Ozark Local Leadership

Meet the Ozark Chapters’ Local Leadership

Michelle Lindsey

Michelle Lindsey

Ozark Chapter Liaison

"I embrace the mission of Care to Learn because Care to Learn immediately addresses the often heartbreaking situations so many of our students face and allows kids to just be kids!"

Michelle is committed to Care to Learn's mission of providing immediate funding to meet emergent needs in the areas of health, hunger, and hygiene so every student can be successful in school. In her 26th year of teaching and serving as Liaison for the Ozark Chapter since its inception in 2009, Michelle works within the Ozark R-VI School District to ensure student’s basic needs are being met and to raise funds to ensure Care to Learn – Ozark continues its mission. You can contact Michelle at 417-582-5981 or [email protected]

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Dr. Chris Bauman

Dr. Chris Bauman

Superintendent, Ozark Schools

"I support Care to Learn because this resource helps to keep students in our schools."

Chris Bauman was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, with a Bachelor’s Degree in 7-12 Mathematics Education in May of 1995. He graduated from Missouri State University with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership in May of 2005. Chris completed an Educational Specialist Degree from Southwest Baptist University in May of 2010. Chris has completed his fifth year as the Executive Director of Operations for the Ozark R-VI School District and Chris is now serving as the superintendent of Ozark schools. Chris believes all students can achieve at a high level, and it is the job of teachers to support them to this high degree. Our challenges are large and our time is short; we must not delay.

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Gerald Chambers

Gerald Chambers

Executive Director of Student Services, Ozark Schools

"I support Care to Learn because every child has a story. Over the years I have been able to listen to hundreds of stories. Care to Learn is able to make an impact for each and every one of those children."

Gerald Chambers joined Care to Learn in 2018. Gerald spent 17 years in Ozark as a teacher and assistant principal. After spending four years as the elementary principal in Sparta, he returned to Ozark as the Executive Director of Student Services. Gerald is also a member of the Kiwanis Club of Ozark and has been on the Finley River Community Foundation Board since 2014.

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Joshua Baker

Joshua Baker

Owner, Baker Law, LLC

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Jackie Barger

Jackie Barger

Executive Director, Children's Smile Center

"I support Care To Learn because it works to improve student success."

Advisory Council member Barger is Executive Director of Children's Smile Center, a local nonprofit that provides dental care for low-income children. He has 30+ years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and administration and has also served as a board member and officer with Ozark Rotary Club, Finley River Community Foundation, and Ozark Chamber of Commerce.

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Carissa Bedford

Carissa Bedford

Owner, Torn Boutique

"I support Care To Learn because every child is special and deserves a fair chance in life."

I have served on the Care To Learn Advisory Board since 2016. My two girls are in the Ozark School District and during their elementary years I held several positions on the PTA board. In 2012 I opened my local business, TORN Boutique.

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King Block II

King Block II

Territory Manager, Rental Supply

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Katie Clouse

Katie Clouse

Agent, State Farm

"I support Care to Learn because children should have the opportunity to do their best, in school and beyond."

Katie Clouse joined the Care to Learn Ozark board in 2013. Clouse is a State Farm agent in Ozark, Missouri, and previously worked with the CoxHealth Foundation and the Springfield Catholic Alumni Association.

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Derek Day

Derek Day

Owner, Heavy Duty Rebuilders Supply

"I support Care to Learn because children are in need through no fault of their own and our children cannot learn when their very basic needs are not met."

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Laura Eakins

Laura Eakins

Director, Tiger Paw Early Childhood

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Todd Edwards

Todd Edwards

Owner, Lloyd's Cleaners

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Jolene Elliott

Jolene Elliott

Branch Manager, VP, Commerce Bank

"I support Care to Learn because kids can’t take care of themselves; let them be kids."

I joined Care To Learn Advisory Council in 2019. I previously have served on the Red Carpet Committee with the Springfield Chamber from 2010-2013 as well as being a member of Springfield Junior League from 2007-2010.

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Eric Gaisford

Eric Gaisford

Wealth Manager, InFocus Financial Solutions

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Matt Growcock

Matt Growcock

Attorney, Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC

"I support Care to Learn because each dollar that is raised goes into making an impact in the lives of those in Ozark who need help."

Matt Growcock joined the Advisory Council in 2017. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Champions Committed to Kids. He previously served on the Board of Directors for Harmony House, the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Jessica Kruse

Jessica Kruse

Associate Circuit Judge, Christian County

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Jim Meadows

Jim Meadows

Transition Partner, Kutak Rock LLP

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Kerry Nelson

Kerry Nelson

Account Executive, Tomo Drug Testing

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Jeremy Tennison

Jeremy Tennison

Senior Vice President & Commercial Relationship Manager, Guaranty Bank

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