Troy Kennedy introduced Heather on March 19. Bill White was her co-sponsor, and Steve Rice was her past president adviser.
Heather is regional director of advancement for Great Circle's campus in Springfield. She plans and oversees all the agency's fundraising, including individual, corporate, organization and foundation giving in southwest Missouri.
Prior to working for Great Circle, Heather was a co-founder and client services director of ITI Financial Management, an investment management company. She assisted in the acquisition of new clients and public relations, and was the executive representative for the Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation.
Heather earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a minor in theater, at University of Missouri. She is the membership chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a member of the Association of Women in Communications.
Heather has served as chair of the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee, secretary of the board of the Irish Festival Association, on the Tree City USA Citizens Advisory Committee to the Springfield City Council, and on the Doula Foundation Advisory Council. She was a member of a Rotary Group Study Exchange team that went to Germany in 2006.
Members of Springfield Southeast Rotary Club and Parkview High School's Interact Club volunteered at a recent Springfield School District Mobile Food Pantry. Families of Jarrett Middle School students received nearly 12,000 pounds of food and supplies!
Welcome to Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast
The Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast is a member club of Rotary International, the world’s largest service organization. Located in Springfield, Missouri, we are the largest Rotary club in southern Missouri. From 32 charter members in 1967, Southeast has grown to more than 230 members today.
Our members are known for their leadership in the workplace and the community. They work in government, universities and health care organizations as well as in business, law and medicine, Many of our members are engaged in entrepreneurial activities in the business community.
In addition, we’ve built a strong relationship with local government, school districts and other Rotary clubs. This provides the foundation for our members, many of whom have chosen to live “Service Above Self” by taking volunteer leadership roles in many charitable organizations and activities throughout our community.
Yours in Rotary,
Heather Ramsey President 2014-2015 Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast Springfield, Missouri
Bob Hammerschmidt introduced Jim on Feb. 5. His cosponsor is Shawn Harris.
Jim is regional vice president and director of the Mercy Health Foundation. He oversees fundraising and operations of five Mercy foundations since moving to Springfield in January 2014. He's raised funds for foundations and nonprofit groups for 25 years, including the Via Christi Foundation in Wichita from 1999 - 2013; the St. Anthony Health Foundation in Denver from 1995 - 1999; and the St. Francis Foundation in Wichita from 1990 - 1995.
Jim is a graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University. He's married to Trudy, and has two children. He's served on the Kansas Wesleyan Board of Directors, the Guadalupe Clinic Board, the Music Theatre of Wichita board, the Beryan Academy board, and the Mercy Research board. He's also a member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy.
Welcome new member Lisa Ghan Blumenstock
Rick Van Pelt introduced Lisa on Feb. 19. Her cosponsor is President Heather Ramsey.
Lisa was born in Springfield and raised in Jefferson City, where she graduated from high school. She earned her undergraduate degree in English and her law degree from the University of Missouri.
She moved to Springfield after law school and in 1986 joined the law firm of Lowther, Johnson, where she practiced primarily in family law. She concentrated to a greater degree in the area of family law mediation.
The Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers magazine named Lisa a Super Lawyer from 2006-2012. In 2008, she was honored as one of the top 50 women attorneys in Missouri.
She has also been named as a Best Lawyer in every edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" since 2007 in the areas of family law and mediation. That same publication in 2013 named her Lawyer of the Year in family law in Springfield. In 2014, she received the nationally ranked Top Ten Attorney Award for excellence in the fireld of family law from the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.
In addition to being active in her church, Lisa is active in the community. She has served on the Springfield Boys and Girls Clubs board, the Court Appointed Special Advocates board, the American Red Cross Disaster Relief board, the Regional Girls Shelter board, and the Springfield Regional Arts Council board.
Lisa and her husband, Dan, live in Republic, close to her stepchildren and her granddaughter, Amelia.