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Friday, July 25, 2014
Business Today's Who's Who in Southeast Missouri Business

Newsmakers 2014: Wes Blair, Cape Girardeau police chief (03/17/14)
The motivation behind Cape Girardeau police chief Wes Blair is his 10-year-old son. When his son grows up, Blair wants him to be able to say his father cared and tried to make a difference in his community, and succeeded. "What motivates me is the legacy that I'm trying to build," Blair says...
Newsmakers 2014: Paul Schock, owner of Schock's Pub and Schock Rental Properties (03/17/14)
Paul Schock is known for more than the pub in Scott City that shares his name; he is a familiar face in a variety of community groups and organizations, such as the Scott City Community Interactive Parks Program (SCIPP), the Scott City Kiwanis Club, the Scott City Historical Preservation Commission and Historical Society and the Scott City Landlord Association, among others...
Newsmakers 2014: Nicholle Hinkle, project manager at Old Town Cape (03/17/14)
Being a team player is an important part of Nicholle Hinkle's job title as the project manager at Old Town Cape, a not-for-profit organization that promotes the revitalization of downtown Cape Girardeau. She works with a variety of people, from Old Town Cape's partners and sponsors to downtown business owners -- a part she loves about her job, but that also requires flexibility...
Newsmakers 2014: Dr. Michael Aide, agriculture professor at Southeast Missouri State University (03/17/14)
If Dr. Michael Aide, professor and chairman of the Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University, isn't teaching or on a farm, he probably is attending an agriculture-related event. If there is one thing he's passionate about, it's agriculture...
Newsmakers 2014: Mark Dirnberger, owner of Bella Italia and Katy O'Ferrell's (03/17/14)
The people are what have kept Mark Dirnberger in the restaurant business since one of his first jobs: working at the Burger King on Broadway in Cape Girardeau when he was 16. "I get a big kick out of watching people sit and enjoy themselves and converse," he says. "Having a place of your own that people can come to and enjoy themselves is what really makes it all worth the while to me."...
Newsmakers 2014: Linda McKinnis, owner/designer of Design Exclusive (03/17/14)
Linda McKinnis, owner and designer of Design Exclusive, says her job -- using her creativity to design and decorate weddings, events, homes and projects -- doesn't feel like work at all. "It is extremely fulfilling being in a field that I absolutely love," she says. "Creating each project is uniquely different, which in return, makes my work never boring and one of the most rewarding things in my life."...
Newsmakers 2014: Casey Brunke, city engineer with the City of Cape Girardeau (03/17/14)
Casey Brunke, Cape Girardeau city engineer, strives to make Cape Girardeau better for its residents and visitors, whether it is working with transportation or infrastructure projects. If Cape Girardeau offers top-notch streets and infrastructure, it betters the entire community, she says...
Newsmakers 2014: Steve Halter, president of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce (03/17/14)
The year 2013 was a great one for Steve Halter, president of the Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce. First, he received his professional economic development certification, and then he won the Glenn Shepard Excellence in Leadership Award, chosen from a small pool of nominees nationwide...
Newsmakers 2014: Rochelle Steffen, animal rescue advocate and video journalist at KFVS12 (03/17/14)
Rochelle Steffen is an animal rescue advocate who operates the "Mac the pitbull" Facebook page. Her Facebook campaign has raised thousands of dollars which she donates to animal shelters and rescues. Steffen's inspiration for all her hard work is Mac, her rescued pit bull...
Newsmakers 2014: Randy L. McWilson, digital media instructor at Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center (03/17/14)
Randy McWilson considers it a blessing to interface with the next generation and share his passion for digital media. Teaching goes much deeper than lecturing from behind a podium, he says -- it's about sharing life lessons, character and interpersonal relationships...
Newsmakers 2014: Nicole Allcock, director of pharmacy services at SoutheastHEALTH (03/17/14)
As director of pharmacy services at SoutheastHEALTH, Nicole Allcock has implemented a comprehensive model of pharmacy services in which doctors, nurses and pharmacists take a team approach to hospital patient care. "Pharmacists now practice side-by-side with nurses and physicians on patient care units. Having a pharmacist on the direct patient care team reduces adverse effects and improves the quality of patient care," she says...
Newsmakers 2014: Mary Burton, executive director of the Community Counseling Center Foundation (03/17/14)
Mary Burton always knew she wanted to help people when she grew up, and she's done exactly that -- first as a lab technician and nurse in various medical settings, then as executive director of the Red Cross in Southeast Missouri, director of the SoutheastHEALTH Foundation and, as of August, executive director of the Community Counseling Center Foundation in Cape Girardeau...
Newsmakers 2014: Lucas Presson, assistant managing editor/editorial page editor for the Southeast Missourian (03/17/14)
Lucas Presson loves his work at the Southeast Missourian, in part because it's never boring. "Whether it's working with the editorial board, reading columns or stories or working on a major project like the Semoball Awards, I'm blessed to enjoy my job and work with a great team," he says. "I often tell folks that one of the greatest joys is writing the daily prayer for the opinion page, which often comes from scripture."...
