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Business Briefs: Oct. 7


Mask donations in Wentzville
Giving back: Wentzville Police Department staff (from left) Lt. Jennifer Bell; Cpl. Tom vanDusen; Jay Marsden, EMS; and Chief John Schneider, Wentzville FPD; and Chief Paul West, Wentzville Police Department. (Source: St. Charles County)

The General Motors Wentzville Assembly Plant donated 105,000 disposable face masks to the St. Charles County government for distribution to the Wentzville School District, Wentzville Police Department and Wentzville Fire Protection District to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The St. Charles County government is providing 450,000 masks to area school districts. Additionally, St. Charles County government has made over 500,000 masks available in the community through churches, non-profit organizations, businesses, the St. Charles City-County Library District, and Mask Up Pick-Up events, and provided more than 53,000 masks to city governments as well as PPE for first responders. 


Karen Pugh, MD, MPH, has joined the SSM Health Medical Group at SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – Lake Saint Louis. Pugh is a board-certified pediatrician. She holds a medical degree and master’s degree in public health from Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed her residency at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. 

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Kaitlyn Chappell has joined the team at Mid-America Specialty Markets’ O’Fallon office as Operations Support. The O’Fallon office, located at 1656 Bryan Road, is a full service independent insurance agency.

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Volunteers in Medicine, St. Charles recently announced that Matt LaLiberte’ has joined the team as the newest member of the nonprofit organization’s board of directors. LaLiberte’ currently serves as vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at St. Joseph Hospital in St. Charles and Wentzville. Volunteers in Medicine provides health care services for the medically underserved in St. Charles and Lincoln Counties. 

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Boone Center, Inc. recently named Troy Compardo as its chief executive officer. Prior to joining BCI, Compardo served as the regional operations director at DaVita Hospital Services. Compardo replaces Ron Kloppenburg, board vice-president, who has served as interim CEO since Jan. 6. BCI is a nonprofit that specializes in employment and training for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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The Child Center recently welcomed Glenda Distefano to its board of directors. Glenda Distefano is the owner of Finance Evolution LLC a financial coaching practice. The Child Center, based in Wentzville, is a place where a comprehensive, coordinated approach is taken in response to allegations of child sexual and physical abuse occurring in their 14-county service area. 


The Greater St. Charles Chamber of Commerce hosts its Lunch with Leaders program from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at St. Peters Cultural Arts Center, 1 St. Peters Centre Blvd. Registration is required for $30 for members; $35 for guests ($5 discount given for early registration). No walk-ins. Register online at gstccc.com. Social distancing will apply.

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The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and Industries holds its membership luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at O’Day Lodge, 1100 O’Day Park Drive in O’Fallon. Registration is $20 in advance; $25 after the Friday before the event and includes a boxed lunch. Preregistration is required online at ofallonchamber.org or by calling Cathy Bounds at (636) 240-1818. Social distancing will apply. 

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