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Leadership Springfield unveils next Signature Class participants

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Leadership Springfield unveiled the next participants in its flagship program.

Signature Class 43 and Signature Class 44 will go through the organization's community-based leadership development programming this fall, according to a news release.

Signature Class 43 participants are:
• Adam Reichert, Commerce Bank;
• Brooke Evans, Murney Associates, Realtors;
• Cameron Casad, Legal Services of Southern Missouri;
• Carolyn O’Kelley, Ollis/Akers/Arney;
• Cassie Hanson, Ozarks Food Harvest;
• Chad Astle, Castle Advisors Inc. (Geico Springfield);
• Chris Lambert, Creative Concepts Consulting & Remodeling;
• Chuck Cowan, Springfield-Branson National Airport;
• Colten Harris, city of Springfield;
• Courtney Furgerson, Jordan Valley Community Health Center;
• Cris Swaters, Springfield Police Department;
• Erik Kiser, CoxHealth;
• Erin Hedlun, Evangel University;
• Jared Davis, Anderson Engineering Inc.;
• Jennifer Larson, Abilities First;
• Jim Farrell, Springfield Public Schools;
• Judith Martinez, Missouri State University;
• Katie Hopkins, Springfield-Greene County Library District;
• Katiina Dull, Child Advocacy Center;
• Laine Scholz, Discovery Center of Springfield Inc.;
• Laurie Goslee, Class 101 College Planning;
• Layne LaBarge, City Utilities of Springfield;
• Maria Stockton, Central Trust;
• Marlon Re’Sean Graves, TMP Professional LLC;
• Philip Herzog, Council of Churches of the Ozarks;
• Rachael Mhire, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
• Ryan Morris, CoxHealth;
• Ryan Sivill, BKD LLP;
• Stacy Lynn, SMC Packaging Group;
• Stephanie Matthews, Simmons Bank;
• Tiff Mansfield, Thoroughly Modern Milliner LLC;
• Todd Twig, Mercy Hospital Springfield;
• Trey Watts, Springfield Sign;
• William Henson, Expedia Group;
• Zach Reynolds, Gold Mechanical Inc.; and
• Zach Swartz, BKD LLP.

Signature Class 44 participants are:
• Alisa Lowry, The Arc of the Ozarks;
• Andrea Battaglia, Abacus CPAs;
• Andrea Harp, Care to Learn;
• Ashleigh Goris, Mercy Hospital Springfield;
• Ashley Casad, CoxHealth;
• Bay Mourer, Nabholz Construction;
• Brad Stulce, Springfield-Greene County Health Department;
• Brandy Buckler, BKD LLP;
• Cara Stassel, Springfield Public Schools;
• Carl Kicklighter, Vital Farms;
• Cheyann Horton, Environmental Works Inc.;
• Christy Howell, Epic Strategies;
• Dennis Davis, Prime Inc.;
• George Mandrik, BRP Architects;
• Greg Fansler, Missouri State University;
• Jason England, Arvest Bank;
• J’Neal McCoy, Ozarks Technical Community College;
• John Alarid, Hope Homes;
• Julie Greer, city of Springfield;
• Katie Tonarely, Aflac;
• Kimberly Costello, The Doula Foundation;
• Krista Moncado, O’Reilly Automotive Inc.;
• Laura Robinson, Husch Blackwell LLP;
• Luke Walker, Mercy Hospital Springfield;
• Megan Buchbinder, Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau;
• Mel Myears, Ozarks Elder Law;
• Robert Randolph, Ozarks Technical Community College;
• Ryan Stockard, Senior Benefit Services;
• Sam Ackerman, Ameriprise Financial, Achieve Private Wealth;
• Sara Choate, KPM CPAs & Advisors;
• Scott Hill, Springfield Police Department;
• Steve Squibb, City Utilities of Springfield;
• Sunni Nutt, Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield;
• Tami Smith, Century 21 Integrity Group;
• Tom Peters, Missouri State University; and
• Tony Ary, Ozarks Regional YMCA.

Leadership Springfield Communications Director Ashley Clair said the organization received nearly 100 Signature Class applications this year.

“After another record year of applications, we look forward to meeting the increasing demand for community leadership programming," said Carrie Richardson, Leadership Springfield's executive director, in the release. "We appreciate so many local employers who are committed to talent retention and community engagement and who partner with us to provide leadership development for the benefit of the community’s future."

With the latest selections, there have been nearly 1,400 Signature Class participants to date, according to past reporting. Participants learn about topics such Springfield’s needs, problems, resources and opportunities.

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