Newsmakers 2014: Ilena Aslin, AARP volunteer (03/17/14)
Ilena Aslin is a community advocate volunteer for AARP Missouri, which is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization. "[AARP] helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families, such as health care, employment security and retirement planning," says Aslin. "I love being a part of making this happen."...
Newsmakers 2014: Bob Clubbs, teacher at Jackson High School, founder of 'FB Weather with Bob Clubbs' (03/17/14)
Bob Clubbs says he loves to make people smile and laugh, and he does it in a number of roles: husband, father, teacher and, most recently, as a "social mediarologist" who shares news about the weather via his Facebook page, "FB Weather with Bob Clubbs."...
Newsmakers 2014: Beth Seabaugh, community resilience services coordinator for the American Red Cross - Southern Missouri Region (03/17/14)
Beth Seabaugh has made it her career and personal mission to increase the level of emergency preparedness in Southeast Missouri. As community resilience services coordinator for the American Red Cross -- Southern Missouri Region, one of Seabaugh's biggest projects has been carrying out the brand-new Pillowcase Project, a disaster preparedness program for children. ...
Newsmakers 2014: Alex Ogburn, vice president of ambulatory services at Saint Francis Medical Center (03/17/14)
Texas native Alex Ogburn moved to Cape Girardeau nearly 10 years ago and began working at Saint Francis Medical Center, where he now serves as vice president of ambulatory services. His job involves coordinating among various departments, from food service to materials management to security, to provide the support the hospital staff needs in order to deliver good health care...
Newsmakers 2014: Danny Essner, executive vice president and senior lender at Capaha Bank (03/17/14)
Danny Essner, executive vice president and senior lender at Capaha Bank, enjoys the banking business for several reasons. "As a banker, I love the opportunity to help my customers achieve their financial goals, which can range from buying a new home to starting a new business to building a new apartment building," he says. "I particularly enjoy commercial lending, since it allows me to learn about a wide variety of businesses."...
Who's Who 2013: Dennis Riney, CEO and founder of Premier Rehab Physical Therapy (03/18/13)
Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce; Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce; Salvation Army (annual food drive); Special Olympics (donations); Shoeman Water Project (turning shoes into water project); U.S. Wounded Soldier Foundation What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishment?...
Who's Who 2013: Majors Ben and Beth Stillwell, The Salvation Army Cape Girardeau Missouri Corps Community Center (03/18/13)
MAJOR BEN STILLWELL:What do you love about your work? Helping others. What community issue are you most passionate about? The poor. What's your No. 1 goal at work? To show Christ's care, concern and compassion. MAJOR BETH STILLWELL:...
Who's Who 2013: Heather Collier, special publications editor, Southeast Missourian (03/18/13)
Community involvement: Red Cross of Southeast Missouri board member; Charleston Society for the Arts board member; member of Charleston Junior Study Club; member of Lutheran Family and Children's Services FUSE -- Fostering Unity, Setting Expectations...
Who's Who 2012: Whitney Quick, Regional development coordinator with LFCS (03/18/13)
Community involvement: Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals, Southeast Council on Philanthropy What do you love about your work? There is so much that I love about my job. I love that my job is always changing. In one day I could work on an upcoming event, organize the food pantry, run a diaper drive or speak to organizations about LFCS. ...
Who's Who 2013: Erica Wheeler, Director of brand strategy at BOLD Marketing (03/18/13)
United Way of Southeast Missouri -- campaign ambassador, New Year's Eve marketing chair; volunteer with Emerging Leaders Society; Tri-State Advertising & Marketing Professionals -- board of directors, secretary, communications committee, ADDY committee; Social Media Club; certified in Agency Operations through Second Wind...
Who's Who 2013: Dr. Ryne Wood, Optometrist, Leet EyeCare (03/18/13)
Member of Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce and Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce; particpates in school vision screenings; helps with Midwest Mobile EyeCare, providing vision care to nursing home residents What do you love about your work? ...
Who's Who 2013: Mike Seabaugh, Certified general real estate appraiser, Dockins Valuation Company; owner, Mike's Cleaning & Floor Care (03/18/13)
Chairman, City of Jackson Planning & Zoning Commission; leadership team member, Crossroads Fellowship Church; finance adviser, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity; Epsilon Iota Alumni Association Board; member, Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce; member, past president and past treasurer, Jackson Rotary Club; coach, Jackson Girls Optimist Basketball League; coach, Jackson Girls Softball League; member, Cape Girardeau Elks; associate member, Appraisal Institute; past member of board of directors, March of Dimes, Southeast Division. ...
Who's Who: Bridgett Kielhofner, Owner, Philanthropy (03/18/13)
Various organizations; Philantrhopy donates 10 percent of profits to charities, including local ones What do you love about your work? I love business! One of my addictions and hobbies is financial analysis. I am probably the only person in the world that gets excited about bank statements and Excel spreadsheets. ...
