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Business briefs: May 24


St. Charles Community College recently hired Chad Shepherd as the college’s first chief information officer. With more than 25 years of technology and management experience, Shepherd holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electronics technology from the University of Central Missouri. Before joining SCC, Shepherd led the information technology division at St. Louis College of Pharmacy for 15 years.

Chad Shepherd

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Schaub & Srote Architects, LLC announced the hiring of St. Peters resident Gene Gibson as project architect. Gibson, a licensed architect in the state of Missouri and a graduate of Washington University’s College of Architecture, has over 40 years of experience in both residential and commercial architecture, design and structural engineering.

Gene Gibson

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Donn Sorensen has been promoted to executive vice president of operations across Mercy. In this new position, Sorensen will review community needs and seek to expand medical care to more patients across the health system. In addition to his contributions to Mercy, Sorensen is a longtime board member of the AMGA. He also chairs the Make-A-Wish Missouri Board of Directors and the St. Louis Board of Directors for Care to Learn. Sorensen has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, as well as a master’s in health administration from St. Mary’s College in Rochester, Minn., and a master’s in business administration from Missouri State University.

Donn Sorenson

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David L. McKenzie was recently named president of Incarnate Word Academy. McKenzie has a long career in educational administration, most recently serving as president of Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, Fla. He also has served as president/principal at St. Vincent Pallotti Preparatory High School in Laurel, Md., and principal at St. Thomas More Preparatory School in Magnolia, Del. McKenzie holds a master’s degree in education, leadership, management and policy from Seton Hall University.

David L. McKenzie

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Maureen Hayes Lovette was recently announced as the new principal of Incarnate Word Academy. Lovette is currently serving as principal of St. Paul Catholic School in St. Paul, Mo. She holds a master’s degree in Catholic educational leadership from Saint Louis University. Lovette is a 1993 graduate of Incarnate Word Academy.

Maureen Hayes Lovette

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Ali Jean Wells and Dr. Martin Niboh, of the St. Charles County Toastmasters Club, recently won their respective contests at the area-level competition and will move on to the division-level contest. Toastmasters International helps people improve their speaking and leadership skills in a positive and encouraging learning environment. The St. Charles County Toastmasters Club meets at 7 p.m. on Tuesday nights at Midwest Bank Center, 2299 Technology Drive in O’Fallon.

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St. Charles resident Mark Fontana has been named executive director of The Sheridan at Laumeier Park, a newly opened 84-unit assisted living/memory care community at 12470 Rott Road in Sunset Hills. Fontana has more than 25 years experience in medical service and geriatric care administration.  Prior to joining The Sheridan, the U.S. Army veteran was administrator of the Missouri Veterans Commission – St. Louis. Fontana has a nursing degree and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health administration from Webster University.

Mark Fontana

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Insurance Business America released its Top Producers 2017 report and recognized Defiance resident Scott Wightman of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., as one of the top 100 nationwide producers in the industry.


The Travelers Protective Association [TPA] recently awarded 54 grants through its Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired, totaling $20,800 during the first quarter of 2017. The grants, which are distributed throughout the year to recipient snationwide, ranged from $100 to $1,000 per person based on necessity. This quarter, 16 grants were presented to Missouri residents, including recipients in St. Charles County.

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Mercy was named a top-five healthcare system by Truven, out of 337 health systems and 2,924 hospitals across the U.S. The award was based on an analysis of individual hospital performance metrics combined with system-level data. This annual, quantitative scorecard uses objective, independent research and public data sources.

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Operation Food Search [OFS], a hunger relief organization that provides food to the area’s hungry, recently received the Good360 Circle of Good award, which recognizes partners who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in product philanthropy and redistribution in order to help those in need.

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St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann recently met with 25 St. Charles-area leaders to discuss CAPS [Center for Advanced Professional Studies], a new national program that places high school students in contact with local businesses through a profession-based learning approach. CAPS participants receive college credit and are exposed to hands-on experience in their field of interest. “Ignite,” a form of CAPS, is currently in place in the Wentzville School District, but Fort Zumwalt, Francis Howell, Orchard Farm, St. Charles City and Wentzville school districts are considering a county-wide CAPS consortium at an upcoming meeting.


The Western St. Charles Chamber of Commerce hosts Lunch and Leads on Monday, May 29 from noon-1 p.m. at Rizzo’s Bar & Grill, 1155 Wentzville Parkway in Wentzville. Members and non-members are welcome. There is no fee; individuals pay for their own lunch. For more information, contact Tony Mathews at info@westernstcharlescountychamber.com.

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A Morning Meetup is held Tuesday, May 30 from 8-9 a.m. at Dardenne Prairie City Hall, 2032 Hanley Road in Dardenne Prairie. Members and non-members welcome. RSVP to the Western St. Charles Chamber office at (636) 327-6914.

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The Greater St. Charles Chamber of Commerce hosts a weekly Networking Happy Hour on Wednesday, May 31 from 4-8 p.m. at Kokomo Joe’s, 4105 N. Cloverleaf Drive in St. Peters. For more information, contact Brian Brown at (314) 640-5959 or brian@kjfun. Free to attend; special pricing on food and drinks.

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