First Bank has named SHELLEY HEIDRICH new branch manager in St. Charles.

MERS/Goodwill has been granted a four-star rating for sound fiscal management by Charity Navigator for the third year.

NARCISA PRZULJ has joined Armstrong Teasdale LLP as an associate.

GlobalGreen Insurance Agency has announced a new affiliation with Lockwood Financial Insurance Services LLC.

JAMES ROSE, CPA has been appointed as director of assurance services by Purk & Associates, P.C.

U.S. Bank has promoted RONALD MARKEL to VP of consumer banking; ANA DA SILVA to assistant VP in Bancorp Community Development; CYNTHIA BRADSHAW, KAREN GILLIAM, PATRICIA KININSON and LESTER KNOPP to officers and KATHRYN PORTER to VP in the technology and operations services group. LUCAS MAXWELL has been promoted to assistant VP and RACHEL O’SHIA to VP in the wealth management and securities services group.

DARYL KERSTING and AARON SESTRICH have been appointed to Heartland Bank’s Private Wealth Group.

The U.S. Commerce Association has selected Staffing Solutions Inc. for the 2009 Best of Clayton Award in the Employment Agencies category.

MICHAEL MURPHY has joined Droms Strauss Advisors Inc.

Olin Business School has named PANOS KOUVELIS as senior associate dean and director of executive programs.

ROD LAURENTIUS has been appointed executive chef at Sunset Country Club.

SANFORD NEUMAN and THOMAS MUG of Gallop, Johnson and Neuman L.C. have been selected for the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

UMB Bank has appointed KAREN KARWOSKI to vice president and senior sales officer for Treasury Management.

LATASHA BARNES has joined Legal Services of Eastern Missouri as an advocate in the St. Louis Children’s Health Advocacy Project.

Logan College of Chiropractic has promoted ANGELA REEVES to assistant VP of academic affairs.

MELISSA MERLIN of Husch Blackwell Sanders has been selected to participate in the 2009-2010 Leadership St. Louis class.

EVE JANIS has joined USA Mortgage as senior VP.

BENJAMIN CONN of The Booksource has been named VP for sales, marketing and purchasing.