Who's Who 2013: Shad Burner, Sales director, rustmedia (03/18/13)
Chairman, Work Ready Coalition, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce; secretary-elect, Cape Girardeau Rotary Club; Tri-State Advertising and Marketing Professionals; St. Mary Cathedral Parish What do you love about your work? I think I have the best job in Cape! Our agency is helping businesses to better tell their stories in the places where people are now listening. ...
Who's Who 2013: Joey Hann, Special operations/community service division, Cape Girardeau Police Department (03/18/13)
Volunteer with Special Olympics of Missouri, chair holder on SOMO Polar Bear Plunge committee; mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri since 2001; Region 9 Law Enforcement Torch Run coordinator; foster parent for the Missouri Children's Division; Acting Forwards Captain for Scorpions Rugby Team...
Who's Who 2013: Debbie Below, Vice President for enrollment management and student success, Southeast Missouri State University (03/18/13)
Member of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce What do you love about your work? The college experience can transform lives in many positive ways. It is such a joy to see students reach their goals and to know that our efforts to support them are making a difference. ...
Who's Who 2013: John McGowan, Director of operations, Love in the Name of Christ International (03/18/13)
Habitat for Humanity board of directors; Workforce Investment Board of Southeast Missouri, Youth Council; Cape Girardeau Library Board of Trustees; Cape Girardeau County Board for Developmentally Disabled; Southeast Council on Philanthropy (SECOP); KRCU Community Advisory Board; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, mentor; Jackson Ministerial Alliance; Cape Girardeau Ministerial Alliance; Downtown Council of Churches; Work Ready Coalition, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce...
Who's Who 2013: Tiffany Jenkins, Director of marketing and community relations at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center (03/18/13)
President of the Poplar Bluff Boys & Girls Club board of directors, United Cancer Assistance Network, March of Dimes, Women Aware Organization, Ozark Family Resource Agency and the Missouri Association for Healthcare and PR. What community issue are you most passionate about?...
Who's Who 2013: The Rev. Keith E. Frye Jr., CEO/founder of Fry Maxx Janitorial Service and pastor of Central Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff, Mo. (03/18/13)
Poplar Bluff Ministerial Alliance; chaplain at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center; Neighborhood Watch; Community Service Program; Western Singing Federation; Christian Education of the Missouri Baptist Friendship Consolidated District. What do you love about your work?...
Who's Who 2013: Michael Gardner, Partner at Osburn, Hine, Yates & Murphy LLC, Attorneys at Law (03/18/13)
Board of governors of The Missouri Bar; Cape West Rotary; Knights of Columbus; Boy Scouts of America, Shawnee District membership committee; Saint Francis Medical Center planned giving committee; Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce; Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce; St. Vincent de Paul school board and St. Vincent de Paul Parish...
Who's Who 2013: Cathy Abrams, Director of maternal and child services at Saint Francis Medical Center (03/18/13)
Member of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, volunteer state program director for the March of Dimes. What community issue are you most passionate about? Supporting and protecting the health and wellness of women in our community is so important. We all know that women are more often than not charged with caring for others as well as themselves. In my opinion, the community will be healthier as a whole when women are at their best physically and emotionally...
Who's Who 2013: Dr. James Stapleton, Executive director of the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and associate professor at Southeast Missouri State University (03/18/13)
Board member for the Cape Area MAGNET, an advisory board member for Junior Achievement of Southeast Missouri and a member of the Missouri Governor's Task Force on Small Business. What do you love about your work? I love helping others achieve their goals and dreams. ...
Who's Who 2013: Brian House, Owner/operator of Chick-fil-A in Cape Girardeau (03/18/13)
Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, Growing Strong, Central High School and Southeast Missouri State University booster, operational operator panel for Chick-fil-A, member of LaCroix Church. What do you love about your work?...
