Herald-Whig

People and Professions: Reported Aug. 5, 2018

Posted: Aug. 5, 2018 12:30 am

Accreditations/Certifications

Craig Kurk, maintenance director, and Neil Russell, life safety specialist at Blessing Hospital, have earned Certified Healthcare Operations Professional status from DNV-GL, an international accrediting organization for the health care industry. Russell also earned certified life safety specialist for healthcare facilities manager status from the National Fire Protection Association. Kurk has worked at Blessing for 11 years. He has a bachelor of science degree in organizational management from Hannibal-LaGrange University. Russell is a 10-year member of the Blessing staff. He has a bachelor of arts degree in history education and special education from Western Illinois University.

Activities

Stephanie Cooper, executive director-CEO of Douglass Community Services-Head Start in Hannibal, Mo., was one of 38 graduates of the 2018 UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program. The 12-day leadership and management development program was conducted at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles.

Appointments

Taylor J. Kistner of Chicago has been promoted to vice president of Segal Marco Advisors. He grew up in Quincy. Kistner joined the firm in 2017 and is director of global portfolio solutions. Before joining Segal Marco Advisors, he was an investment strategist at Marco Consulting. Kistner has a degree in finance from Western Illinois University.

Dr. James Tucker, DO, has joined Hannibal (Mo.) Regional Medical Group. He completed his doctor of osteopathic medicine training at A.T. Still University after serving in the U.S. Army. Tucker completed his family and community medicine residency at the University of Missouri Columbia.

Michael Foley and Carolina Neves have joined Hancock Veterinary Clinic, which has offices in Hamilton and Carthage. Foley had worked at Iowa State Junior Surgery and Clinical Skills and was an intern at Laboratory Animal Resources. He has a degree from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Neves was an extern for the Animal Hospital of Hallandale in New York. She has a degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Cpl. Clinton M. Duppong has been promoted to sergeant for the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He was appointed to the patrol in 1997. In 2010, he was promoted to corporal and designated the assistant supervisor of the Troop B Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division. Duppong is a native of Quincy, Ill. He has a bachelor of science degree in law enforcement justice administration and bachelor of science degree in recreation, parks, and tourism administration from Western Illinois University.

Cpl. Brandon Griffin has been promoted to sergeant and designated the zone commander of Zone 3, Chariton and Linn counties, for the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He was appointed to the patrol in 2004. Griffin is a native of Palmyra. He has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Culver-Stockton College.

Trooper Kyle V. McGivney was promoted to corporal and designated assistant zone commander of Zone 9, Marion and Ralls counties, for the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He was appointed to the patrol in 2013. McGivney is a native of Apple River, Ill. He has a bachelor's degree in business management/health from Luther College.

Margaret (Maggie) Ozan-Rafferty has joined the Blessing Health System as chief experience officer. She is the executive responsible for ensuring distinctive experiences for staff and patients throughout the health system. She was in the same position for five years at Dignity Health's Nevada market. Rafferty is a registered nurse who has a master's degree in health administration from Governors State University, a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, and a doctorate in health administration from Central Michigan University.

Degrees

Stacey Linder of Mendon, a registered radiologic technologist and clinical coordinator at Blessing Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, has earned a master's degree in business administration from Ottawa University in Overland Park, Kan. She has worked at Blessing for 20 years. She also has a bachelor of arts degree from Ottawa and an associate degree in applied science from John Wood Community College.