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Breech Advisory Board


The mission of the Breech School Advisory Board (BAB) is to advise, promote and proactively support the interests of Drury University and the Breech School of Business Administration to improve the visibility and enhance the reputation of the Breech School of Business Administration in the regional, national, and international business community. The Board helps the School achieve its mission of providing quality undergraduate and graduate programming, resulting in graduates who possess the skills and abilities needed to excel as ethical professionals in the global business community. 

Board Member Responsibilities


The BAB will function as an advocacy group for Drury University and the Breech School of Business Administration.  The BAB members will actively promote the School and its programs to their respective company, industry, and business communities.


The BAB will advise the Dean, faculty and university administration on the strategic direction of the Breech School of Business Administration. The BAB members will provide feedback on missions, goals, programs, and strategic direction.


The BAB will enhance the communication of the Breech School with the business community through the professional exchange of ideas related to current and future business and academic issues. This includes keeping the School informed on current and emerging educational research needs and opportunities among the various constituencies.  The BAB members should provide feedback on how the School’s curricula, programs, and other offerings are meeting the needs of these constituents.


The BAB will provide advice and feedback to the School about the perceived effectiveness of Breech School of Business programs.  This includes suggesting, recommending, and reviewing additional programing opportunities.


The BAB will provide advice, guidance, and assistance in placing Breech graduates in career positions and internship opportunities. The BAB members will assist in actively recruiting students for the School.  The BAB members will be resources to the business community, providing business and professional community contacts to share expertise in classrooms and at other networking events.


The BAB will work with the Dean and other members of the University faculty and administration to promote the school, build its reputation and prestige and acquire the resources necessary to support the mission and objectives of the Breech School of Business Administration. Board members will make an annual personal and/or corporate contribution to the School of Business. The suggested minimum contribution is $1,200 annually, with the greatest need being the Breech Fund. 

Advisory Board Biographies

Strategic Planing Committee:


Julie Barker, Sr. Vice President, Bear State Bank

Julie Barker earned her undergraduate business degree from Drury University in 1982 and then came back to Drury and earned obtained her MBA degree in 1995. While at Drury she served as Class President, President of her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, and was active in Student Union and Ambassadors. Julie has been in banking and/or mortgage banking her entire career. Her 29 30 plus years of experience in the financial industry has all been served from the Springfield market. She is presently the manager of the Mortgage Division of Metropolitan National Bank, one of the largest independently-owned banks in southwest Missouri. Prior to joining Metropolitan National Bank in December of 2009 she helped manage and develop the mortgage lending divisions of OakStar Bank, The Signature Bank, Mid-Missouri Mortgage and Boatman's National Mortgage AKA Bank of America Mortgage. Julie has served on the leadership boards of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, Springfield's Best, Campbell United Methodist Church, Glendale Site Council, Pershing Middle School and Eugene Field Elementary. She has also is been an active participant in Southwest Missouri Museum Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Habitat for Humanity, Mortgage Bankers Association, Real Estate and Mortgage Professionals, Greater Springfield Board of Realtors and National Association of Professional Mortgage Women. Barker joined the Breech Advisory Board in 2006.

Jan Baumgartner 

Jan Baumgartner, Executive Vice President, Springfield First Community Bank

Jan Baumgartner earned her Business and Economic degree from Drury University in 1974. While at Drury she was on the Student Union Board and Drury Ambassadors. She has been in banking her entire career and is Executive Vice President of Springfield First Community Bank. Jan is currently serving on the Drury Board of Trustees, Council of Churches of the Ozarks Board, United Way of the Ozarks Board and a member of the Audit/Operations committee for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. She's also involved with Leadership Springfield, Pi Beta Phi Alumni Club and a sustainer with the Junior League of Springfield.


Matthew D. Bown, Chief Operating Officer, McAfee & Taft

Matt Bown is the Chief Operating Officer of McAfee & Taft law firm, the largest law firm in Oklahoma.  He received his degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Drury University in 1986.  He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Prior to joining McAfee & Taft, Matt was a Senior Manger for KPMG, LLP in Oklahoma City from 1986 to 1995.  From 1995 to 2014, Matt worked for the Dean McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma City. He served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer as well as a member of the Board of Trustees. 

Matt is active in the community having served as President of the Oklahoma City All Sports Association, as well as on the Boards of Leadership Oklahoma City, the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, and the Committee of 100. Matt joined the Breech Advisory Board in 2016.

Matt and his wife, Jill, reside in Oklahoma City, and have two adult daughters.