Who's Who 2012 - Robert Grayhek (03/19/12)
In his role as director of trauma and disaster services at Saint Francis Medical Center, Robert Grayhek participates in emergency operations planning and testing to make sure Southeast Missouri is prepared when disasters occur. He also works with local schools, police and the Missouri Department of Transportation to teach kids about preventing head and spinal injuries through the ThinkFirst Foundation. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Lori Dobbs (03/19/12)
As care services and outreach specialist for the ALS Association, Lori Dobbs coordinates care, appointments and equipment for individuals diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. She thinks nothing of taking calls at all hours from ALS patients, and offers just as much support for their families. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Jodie Brunke (03/19/12)
Jodie Brunke is an account executive at IESI, an independent distributor for Premier Designs Jewelry, a mom to 4-year-old Kendall Reece and fiancee to B.J. Thompson. This busy Fruitland mom still finds time to stay active in her church, Cape County Cowboy Church, and volunteer with the March of Dimes, United Way, Red Cross, Discovery Playhouse, American Cancer Society and Muscular Dystrophy Association. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Melissa Miller (03/19/12)
After graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Melissa Miller worked jobs as a reporter, photographer, editor and not-for-profit director in Missouri, Michigan and Indiana. After her first niece was born in 2009, Miller moved back to her hometown of Jackson to be near her family. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Ron Watts (03/19/12)
The Rev. Ron Watts, senior and founding pastor at LaCroix Church in Cape Girardeau, has been with the congregation since it started in 1988. Since then, he's led the church to serve not only in Cape Girardeau, but around the world. Locally, the church financially supports or volunteers with the Salvation Army, Safe House for Women, Habitat for Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, area food banks, The Bridge -- an outreach center in South Cape -- and more. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Stan Schultz (03/19/12)
Stan Schultz, president of Schultz & Summers Engineering Inc. in Poplar Bluff, has done big things in his company and throughout Southeast Missouri. Whether it's organizing a rural water district or sewer services or surveying for a new highway, Schultz is committed to improving the way of life in rural areas. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Scott Blank (03/19/12)
Scott Blank was born and raised in Cape Girardeau, and in his family business, Bi-State Oil Co. He started working at Bi-State in 1997 and bought the company from his parents in 2003. Blank keeps busy with his wife Lisa and baby Benjamin, and he's served on boards for the City of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Department, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce and Old Town Cape. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Randy Barnhouse (03/19/12)
Randy Barnhouse, a retired teacher and owner of Atlantis Swimming Pool Service since 1998, is known for his involvement in the River City Players, Elks Club and American Legion. He's also a swim instructor at Southeast Missouri State University, a treasure salvage diver for more than 26 years, and a supporter of the Humane Society, Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary and the World War II Honor Tour. Barnhouse lives in Cape Girardeau with his wife Debra. He has two stepsons, Jay and Luke Lowes...
Who's Who 2012 - Ray Ressel (03/19/12)
Ray Ressel is a busy man. He's the chef and owner of Ray's Restaurant in Kelso, Mo., and Ray's Plaza Banquet Center in Cape Girardeau. As if running two businesses wasn't enough, he also volunteers and donates services to several organizations. In his Who's Who nomination, Ressel was described as "the textbook definition of a great community leader, and the world is always in need of more people like him." He donates time and services to organizations such as the American Cancer Society, United Way, March of Dimes, Lutheran Family & Children's Services and many of the area's Catholic Home and School programs, among others. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Douglas McDermott (03/19/12)
Douglas McDermott's work as president and CEO of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce puts him in the heart of his community, and that's just where he wants to be. McDermott got his start at Southeast Missouri State University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications and a master's degree in higher education administration. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Jean Mason (03/19/12)
Jean M. Mason has worked with Ameren Missouri for more than 25 years, moving from its St. Louis headquarters to serve as manager of the company's SEMO Division in 2003. While her main office is in Cape Girardeau, she works throughout the region with offices in Potosi, Park Hills, Dexter and Hayti. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Greg Carda (03/19/12)
Greg Carda knows his health care management decisions are ultimately affecting the lives of patients. As chief market operations officer at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center and Health Management Associates of Southeast Missouri, Carda has worked to establish a reputation of openness, honesty and credibility. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Heather Short (03/19/12)
Heather Short left her banking career to take a job that allowed her to give back to the community she cares about so much. Short works as communications and marketing director for the United Way of Southeast Missouri. She's also the chairwoman of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce's ambassadors committee and recently received the organization's Go Getter Award. Originally from Dexter, Mo., Short and her husband, Jess, and their 2-year-old son Walker live in Cape Girardeau...
Who's Who 2012 - Rita Crain (03/19/12)
Instead of celebrating her 50th birthday with a lavish party in her honor, Rita Crain invited her friends and family to pick up a hammer and spend the day helping to build a Habitat for Humanity house. In addition to being owner and manager of Girardeau Ventures and Crain Industrial Properties, Crain volunteers with FISH Food Pantry, serves on the SEMO Symphony board and is a Redhawks Athletic Booster. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Deb Maevers (03/19/12)
Deb Maevers was told once to use what you have to help who you can every day. She does just that, whether it's helping a customer find a vintage piece to redecorate their living room or helping raise money for victims of domestic violence. Maevers is owner Pastimes Antiques in Cape Girardeau as well as the founder and executive director of the VintageNOW Fashion Show, an annual event benefiting the Safe House for Women. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Donna Denson (03/19/12)
