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Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013 12:00 pm

Chesterfield Arts has appointed three new members to its staff: JENNY DONALDSON, exhibition coordinator; KIM FURLOW, director of marketing; and BRUCE PRESTON, director of development.

The leadership team of Des Peres Hospital has two new members: chief operating officer BENSON CHACKO and chief financial officer RHONDA ROGERS.

SHAWN HAGAN has been promoted to president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank’s St. Louis affiliate. Hagan was the office’s first employee, and has more than 19 years of experience in the industry.

Gershman Mortgage welcomes three new members to its Clayton office: SHANNON MARTINI, loan officer; JOEL McALLISTER, residential mortgage loan originator; and LYNN MATEJKA, project loan administrator.

FORREST LANGENFELD has been named managing director of Hancock, which encompasses Hancock Securities Group, Hancock Management Services and Hancock Institutional Advisors. Langenfeld offers 23 years of experience in community banking.

Janet McAfee Real Estate has added two new sales associates: PAMELA BERRA and PATTI GREENEMAY. Berra and Greenemay each were consistent million-dollar producers at their former agencies.

The Community Music School of Webster University recently assumed ownership of Kindermusik Academy of St. Louis, and will continue its objective of building a strong musical foundation in young children.

JILL WOROBEC of Mosby Building Arts has been certified by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry as St. Louis’ first universal design professional. This distinction serves to promote the highest standards in accessible, inclusive design.

The City of Olivette has appointed BARBARA SONDAG as its new city manager. Sondag offers more than 16 years of experience in local government, and most recently served as town manager in Brattleboro, Vt.

Ranken Jordan Pediatric Specialty Hospital welcomes Dr. ELIZABETH SUGARBAKER to its medical team, and TYRA BRADBURY as its new director of nutritional services.

Reliance Bank has added two executives to its leadership team: TIM FOGERTY, executive VP and senior lending officer; and RICK SEMS, president and CEO. Sems has also been named president of parent company Reliance Bancshares.

The St. Louis Area City Management Association recently named as its president BOLA AKANDE, administrator for the City of Brentwood. The organization oversees 75 municipalities and fosters collaboration between local governments.

Solon Gershman Inc., a St. Louis-based commercial real estate company, has appointed CHRISTOPHER FOX to VP of transactions and advisory services.

Dr. ALOKA AMARAKONE has joined SSM Neurosciences Institute at St. Clare Health Center. Amarakone is board-certified in neurology and psychiatry.

MIKE BURKE, senior VP and district manager of U.S. Bank’s St. Louis branch, has been ranked among the company’s top 10 percent of employees nationwide. He received its annual Pinnacle Award for his achievements.

HBE Corporation has announced that JOSEPH LEHRER will take the helm as the firm’s president/CEO effective Oct. 1. Lehrer, who was HBE’s corporate attorney for the past 12 years, has been an officer and chair of the Corporate Practice Group at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale. Company founder/chairman FRED KUMMER will continue to manage day-to-day operations.  

KATHY CRAMER, the founder and managing partner of The Cramer Institute of St. Louis, is the new director of the Executive in Residence program at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University. Cramer brings more than 20 years of experience in executive training and development to her new post. The program is designed to provide ongoing education opportunities for business leaders.

J. NICCI WARR has joined the Litigation Department at Lewis, Rice & Fingersh. Warr will serve as an association practicing in the areas of ERISA litigation, class actions, healthcare litigation and white-collar matters. 

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