What is your role at CMCA?
"I am the new Development Manager for our 8 county service area. I was hired to increase awareness in our communities about the effects of poverty and our agencies goal to help individuals and families develop the skills and resources necessary to move toward self sufficiency. For more than 40 years, our mission has been to empower individuals and families to achieve self reliance. My job is essentially to seek out non federal funding sources in order to better support our communities and the people who live in them."

What got you involved in the organization?
"I was initially very moved emotionally by CMCA's works in the mid-Missouri region and its mission to eliminate poverty in our eight-county area. I am amazed at the depth of services that we provide to individuals and families in need. CMCA's vision focuses on the people they serve, the communities in which we live, and the organizations capacity to be an agent of change. I want to be a part of that change."

What expertise can you bring to the Cooper County area?
"By becoming more involved in the community I have the ability to help change that community for the better. I am from the mid-Missouri region and I am glad that I am able to give back to the community in a constructive, helpful way. I always have the quote that is near and dear to my heart and my character with me, it says: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small compared to what lies within us." I believe that I can be an agent of change in our communities. I only hope that I can bring as much as possible to Cooper County. "

How can people reach you?
"I am located at our Central Office in Boone County, however I travel to all eight counties frequently. The address is 807-B North Providence Road, Columbia, MO 65203 and the phone number is 573.443.8706, ext. 1030. I look forward to talking with all members of your community."

In addition?
"I believe if we all work together we can change the world in positive, inspiring ways!"