Donna Denson started at the Southeast Missourian in 1991 selling community sponsorship pages and since has worked her way up to the position of advertising director. She serves on the United Way of Southeast Missouri board of directors, as secretary of Old Town Cape's board, as an ambassador with the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce and as second vice president of the Southeast Missouri Press Association. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Cherie Harris (03/19/12)
Cherie Harris is the only advanced certified contact lens technician in Missouri. "I love learning about contact lenses," she says. "I attend workshops every chance I get to stay at the top of the field." At Leet EyeCare in Cape Girardeau, Harris fits patients in contact lenses for medical or cosmetic reasons. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Doug Buchheit (03/19/12)
Doug Buchheit, general merchandise manager of Buchheit Inc., has been a part of the family business his entire working career. "My earliest memories of working in the family business are hauling soybeans and making deliveries with Rudy Buchheit, my grandfather," he says. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Jessica King (03/19/12)
Jessica King, webmaster at SoutheastHEALTH, says she's always looking for new opportunities to challenge herself and help her grow. At work, that means staying up-to-date with the latest technology and programs through classes, webinars and taking initiative to learn things on her own. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Amanda Winschel (03/19/12)
One in four children in Southeast Missouri go to bed hungry. As children's programs manager for Southeast Missouri Food Bank, Amanda Winschel is working to change that, and she's passionate about her mission. "I love knowing that I am truly making a difference," she says. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Mary Ann Lewis (03/19/12)
Blanchard Elementary kindergarten teacher Mary Ann Lewis strives to help children become "respectful, nice, loving, learning boys and girls." With 30 years teaching in Cape Girardeau Public Schools, she's done that for countless students. Outside the classroom, she gives back to the community as a volunteer in LaCroix Church's children's ministry, a member of Southeast Hospital Auxiliary, a volunteer at Southeast Hospital, a member of the Southeast Missouri State University Booster Club and a team member for Relay for Life. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Ryan Eftink (03/19/12)
"I love to cook, and I love to help people," says Ryan Eftink, sales manager of Double D Supply Co. and co-owner of Smokin Brothers. "Love what you do and you will find success in it." That has proved true for the Oran, Mo., native who joined the family business, Double D Supply Co., in 2002 and founded Smokin Brothers as a barbecue team with his brother-in-law in 2005. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Nicolette Brennan (03/19/12)
Nicolette Brennan's heart is in public service. The city of Cape Girardeau's public information manager is mom to Tony and fiancee of John Lyle, and a volunteer superwoman. She is a board member of SEMO Court Appointed Special Advocates and Tristate Advertising & Marketing. ...
Who's Who 2012 - Carolyn Kempf (03/19/12)
Carolyn Kempf, president and owner of Elite Travel Inc., may originally be from Boring, Ore., but that's one thing she is not! "I am absolutely over the top in love with people and travel," she says. It goes without saying that she also loves traveling to new and exciting places. ...
Who's Who 2011: Raelenna Ferguson (03/21/11)
Ferguson, a broker/sales executive at Realty Executives of Cape County, is passionate about helping women and children around the world. She's led multiple service trips to Swaziland, Africa, coordinated Heart for Africa Fundraisers in Cape Girardeau, and will travel to Haiti this spring to volunteer in a women's clinic. ...
Who's Who 2011: Trinka Hileman (03/21/11)
Hileman is the director of Womancare at Saint Francis Medical Center, where she's worked since 1987. She is involved with the booster club at Notre Dame Regional High School, the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Awareness luncheon, Reach to Recovery and Look Good...Feel Better, RESTORE Breast Cancer Support Group, Dig For Life and the United Way of Southeast Missouri. She is a member of the Southeast Missouri Cancer Control Coalition and the Friends of Saint Francis board of directors...
Who's Who 2011: Toni Eftink (03/21/11)
Eftink is a project manager with Old Town Cape, and is involved with Chamber Young Professionals, River Heritage COOP, Southeast Missouri Arts Council, Storytelling Festival Committee and the Tri-State AMP Marketing Club. She helps plan such events as Tunes at Twilight, River Tales Classic Car Show, Parade of Lights and the Downtown Historic Home and Garden Tour. ...
Who's Who 2011: Sandy Duncan (03/21/11)
Duncan is involved with the Cape Girardeau Road Runners, Medical Fitness Association Missouri, Heart to Heart Committee, AARP Community Fitness Committee, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, and La Croix United Methodist Church. She is also a Southeast Missouri State advisory board member for the College of Health and Human Services. ...
Who's Who 2011: John Gary (03/21/11)
Gary grew up in Charleston, Mo., and now serves as executive director of Gibson Recovery Center and HillCrest Pointe in Cape Girardeau. He is involved with Community Caring Council; Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium; Men at the Cross; Church of God in Christ Opportunity Family Outreach Center in Charleston, Mo.; Substance Abuse Coalition; Vision House; and the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. ...
Who's Who 2011: Cheryl Mothes and Rick Hetzel (03/21/11)
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...
Who's Who 2011: Jay Wolz (03/21/11)
Wolz, supervisor of market management at SoutheastHEALTH, has applied his career expertise to a number of local organizations, and is also working to improve health education and access in Southeast Missouri. He is involved with United Way of Southeast Missouri, Tri-State Advertising & Marketing Professionals (2010-2011 president), Southeast Missouri State University Theatre and Dance Society; Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, and is a former member of the Cape Girardeau Public School Foundation Board. ...
Who's Who 2011: Brenda Kluesner (03/21/11)
Kluesner is an account representative at The Printing Co., where she manages the business' Perryville and Farmington, Mo., offices. She has been credited for helping immensely with acquisitions of new locations, logistics and future employee hires. In addition, she manages a sales staff of four as well as two customer service representatives. ...
