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Breech Advisory Board

The Breech Advisory Board, or BAB, is made up of 18 – 20 Breech alumni and friends who come together for the sole purpose of improving the performance and reputation of the Breech School. Board members are nominated and serve a 3-year term.

The BAB is critical to the development of Breech. They provide counsel to the Dean, reinforce connections between the Breech School and the broader professional community, and, most importantly, support and mentor our students as they prepare for their future careers.

Portrait of Najem Agnew.Najem Agnew
Commercial Risk Advisor at Ollis/Akers/Arney

Father to 3 young boys, Husband to a Springfield Public Schools principal. 15 years leadership experience in Springfield Hospitality Industry. Raised in Iberia, Missouri. Hobbies include weight training, coaching youth sports, and sudoku.

Portrait of Bonnie Bell. Bonnie Bell
Vice President of Sales and Developments; Meyer Communications

Bonnie Bell graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Political Science. She moved her education from Des Moines, IA to Springfield, MO when she decided to complete Masters-level coursework in Communications at Missouri State University. In 1996, Bonnie began working at Meyer Communications in Springfield, MO. Prior to her current role as Vice President of Sales and Development for the past 10 years, she held the title of General Sales Manager for 3 years, Non-Traditional Revenue Director for 3 years, and On-Air Broadcaster/Account Executive for 7 years. During her time with Meyer Communication, Bonnie has developed concepts and achieved success with a myriad of marketing and public relations projects, events, and event management. Some of these projects and events include the KTXR Christmas Shopping Festival, Bears on Parade (an MSU athletic scholarships fundraiser), and “An Evening with Paul Harvey”. Outside of work, Bonnie gives back to the community through her participation with the Ozark chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Springfield Workshop Foundation.

Portrait of Max Buetow.Max Buetow
Vice President; Cox Medical Group and Neuroscience Service Line

Max Buetow graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY in 2007 with a Bachelor’s in English and then came to Drury University to earn an MBA degree by 2009. For the past 10 years, Max’s career has been in operations management. Currently, he serves as the Vice President of Cox Medical Group and Neuroscience Service Line, but Max has been with Cox Health since 2012 working as the System Director of Occupational Medicine, Director of Neurological Clinics, and the Administrative Director of the Neuroscience Service Line. Meanwhile, Max serves the community as the Vice Chair of Multipli Credit Union and as a Board Member of Skyword Sports Ministries.

Portrait of Tamara De Wild.Tamara Conn
Assoc. General Counsel/Director Legal Service, O’Reilly

Tamara Conn 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, Mrs. Conn 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. Mrs. Conn was in private practice for 13 years prior to joining O’Reilly in December 2008, most recently at Lathrop & Gage in Springfield, Missouri. Mrs. Conn 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.

Image Coming Soon.Buddy Coulter
Vice President of Finance; Andy’s Frozen Custard

 

Portrait of Rob Dickerson.Rob Dickerson
Insurance Agent; Barker Phillips Jackson

Rob Dickerson is a commercial insurance agent with Barker, Phillips, Jackson. 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. Prior to his current business activities, he was a large Papa Murphy’s franchisee and 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.

Portrait of Matt McFail.Matt McFail
CFO of OakStar Bank

Matt McFail is currently the CFO of OakStar Bank in Springfield, MO. He has served this role with the company for over 11 years. Since joining OakStar Bank, Matt has been pivotal in growing the company from a single location with $90 million in total assets to a 20+ location, three bank holding companies with over $2 billion in total assets.

Matt started his education at Drury in 1997 to earn a degree in Architecture. After two years in the architecture program, the decision was made to change his major to accounting. Matt was very active in the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity during his tenure at Drury. In 2002 he graduated with a BS in Accounting and Business Administration. During the later years of college, Matt started his career in banking as a part-time teller for a local community bank. That position helped guide Matt into a full-time career in Community Banking.

Matt and his wife Laura enjoy traveling, and spending time with their two children; Ryan and Lindsay.

Portrait of Leaster Gibson, Jr.Leaster Gibson Jr.
Managing Member, Foster Gibson Investments LLC

Leaster Gibson Jr. returned to Drury and received his degree in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology in 2008. In 1994, he began working with his family, Foster Hospitality Group, managing Elder Care properties. Over the next 15 years, he helped develop single family residential properties as well as commercial properties including Residential Care Centers and Hotels throughout the Midwest region. In addition, Leaster co-managed a family owned real estate company from 2001 – 2011. Since 2012, Leaster has worked as managing member of Foster Gibson Investments. His duties include portfolio management, risk management, venture capital and day trading.

Leaster is a returning member of the Breech Advisory Board. He also serves on the Arc of the Ozarks Foundation Board and the Springfield Art Museum Foundation Board along with several other community project-based committees.

Portrait of Mike Gunnels.Mike Gunnels
Director of Accounting; Expedia Partner Solutions

Mike Gunnels graduated from Drury University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Accounting and Business Administration with a minor in Economics. While attending Drury University, he was involved with the Sigma Pi fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa honor society, the Mortar Board, and concert band and orchestra. After his time at Drury University, Mike entered the work force as a member of the audit department at BKD CPAs & Advisors in Springfield, Missouri and remained there for three years. He then spent 18 years working in the theme park industry at Herschend Family Entertainment in a number of roles including auditing, accounting operations management, and ERP system implementation. For the past 8 years, Mike has worked in financial operations for Expedia Group at their offices in Springfield, Missouri. Prior to his current position as Director of EPS Accounting, he started as an Accounting Manager, then moved to Product Manager in Financial Operations, and, just before his current position, he was the Senior Financial Operations Manager for Expedia Affiliate Network.

