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March: Movers & Shakers

Celebrate with the business professionals in our community who are moving up, moving around, and gaining new experiences and opportunities.

Carrie Mertensmeyer
First State Community Bank is proud to welcome Carrie Mertensmeyer to their team as a senior vice president and fixed-rate mortgage lender. Carrie has more than 20 years of banking experience, including owning and operating a local mortgage company and working with several financial institutions. She is also an active member of Women’s Council of Realtors of Boone County and Cole County, as well as a member of the Chamber of Commerce in Columbia, Ashland, and Jefferson City.

Klingner & Associates, P.C.
Klingner & Associates, P.C. celebrates employee accomplishments and new hires. Joshua Hartsock has earned his professional engineer, or PE, license from the Missouri Division of Professional Registration. Josh has been a water and wastewater designer with Klingner since 2015. He also regularly performs a number of testing, inspection, and construction services. Jack DeCamp has become a registered engineer intern with the Missouri Division of Professional Registration. Jack joined Klingner’s Columbia office after graduating from MU. Since joining the firm, Jack has provided mechanical and electrical design assistance on a number of projects, including the new additions at Hallsville Elementary School and the HVAC replacement at the State of Missouri’s Petroleum Octane Laboratory. Toshia Drebes, PE, has joined the transportation department of Klingner & Associates, P.C. as a project engineer. She brings 15 years of design experience developing interchange, signal, lighting, roundabout, roadway, and bridge designs. Toshia was previously a transportation project designer with the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Kim Siegenthaler
Director of Mizzou Online at the University of Missouri, Kim Siegenthaler, PhD, has been elected to the Board of Directors for UPCEA, the leading national organization for online, continuing, and professional education.

Paula Fleming
Great Circle’s board of directors has unanimously voted to appoint Paula Fleming, PhD, as their president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Paula’s selection comes after an extensive, nationwide search. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit behavioral health field in progressively responsible roles in family services, along with a doctorate in educational and counseling psychology. She has been part of the Great Circle family for almost 14 years in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as acting president and CEO.

Socket is pleased to announce the addition of new members to their team as well as honors for employee of the year and long-term employees. Claire DeSantis joins Socket as marketing coordinator, with responsibilities for creating and distributing marketing materials, including social media, print, and digital advertising. Brittny Goran serves as digital marketing specialist at Socket. In this position, she will create and curate content and strategies to be used across multiple platforms to increase and improve Socket’s web presence. Russ Mulkey, a business center supervisor, was honored as the 2019 Socketeer of the Year. The award goes to an employee who represents Socket’s core values and beliefs and exemplifies everything there is to being one of Socket’s best employees. Socket also recognized two long-time employees, Dave Sill and Scott Stratman, for their years of service to the company. Dave serves as director of information technology and has been with Socket for 23 years. Scott is the manager of network operations and has worked at Socket for 20 years.

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