Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association is restructuring its top management to accommodate recent exponential growth. CMFCAA will hire an executive director to manage day-to-day operations, freeing DeAnna Alonso to devote all her time to being the public
face of the agency. DeAnna’s title will become founder/president. She will be dedicated to fundraising, advocacy, public education, growing awareness for the
agency, expansion, and ensuring the agency’s long-term success. DeAnna, a former foster child, established CMFCAA in 2007 after seeing a lack of services for foster, adoptive, and kinship families in Central Missouri.
1704 Christy Ct. | (573) 298-0258 | mofosteradopt.com

Lincoln University is pleased to announce they have selected Eugene Diggs II as the new director of bands, Grant Reynolds as the new head baseball coach, Oniqueky “Sammy” Samuels as the new men’s soccer coach, and Leah Stringer as the first-ever head coach of the LU women’s soccer team.
820 Chestnut St. | (573) 681-5000 | lincolnu.edu

The Runge Conservation Nature Center recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The Runge was built in 1993 to showcase the different habitats that can be found all over the state of Missouri. A celebration was held to mark the anniversary as Runge volunteers set up stations in the center and surrounding nature trails to teach guests about their creek, forest, and prairie habitats.
330 Commerce Dr. | (573) 526-5544 | mdc.mo.gov

Millard Family Companies is pleased to announce Mitchell W. Woodrum as chief operating officer. Mitchell has a diverse background in leadership and operations from his experience as a military offi cer. He joins the leadership team in managing Millard Family Chapels, Parker-Millard Funeral Service and Crematory, Busch’s Florist, Moberly Motorsport Park, Columbia Cemetery, Hawthorn Memorial Gardens, Bee Seen Signs, and Acola Coffee Company.
2701 W. Main St. | (573) 636-3838 | mitchell@millardfamilycompanies.com

Mid America Bank is proud to announce that Brenda Veit has earned the certified regulatory compliance manager (CRCM) certification offered through the American Bankers Association. The CRCM certification is awarded to individuals who demonstrate excellence in the field of bank regulatory compliance. Brenda, who has been with Mid America Bank for over eight years, graduated valedictorian with a bachelors in business administration from Lincoln University. Mid America Bank would also like to congratulate Mariah Backes and Michael Boyce. Mariah Backes earned her accredited payables specialist certification offered through the Institute of Finance & Management. Earning such certification demonstrates a firm grasp of accounts payable fundamentals, a thorough understanding of best practices, and a commitment to accuracy and compliance. Mariah has been with Mid America Bank for over seven years and has worked in the accounts payable department for the last three years. Michael Boyce, loan officer at the Holts Summit branch, completed the Missouri Bankers Association School of
Lending. The purpose of the school is to help bankers and commercial loan officers develop an understanding of their bank’s risk appetite, risk tolerance, risk culture, and the risks assumed in the loan portfolio. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in business and finance from Westminster College.
1200 W. Stadium Blvd. | (573) 606-6363 | midambk.com

Central Trust Company is pleased to announce that Heather L. Conway has recently joined their team of wealth management professionals as vice president and relationship manager. Heather, a seasoned legal professional, began her career in 2008 as a member of the state of Missouri’s legal counsel. This experience gave her an extensive background in estate planning and a commitment to providing exceptional client service. At Central Trust Company, Heather’s primary role is providing clients with wealth advisory, tax and estate planning strategies, and fiduciary services.
111 E. Miller St. | (573) 634-1291 | centraltrust.net

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) board of directors has elected fi ve school leaders to serve on the 19-member board including Beth Houf, principal of Capital City High School. Beth, who is also the co-author of the book “Lead Like a Pirate,” is committed to creating inspiring learning environments. As a facilitator for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Leadership Academy, she shapes state educational leaders and is an active member of her local, state, and national principal associations. Beth also serves as an adjunct professor at Westminster College and is pursuing her doctorate at the University of Missouri. Her accolades include being named a Missouri Exemplary New Principal in 2011, the Missouri National Distinguished Principal for 2016, and the 2022 NASSP National Principal of the Year.
207 Peach Way, Columbia | (573) 445-5071 | moassp.org

Offering fresh Mediterranean-style yogurt, Artemis Yogurt is now open at their new High Street storefront location. In addition to the store, customers can still enjoy these small batches of goodness at varying locations with the Artemis Yogurt food truck.
700 E. High St. | artemisyogurt.com

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital is pleased to announce they received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Award, a stroke quality achievement award for stroke honor roll and a type 2 diabetes honor roll. The award was given in recognition of the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines — ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disabilities.
2505 Mission Dr. | (573) 681-3000 | ssmhealth.com

Central Dairy celebrated their 90th anniversary throughout the entire month of July. Central Dairy opened in 1933. By 1935, the business officially had a four-digit phone number, made horse-drawn deliveries throughout town, and began offering packaged ice cream from the same location that it stands today.
610 Madison St. | (573) 635-6148 | centraldairy.biz

The Blair Oaks R-II School District is pleased to announce they have hired Ben B. Meldrum as their new superintendent. Ben has 22 years of educational leadership experience. Prior to joining the Blair Oaks School District, he spent four years as the head principal at Capital City High School.
6124 Falcon Ln. | (573) 636-2020 | blairoaks.k12.mo.us

Yanis Coffee Zone, opened in 2003 by Taisir and Christina Yanis, is celebrating 20 years of being in business. Offering gourmet coffee and Middle-Eastern cuisine, Yanis Coffee Zone continues to be a popular downtown destination for many residents.
130 E. High St. | (573) 761-4277 | fb.com/yaniscoffeezone

Capital Region Medical Center’s Medical Foundation is pleased to announce their 2023 scholarship. recipients. Two students received the Dr. Leon A. and Marian B. Taylor Endowed Scholarship: Emily Arounpradith from Jefferson City High School and Trevor Kolb from Helias Catholic High School. The Walter and Nancy Rottmann Scholarship recipients include Cali Coombs from Russellville High School, Brooke Reutter from Helias Catholic High School, and Olivia Vieth from Blair Oaks High School. The Dr. Jack S. and Jimmy Kay Sanders Scholarship recipient is Kynsie Engelbrecht from Eugene High School. The Gregory Stockard, Jr., Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Faith Hinrichs from Jefferson City High School. The Helene Kemper Jackson Scholarship winner is Daniela Salas-Rivas from Mt. Vernon High School.
1125 Madison St. | (573) 632-5007 | crmc.org/foundation