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Movers and Shakers: August

Barbara Garrett

Garrett, a professor at William Woods University in Fulton, was recognized by Ingram’s magazine as one of 2014’s 50 Missourians You Should Know. Garrett is the program director and professor of the American Sign Language Studies and Interpreting Program, and her distinction references her work in elevating the quality of the program in her time at William Woods University.


Gail Humphries Mardirosian

Stephens College announced Mardirosian will become the new dean of the School of Performing Arts. Mardirosian previously worked at American University in Washington, D.C., and has also taught and directed theater around the world. She earned a degree in history of theater from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in theater and a Ph.D. in education from American University.


Joan Gabel

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business appointed Gabel to its board of directors. Gabel is the dean of the University of Missouri’s Trulaske College of Business. She took over the job in 2010 after teaching at the Florida State University College of Business.


Callaway Bank

Callaway Bank announced Mary Carnahan and Joe Moseley will be the newest members of the bank’s corporate board of directors. Carnahan and Moseley both received law degrees from the MU School of Law. Moseley is a former state senator who has also worked as a public defender. Carnahan previously worked as a family law mediator.


Boone County National Bank

Boone County National Bank announced a recent series of promotions: Kayla Martin promoted to teller II, Amanda Winter to senior teller, Devan Fink to senior teller, Anthony Stephenson to consumer banking representative, Christopher Gilbert to financial associate II, Josh Begley to assistant manager, Christine Orey to manager, Mary Pratt to manager and Stacy Sumpter to manager.


MU College of Engineering

Dean of the MU College of Engineering James Thompson announced he will step down from the position effective Sept. 1. Thompson has served as dean since 1994. In his place, Bob Schwartz will serve as the interim dean. Schwartz previously served as the chief of staff and custodian of records for the UM System.


Nicholas Orscheln

Landmark Bank named Orscheln as the company’s new business services officer. Orscheln is a Columbia native who earned a degree in economics from the MU and an MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


Carter Ward

Ward announced his retirement as executive director of the Missouri School Boards’ Association. Ward has served as the association’s executive director since 1983 and has worked for MSBA since 1973, when the organization had a two-person staff. In 2007, Ward received the Thomas A. Shannon Award for Excellence in School Board Association Leadership from the National School Boards Association.


Lora Curry

The MU Extension Business Development Program announced Curry as the newest member of its financial team. Curry previously worked as the owner and manager of All Phase Heating and Cooling in Columbia and as a call center agent for MidwayUSA.


Ed Schumacher

Smithton Middle School announced Schumacher as its new principal for the next school year. Former Smithton Principal Jean Selby left the vacancy after she moved to Belton School District earlier in the school year. Schumacher previously worked as principal at Russell Boulevard Elementary School. He received a doctorate degree in education from St. Louis University.


Columbia College

Columbia College’s public relations and marketing departments received four Communicator Awards from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. The departments received a Gold Award and three Silver Awards for its work, including two awards for its 2013 Annual Report in the overall category and the copy/writing category.


Ahoo Tabatabai

Columbia College announced Tabatabai is the winner of the 2014 Columbia College Trustees Award for Teaching Excellence. Tabatabai earned a master’s degree in women’s studies and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Cincinnati. She began working at Columbia College in 2011 and teaches courses in family, gender and narratives of identity.


N.H. Scheppers Distributing Co.

N.H. Scheppers announced the promotions of Matt Stone and Jason Bradshaw to route sales representatives. Stone will work in the company’s non-alcohol beverage division. Bradshaw will run distribution of Anheuser-Busch products. Both Bradshaw and Stone will work from the company’s Columbia facility.


MU Advancement Office

The MU Advancement Office announced three new hires. Ann Ryan Solomon was hired as the director of international advancement, Cristin Clark was hired as the director of the Grateful Patient Program and Brandon Steenbergen was hired as the director of development for the College of Arts and Science.


Rob Medcalf

The Broadway DoubleTree by Hilton announced that Medcalf has been hired as the hotel’s director of nightlife. The hotel; its restaurant, ElevenEleven; and its indoor/outdoor rooftop bar, The Roof, opened earlier this year. Medcalf previously worked in the wine and spirits industry in Australia and Napa Valley, California.

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