is also a member of the Mid-Missouri chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and has served on that organization’s board of directors.

Debby Cook

Debby Cook Interiors has been awarded a “Best Of Houzz” award for customer service. Houzz is one of the largest online platforms for home remodeling and design. Debby Cook Interiors, a 15-year-old interior design firm, was chosen by the site’s 40 million monthly users. The Best Of Houzz award is determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017.

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