Who's Who 2011: Scott Givens (03/21/11)
Givens, manager of HealthPoint Fitness in Jackson, advocates health and fitness at home, work and in the community. The 39-year-old father of four volunteers with health-related charities, promotes fitness among kids and adults, and is often spotted wearing Elvis getups and Superman costumes, all in the name of helping others. ...
Who's Who 2011: Julia Unnerstall (03/21/11)
Unnerstall is involved with the Cape Schools Foundation Board, Junior Achievement Board, Cape Girardeau Historical Association, Southeast Missouri Hospital Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, Cape Central Boosters, Cape Central Football Mom's Club, and St. ...
Who's Who 2011: Traci Ritter (03/21/11)
Ritter is involved with LaCroix United Methodist Church Junior High Youth Group and Open Arms ministry, Alma Schrader PTA and is a Parent Advocate. She is a paraprofessional for the visually impaired in the Jackson School District, initiated the development of the district's Parent Partnership Council to improve the educational experience for students with disabilities, and works with the council on the school system's annual Disability Week. ...
Who's Who 2011: Kevin Noel (03/21/11)
Noel moved to Cape Girardeau 16 years ago from Monmouth, Ill., and has used his role as sales manager with Charter Media to broadcast charitable campaigns for groups like the United Way and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He is a parishioner at St. ...
Who's Who 2011: Gordon Glaus (03/21/11)
Glaus is a partner at Dix & Glaus LLC, Attorneys at Law in Cape Girardeau, and is a former assistant prosecuting attorney. He serves as a member, public relations director and sponsor of CycleWerx Race Team, is involved with the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsors the SEMO Cycling Team. ...
Who's Who 2011: Jessica Estes (03/21/11)
Estes is a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Kelso, Mo., the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, and she recently became a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. During a recent Jackson Chamber of Commerce event, Estes won free airline tickets to Jamaica. ...
Who's Who 2011: Bob C. Summers (03/21/11)
At 33, Summers -- principal/owner at Schultz & Summers Engineering -- has established himself as the "go-to guy" for all things involving community infrastructure. Summers is chairman of Poplar Bluff Industries; a member of Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Board; parish board for Poplar Bluff First United Methodist Church; and a member of the Eagle Scout Board of Review...
Who's Who 2011: Teresa Birk (03/21/11)
Birk makes her living as an outreach coordinator for the Alzheimer's Association Walk. Birk has traveled to Swaziland with co-nominee Raelenna Ferguson, and the two worked together to organize Celebrate HOPE and additional service trips to Africa. She is also involved with the Walk to End Alzheimer's committee; Lutheran Family and Children's Services; St. ...
Who's Who 2011: Chrissy Warren (03/21/11)
Warren has been chief operating officer at Cross Trails Medical Center for nearly nine years. During that time, she's seen tremendous growth in the medical center's sites and services, including the opening of a new facility in Advance, Mo., in 2010. ...
Who's Who 2011: Michael Anders (03/21/11)
Anders, an executive vaccine sales representative for Merck Vaccines, lives and breathes Kiwanis service. The 43-year-old father of three serves as lieutenant governor for Missouri-Arkansas District Kiwanis Club; past president of Kiwanis Club of Cape Girardeau; adviser to Southeast Missouri State University Circle K Club; treasurer of Cape Kiwanis Scholarship Foundation. He is a certified asthma educator and a member of Merck Vice President's Club...
Who's Who 2011: Kevin Greaser (03/21/11)
As community bank president of Alliance Bank, Greaser is at a vantage point to understand the needs of his community. He holds leadership positions with many not-for-profit organizations in Cape Girardeau, and also spends time helping with hands-on charity and church projects. ...
Who's Who 2011: Dr. Julia Pewitt Kinder (03/21/11)
Kinder is a physician at Jackson Medical Center and at Doctors Express; medical director for VaxCare Corporation, Missouri and Texas, and a fitness instructor at Healthpoint Fitness. She is a strong advocate for children with special needs and contributes to many panels on health, wellness and special needs education. ...
Who's Who 2011: Sherri Brethold (03/21/11)
Brethold is the local American Red Cross chapter's health and safety director, an expert in the areas of first aid, Automated External Defibrillators (AED), emergency response, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and injury prevention. She's an advocate for the importance of safety and preparedness training because she understands that cardiac arrest or injuries happen at an instant, often with little warning, and people need to be prepared. ...
Who's Who 2011: Dr. Sonjay Joseph Fonn (03/21/11)
Fonn, a 42-year-old surgeon at Midwest Neurosurgeons in Cape Girardeau, gives freely of his time, money and talents. He is a gold sponsor of Celebrate HOPE Cape Girardeau; bronze sponsor of Relay for Life; sponsor of the Muscle Walk; sponsor of the Alzheimer's Association; has sponsored Heartland's Best Teachers; supported international students at Southeast Missouri State University's Diwali Festival; participated in the City of Cape Girardeau's Parade of Lights; guest of "Ask a lawyer, ask a doctor;" and hosted an American Red Cross blood drive.. ...
