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Zora Mulligan

Brad Bodenhausen introduced Zora on Jan. 11.  Her cosponsor is Michael Wehrenberg.

Zora has been Missouri State University’s executive vice president, the second highest ranking administrative position, since July 2022.   Her job includes leading enrollment management, state and federal government relations, and the Alliance for Healthcare Education.  Ingram’s Magazine last year named her one of the “50 Missourians You Should Know.”  Likewise, the Springfield Business Journal listed her as one of the “12 People You Need to Know” in 2023.

Zora’s previous jobs were Missouri commissioner of Higher Education (‘16 – ‘22), chief of staff of the University of Missouri System (’14 – ’16), executive director of the Missouri Community College Association (’10 – ’14), assistant commissioner and general counsel of the Missouri Department of Higher Education (’07 – ’10), and assistant attorney general, deputy chief counsel, and manager of the Missouri Attorney General’s Consumer Complaint Unit (’03 – ’07).

Zora serves and has served on numerous boards and committees of many organizations, including United Way of the Ozarks’ Women United, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, and Jobs for America’s Graduates Board of Directors.  She’s also been a school volunteer.

Zora is a native of West Plains.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology at Drury University and a master’s degree in education and a law degree at University of Kansas.  At Drury, she was a member with Michael Wehrenberg of the Drury Singers.

Despite her brief exile in Kansas, Zora is a true Missourian – she likes spending time on the rivers and lakes, cheering for the Chiefs, Cardinals and, of course, the Bears.  Her daughter, Anna Lea, is a senior at Helias High School in Jefferson City, so she continues to spend a lot of time on the road between her home in central Springfield and Jefferson City.

Tim Huddleston

Richard Baker introduced Tim on Dec. 14.  His cosponsor is Ray Meyer.

Tim is director of development and communication at World Serve International, an organization based in Springfield that is “dedicated to creating positive and lasting change in Africa and Navajo Nation.” It strives “to provide clean water, sanitation, education, and economic opportunities, all with the goal of alleviating suffering and fostering empowerment.

Tim has more than 30 years of executive experience across various sectors, including business, academia, and nonprofit organizations, including Ozark Mountain Country Cares in Branson, Williams Baptist University in Walnut Ridge, Ark., Windermere Christian Conference Center near Camdenton, Missouri Baptist Foundation in Jefferson City, Kids Across America in Branson, and College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout.

Tim was a longtime member of the Branson-Hollister Rotary Club, and his father served as governor of this Rotary district in the late 1980s.  He was first introduced to Springfield Southeast Rotary Club as a guest of then-Springfield Mayor Mac McCartney, a former club president and district governor.

Tim has actively participated in various community service organizations.

Tim earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management at College of the Ozarks and an MBA at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.

Tim is a lifelong resident of the Ozarks.  He and his wife, Teresa, live in Clever.  They have been married for 37 years and are active in Second Baptist Church in Springfield. They have four children, all of whom are married with families of their own, and look forward to welcoming their 13th grandchild in the spring of 2024.

Bryan Powers

Mike Cosgrove introduced Bryan on Dec. 14.  His cosponsor is Jeff Cumley.

Bryan is owner of a Mobility City store, a franchisee of a Boca Raton-based company that repairs, rents, sells and sanitizes mobility products.  After opening the store in Springfield in April 2023, he plans to open a second store in northwest Arkansas in May 2024. 

As an entrepreneur since 2000, Bryan has owned a recording studio, a live music venue and restaurant franchises, including Lenny’s Sub Shops and McDonald’s.  In 2013, Bryan started Family Home Solutions, a real estate investment company that included a local property management company, realty brokerage and a real estate acquisitions and dispositions company, and currently shares ownership in more than 400 rental units.  In 2018, Bryan started the Angler Aid Brand, a fishing first aid and safety company that sells online and through Bass Pro Shops.  He also started real estate investment companies in Memphis and Little Rock. 

Bryan's volunteer service includes 100 Fold Network, the board of Hope Homes of the Ozarks, and the board of Northside Recovery Community Center.  He also has served on the advisory council of two national franchise systems.

Bryan has lived in the Ozarks in two stints for 25 of the past 32 years.  He
 earned a bachelor’s degree in Commercial Music Business at University of Memphis.  He and his wife, Tiffany, live in Nixa.  He is a father of three and a grandfather of one.  He loves time at the lake with family, travel, and music composition.
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Mike Vann

David Compere introduced Mike on Nov. 2.  His co-sponsor is Brent Baldwin.

Mike is the chief investment officer for Trident Multifamily of Colleyville, Texas, which “acquires and repositions multifamily properties” for institutional and individual investors.  He’s responsible for investor relations and compliance, capital stock formation and capital raising.  He’s worked for the company for 5 years but has been a manager in the real estate business for 10 years. 

Mike was born and raised in Fort Smith, Ark., and has been a lifelong Razorbacks fan.  He’s been in the Springfield area for more than 20 years. 

Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in Business at the University of Arkansas.  He lives in east Springfield with his wife of 29 years, Aline.  They have a daughter, 22, and a son, 21.

Mike’s community service included Convoy of Hope, Veterans Coming Home Center that helps homeless people, and mission trips to Ecuador and Brazil.

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 Judith Martinez-Garcia

Brad Bodenhausen, her cosponsor, introduced Judith on Aug. 24.  Her sponsor is Rachael Walsh.

Judith is an assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Religions at Missouri State University.  She also directs the Bear Bridge mentoring program for new faculty members.  She's been a faculty member since 2005.

Judith came to Springfield in 2003 as a graduate student at SMSU (now MSU).  While studying, she also taught foreign languages for one year in Sparta High School and two years at Central High School in Springfield.  She’s also taught in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, and worked for the 
American School Foundation of Monterrey, her hometown.

Judith has many honors and awards for her work at MSU, including a Faculty Research Award and an Outstanding Teaching Award.  Her research topics have included forced migration, violence along the Mexican borders, and Latinx literature.  Her professional affiliations include American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages, Latin American Studies Association, American Comparative Literature Association, Diversity Education Leadership Academy, and Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

Judith earned a PhD in 2017 in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Hispanic emphasis, at University of Arkansas; a Master’s degree in 2005 in French and Spanish as a Second Language at MSU; and a Bachelor’s degree in 2002 in Law and Social Sciences at Autonomous University of Nuevo León in northern Mexico.

Judith’s community service includes the Hand-in-Hand Multicultural Center and Junior League of Springfield.  She’s a graduate of Leadership Springfield’s Class 42 and a member of the Leadership Springfield board.

Judith and her husband, Jesús Garcia, live in southeastern Springfield and have two sons.  One is a freshman at Grinnell College in Iowa and the other is a Central High School student.

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 Kimberlee Nevins

Ken Stephens, her father, introduced Kimberlee on Aug. 3.  Her co-sponsor is Brent Dunn.

Kimberlee works with her father at Employee Benefit Design in south Springfield, where she’s an executive account manager.  She advises clients on benefit packages and manages the company’s Sales and Service departments.  She’s been in a managerial position for five years and worked in this field for 10 years.

Kimberlee has lived in Springfield for 33 years.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Missouri State University.  She was a member of Springfield Rotaract Club for a year in 2018 and 2019.  She’s a member of the Springfield Area Human Resources Association, United Benefit Advisors, and the National Association of Underwriters.  Her volunteer service includes Community Blood Center of the Ozarks and Care to Learn.

Kimberlee lives in southeast Springfield with her husband, James, and 4 children.