Rob Dickerson, Owner of Rob & Bud's Pizza, LLC

Rob Dickerson is the Owner of Rob & Bud's Pizza, LLC, which is one of the largest Papa Murphy's franchisees in the Midwest. He is also a commercial insurance agent with S&S Insurance. Dickerson graduated from Drury in 1990 with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Economics. He then went on to Southern Methodist University to earn his Masters in Business Administration in August of 1991. Rob is also a member of the Board of Directors of Voyager Marine, the Papa Murphy's Franchise Association Board, and the Franchise Advisory Board of Papa Murphy's International.. Prior to his current business activities, he was an owner/officer for Laker Fishing. Dickerson was an adjunct faculty member at Drury and a member of the Business Advisory Board for Drury SIFE. Dickerson joined the Breech Advisory Board in 2008.


Brent Garrison, Senior Business Manager, Acosta Sales & Marketing

Brent Garrison is the Senior Account Manager at Acosta Sales and Marketing in Springfield. Before working at Acosta, Brent was territory manager for Smith-Kline Beecham and vice president of perishables at Premier Marketing, Inc. He graduated from Drury in 1988 with a bachelor of arts in business administration. While at Drury, Garrison was the Student Union Board President, a member of the Kappa Alpha Order, and a member of Drury Singers. In 1988, Garrison was crowned Joe College at Drury. Currently, Garrison serves on the Alumni Board of Kappa Alpha, and the Executive Board of Greenwood Laboratory School. He is also a member of the Springfield/ Branson Salvation Army Advisory Board and Advisory Board for Lake Country Soccer. Garrison has been a member of the Breech Advisory Board since 2004.

Academic Programming:


Camille Lockhart, Partner, BKD

Camille Lockhart is a partner and CPA with BKD, an accounting firm, in Springfield, Mo. She is a member of the Breech School of Business Advisory Council Board of Directors, Ozarks Technical Community College Middle College Advisory Board of Directors, Make-A-Wish Foundation Board of Directors and member of the Junior League of Springfield.  She is a former board member for the Girl Scouts of Dogwood Trails Council, Inc. and was selected in 2006 as one of 20 "Most Influential Women" in the business community by Springfield Business Journal and in 2004 as one of Springfield's "40 Under 40."


Curtis Dinan, Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer – ONE Gas, Inc.

Curtis Dinan is the Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for ONE Gas, Inc. His service on the Breech Advisory Board began in April 2003. Dinan is a 2008 graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. Dinan received a bachelor of arts in business administration and accounting from Drury in 1989. He was a member of Kappa Alpha. Prior to working at ONE Gas, Dinan was a partner with Arthur Andersen LLP from 1989-2002, a partner at Grant Thornton LLP from 2002-2004, and held various officer positions with ONEOK from 2004-2014 when ONE Gas separated from ONEOK. Dinan is a member of the Leadership Council and Finance Committee for the American Gas Association and has served on the boards of directors for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and the Texas Pipeline Association. He serves on the campaign cabinet for the Tulsa Area United Way and is a past director of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, Tulsa’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and Child Abuse Network. He is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma, and a graduate and past director of Leadership Tulsa. Dinan is a member of the board of directors of Paul Mueller Company in Springfield, Missouri. Curtis and his wife, Brenda, have three children and reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma


Alice Stewart, VP of Clinical Systems for Mercy

Alice Stewart is the Vice President of Clinical Systems for Mercy Health System. She received her bachelor of science in medical technology from Missouri Southern State College in 1982 and her Masters in Business Administration from Drury University in 1993. In 2004, Stewart also received her MHA from Southwest Missouri State University. She is a board certified healthcare executive and a board certified medical practice executive, as well as a registered medical technologist. Stewart serves as faculty of the Bayer Institute for Health Care Communications. She is also a member of the American College of Medical Practices Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has served on the Breech Advisory Board since 2003.


Brad Weaver
, CEO and Chairman of the Board for First Home Savings Bank and First Bancshares, Inc

Brad Weaver is the CEO and Chairman of the Board for First Home Savings Bank and First Bancshares, Inc. Weaver is a 30 year banking veteran having also worked at Mid-Missouri Bank and UMB Bank. He has been a member of the Breech Advisory Board since 2003. Previously he was president of Weaver Architectural Products. He is a board member of Abilities First which is the Greene County Board for the Developmentally Disabled.

Sandy Meyers 

Sandy Meyers, Director Risk Management, City Utilities                

As the Director- Risk Management, Sandy is responsible for corporate property and casualty insurance programs, enterprise risk management, and financial technology at City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri. During her 21 years at the Utility, she has had the opportunity to work in several specialties including financial reporting, budgeting, project management, IT and physical security, and risk management.  

Prior to joining CU, Sandy was a CPA at a local public accounting firm.  She graduated from Drury University with a B.A. in Accounting and Business Administration and later returned to Drury to earn her MBA.  She holds various certifications in the fields of accounting, IT Security, project management, insurance and risk management.  Sandy is an active member of the local Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) and serves on the Loss Control Task Force for AEGIS, a utility mutual insurance company.



