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 Jim Robinette

Lori Miller introduced Jim on Jan. 6.  His cosponsor is Brad Bodenhausen. 

Jim is an attorney who works for a Congressional commission.  He had a long career in the Army, where he retired as a colonel, and the Department of Defense.

Jim is a native of Springfield.  He was commissioned in 1987 at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., as an armor officer.  After service in Desert Storm, he received his law degree from Notre Dame University in 1994, and joined the JAG Corps, where he served for 23 years before retiring in 2017.

Jim’s assignments as a JAG included serving as the general counsel for the Army headquarters responsible for northern Iraq in 2007-2008, and service in 2003 in Afghanistan with the joint headquarters responsible for all of U.S. operations in that country.  His final assignments were at the headquarters responsible for all Army training and education (the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command), and the general counsel at West Point, assisting in its transition (with Congressional authorizing legislation) to a sole-source agreement with a nonprofit for athletics goods and services.  He lived in West Point from 2014 to 2018.

After a year of teaching cadets in West Point’s Department of Law, Jim served DoD as a civilian attorney at the U.S. European Command, a joint service headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, from 2018 to 2021.  He now serves as the general counsel for the Naming Commission, the Congressional commission charged with developing a process to rename Confederate-named DoD assets.

Jim also holds an LL.M. from the Army JAG School in Charlottesville, Va., and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.  He is a member of the bars of Missouri, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Jim and his wife, Carol Anne (nee Burton), who is also a Springfield native, live in eastern Springfield.  They have two children on active duty: Zach, UVA ’16, with the Air Force; and Haley, USMA ’18, with the Army.  When the children were growing up, Jim and Carol Anne were Scouting and sports team volunteers.
 
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Gary Norcross

Mark Walker introduced Gary on Dec. 16.  His co-sponsor is Jim Towery.

Gary is general manager of Tri-State Truck Center on North Eastgate Avenue in Springfield, selling Volvo and Mack Truck brands.  He’s been in truck sales for more than 10 years.

In Wichita Falls, Texas, he was general manager and director of sales for 12 commercial truck dealerships in western Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Kansas.  In Myrtle Beach, S.C., he worked for another truck sales company. He’s a member of the Missouri Trucking Association and the Springfield Area Motor Carrier Club.

Gary is a native of Springfield and has lived here all his life except for five years in Wichita Falls and one year in Myrtle Beach.   His grandfather is a retired Springfield School District elementary principal who has been married for 75 years.  His father is a semi-retired pastor.

Gary was a five-year member of Wichita Falls Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow.   He and his wife, Dina, have two children.  His oldest daughter, 22, graduates from Cox Nursing School in June.  His youngest, 16, is a sophomore at Glendale.  He enjoys golf; hunting deer, turkeys and pheasants; playing tennis with his wife; rooting for the Dallas Cowboys; and cooking with his family, especially during the holidays.
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Rachael Walsh

Mark Walker introduced Rachael on Dec. 16.  Her co-sponsor is Rusty Worley.

Rachael has been the vice president of resource development at United Way of the Ozarks since June 2018.  She’s in charge of fundraising and strategic planning.

Rachael is a native of Columbia, Mo., who moved to Springfield in 2010.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, with an emphasis in advertising and promotion, at Missouri State University.

Rachael's first job out of college was Marketing and Events coordinator for Humane Society of Southwest Missouri.  She moved to the United Way a few years later.   She’s a member of The Network and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Rachael is a graduate of Leadership Springfield’s Class 40.  She’s a Big Sister at Big Brothers Big Sisters.  She also volunteers with the Humane Society and 4 the Love of K9s, a small dog rescue organization.

Rachael and her husband, Kevin, live in central Springfield with their two dogs, Lily (a beagle/basset hound mix with big floppy ears) and Sully (a 160-pound English mastiff).  They enjoy supporting locally owned restaurants and other businesses and spending time on rivers and trails.
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Joe Daues

Adam Toth introduced Joe on Dec. 9. His co-sponsor is Ray Meyer.

