SIKESTON - Nancy Jones was nominated by her colleagues as "Employee of the Quarter" at Bootheel Counseling Services.
Jones has been with the agency for five years and has served as support staff and most recently a medical records clerk. She was chosen for her loyalty, compassion for clients, pleasant, dependable and always wants to help out others.
Jones resides in Sikeston.
MINER - Miner Nursing Center honored Pam Smith, office manager recently.
Smith was honored for her 12 years of service to the residents of Miner Nursing Center.
"We appreciate all Pam does for everyone at the facility," commented a staff member.
Miner Nursing Center is located at 410 H Road.
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - A former Sikeston, Mo., resident will oversee the development of the Winter Garden Theatre as general manager.
Alauna McMillen was hired by the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation and given the responsibility of planning, marketing, fund-raising and development. Once the theater renovations are complete and it is opened to the public, she will handle all operations.
"Alauna was the winner of a long process of a lot of applicants," said Ward Britt, Foundation president, in an interview with The West Orange Times. "She comes with great experience and great enthusiasm; and she's the right person for the job. We're thrilled to have her."
A 1994 graduate of Sikeston High School, McMillen earned degrees pertaining to the arts and management - a Bachelor of Science in economics and one in theater from Lyon College at Batesville, Ark., and a master's degree in performing arts management at Columbia College in Chicago.
Her resume includes stints with the 2001 Fringe Festival (as co-producer), SAK Comedy Lab (as house manager and production manager) and, most recently, the Central Florida Performing Arts Alliance (as director of programs and finance). The daughter of Ken and Vicki Rubenacker, she has also worked as a freelance producer for a number of theaters in Central Florida.
The original Winter Garden Theatre was first opened in the 1920s. Currently the theater is undergoing renovation with a grand opening roughly a year away.
SIKESTON - Senior Bank Examiner Julie Vinson of Sikeston recently attended the Deploying Internet and Intranet Firewalls Training held April 10-14 at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Seidman Training Center in Arlington, Va.
The school provided the knowledge and skills needed to configure a firewall, including the identification of a suitable architecture, selection criteria for firewall products and rule base generation for common firewall products.
Vinson is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, and has been with the Missouri Division of Finance since May 1995. Her attendance was supported by Eric McClure, commissioner of the Department of Economic Development's Division of Finance.