April Member News 2021

Member News is a monthly blog post dedicated to sharing Chamber members’ upcoming events or major news. If you have something to share email the Chamber’s Director of Communications and Marketing, Mary Kate Hafner, at marykate@comochamber.com

News from Burrell Behavioral Health:

Mathew Gass, President, Central Region, recently marked 10 years with Burrell. Gass oversees staff and operations in ten central Missouri counties that Burrell serves. Gass has worked in various leadership roles for the Community Mental Health Center during his first decade with them. He continues to focus on forming meaningful connections, reduce stigma around mental health and make care accessible to all. Other mid-Missouri staff marking five or more years of service with Burrell in February include Danielle Rackers, Community Support Specialist; Nancy Pulliam, Client Access Supervisor; Raven Eckhoff, Clinical Provider; and Lisa Fox, Licensed Practical Nurse.

Mat Gass

Rachel Ballew was promoted to Talent Acquisition Specialist. She joined Burrell in 2020 as an Administrative Assistant before being promoted to Associate Human Resources Business Partner. In this new role, she will contribute to recruitment efforts for Burrell’s Central Region.

Dr. Garima Singh, Burrell’s Chief Medical Officer, became a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. This is an honor for select members of the association, which reflects her dedication to the work of the APA and signifies her allegiance to the psychiatric profession.

Courtney Johnson, Community Mental Health Liaison, completed her LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) license last month. Sarah Davis, Sedalia-based Youth Community Support Specialist Supervisor, met requirements for full licensure and is now a fully licensed LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). Burrell also welcomed 14 new central Missouri employees in February. “We’re very proud to welcome new experts, celebrate professional development and recognize team members who have been committed to promoting well-being in our communities.” said Burrell Central Region Human Resources Business Partner Lauren Sellers.

News from Central Bank of Boone County:

Mary Beth Gillum

Central Bank of Boone County (CBBC) has promoted Mary Beth Gillum to senior vice president, director of the customer service center. In this role she oversees the customer service center operations for Central Bancompany, including more than a dozen affiliate banks in Missouri. The customer service center houses switchboard, electronic banking, debit cards, customer service and video tellers.

Gillum has been with CBBC for 13 years and was hired as the customer service center director and then promoted to vice president in 2009. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Columbia College.

Upcoming events with ProsperU:

Date and TimeClass
Tuesday, April 6 6:00 p.m.Scholarships: Finding Free Money for College College is expensive so any way you can pay without breaking the bank is worth exploring.  There are lots of options even if you’re not a star academic or athlete. 
Thursday, April 8 6:00 p.m.Car Buying 101 Nearly everyone has to do it sometime yet what do you really know about making the best financial choice for you? There’s more than one way to buy a car wisely.
Thursday, April 15 6:00 p.m.Marketing Your Small Business Build your business with marketing and promotion strategies that don’t stress your budget.
Wednesday, April 21 6:00 p.m.Handling Medical Debt There’s nothing simple about understanding and tackling medical debt. From tips for preparing for your medical visits and procedures to handling those bills when they arrive, this class provides action steps you can take to manage medical expenses.
Tuesday, April 27 6:00 p.m.Understanding Personal Insurance Your budget is super tight but you know insurance is important. Learn what kinds are critical and how you should make sure your most important assets are protected.
Thursday, April 29 6:00 p.m.Introduction to Email Marketing Everyone’s inbox is full!  How can your business cut through the clutter and stand out? Discover the simple ways you can be sure your email is not only seen but effective.

News from the University of Missouri:


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