|David Clithero, Board Vice President, works as a Vice President for Relationship Development at Hawthorn Bank in Columbia, MO. He formerly worked at the University of Missouri for 11 years as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Health System Development, the Associate Vice Chancellor for University Programs, and Executive Director of Gift Planning and Endowments. Before these roles, David worked in development and gift planning at Washington University and Truman State University.|
|Chris Fishman-Weaver works in technical project management, with a focus on customer service, at Texbooks.com. He constantly increases his knowledge of current technology through both training and personal research. Chris lives in Columbia, MO with his wife and their two children.|
|Rick Kitchen works as a Senior Life Underwriter for Shelter Life Insurance Company in Columbia, MO. Rick has served on the boards of several youth organizations in the Columbia and Boone County community. Rick has served many terms on the Boone County Extension Council filling positions on the budget, finance and HR committees. He is past commander of the Columbia American Legion Post 202, and served as President of the KidsFirst Optimist Club.
|Lexi Klaus, Board Secretary, is a native of Columbia and is an associate attorney with the law firm of Van Matre, Harrison, Hollis, Taylor, and Elliott, P.C. She received her J.D. from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Before attending law school, Lexi served as the Director of Government Affairs for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, where she acted as a liaison for several committees, including the Education Committee. Lexi joined the board in February 2015.|
|Brian Lloyd, Board President, is the Director of Enterprise Architecture for Veterans United Home Loans in Columbia Missouri. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from DeVry University. Brian is an Information Technology Manager with over 23 years of experience managing technology professionals in IT functions such as software development, database systems development, Internet services, systems administration, data center architecture, data warehousing, reporting and analytics. Brian is the father of a young adult on the autism spectrum and served as an instructor at EnCircle Technologies. He joined the board in February 2014.|
|Lea Ann Lowery is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. She received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy in 1988 from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in education/special education with an emphasis in autism in 2003. As part of her clinical work, she has provided occupational therapy services at the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders since 2005. She is also a faculty member for the Maternal Child Health Leadership in Educational in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) grant|
|Tom Luckenbill is an attorney at Luckenbill Law Firm LLC, a law firm specializing in estate planning and located in Columbia, MO. Tom has been licensed to practice law in Missouri for 28 years. Tom is currently practicing law in the area of estate planning, small business and contract law, while also working as an insurance and investment advisor.
Tom earned his Master in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Missouri in 1987. He has worked in the insurance industry with the Missouri Public Service Commission. Tom is also an adjunct instructor at William Woods University where he facilitates courses in Economics and Business Law.
Tom has served as President of the KidsFirst Optimists Club in Columbia, MO and is still involved with the organization. KidsFirst Optimists Club raises funds for several charities in the Columbia area. These charities are primarily focused on improving the lives of young people.
|Scott Mackey is Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer for Columbia Insurance Group. Scott more than 30 years of experience in Underwriting, Marketing and Operational Management rolls including 15 years in senior management positions with both regional and national carriers. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated solid leadership skills and a passion for innovation.|
|Julie Hall McDermott is the owner of 43Tc, a provider of IT services and consulting. She received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Missouri and moved to Texas to attend University of Texas-Arlington MBA program. Prior to joining 43Tc, she traveled nationally as a Healthcare Consultant helping hospitals improve their profitability and patient care. In 2002, Julie began working for 43Tc as the Director of Operations and eventually became majority owner. She now oversees all business operations and sales. Julie is mom to 3 children. Her youngest daughter, Delaney, is on the autism spectrum.|
|Collin Bunch is the Director of Entrepreneurship for Regional Economic Development, Inc., an arm of the City of Columbia, Columbia, MO. Here he helps foster the entrepreneurship development and community in the city and helps start-ups in sustainability issues. He is also certified in Economic Gardening from the original source focusing on New Media/SEO, and he is certified to work with Angel Investors, a Certified Transformational Coach from Blue Mesa group, and Certified in National Development Council Financial Analysis and Deal Structuring.|
|Julie Donnelly has a Ph.D. with a focus in autism and over 30 years of teaching and consulting experience in the public schools. She recently retired from the position as Associate Director of the Missouri Autism education agency, Project ACCESS. Julie teaches masters level autism courses at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She keynotes conferences, gives presentations and publishes internationally in the Autism and Special Education field. Julie is the mother of Jean-Paul Bovee, who experiences autism and they frequently present as a mother and son team. Web site www.autismsupports.com . Julie joined our board in February 2014. She transitioned to our Advisory Board in May 2017.|