Who's Who 2011: Robyn Gautschy (03/21/11)
Gautschy is a member of the Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau and volunteers at the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri; with Big Brothers Big Sisters; United Way's Read to Succeed program; and at the Missouri Veterans Home. She has participated in Relay for Life and attends church and Bible study. ...
Who's Who 2011: Jeremy Anderson (03/21/11)
Anderson, a partner/agent at Anderson and Green Insurance Agency in Sikeston, Mo., is known for his exceptional customer service, but serves the community in a number of areas, as well. With his involvement in two chambers of commerce, as well as some charitable organizations, the 33-year-old Sikeston native couldn't be more excited about the growth in his hometown. ...
Who's Who: Sharon Hileman (03/15/10)
Community development manager with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Gateway Area Chapter WHERE SHE'S BEEN: Hileman, 51, is originally from St. Charles, Mo., and currently lives in Tamms, Ill. She is married to husband Carl and has two daughters, a stepson and four grandchildren. ...
Who's Who: Bill Cole (03/15/10)
Executive broker/owner of Realty Executives of Cape County and Executive Property Management WHERE HE'S BEEN: The 55-year-old Cole is married to wife Susan, co-owner of Realty Executives of Cape County & Executive Property Management. They have two grown children, Christopher and Katherine. ...
Who's Who: Sarah Summers (03/15/10)
Director of professional selection and campus relations for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network -- The Hahs Financial Group WHERE SHE'S BEEN: Twenty-six-year-old Summers is originally from Bernie, Mo., but now lives in downtown Cape Girardeau. Before joining Northwestern Mutual, Summers was a real estate broker for almost six years with Realty Executives of Cape County...
Who's Who: Jeanne Churchill (03/15/10)
Assistant branch manager with Capaha Bank -- Kingshighway location WHERE SHE'S BEEN: Twenty-seven-year-old Churchill is married to husband Bill, and has an 11-year-old stepson, Alex. She's originally from Perryville, Mo., and now lives in Cape Girardeau. She's had a lengthy career in finance, first with a national bank, then with a regional bank and now loves working for a locally owned bank. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in business administration...
Who's Who: Grayson Erlbacher (03/15/10)
General manager of Erlbacher Gear and Machine Works, Inc. WHERE SHE'S COMING FROM: Thirty-four-year-old Erlbacher is originally from Cape Girardeau and now lives in Jackson with husband Larry. She was trained as an EMT, but is currently general manager of Erlbacher Gear and Machine Works Inc, in Cape Girardeau. She is a hospital corpsman (HM2/E5) in the United States Navy Reserve and an office nurse at Heartland Family Physicians/Prompt Care in Jackson...
Who's Who: Dr. Ross A Bennett (03/15/10)
Dentist at Bennett Family Dentistry WHERE'S HE BEEN: Bennett, 29, was born and raised in Cape Girardeau. He's married to wife Jocey; they have two children, Caroline and Michael. Bennett is a graduate of Baylor University in 2003; and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry in 2007...
Who's Who: Danielle McGuire (03/15/10)
American Cancer Society, community manager of development WHERE SHE'S BEEN: McGuire, 25, is originally from Marble Hill, Mo. She is married to husband Jerrett, and has one little spoiled dog, Lucy. She now lives in Cape Girardeau and has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University. ...
Who's Who: Jill A. Wicks (03/15/10)
Account manager with The Daniel and Henry Company WHERE SHE'S BEEN: Wicks, 30, is originally from Green Bay, Wis., and now lives in Cape Girardeau. She is married to husband Jason Wicks; they have a two-year-old German shepherd named Captain Nealie. Wicks has a bachelor's degree from University of Hawaii at Manoa in Asian studies; and a master's from Arcadia University in international peace and conflict resolution. She has been working in insurance for two years...
Who's Who: Dena Kreitler (03/15/10)
Executive director of the Ste. Genevieve Chamber of Commerce WHERE SHE'S BEEN: Kreitler, 33, was born and raised in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. She currently lives in Weingarten, Mo., with her husband Dean and four children, Kayla, Hanna, Serena and Clayton. ...
Who's Who: Joey McLane (03/15/10)
President, First Midwest Banks in Poplar Bluff, Mo. WHERE'S HE BEEN: Forty-five-year-old McLane was born in Columbia, Mo., and now lives in Poplar Bluff with his wife, Angela, and daughter, Marissa. He received both a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's in business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He began working for First Midwest Bank right out of college, working his way up over the last 22 years...
Who's Who: Angel M. Woodruff (03/15/10)
First assistant prosecuting attorney with the Cape Girardeau County prosecuting Attorney's Office WHERE SHE'S BEEN: Woodruff, 38, is originally from Jackson. She received her bachelor's degree from Southeast Missouri State University in 1994 and her juris doctorate from University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law in 1997. ...
