New Board Members, Executive Committee Named for FY11

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks welcomes three new members to the Board of Directors.

Judith Gonzalez is a faculty member at the School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in Springfield. She also founded the “Hand in Hand” Multicultural Center in 2000 and received the CFO’s  Humanitarian of the Year award in 2004. 

Bill Lee, the Community President for Arvest Bank in Neosho and in Carthage, also has been elected Chairman of the Board of the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc., a CFO affiliate serving Barton, Jasper, McDonald and Newton counties. An active civic volunteer, he also chairs the Carthage Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Corporation.

Sandra Thomason of Clinton is a longtime civic volunteer particularly serving on boards and agencies with connections to youth. She is a founding member and former president of the Truman Lake Community Foundation.

The CFO’s new 2010-11 Executive Committee is comprised of: Chair David Pointer, a Gainesville attorney; Vice-Chair Cliff Brown, attorney at Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, Springfield; Treasurer Shari Hoffman, senior managing advisor at BKD Wealth Advisors, Springfield; Secretary Jill Reynolds, vice president/trust officer at Commerce Bancshares, Springfield; CFO President Brian Fogle; and At-Large members Gloria Galanes, professor of communication at Missouri State University; Mark Nelson, wealth management advisor at Merrill Lynch, Springfield; and Roger D. Shaw, Jr., rancher, Thomasville.

At the August meeting, CFO President Brian Fogle also reviewed the fiscal year-end achievements.

  • The CFO made a record $18.2 million in grants and distributions in FY10, up from the FY09 record of $15.9 million.
  • A record 231 new funds were established, bringing the total number of funds the CFO holds to more than 1,700 at the end of the fiscal year.
  • Scholarships totaling more than $600,000 were distributed to a record 478 students across the Ozarks.
  • Contributions of $23.4 million were the second highest ever, up from $16.5 million the previous year.

In addition to the year-end financial report, Fogle also noted the successful first-year launch of the Rural Schools Partnership, which now includes more than 90 southern Missouri school districts and a nationally recognized scholarship program to retain teachers for rural communities. The Youth Empowerment Project, which focuses on philanthropy for high-school and middle-school students, increased to 31 chapters, up from the previous year’s 17.