People Update

December 23, 2012

ALYSSA LAGE NAMED DIRECTOR OF SALES AT THE CAPE GIRARDEAU CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU
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Alyssa brings a strong combination of sales experience and love of community to her new position. For the past four years, she has supported and marketed online and print advertising to Southeast Missouri businesses and non-profit organizations. Utilizing a customer-focused approach, she uses her experience and skills in marketing and education to help those businesses and organizations develop a custom-designed message to better reach their target markets. Always seeking to find new and creative ways to help her clients succeed, her focus is always on relationships and meeting the needs of those that she works with.

Alyssa earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Historic Preservation, and currently serves on several community boards and committees to support and promote local preservation efforts and economic development. She has a real passion for the promotion of area history, attractions and traditions.

Alyssa has lived, worked, and volunteered in Cape Girardeau since 2004. She resides in Cape Girardeau with her husband Jeffrey and son Kaden.

For more information, visit www.VisitCape.com or call (800) 777-0068.

JEANIE WALKER BECOMES GROUP AND EVENT MANAGER AT BEST WESTERN BRANSON INN & CONFERENCE CENTER
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Walker, who already serves as director of sales for the Best Western Branson Inn & Conference Center, is now the group and event manager as well.

Jeanie’s parents owned a hotel for years, so she has cleaned rooms, made beds, manned the front desk, performed night audits and even managed a hotel at one point in her life.

She has been in the group travel business for 35 years.

When it comes to working with meetings and events her experience quickly becomes evident.

She loves groups of all kinds and especially likes making events and meetings memorable with unique ideas for meetings, food service and entertainment. She loves to laugh and she says without the humor she would have not been in this business for so long.

The Best Western Branson Inn & Conference Center is located at 8514 Highway 76 Branson West, MO.

For more information visit www.BestWesternBransonInn.com or call (800) 868-6625.

MERCY NURSE TO LEAD NATION’S NURSES
Knodel joins other Mercy leaders in top roles of national health care organizations.
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CENTRAL, U.S. – Linda Knodel, vice president and chief nursing officer of Mercy’s Springfield, Mo., region, was named president-elect of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) for 2013. Knodel is the latest in a long list of Mercy leaders to be at the helm of key health care groups.

“We have incredible talent across Mercy, and this is just one more indication that we have leaders who not only provide excellent direction within Mercy but also give freely of their time to make a difference in health care everywhere,” said Lynn Britton, president and CEO of Mercy. “Our leaders have a can-do spirit that greatly reflects our Sisters of Mercy heritage.”

Knodel, a registered nurse for nearly 40 years with a long list of credentials – MHA, MSN, CPHQ, NE-BC, FACHE – was selected by vote of AONE’s more than 8,500 members. A Wharton nursing executive fellow, Knodel earned a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. She also recently published a book, “Nurse to Nurse: Nursing Management.”

Here are some of the other top roles Mercy serves in across the nation:

Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, nearly 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,700 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.

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