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December: Movers and Shakers

Tim Majerus

Tim Majerus will be recommended to the Columbia Board of Education to fill the principal role at Beulah Ralph Elementary School. Majerus is currently the principal of Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School, and he was previously the principal of two other elementary schools. He also has eight years of classroom teaching experience in various school districts.

‡‡Caleb Colbert

Caleb Colbert, a shareholder with Brown Willbrand P.C., was one of 56 lawyers in the state selected by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as a 2015 “Up & Coming” attorney. Colbert practices in the areas of real estate, land use, construction and civil litigation and regularly appears before the City Council, the Planning & Zoning Commission, the Board of Adjustment and courts throughout Missouri.

‡‡Columbia College

Dr. Peter Monacell, assistant professor of English at Columbia College, was recently named chair of the Department of Humanities. He will oversee all aspects of the department, including faculty administration, curriculum development and student engagement. There are a total of nine majors, minors and programs housed in the department. Also, Keith Glindemann has been promoted to director of veteran services for the college. In the new role, Glindemann is responsible for the daily operation of the college’s Ousley Family Veterans Services Center, overseeing certifications of benefits and acting as liaison with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

‡‡Jason Vega

Cornerstone National Insurance named Jason Vega its Missouri and western Illinois sales manager. Vega will be responsible for marketing their auto rate recovery plan. He brings nearly 20 years of financial planning and insurance experience to the company.

‡‡Eric Tzvi Kimichi

Dr. Eric Tzvi Kimichi has been appointed chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the MU School of Medicine, as well as medical director of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. He will also serve as associate professor in the Department of Surgery. His research has led to advancements in understanding the immune system’s response to liver cancer.

‡‡Paige Sports Entertainment

Brent Karasiuk is the new president for the Walton-Laurie family office and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Paige Sports Entertainment business holdings, including real estate development projects; restaurant and hotel business; and other business ventures in various locations.  Prior to joining Paige Sports, Brent was a partner at Holme, Roberts & Owen, in Denver, Colorado (now merged with Bryan Cave in St. Louis), where he specialized in sports law; mergers and acquisitions; and general corporate law.  Also, Kyle McCurry has been promoted to chief operating officer and general counsel.  Kyle provides management oversight and legal counsel to Paige Sports Entertainment and a number of its affiliates.

‡‡Gayle Lampe

Gayle Lampe, William Woods University professor emeritus of equestrian studies, was among 15 honorees to be enshrined in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 15. She worked in WWU’s nationally acclaimed equestrian studies division for 42 years and has judged horse shows nationally and internationally, in addition to training WWU’s horses to world and national championships.

Susan Tenney

Susan Tenney, a respected veteran of the insurance industry in Missouri, has been named vice president of sales and marketing for MPM-PPIA, a physician-owned professional liability insurance company operating throughout Missouri. She directs MPM-PPIA’s statewide sales network and works directly with physicians and group managers to serve their needs for professional liability coverage.

‡‡Sandra Marin

Marin, a business development and international trade specialist with MU Extension, won the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Extension Business Award. The award recognizes excellence at the intersection of education and business, and it highlights faculty and staff who support the economic viability of Missouri businesses with their work. Marin qualified for the award through her mentorship of international students in the MU Extension program.

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