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Welcome new member Stephanie Murphy

John Horton introduced Stephanie on Dec. 1.  Her co-sponsor is Tammy Young.

Stephanie is a vice president at Central Bank of the Ozarks.  She’s the relationship manager for private banking clients, who she says are “typically high income, high net worth” doctors, business owners or executives in their companies.  She offers “a catered approach to accessing personal and commercial products” and guidance on investments.  She’s worked at Central Bank for three years and has been in banking for 15 years.  She was recently honored as one of the top women leaders in finance in this area.

Stephanie moved to Springfield in 2002.  Before going into banking, she was a corporate recruiter for the University of Phoenix.

Stephanie grew up on a farm near Billings, where her family raised beef cattle and she helped her father with his two-way radio business, which sold and serviced radios for police, ambulance crews, and firefighters.  Because of that experience, she is proud that she was able to install her first car stereo by herself.  She still loves to visit and work on the farm but says those visits make her appreciate her day job.  Her mother, father, brother and sister still live in the Billings area.

Stephanie holds a Business Administration degree from Vatterott College.  She’s volunteered with the Miller Lions Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, Ozarks Counseling Center and other charitable organizations.  She’s also active in the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Council, and The Network.

Stephanie lives just east of Springfield with her husband, Matthew.  They recently celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary and have a dog named Bear who loves to go on walks, go hiking, and is eager to jump in the car and go just about anywhere.   She is a proud aunt of two nieces and two nephews.


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Welcome new member Catherine Upp

Catherine's father, Mark Walker, introduced her on Nov. 10.  Her co-sponsor is Lori Barnes Miller.

Catherine has been the development director for the OTC Foundation since June.   She’s worked for nonprofit private and community organizations for more than 12 years, including Habit for Humanity in Springfield and Spur, a public policy organization in San Francisco, near where she grew up.  She says her dad’s community work in her formative years deeply influenced her passion to give back.  Her recent jobs have focused on fundraising.  She also has worked in wineries. 

Catherine earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science, Studio Art and Urban Development from Clark University in Worcester, Mass., in 2014.  She also earned a Master’s degree in Nonprofit and Civic Leadership from Drury University.

Catherine came to visit Springfield in June 2020 for what she thought would be a short stay, but she fell in love with the Ozarks – specifically less traffic and lower rents than California, Andy’s frozen custard, a new love of golf, and being able to spend more time with her niece and nephew.  Then she met a guy through a dating app and fell in love – after they battled COVID-19 together at a cabin in northern Arkansas over New Year’s Eve 2020/New Year’s Day 2021.

Catherine serves on the boards of Better Block SGF and TransLand trucking company.  She married Jeff Upp on Oct. 22, 2022.   Their spare time is taken up by art, photography, golf, hiking, visiting wineries, exploring breweries, taking their Great Pyrenees-poodle mix, Maisie, to the dog park, weekend trips around the Ozarks and Midwest, Mizzou basketball, and binge-watching suspense thrillers and Marvel shows.

2023‐2024 Officers

The Nominating Committee proposed this slate of officers for the next Rotary program year, starting July 1, 2023.  Club members approved the slate by voice vote on Nov. 17, 2022.

President ‐ Michael Wehrenberg
Past President ‐ Lori Johnson Murawski
President‐Elect ‐ David Compere
Treasurer (first year of two-year term) ‐ Kim Garrison
Secretary (second year of two-year term) ‐ Steve Brooks
Board Director ‐ Nick Altrup
Board Director ‐ Jeff Cumley
Board Director ‐ Angela Delahoussaye
Board Director ‐ Adam Reichert
Board Director ‐ Natalie Murdock
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Welcome new member Colby Newman

Bill McNeill introduced Colby on Oct. 13.  His cosponsor is Lisa Blumenstock.

Colby has been general manager of Hickory Hills Country Club since the spring of 2021.  He moved to Springfield from Grosse Pointe, Mich., where he was assistant general manager since 2020 and executive chef since 2017 at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. 

Colby was a chef for several years before moving to Grosse Pointe.  He was executive chef at Amarillo (Texas) Country Club for three years, executive chef at Crush Wine Bar & Deli in Amarillo for two years, executive chef and founding owner of The Happy Plum restaurant in Amarillo for two years, and a chef at two restaurants in Kansas City for four years before that.  He is a graduate of Scottsdale Culinary Institute, later known as Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts – Scottsdale, in Arizona. 

Colby and his wife, Lauren, have one child.  They live just east of Springfield.
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Welcome new member Jim Hoovens

Noah Alldredge introduced Jim on Sept. 29.  His co-sponsor is Judy Bilyeu.

Jim has been in the t-shirt screen printing business for 27 years.  He’s been co-owner and director of operations for Wise Guys Screen Print on East Chestnut Expressway since 2009. 

Jim has lived in Springfield for 40 years.  He’s a native of Webb City, where he was the starting quarterback in the late 1970s.   He played football for two years at Pittsburg State (Kan.) University before earning a bachelor’s degree in business communications at Southwest Missouri State University (now MSU).

Jim and his wife, Cristal, have been married for 18 years.  They have two children and two grandchildren.  In his free time, he enjoys fly fishing and golf, and claims two holes-in-one.   
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Welcome new member Jeff Stanford

Randy Mayes introduced Jeff on Sept. 22.  His co-sponsor is Brent Dunn.

Jeff is the Springfield regional director for First Priority of America, where he’s worked since August 2011.  First Priority strives to spread the messages of the Gospel; Jeff oversees campus outreach clubs at middle schools and high schools.  He’s also a sales and service representative for the local office of Geico Insurance, where he’s worked since June 2020.

Jeff is a native of the Austin, Texas, area, where he graduated from Pflugerville High School.  He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Liberty University in Virginia.  He and his wife, Brandi, have two children, and live in Nixa.  He volunteers with the Faith and Business Network and 100 Fold.