Alumni Spotlight | Welcome to Our Incoming Board Members

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As we begin the 2020-2021 program year, Leadership Springfield is excited to welcome 7 new members to our Board of Directors. This group of leaders is dedicated to the mission of Leadership Springfield and eager to serve the Springfield community. Learn a bit more about each of these impressive leaders as they embark on their Leadership Springfield board journey.

Joelle Cannon

Restorative | WOO | Communication | Achiever | Competition

Joelle Cannon is the Southwest Missouri District Director for U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, serving 30 counties in Southwest Missouri. She is also an adjunct instructor at Johns Hopkins University, teaching classes on the federal budget. She received her degree in political science from Missouri State University and her Master of Arts in public management from John Hopkins. Joelle spent 12 years on Capitol Hill as a top budget expert, before moving home to Springfield. She loves being a mom and enjoys running, drinking good coffee, traveling, and sports. Joelle is active in the community through James River Church, The Network, Pregnancy Care Center, and Greene County Republican Women. Her favorite Leadership Springfield experience was presenting to a class on Senator Blunt’s work in the Senate and the federal government’s interaction with our community.

Chris Hoeman

Signature Class 37 and Academy Class 13

Relator | Arranger | Ideation | Developer | Positivity

Chris Hoeman, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, is the Chief Litigator at the City Attorney’s Office. Chris is a member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association and was named a 40 Under 40 honoree by the Springfield Business Journal in 2015. Chris loves spending lots of time with his wife and two-year-old daughter. The opening retreat in this year’s Signature Class 37 has been his favorite Leadership Springfield experience to date. He believes it helped the class form an “instant bond which made for a very memorable experience.” In addition to being a current Signature Class participant, Chris was also an Academy Class student and now volunteers as an Academy Class program day advisor.

Monica Horton

Signature Class 36

Input | Strategic | Learner | Intellection | Connectedness

Monica Horton is the CEO/Lead Consultant at Lenica Consulting Group here in Springfield. She holds a Master’s degree in both Music Therapy and Public Administration from Florida State University and Missouri State University, respectively. In her spare time, Monica loves spending time outside with her family, brunching, going to the spa, reading, and researching. Monica is the founding board chair of Ujima Language and Literacy, treasurer of the Greene County Senior Citizens Services Fund Board and is involved with the Mayor’s Commission for Children as well as the Prosper Springfield – Data Management & Performance Measures Workgroup. Monica was named a 40 Under 40 honoree by the Springfield Business Journal in 2017, has been recognized with the 2018 Minorities in Business Young Entrepreneur Award, and received the NAACP’s Freedom Fund Banquet’s 2019 Education Award. She recalls the Mock City Council meeting for the Signature Class 36 Civic Awareness program day as one of her favorite Leadership Springfield experiences, as well as the Education & Life Long Learning program day.

Tim Rosenbury

Signature Class 3

Strategic | Relator | Achiever | Connectedness | Intellection

Tim Rosenbury currently serves as the Director of Quality of Place Initiatives for the City of Springfield. In this position, he is dedicated to making Springfield a more economically sustainable place to live. Prior to this, Tim was an architect and partner of Butler Rosenbury & Partners and spent many years serving business, civic, and entertainment clients. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Mississippi State University. He is currently a board member of Guaranty Bank and its parent company, Guaranty Federal Bancshares, and has experience serving on numerous civic and community boards. Tim was featured in 417 Magazine’s “Biz 100” four years in a row and earned the Distinguished Service Award from The American Institute of Architects’ Missouri chapter in 2011. Tim was also the recipient of Leadership Springfield’s Kenworthy Award for Outstanding Leadership in 1998. In addition to community engagement, Tim enjoys restoring homes and is currently working on two mid-century houses. Tim’s favorite experience with Leadership Springfield was going through the program as a first-time participant. He credits the trajectory of his career and engagement in Springfield with this experience.

Krista Shurtz

Signature Class 38

Achiever | Focus | Developer | Empathy | Discipline

Krista Shurtz is currently the Director of Rates and Fuels at City Utilities of Springfield. Krista holds a Master’s in Environmental Engineering and Science from Clemson University with a concentration in nuclear environmental engineering and risk assessment. She is a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Springfield, 7 Billion Ones, Picking Up the Pieces – A Women’s Self-Help Cancer Support Group, Ozark Greenways, and is the secretary of the Kickapoo High School Baseball Booster Club. Krista is an outdoor enthusiast and mom of two, which keeps her busy in her free time. Krista’s favorite experience with Leadership Springfield is the friendships and connections she’s developed with others who “have a similar passion to be involved, give back, and make a difference in our Springfield community.”

Kathy Smith

Signature Class 30

Responsibility | Arranger | Belief | Positivity | Communication

Kathy Smith is the Office Coordinator at N·FORM Architecture. She has a degree in business management and has been specially trained in sales, event planning, and non-profit development.  Kathy is an active member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Springfield and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. She loves to travel, garden, and spend time with her grandchildren. Her favorite experience with Leadership Springfield has been the development of community relationships she has gained. Kathy is excited to be more active in the Leadership Springfield community and states, “I look forward to serving where I can make the most difference.”

Tony Vienhage

Signature Class 36

Communication | Positivity | WOO | Arranger | Harmony

Tony Vienhage is a Lieutenant in the Uniforms Operations Bureau of Springfield.  Tony has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Missouri State University and is currently enrolled in the Criminal Justice Master’s Program at Lincoln University. He has served as the Springfield Police Department (SPD) Coordinator at Salvation Army since 2018, is a board member and nomination committee team leader for Harmony House, president of the Kickapoo High School Baseball Board, and volunteers as a Leadership Springfield Signature Class program day advisor. Tony was promoted to his current rank of Lieutenant in 2017 and received an SPD Command Commendation for an armed robbery investigation back in 2009. In his free time, Tony enjoys watching his sons play baseball as well as fishing, hunting, traveling, and going to the lake. Tony’s favorite Leadership Springfield experience was the first Signature Class 36 program day (Communication and Technology). He believes this day set the bar high for the class, and he continued to learn about the community he has lived in his whole life.

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