Since June 2019, Joe is chief executive officer of Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, started by Mary Beth O'Reilly, whose husband is Springfield Southeast Rotarian Charlie O'Reilly.  Joe also runs five state motor vehicle license offices in and around Springfield and Joplin.

Joe spent 25 years as a broadcast news reporter and TV advertising account executive, including stints at KTTS radio, KSPR-TV, KOLR-TV, KY3-TV, and a TV station in Tulsa.  He also worked for a couple of years in the 1990s in the Capitol as the communications director for the Missouri state treasurer.  He's also worked for Opfer Communications, Bluegreen Vacations, Sleepsana and Granolove. That last company is a business that he and his wife, Christine, started to give back to Shriners Hospitals for Children, for which they volunteer as family ambassadors.

Joe is a native of St. Charles. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Communications at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, where he did some acting while in school.  He also took post-graduate classes at Maryville University in St. Louis.

The Daueses have two active teenage children, Joey and Jude, who are involved in sports and other activities.  Joe also plays hockey and serves as a lector at Holy Trinity Catholic.

Joe says, as a journalist, he spent years telling people about the bad things that happened but now he spends his workdays doing something good for people who need help.
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Halston Adams

Past President Rusty Worley introduced Halston on Nov. 4.  His co-sponsor is Past President Bill Squires.

Originally from central Florida, Halston followed his passion for working with kids and their families and moved to Springfield to attend Baptist Bible College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Intercultural Studies.  While attending BBC, he got an opportunity to turn that passion into a career.

It was 18 years ago at an after-school program offered by the YMCA in partnership with Springfield Public Schools that Halston’s journey for serving families in the Ozarks began.  He first served as president of the Missouri Afterschool Coalition, an organization that advocated for kids and their families in Jefferson City while working closely with DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education), helping to provide training to professionals who work with children in afterschool programs across the state.

Halston then became executive director of the Ozark Mountain Family YMCA in Hollister, where he helped provide programming and resources to children in both the Branson and Hollister school districts.  He also worked with organizations such as Jesus was Homeless and Faith Community Health to help provide health opportunity and programs for those struggling financially in the Taney County area.

Working closely with city administrators and the Taney County Health Department, Halston strived to help address the various challenges in the community such as the opioid crisis, childhood obesity, and access to healthy lifestyle initiatives.  He also was a member of a Rotary club in the Branson/Hollister area from 2013 – 2018.

Halston returned to Springfield several years later to become executive director of the Pat Jones YMCA on East Republic Road.  He’s responsible for day-to-day operations of that facility.

In his spare time, Halston volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks and other organizations.
 
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 Jeff Smith

Scott Rose introduced Jeff on Oct. 6.  His co-sponsor is Jason Hynson.

Jeff has lived in Springfield for 35 years after moving here as a teenager.  He is the Community Development Manager for The Salvation Army in Springfield.   He oversees fundraising, donor cultivation, online giving, social media and website, grant applications, networking, and news media interviews.

Jeff has worked at The Salvation Army since 1998.  He started as a housing/follow-up specialist, served as program director for 10 years, social services director for almost nine years, community relations director for three years, and was promoted to his current position last July.  Along the way, he’s worked with or overseen The Salvation Army’s Family Enrichment Center (shelter/transitional housing for homeless families), Harbor House (home for single men), New Start Housing Program, Front-Line Feeding Program, Emergency Social Services Program, and seasonal programs.

Jeff graduated from Parkview High School in Springfield and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development at Southwest Missouri State University in 1997.  While taking classes for seven years part-time at SMSU, he worked as a commercial photographer at Sothern Studio, sold cameras at Ozark Camera, developed pictures at Bass Pro’s photo lab, and served as a substitute teacher in several districts.

He’s been married to Regina for 18 years, and they have a 14-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter.   He is a youth group leader at his church, River Bluff Fellowship.  He’s also volunteered with Community Organizations Active in Disaster, Continuum of Care (now called Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness), and a local affiliate of the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program.
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Connie Detoni

Nancy Riggs introduced Connie on Sept. 30.  Her co-sponsor is John Horton.

