CFO Officially Welcomes New Board Members, Officers

At the first board meeting of the new fiscal year this week, the CFO formally welcomed  its new Board of Directors, which includes five new board members, several new officers and a new board president.

For a full list of 2011-12 board members, click here.

The five new members of the Board of Directors will join the 21-member Board for three-year terms, which began on July 1, 2011.

The new members are:

• Richard Cavender, who retired in June as executive director of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission in central Missouri and was a founding member of the Meramec Regional Community Foundation, a CFO affiliate formed last year. Richard also was elected to serve as a regional representative on the executive committee.

• Dr. Chris Craig, director of the College of Education at Drury University, who has been active in the CFO’s Rural Schools Partnership program;

• Rob Foster, a Marshfield area businessman and president of the Marshfield Area Community Foundation, also a CFO affiliate.

• Karen Miller, a retired educator from Ozark Public Schools who has been a longtime advisor for Ozark’s Youth Empowerment Project chapter and board member for the Finley River Community Foundation, also a CFO affiliate; and

• Jami S. Peebles is the Executive Vice President and Southern Regional Manager for Central Trust and Investment in Springfield and a longtime partner on the CFO’s Professional Advisors Council.

The new members of the CFO’s Executive Committee are:

• Cliff Brown, Chairman, an attorney at Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, PC

• Jill Reynolds, Vice-chair, vice president at Commerce Trust

• Shari Hoffman, Secretary, senior managing advisor, BKD Wealth Advisors, LLC

• Roger D. “Dusty” Shaw, Treasurer, rancher and businessman, Thomasville, Mo.

• Dr. Gloria Galanes, At-Large, professor of communications, Missouri State University; and

• Richard Cavender, At-Large, retired from Meramec Regional Planning Commission

“We welcome a great group of new board members and officers who are committed to our mission of philanthropy, public leadership, grantmaking and collaboration to build stronger communities across the Ozarks,” CFO President Brian Fogle said.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a regional public foundation with assets of about $180 million in more than 2,000 funds. The CFO’s network includes donors, 43 regional affiliate foundations, more than 400 non-profit agency partners and about 100 schools across central and southern Missouri.


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