Strictly Business: 6.22.22

mers/missouri goodwill | Mark Arens has taken the helm of the nonprofit as president and CEO. He started with MERS in 1997 as a vocational counselor. Most recently, he served at the agency as coordinator of evaluation and work adjustment and director of Lippman Center services as vice president and executive vice president of programming.

cardinal ritter senior services
The senior living organization named Lorraine Tyus director of nursing. With more than 15 years of nursing experience, she will be responsible for planning, developing, organizing and directing the overall operations of the nursing department.

kirkwood school district
The district has hired Jeremy Mapp as executive director of diversity, equity and inclusion. Mapp has a doctorate in educational leadership from Maryville University and a master of arts in elementary education and bachelor of science in psychology both from Truman State University. He previously served as assistant principal of Keysor Elementary School, and most recently, he worked with the Lindbergh Schools as the director of inclusion, equity and diversity.

nine pbs
Amy Turck has been appointed as vice president and chief individual giving officer. She brings more than 13 years of experience in nonprofit management and membership development to the position, which will focus on developing short- and long-term fundraising strategies. Before joining Nine PBS, Turck led member experience strategy for the Gateway Region YMCA, serving 26 local branches in MIssouri and Illinois.

principia school
The independent college preparatory school hired Jay Blossom as the head coach for its boys basketball program. With more than two decades of coaching experience, Blossom previously led Webster Groves High School to 17 consecutive conference championships and achieved a 447-122 record. He also has served as president of the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association, worked with USA Basketball and has hosted clinics and lectures both nationally and internationally.

lindenwood university
The university has appointed Jason Coomer as vice president of intercollegiate athletics. Since 2008, Coomer served as an administrator and coach with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, including his most recent position of deputy athletic director. During his time at the college, he also worked with the SIUE corporate partnership program and oversaw the launch of its first online merchandise store.


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