Pinnacle Entertainment has named WARD SHAW as VP and GM of Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles, and CHRIS PLANT as VP and GM of River City Casino and Hotel. Shaw most recently served as GM of River City Casino and Hotel, while Plant worked as regional VP of finance and accounting.

The City of Clayton has promoted assistant chief KEVIN MURPHY to chief of the Clayton Police Department. Murphy has worked for the department for 36 years, and also serves on the FBI National Academy Associates and Options for Justice Board.

The Ladue Schools Board of Education has announced two appointments for the 2014-15 school year: GREG BABER will serve as interim principal for Ladue Middle School; KERRI WETZEL will be the director of the Ladue Early Childhood Center.

Healthgrades America recently announced St. Luke’s Hospital as one of the country’s 50 best hospitals. The distinction, which ranks the hospital in the top 1 percent nationwide, was based on an evaluation of clinical performance during seven years.

De Smet Jesuit High School recently named TREVOR BONAT, current principal of Bishop Brady High School in Concord, N.H., as the school’s new principal, beginning July 1. Before serving in leadership positions, Bonat taught religion and theology.

Prudential Alliance Realtors is pleased to welcome MARGO BEGLEY to its newly created position of creative director. Begley joined the company seven years ago as a realtor.

BRENDA FINKE has joined the Jewish Family & Children’s Service as director of finance and business. Finke will manage all of the organization’s financial and administrative functions.

MISTY WATSON has joined Danna McKitrick, P.C. as a principal. Waton’s practice will focus on estate planning, probate and trust administration and guardianships/conservatorships.

Armstrong Teasdale has named LORI BOCKMAN as the firm’s general counsel. THOMAS CUMMINGS has been named deputy general counsel.

DR. WOLF STAPELFELDT has been named chairman of the anesthesiology department at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Bringing 25 years of banking experience, ERIC KAPPELMANN has joined St. Louis Bank as VP, commercial banking officer.

Williams Venker & Sanders LLC has announced JULIA KALTENBACH and TERRENCE O’TOOLE JR. as the firm’s newest associates.

STEFFANI LAUTENSCHLAGER has been named director of development at City Academy. Most recently, Lautenschlager served as director of development at Washington University’s Olin Business School.

PAT PLUMLEY has joined Doorways Interfaith AIDS Housing and Services as CPO. Doorways provides residential care and assistance programs to those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Brand Asset Management Group has welcomed RYAN BOUCHARD as an investment analyst, JIM HERTZLER as an operations analyst, and JOSH SNYDER as a relationship manager.

DR. JOSEPH CRAFT III, a cardiologist with Mercy Clinic Heart and Vascular, has been elected president of the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society.

The PrivateBank has announced MATTHEW McHUGH as managing director of the St. Louis market. McHugh most recently worked as senior mortgage banker at Midwest BankCentre.

The Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association Council has unanimously chosen DR. STEVEN STRASBERG to receive the 2014 Distinguished Service Award. He serves as the Pruett Professor of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, and has published approximately 250 peer-reviewed papers and 50 book chapters.

St. Louis Community College-Wildwood welcomes GWENDOLYN VERHOFF as a history instructor. Verhoff previously taught at Washington University and St. Louis Community College-Meramec.

JESSICA ORSA has been promoted to chief recruiting officer for the Northwestern Mutual office in Clayton. Orsa has worked at the company since 2009.

Alliance Technologies LLC has hired SCOTT THIBODEAUX as the firm’s new technical account manager.

ROBYN HADLEY has been named associate vice chancellor and director of the John B. Ervin Scholars Program at Washington University. Hadley previously served as the founder and executive director of the What’s After High School? program, and has been recognized by both the White House and U.S. Department of Education for her work.

Consulting firm The Rome Group has welcomed ELIZABETH GEORGE as a senior consultant. George will assist the firm’s nonprofit clients with planning, development strategy and counsel.

The City of Olivette has hired SCOTT AVERY as its new fire chief. Avery has more than 24 years of experience, and also has worked as a paramedic for the City of St. Louis and for the United States Border Patrol. DARREN MANN has been hired to serve as the city’s new finance director. Mann has almost 10 years of public accounting experience and most recently worked for Botz, Deal and Company.

SAMUEL DUGGAN II, CFO for Stupp Bros., Inc., has been appointed to Midwest BankCentre’s south region board.

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. is pleased to announce ABBY RISNER and CLARK HEDGER as its elected officers.

BRIAN BUCKLEY has joined St. Louis Bank as a commercial banking representative and credit analyst. Buckley received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Creighton University.

Heplerbroom LLC welcomes KYLE WESTBROOK as an associate attorney. Westbrook’s practice will focus on complex business litigation matters.

Thanks to her research on the genetic and environmental influences that contribute to addiction and other psychiatric disorders, DR. LAURA JEAN BIERUT has been named the Alumni Endowed Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine.

Abeles and Hoffman, P.C. has hired BRITT BOOKER and KELLI HOLLAND as accountants.

DR. KEITH MANKOWITZ has joined Heart Health Specialists at St. Luke’s Hospital. Dr. Mankowitz also is the director of the hospital’s Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center.

The Jewish Community Center has announced SCOTT BERZON as its new St. Louis Jewish Book Festival director. Berzon has previously planned author events and travel in positions at publishing houses W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. and Macmillan.

SCOTT HARRISON has been promoted to portfolio manager at Argent Capital Management. Harrison has been with the firm for 14 years.

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners awarded JOHN PLACHT the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential. To become a CFE, Placht had to pass a rigorous exam and demonstrate knowledge in four areas critical to fighting fraud.

FRED BROWN was recently inducted into the Health Care Hall of Fame by Modern Healthcare, recognizing his almost 50-year career in the St. Louis health care industry. Brown also served as a founding CEO of BJC HealthCare.

ROBERT ‘MAC’ FINDEISS and RYAN FINKE have joined Renaissance Financial as financial advisers. Findeiss graduated from Westminster College. Finke graduated from Saint Louis University.

Enterprise Bank & Trust recently promoted JOE MARK to commercial banker at its Creve Coeur branch. Mark also serves as steering committee member of the Regional Business Council’s Young Professionals Network.

Bringing 10 years of real estate experience, GLENN MILLER has joined Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty. Miller received his master’s degree from Washington University, and has more than 40 years of management experience.

The Berry District Office of Northwestern Mutual in Clayton has named JOSHUA STOCKSTILL as its director of selection. He will work with the team to select quality candidates for the company.

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