Who's Who 2011: Cheryl Mothes and Rick Hetzel

Monday, March 21, 2011
Cheryl Mothes and Rick Hetzel

Cheryl Mothes, a financial adviser for Edward Jones, grew up in Sylvia, Kan., and now makes her home in Cape Girardeau. Her husband Rick Hetzel, a Jefferson City, Mo., native, owns R. Hetzel Properties LLC, Irish Golf Vacations and Moxie Publishing Co. Together, Mothes and Hetzel spend countless hours volunteering with local organizations, including the Safe House for Women and the Humane Society.

Mothes is a Graces member with United Way of Southeast Missouri; Zonta Club, international chair; Humane Society and Safe House for Women volunteer; Southeast Missouri State University Foundation board member; Celebrate H.O.P.E. volunteer; Southeast Missouri State University Horizons member; and a cat and dog rescuer. Professionally, she's a regional leader and general partner for Edward Jones; she has an MBA from Washington University.

Hetzel serves on the City of Cape Girardeau Airport Advisory Board; volunteers for the Safe House for Women; youth missions volunteer and young adult Sunday school teacher at Grace United Methodist Church; Celebrate H.O.P.E. volunteer; Southeast Missouri State University Horizons member; and Humane Society volunteer. He is an assistant golf coach for First Tee Program. He retired from U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command in 1990; and retired as chief of police in Cape Girardeau in 2001.

What's one improvement or need you'd like to see filled in your community in the next five years?

MOTHES: The Safe House for Women has a tremendous staff and programs to reduce domestic violence and care for victims of domestic violence. Their current facility, where they have been since the early '90s, is almost 100 years old. Unfortunately, the need exceeds their capacity. They are literally turning women and children away who are victims of domestic violence, which to me is just unacceptable. I know our generous community can do better than this, and would like to see us fund a new facility, which can meet their demands.

HETZEL: The Humane Society does as much as possible to support the companion animals that come to them from many local counties. It's just heartbreaking to us that there are not enough homes for these pets, and thousands of loving animals are euthanized each year. We'd like to see an aggressive spay and neuter program funded, and a new adoption facility constructed with a five year goal of becoming a "no kill" facility.

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