James B. Anderson, Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs at Cox Health

Jim Anderson is the Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs at Cox Health. He was  the president of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce from 1988 until 2014. Prior to this, Anderson spent nine years as the president of the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce and many years as a school administrator and teacher in Jefferson City public schools. In 1971, Anderson earned his bachelor of science in education from Southwest Missouri State University.

In 1984, he graduated from the Institute of Organization Management at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tx. Currently, Anderson holds many board positions at local, state and national level, and is a former chairman of his national professional association, the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. He is a past president of the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Missouri and received the Top Level Award in 1989.

Locally, Anderson is a member of the Springfield Rotary Club and the Breech Advisory Board. He is also a past chairman of the United Way and past president of the Urban Districts Alliance. In 2001, Missouri State University awarded Anderson as one of three "Outstanding Alumni." The next year, Drury University honored Anderson with an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters. Anderson has been a member of the Breech Advisory Board since 2003. 


Jane M. Bennett, Partner; Bennett Capital Partners, LLC

Jane Bennett, Operating Partner, of Bennett Capital Partners, - Private Equity and Investment Firm; has been an active member of the Breech Advisory Board since 2005.

Jane previously for 20 years, (1990 through 2010) was Co-Owner of THE MAIMAN COMPANY,  a Premier National Manufacturer of Architectural Wood Doors. The Maiman Company was voted "2001's Manufacturer of the Year" by The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce;  and "1997's Innovator of the Year" by The National Woodworking Machining Industry Association (WMIA);  and, "1997's  Small Business of the Year" by The Southern Governor's Association, (13 Southern States)     After Bennett's sale of The Maiman Company to an International Publicly Held Company,  Jane and her family formed Bennett Capital Partners. 

She is an active member of The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce having previously served a 3 year commitment, on the Board of Directors.  
Jane was also involved and served three simultaneously, 2 year commitments each; as member of the East Partnership Industrial Center's Board of Trustees.   
Jane Bennett was one of the first key participants in the Breech MBA Mentor Program, being a mentor for three years. Also, Jane is an honorary member of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society.


Per-Ola Brinck, Insurance Agent, Brinck Insurance Group LLC

Per-Ola Brinck has been a member of the Breech Advisory Board since 2003. He owns his own insurance agency Brinck Insurance Group LLC. Brinck graduated from Drury in 1983 with a degree in business administration. While at Drury, Brinck also was a member of the swimming team for four years. He is a member of the Missouri Association of Insurance Agents, Springfield Contractors Association, and Collegiate Swimming Officials of America (CSCAA).

Bruce Nasby 

Bruce Nasby, President, NGO Global and Global Advisory Assoc.        

Bruce has been a speaker at World Economic Forum Regional Summits in Russia and Kazakhstan. He was a guest on NBC’s Today Show, and has been a panelist or participant at the UBS Philanthropy Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, the Forbes CEO Forum in Singapore, the Forbes CEO Middle East Forum in Doha, Qatar, Clinton Global Initiative in Hong Kong, the annual Milken Global Conference in Los Angeles and the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar.  He has traveled to over 40 countries on international business and traveled extensively throughout Asia, Brazil and much of the Middle East.

As Executive Vice President for Enactus (formerly known as SIFE) from 1998 through 2013, Bruce was responsible for launching and building the organization’s international operation in 27 countries and helped to triple the number of universities engaged worldwide to over 1,600.  He also raised funds from the corporate and government sectors for the Enactus World Headquarters and their affiliated countries and coordinated the benefits and relationships for several significant partners including KPMG, Unilever, AIG, Goldman Sachs, Coca-Cola and HSBC. For his leadership worldwide, he was awarded in 2013, the Global Champion of Enactus, the highest award given by the organization. He served on numerous Enactus boards including those located in Australia, Canada, China and United Kingdom and as the interim President for Enactus Brazil during a leadership transition in 2011 and 2012.    

Bruce served for fifteen years as CEO of various Junior Achievement area offices in the United States including JA’s largest operation in Los Angeles, California. During his tenure with JA, he served as the organization’s National Program Director at their headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.  He has also been the President of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, one of the world’s largest zoological institutions. Several capital campaigns were successfully completed during his tenure as President and the revenue and attendance records achieved during his four years with the association continue to stand today as the highest in the zoo’s 40+ year history. 

Bruce is a graduate from the University of Arizona and served in the United States Navy where he received numerous medals and awards including the Navy Achievement Medal.