Connie is the team manager for the Bug Zero office in downtown Springfield.  She manages the office and day-to-day operations, including customer service, routing, technicians, and billing.

Connie was born in Houston, Mo., and raised on a dairy farm.  After high school and moving to Springfield, in 1991 she became the first full time employee of Bug Zero, founded in 1990 by Ivan Eftink and Terri Eftink, a former Springfield Southeast member.  She's held a variety of positions in the company, which now has 32 employees and two offices.  She is a member of the National Pest Management Association and Missouri Pest Management Association.

Connie attended Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.  She is a member of the Queen City Eagles Lodge and volunteers for the Nova Center of the Ozarks, where she helps organize its annual Shoot Out for Autism.

Connie and her Italian husband, Dale, have been married for 15 years.  They live south of Ozark.  They have two grown children, Alicia and Warren, and two grandsons.

In her spare time, she enjoys fishing, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.   
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Mike Cosgrove

Scott Meier introduced Mike on Sept. 23.  His co-sponsor is Gary Whitaker.

Mike is a manager of Client Services for Mercy Health System, where he's worked for six years.  He serves as a liaison between Mercy Springfield Communities and employers in the area.  He's been in the health care field for 12 years but has also worked in a variety of fields, including restaurants, residential construction and remodeling, window sales, medical device sales, and car sales.

Mike is a native of New Jersey but lived in St. Louis for 17 years before moving to the Ozarks about 10 years ago.

During a recent visit to the Rotary Club of Springfield (Downtown), he learned about the friendly rivalry between clubs.  He had the opportunity to introduce a Mercy  cardiologist who made a presentation that day. Seeking to build some rapport with the audience, he mentioned he was in the process of joining Springfield Southeast.  Instead of applause, he heard a collective groan and quite a few “boos.”

"What I said may have been true, but it definitely did not seem to build goodwill and better friendships. Hopefully, I learn to score better on The Four-Way Test going forward," he said.

Mike has a bachelor's degree from University of Missouri - St. Louis.  He lives in Nixa with his wife, Jane.  They have two daughters, ages 14 and 16.  He loves to run, hike, bike and build.  They're members of Southland Christian Church.
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Jason Flores

Bill McNeill introduced Jason on Sept. 9.  His co-sponsor is John Horton.

Jason joined Central Trust last spring as a senior vice president and senior portfolio manager. He helps clients with investment decisions, financial planning and estate administration.

Jason was born in southern California.  His father was an immigrant from Mexico and a Vietnam War veteran.  His mother was from Arkansas, and his family moved there when he was 7 years old.  He grew up in a small town, and spent most of his days and nights fishing and playing sports.

Jason joined the Army the day after his high school graduation and served a four-year stint.  After a successful tour as a tank mechanic in the Mojave Desert in California, he says he knew he was prepared to take on the world, reasoning that if he could fix a tank in the middle of a desert with four tools, he could handle almost anything.

Jason moved back to Arkansas and became a Razorback, managing to graduate after just 10 years in college.  More importantly, he says, he met the love of his life, Stephanie, who is now his wife.

After a few jobs in sales and management, Jason moved into investing.  He completed courses to become a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, and to earn an MBA, all while he and Stephanie added three children to their family:  Jason, Addison, and Carson.
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Steve Kirks

Anne Brown introduced Steve on Sept. 9.  His co-sponsor is Ray Meyer.

Steve has worked for Lumen Technologies, which used to be known as Century Link, for 13 years.  He now is a senior manager of fiber strategy for its subsidiary, Quantum Fiber, where he develops fiber expansion strategies for Midwest markets, including City Utilities of Springfield’s project to provide internet service.

Steve is a native of Clinton, Mo.  After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy for several years as a nuclear power specialist.   After leaving the Navy 29 years ago, he moved to Springfield, which is where he met his wife, Tammy, who is Anne Brown’s daughter.  They’ve been married for 25 years.

Steve has worked in computers and technology all his career, including leading sales teams.  He used to travel extensively throughout the Midwest for his job but now works exclusively in Springfield.