Who's Who: Laurel Adkisson (03/15/10)
Insurance agent with Adkisson Insurance Agency, American Family Insurance WHERE SHE'S BEEN: Adkisson, 49, is originally from East Prairie, Mo., and now lives in Cape Girardeau with husband Chris. She has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University. ...
Who's Who: Jason Coalter (03/15/10)
Vice president of Cape Girardeau Printing Co. "Never a dull moment. My work is a little bit like a circus -- new opportunities are always popping up." WHERE HE'S BEEN: Thirty-year-old Coalter is originally from Cape Girardeau, and is married to wife Lesley. ...
Who's Who: Nikki Stallion (03/15/10)
Vice president of Mac Con Company and ZanneCo Inc. WHERE SHE'S BEEN: Stallion, 36, was born in Seoul, South Korea. She was adopted and moved to Fairbanks, Alaska. She now lives in Cape Girardeau, and is engaged to Jay Brewer. She has a dog, Abe, and Prada THE cat. She attended the Mississippi University for Women and is a partner with Keystone Design. And growing up in the construction business, she says, she also attended the school of hard knocks...
Who's Who: Laura Renee Parker (03/15/10)
Coalter Financial Strategies, insurance agent/lia sophia jewelry, manager WHERE SHE'S BEEN: Parker, 29, is originally from Cape Girardeau and now lives in Sikeston, Mo. She is married to Chad Parker, a fourth generation farmer who farms with his family in the Sikeston area. She has two children, Colt, age 4, and Cheyenne, age 2. Parker received a bachelor's degree in health management from Southeast Missouri State University...
Who's Who: Maggie Buckley (03/15/10)
Director of social services at Landmark Hospital WHERE SHE'S BEEN: Thirty-six-year-old Buckley was born and raised in Sikeston, Mo. She's lived in Cape Girardeau for 10 years, and is married to husband Mike. She has a 17-year-old son, Zach, and a 4-year-old daughter, Kate. ...
Who's Who: Jeanette Wachter (03/15/10)
Business education and computer teacher with Chaffee High School WHERE SHE'S BEEN: Wachter, 51, was born and raised in Chaffee, Mo., where she now lives with husband Scott. She has a son, Zach, and received her master's degree in business education and her bachelor's degrees in teaching and in psychology from Southeast Missouri State University...
Who's Who: Cheryl Ellis (03/15/10)
Targeted sales manager with the Southeast Missourian, editor/coordinator for the Southeast Missourian Jr. WHERE SHE'S BEEN: Ellis, 47, is originally from Woodbury, N.J., near Philadelphia. She moved to Southeast Missouri when she was 13. Ellis has a son, 15-year-old Colton, and two beagles, Madison and Lenny. ...
Who's Who: Estelee Wood (03/15/10)
Real estate sales associate/relocation and negogiation specialist with Coldwell Banker Abernathy Realty WHERE'S SHE BEEN: Wood, 67, lives in Jackson with husband Mike Wood. She has four daughters. In her 50s, Wood opted for a complete change in profession, entering the world of real estate. ...
Who's Who: Gerry Salter (03/15/10)
Director of the orthopaedic service line at Saint Francis Medical Center WHERE HE'S BEEN: The 43-year-old Salter is married to wife Requi. They have five children. He's originally from Havergill, Mass., and now lives in Cape Girardeau. He's a former U.S. ...
Who's Who: Kevin Priester (03/15/10)
Manager, Alliance Water Resources WHERE HE'S BEEN: Fifty-one-year-old Priester is originally from St. Louis and now lives in Cape Girardeau County with his wife, Dominique. They have two daughters, a son and three grandchildren. He has worked in the utility business for 30 years...
Who's Who: Danea Johnson (03/15/10)
Owner of Concepts Styling Salon in Cape Girardeau WHERE SHE'S BEEN: Thirty-four-year-old Johnson is married to husband Mike and has a 7-year-old daughter. She was born and raised in Cape Girardeau and attended Stage One Hair School in 1995. She has owned Concepts since 2006...
Who's Who: Roger W. Fields (03/15/10)
Assistant chief of police with the Cape Girardeau Police Department WHERE HE'S BEEN: Fields, 46, moved around as a child, but spent most of his in the "GlenAllen/Grassy metroplex." He is married to wife Marsha and has two sons, Blake and Kyle. He has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and is commander of the police department's operations bureau, charged with the daily activities of most sworn personnel. ...
Who's Who: Missy Marshall (03/15/10)
Executive director with the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce WHERE SHE'S BEEN: Fifty-year-old Marshall is originally from Little Rock, Ark., and is married to attorney Franklin Marshall. They have a son, Ben F. Marshall V, who lives in Louisianna, and a daughter, Aidan, a student at Southeast Missouri State University. Marshall received a bachelor's degree from Regis University in Denver, majoring in business administration...
Who's Who: T. Robin Cole, III (03/15/10)
President of The Rite Group WHERE HE'S BEEN: Cole, 65, is originally from Pascola, Mo., and has a son, Rob Cole who lives in Georgia, and a daughter, Lauren, who lives in Golden, Colo. He has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, and now lives in Jackson...