YOLANDA ROUSSEAU has joined accounting and advisory firm Abeles and Hoffman, P.C., as an audit associate. She will provide comprehensive audit, review and compilation services across a range of industries.

BRIAN LYSS has joined CBRE’s St. Louis office as an associate in office properties. Lyss has worked in asset management in the commercial real estate industry since 2007.

Midwest BankCentre president JAMES WATSON has assumed the additional role of CEO, to advance leadership succession plans. RON BARNES will remain chairman, and continue to serve as president and vice chairman of Midwest BankCentre, Inc.

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis is pleased to welcome JENNIFER STOFFEL as deputy director and BRUCE LONGWORTH as associate artistic director. Stoffel is the former director of external affairs at the St. Louis Art Museum. Longworth is the head of the performance program at Webster University.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation announced $136,500 in housing grants to eight St. Louis nonprofits: Better Family Life, Beyond Housing, Arch Grants, Forest Park Forever, Habitat for Humanity International, Rebuilding Together St. Louis, Regional Housing and Community Development Alliance and Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. The grants will help individuals and families achieve and sustain financial stability.

MELISSA GRAGG has joined the valuation and litigation support services group at Stone Carlie. Gragg is a certified valuation analyst and certified fraud examiner with more than 10 years of experience.

Saint Louis University Hospital announces ROBERT HOEFER as its new COO. Hoefer served most recently as president of SSM St. Claire Health Center in Fenton. He also worked at the non-profit, 10-hospital system Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, Va. for 16 years.

WHIT ROGERS has joined internationally recognized architectural, engineering and planning firm Cannon Design as an architect. Rogers received his bachelor of architecture from Washington University, in addition to studying at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, and with Japanese master carpenter Tomatsu Edo.

DR. LARRY LEVENS recently graduated first in his class from Hannover Medical School in Germany. He is now the only orthodontist in the U.S. with two degrees in orthodontics, and the only orthodontist with a master’s degree in lingual (inside) orthodontics. Levens also received the Volker Rummel Award for his research. The Ladue resident has maintained a private practice, Levens Orthodontics, since 1988.

JULIE BASSIN and JAMES DEVENS have joined The Gellman Team as buyer specialists.

The Collaborative Family Law Association of St. Louis has GARY SOULE, JACK CARSTENS, STEPHEN SEXAUER, ROBERT APPLETON, JAY ADAMS, JOHN BORDERS, YVONNE HOMEYER and ROSALYN SCHULTZ as officers and directors for 2013-2014. The organization is a network of attorneys, mental health and financial professionals committed to providing a respectful, supportive and non-adversarial approach to divorce. In addition, Soule, an experienced family law attorney, has also joined Goldstein & Pressman, P.C.

CYNTHIA GARNHOLZ, ANN BAUER and CYNTHIA ALBIN have formed a new firm, The Center for Family Law. They are all graduates of Washington University School of Law, and previously practiced as Bauer Soule Garnholz Albin.

Gershman Commercial Real Estate is proud to announce BRUCE BROPHY has been promoted to COO. Brophy has more than 30 years experience in the commercial real estate industry. ADAM MICHAUD, who has worked with the company for four years, has been promoted to assistant VP, accounting information services.

WADE BAUGHMAN has been promoted to senior VP and general counsel of Urban Strategies, Inc. SHAUGHNESSY DANIELS has been promoted to VP. Both joined the company in 2006.

U.S. Bank has broken ground on its first new, stand-alone branch in the area in almost 20 years. The bank will be located at 11532 Page Service Drive in Maryland Heights. The building will be LEED-certified and include a drive-through.


PNC Bank is pleased to announce MICHAEL SCULLY as regional president for St. Louis. He joins the company from U.S. Bank, where he served since 1983.

With more than 15 years of early childhood education in the St. Louis Jewish community, ANITA KRAUS has been named director of early childhood education at B’nai Amoona. She most recently served as director of Shaare Shalmon Religious School.

EDWARD CAMPBELL, JR. has joined St. Louis Bank as senior VP of commercial lending. Campbell has 25 years of experience in all facets of commercial and consumer lending.

Transactional law group Carmody MacDonald welcomes associate JUSTIN HAMRICK. Hamrick graduated cum laude from Saint Louis University School of Law in May 2013, and served as the managing editor of the Saint Louis University Law Journal.

DR. TODD MARGOLIS now heads the department of ophthalmology and visual sciences at Washington University School of Medicine. He will also become opthamologist-in-chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, effective Jan. 1.

Rainbow Village has announced MELISSA MOORE as its new marketing and communications manager. Moore received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University, and previously served as executive director of a wildlife organization.

Attorneys KELSEY KREMER of Clayton and WILLIAM WALL of St. Louis have joined Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.

Forest Park Forever is pleased to announce FAITH MADDY as VP of development and campaigns, and STEPHEN SCHENKENBERG as strategic communications director. Maddy most recently served as VP of alumni and development programs at Webster University. Schenkenberg’s experience includes work for the Saint Louis Art Museum.

DR. JAY PEPOSE of Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital recently received an award for his poster presentation at the annual European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons meeting in Amsterdam.

Law firm Behr, McCarter & Potter, P.C. announces JOEL CHRISTENSEN as its newest associate. Christensen received his juris doctor from Washington University School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the school’s Journal of Law & Policy.

MICHAEL WITTMER, Logan University’s chief of staff, received the award for excellence in teaching from Emerson Corporation. The annual awards recognize more than 100 St. Louis-based educators who exemplify excellence in their field.

St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness is pleased to announce CHRISTINE KRUEGER as its executive director. Krueger has more than 20 years of experience in development and non-profit management.

Gershman Mortgage is pleased to announce SCOTT RIPPLE as VP, LIZ VAN LIESHOUT as loan officer of the Clayton office and DAN MAIN as a senior loan officer. Ripple will also serve as the branch manager of the company’s new office in St. Peter’s.

With the addition of attorneys DAVID HELFREY, DAVID NEIERS, DAVID JONES, PHILIP GRAHAM, CARL LOTHMAN, NICHOLAS VAN DEVEN and DAWN HUMPHREYS, Sandberg Pheonix & von Gontard announces its new office in Clayton.

LORRAINE GOFFE-RUSH has been named vice chancellor of human resources at Washington University. She will replace ANN PRENATT, who will retire Dec. 31 after serving in the position since 2003.

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