Steve volunteers with Ozark Public Television, and formerly served on the city’s Cable Advisory Board.  He is a graduate of Leadership Springfield.   He and Tammy are the caretakers of three incredibly spoiled cats.
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Richard Baker

Sam Hamra introduced Richard on Sept. 2.  His co-sponsor is Brent Dunn.

Richard is an executive vice president and wealth advisor for Prime Capital Investment Advisors.  He moved to Springfield from Nixa in late 2020.  He’s been in the Ozarks for 12 years.  His company operates in 16 states and manages assets in excess of $13 billion.

Richard also is an Intentional Pastor for Hamlin Church in Springfield.  He helped save the church from closing, negotiated the sale of its former building and purchase of a new property, where it built a new building.   He also reorganized the church’s leadership structure, and transitioned the church’s former location into an inner-city mission called the Dream Center.

Richard was a successful commercial lender and relationship manager for Bank of America early in his career before moving to Prime Capital 25 years ago.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business at College of the Ozarks, and a Masters degree in Divinity and Doctorate degree in Leadership from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, where he served as a trustee and chairman of its Audit Committee.  He also was the Founding Pastor of The Bridge, a Southern Baptist church in Nixa.

Richard and his wife, Sara, have a daughter, Anna Grace, and a son, Micah.  He’s participated in more than 20 international missions or humanitarian trips to Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Paraguay.  He’s a member of the Baron’s Club, College of the Ozarks President’s Council, and Alongside Education Ministries.  He is a former member of the Aurora Rotary Club from 1988 – 2000.
 
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Andrea Bishop

Lisa Blumenstock introduced Andrea on Aug. 19.  Her co-sponsor is Lori Johnson Murawski.

Andrea is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been the executive director of the Betty and Bobby Allison Ozarks Counseling Center for 10 years.  The center is a nonprofit United Way affiliate that provides mental health services to everyone ages 3 and up, regardless of ability to pay. The clinic's 25-member staff provides more than 12,000 hours of service to 2,300 people each year, including more than 500 children and adolescents.

Andrea also teaches graduate-level classes in Missouri State University’s Counseling and Clinical Psychology programs.  She also has served on several education advisory boards, and has been involved in numerous volunteer organizations including the Springfield-Greene County League of Women Voters and the Junior League of Springfield.  She previously taught economics for many years in Drury University’s Evening College.

Andrea earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Southwest Missouri State University, then returned to Missouri State University in 2009 to earn a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.

Andrea’s daughter, Olivia, is a senior at Clemson University in South Carolina, and her son, Ian, is a freshman at William Jewell College in Liberty.

Andrea asked Randy Stout to a sorority dance at Drury in 1985.  He belatedly asked for a second date in 2016, and they got engaged in August 2021.  In her free time, she likes to sail, play board games, and travel.
 
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Marilyn Lopez

Marilyn joined Springfield Southeast Rotary on July 29. Her co-sponsors are Bob Hammerschmidt and Lori Barnes Miller.

Marilyn moved to Springfield from Chicago in February 2021 to work for Convoy of Hope, where her title is partner engagement manager. She’s responsible for cultivating major donors for the nonprofit agency. Prior to joining Convoy of Hope, Marilyn worked for the Boy Scouts of America for 12 years.

Marilyn was an active member since 2018 of the Rotary Club of Chicago, including serving on the Board of Directors and co-chairing its Public Relations/Marketing Committee. Marilyn previously was a member of Springfield Rotaract Club from 2002 – 2005 when she worked for the Ozark Trails Council, BSA. She also was a member of the Rotary Club of Rolla from 2009 – 2011 and has been in Rotary Clubs in Cumberland, Md., and Pittsburgh, Penn.

Marilyn earned a Bachelor of Arts at College of the Ozarks and a Masters of Science at Oklahoma State University. She also earned two Nonprofit Leadership Certifications from University of Notre Dame.

She is thrilled to be back in Springfield and closer to her brother and his family. During her free time, she enjoys volunteering at church, traveling overseas, visiting her grandmother in El Salvador, and spending time with her 11-year-old French bulldog.