Sept. 17, 2020

Rhonda Christoper to lead board through 2021 fiscal year

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks welcomes seven new members and a new slate of officers to its Board of Directors for the 2020-21 fiscal year that began July 1. Directors on the 21-member board can serve up to two three-year terms.

The new board members are:

  • Richard Cavender, Rolla, retired executive director of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission and former CFO Board Chair, who will fill a two-year unexpired term;
  • Kari Creighton, a Springfield financial professional and member of the CFO’s Investment Advisory Board;
  • Stan Irwin, a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Cape Girardeau, member of the CFO’s Investment Advisory Board and Professional Advisors Council and president of the Cape Area Community Foundation;
  • Michael Garrett, retired from a 45-year career as an attorney, prosecutor, county judge and municipal court judge in Monett;
  • Emily Kembell, an attorney with Kirkland Woods & Martinsen LLP, in Springfield and member of the CFO’s Professional Advisors Council;
  • Anne E. Herschend McGregor, representing the Branson area and a donor-advisor for the Anne E. and Mac McGregor Fund; and
  • Kristi Montague, a financial advisor for Edward Jones in Carthage and member of the CFO’s Professional Advisors Council and the Carthage Community Foundation Board of Directors.

The 2020-21 Executive Committee is comprised of: Rhonda Christopher, Chair, BKD Wealth Advisors; Robin Morgan, Vice-chair, West Plains, Valic Financial Advisors; Dean Thompson, Treasurer, Springfield City Utilities; Laurie Edmondson, Secretary, Drury University; Abram McGull II, Chair Emeritus, Springfield U.S. Attorney’s Office; Jim Holt, At-Large, Table Rock Lake Community Foundation; Morey Mechlin, At-Large, retired executive director in Springfield; and Jeff Layman, Investment Advisory Board Chair, BKD Wealth Advisors.

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