Tamara de Wild, Assoc General Cousel/Director  Legal Service, O’Reilly

Tamara de Wild is Associate General Counsel and Director of Legal Services for O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. d/b/a O'Reilly Auto Parts and its subsidiaries and affiliated entities.  O'Reilly Auto Parts (ORLY) is a retailer of aftermarket automotive parts, tools, supplies, equipment, and accessories based in Springfield, Missouri.

At O'Reilly, Ms. de Wild counsels Human Resources and management on labor and employment related issues including those regarding discrimination and harassment on the basis of race/national origin, color, age, sex, religion, age, disability, and other protected statuses;  Americans with Disabilities Act; Family Medical Leave Act; wage and hour issues; equal pay issues; severance matters; non-compete and non-solicitation agreements; and other employment related matters; works with Human Resources and operations teams in investigating and responding to complaints and charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission and state agencies; manages and coordinates the defense of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation lawsuits; wage and hour lawsuits; and other employment related litigation with outside counsel;  and works with Human Resources and other departments in developing, implementing, and updating policies, procedures, and practices.  She assists and advises HR and other departments related to work authorization/I-9 compliance and immigration-related issues as they relate to hiring and employment practices. Tamara also works with Human Resources and various operations teams in developing resources to educate team members and frequently provides training to supervisory and management groups within the company.

She also is involved in developing strategy regarding union avoidance and labor relations, responding to grievances and unfair labor practice charges, and negotiating collective bargaining agreements. Ms. de Wild was in private practice for 13 years prior to joining O'Reilly in December 2008, most recently at Lathrop & Gage in Springfield, Missouri.  Ms. de Wild received her A.B. with Honors in business administration from Drury University in 1992 and her J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1995.

Marketing and Events:


N. Keith Noble, Executive Vice President, Commerce Bank

Keith Noble, executive vice president of Commerce Bank, has been a Breech Advisory Board member since 2003. His previous banking experience includes executive vice president of Guaranty Federal Savings Bank and senior lender to executive vice president at Mercantile/Firstar Bank. Noble graduated from Missouri State University in 1982 and received his Masters in Business Administration from Drury University. Currently, Noble is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club, where he has served as past treasurer and past board member, and a board member for the Boys and Girls Town and Salvation Army.


Joe Easter, Attorney, Easter Law Firm, LLC

Joe Easter attended Drury University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 2000. He was active as a member of the Kappa Alpha Order while on campus and continues to do so today. He went on to attend University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law, where he graduated in 2005 with a Juris Doctorate degree. Immediately upon graduation, he passed the bar exam and started practicing law in Springfield. In 2006, Joe returned to Drury and furthered his education, graduating in 2008 with a Master’s degree in Business Administration. That same year, he opened his own law practice, Easter Law Firm, LLC, and he has practiced in the areas of personal injury and workers’ compensation for the last decade. He also participates in numerous community service projects and assists many charitable organizations in his free time.

 John Everett 

John Everett, President & CEO, Legacy Bank and Trust

John Everett is President and CEO of Legacy Bank and Trust Company.  He began his banking career in 1991 while attending Drury University.  He graduated from Drury in 1994 with a degree in Business Administration.  He was one of the founding employees of The Bank in 1997 where he served as CFO.  He was hired as CFO in 2004 by Legacy Bank and Trust and was later promoted to President and CEO.

In addition to serving on the Breech Advisory committee, John has served on the Drury Alumni Association since 2013.  John currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Rogersville as well as the Missouri Bankers Association.  He served on the Board of Directors for the Rogersville Chamber of Commerce from 2010-2014 while filling the term as President of the chamber for 2 years.


Leaster Gibson, Investment Manager, Foster Gibson Investments LLC

Leaster earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Drury University in 2008. He spent most of his life working with his family, Foster Hospitality Group in various capacities including project management, real estate development and property management. Currently he works as an Investment Manager at Foster Gibson Investments LLC.  Leaster also serves as an advisor to the Drury University College of Continuing Professional Studies and is a member of the Friends of the Springfield Art Museum Board.


Steve Nurnberg, Consultant

Steve Nurnberg earned his degree in business administration from Drury University in 1971. While a student at Drury, Nurnberg served as the freshmen class president, sophomore senator and the president of Lambda Chi Alpha. He is an Executive-in-Residence with the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Drury, and he owns and operates Bevinco of Southwest Missouri and works with the Kingsley Group as a management consultant and business broker. His previous experience includes several management positions with Verizon Wireless, chief operating officer of Hudson Valley Data Net, executive vice president of Operations Americom, Inc. and president of Superconducting Core Technologies. Nurnberg is a past board member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, and Spectral Solutions, Inc. and currently serves as a board member for the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools and the Development Center of the Ozarks. Nurnberg has been a Breech Advisory Board member since 2003.