Amelia Acosta Powell has joined The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis as associate artistic director. She is a former line producer for the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival and has produced and directed plays in the Washington, D.C., area.









Kitty Ratcliffe, president of Explore St. Louis, recently was inducted into the Destinations International Hall of Fame. The organization recognizes professionals who have made major contributions to the destination marketing industry through convention bureaus and tourism boards. Ratcliffe will be recognized at its annual conference in July.








Three area professionals have been inducted into the Association of Churchill Fellows: Brock Ayers of Wells Fargo Advisors, James Bennett of the Dowd Bennett law firm, and Ken Murer of Automotive Product Consultants. The society honors those who have made major contributions to the development of the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. The campus was the site of Winston Churchill’s historic Iron Curtain speech in 1946.



Washington University School of Medicine recently added Maria Russo as chief information officer. She oversees IT functions for the school and its clinical practice and also serves as the university’s deputy chief information officer and assistant vice chancellor. Russo previously worked for Kaiser Permanente in Washington, D.C.






Central Trust Co. has promoted Nancy O’Neal to senior vice president and chief compliance officer. She is a certified financial planner and certified fiduciary and investment risk management specialist, and has worked in the financial services industry since 1974.








Ansira Partners, a marketing technology and services firm, recently promoted Laurie MacLaren to CEO. She joined the company last year as chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Before that, she worked for Sapient, a digital marketing and technology firm.


Mike LaMartina was named chief revenue officer for the Ballpark Village development in downtown St. Louis. He comes to the newly created position from Entercom St. Louis, where he oversaw promotions, marketing, sponsorships and events for the media company.