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Movers & Shakers: July 2023

Movers & Shakers
Regan French-Ubiñas

Regan French-Ubiñas

Regan French-Ubiñas has been announced as Columbia College’s new general counsel following a nationwide search. French-Ubiñas joined Columbia College in 2020 as associate director for grants and foundations and assumed her new position in March 2023.

As general counsel, French-Ubiñas will report to the board of trustees and advise the group along with President Dr. David Russell and key officials on legal and regulatory matters, policies, and procedures.

French-Ubiñas earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2001 from the University of Kansas and then secured her juris doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2004.  


Elizabeth Naylor

Elizabeth Naylor

Central Trust Company, a division of The Central Trust Bank, has announced that Elizabeth Naylor was recently promoted to trust officer and relationship manager for the Columbia market. 

Naylor has acquired a wide variety of experience within the financial services industry over the last decade. Within her new role, Naylor will be responsible for the administration of trusts, estates, IRAs, and taxable investments. 

Naylor earned her bachelor of business administration and finance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, and her certified trust and fiduciary advisor (CTFA) designation.


Amy Henderson

Amy Henderson

Amy Henderson is now a member-owner of the Cripps & Simmons, LLC firm.She joined the firm as an associate in 2019. 

Her practice areas include estate planning, including trusts, wills, non-probate transfers, durable powers of attorney, healthcare directives, and durable powers of attorney for health care; probate-decedent estates; and trust and estate administration.  


Ryan McCullem

Ryan McCullem  

The Partners at Professional Contractors & Engineers (PCE) announced that Ryan McCullem has been promoted to president and CEO. McCullem joined PCE in 2016 and became a partner in 2017. He has previously served as vice president and senior project manager. 

McCullem graduated from Columbia College with a BA in business administration in 2020. He brings 22 years of combined residential and commercial construction experience to the PCE team. He enjoys meeting clients and developing relationships. 


Sarah Carnes

Sarah Carnes  

Sarah Carnes has been promoted to chief operating officer at Lift Division. She oversees all aspects of Lift Division, including digital marketing, design and web development, community management, photography, videography, and company operations. 

With over 15 years of experience in marketing, Carnes has been instrumental in the high growth of multiple companies and brands. Carnes and her creative teams have won branding and identity awards for Brassy Bird, Lotus Hot Yoga, and Boone Health. Carnes has won over 15 design awards. 


Becca Babcock

Becca Babcock    

Becca Babcock has been selected as the next principal at Blue Ridge Elementary School for the 2023‐24 school year. Babcock is currently the assistant principal at Blue Ridge Elementary School. She will take over the role from current principal Mark Burlison.

Babcock is a Columbia native, attended Russell Boulevard Elementary School, and graduated from Rock Bridge High School. She earned a master’s in elementary education from Truman State University.

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