The Harris-Stowe State University board of regents has appointed DWAUN WARMACK as president, effective July 14. He previously worked as Bethune-Cookman University’s vice president, the youngest in the school’s history.

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 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.

JDRF Greater Missouri and Southern Illinois Chapter has appointed JENNIFER JONES as associate executive director. Jones previously worked as director of donor engagement for the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation.

KAY TUCKER recently was promoted to director, DEAF Way Interpreting Services, at Paraquad. TRACY KONDLA was promoted to director, Independent Living Programs.

Spellman Brady and Company has welcomed designers VALERIE BAILEY, AMANDA RENSHAW and AMY SHOEMAKER to its team.

Queen of Peace Center, which provides family-centered behavioral healthcare to women with addiction and their children and families, has announced SUE KAISER as its director of development.

CHRISTINE McDONALD has been named director of outreach and advocacy at Magdalene St. Louis. The organization offers housing, support and education at no cost to women who have suffered abuse, prostitution and addiction.

JULIE KALTENRIEDER has joined Regions Private Wealth Management Group’s Clayton office as a wealth adviser. Kaltenrieder has more than nine years of wealth-management experience.

The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater St. Louis has announced CHRISTY MAXFIELD as VP of business development and planning, and DR. MARY FOX as chief medical officer. The 103-year-old nonprofit provides holistic hospice care for patients’ end-of-life transition and their families.

Lawrence Group recently promoted ELIZABETH TRUEBLOOD to principal. Trueblood has more than 30 years of interior design experience, and joined the company’s interior design group in 2007.

JULIE PROBST has been named director of special events for Variety, the Children’s Charity. She has previously worked at Barat Academy and Krupinski Academy of Dance. She also was an actress on Facts of Life.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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