Portrait of Judy Hadsall.Judy Hadsall
President/CEO; Multipli Credit Union

Ms. Judy Hadsall has been the President/Chief Executive Officer of Multipli Credit Union in Springfield, Missouri since 1997. Ms. Hadsall serves as the Manager of MFN Joint Venture, a credit union service organization that provides data processing solutions to credit unions. Prior to joining the credit union, she was a commercial lender for a large regional bank. Ms. Hadsall has served as chair of the Heartland Credit Union Association, servicing Missouri and Kansas Credit Unions. She has served as chair and vice chair of the Missouri Credit Union Association. Ms. Hadsall serves on the board of Community Partnership of the Ozarks. She works extensively with the Drew Lewis Foundation, specifically the Northwest Project.

Portrait of Susan Haralson.Susan Haralson
Communications Lead for Rotary Zones 30/31

Currently, I serve as the Communications Lead for Rotary Zones 30/31 the covers the Central U.S.
Co-Founder and Board of Directors for the Christian County 100 Club
Founder and Chairman of the Board for Empowering Women in Rotary
Past Rotary District Governor for Central and Southern Missouri in 2018-19
Assistant Rotary District Governor for Springfield Clubs (5) 2016-18
Chairman of Ozark Chamber of Commerce 2014
Co-Founder of Carl G. Hefner Enterprise Center in Ozark 2013
20 Most Influential Business Women in 2013

Portrait of Amanda Kastler.Amanda Kastler
Partner; Elliot, Robinson & Company

Amanda became a partner with Elliott, Robinson & Company, LLP on January 1, 2014 after ten years with the firm. She grew up in Camdenton, MO where both of her parents were educators in the public school system. She started her college career at Central Methodist University on a volleyball and academic scholarship. After one year in Fayette, MO, she transferred to Drury University where she earned a degree in Accounting. Upon graduation in December 2003, she started with Elliott, Robinson & Company as a junior accountant. Amanda is the first female partner in the history of the firm and now shares her experience by mentoring and training staff.

Portrait of Rian Keith.

Rian Keith
GTM Operations Analyst; Duck Creek Technologies

Rian graduated from Drury University and the Breech School of Business in 2018, where she focused on Business Administration and Communication. During her time in undergrad, she was involved as a Student Ambassador, worked as a student worker in the Admissions Office, and was a leader for Cru on campus. Shortly after graduation, Rian was offered a position as a Graduate Assistant at Drury, and she decided to continue her education and was a member of the MBA class of 2020. After graduating, she took a job with Duck Creek Technologies out of Bolivar, MO. At Duck Creek, Rian works on the Go-to-Market team as an Operations Analyst. 

Portrait of Samuel Knox.

Samuel Knox
Executive Director for Minorities in Business

Samuel Knox is the Executive Director for Minorities in Business, a business association promoting economic development and business opportunities through advocacy, networking, and capacity building for women and minority entrepreneurs. Samuel is also co-founder and President of Unite of Southwest Missouri, Inc. where he is also the Managing Editor of the Unite News Publication, and event coordinator for the annual Springfield Multicultural Festival.

Over the last 25 years, Samuel has gained a tremendous amount of experience in nonprofit administration and civic affairs. He has volunteered on a number of civic and corporate boards. Past assignments include: City of Springfield, Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee; Community Housing Resource Board; Springfield Vision 20/20 Steering Committee; and Field Guide 2030 – Global Perspectives and Diversity Committee, a 20-year plan designed to establish a route for Springfield’s future: Missouri State University Diversity Committee; and the Missouri Humanities Council Board

He currently serves on the Bartley Decatur Neighborhood Center Board; the Springfield Public Entities Diversity Initiative; the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and is the board chair for Deliverance Temple Ministries where Samuel served as Music Director for 35 years. Samuel has been married to his wife for 38 years and has one married adult son and one grandson.

Portrait of Mary Ling.Mary Ling
Global Director of Human Resources for Positronic Headquarters

Mary Ling is the Global Director of Human Resources for Positronic Headquarters, located here in Springfield, MO. In that role, Mary is directly responsible for the overall administration, coordination, and evaluation of the human resources function. Additionally, she leads, directs, evaluates, and develops teams of current and future HR professionals to ensure that the organization’s HR strategy is implemented effectively.

Mary began her tenure with Positronic in 2012, starting as the company’s human resources and payroll supervisor before being promoted into its global division in 2015. Prior to that, her career path included accounting, management, and sales. Mary and her husband, Eric, have two daughters and one son. With her abundance of free time, Mary also provides support to the family dairy business.

A 2016 graduate of Drury’s MBA program, Mary counts her travel abroad in that time, studying Greece’s business systems, as a vital component of her growth as a global leader. Prior to obtaining her master’s, she received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business – Finance and Management from Missouri State University.

Mary’s hobbies are wide-ranging, from literal deck-building to extensive philanthropic endeavors. She has served in several positions on the Springfield Ballet Board of Directors, helping to make a difference for children in the community. She was a graduate of Leadership Springfield’s Class of 35 and is a member of the local Springfield Area Human Resources Association, as well as the Society of Human Resources Management.

Portrait of Matthew Massey.Matthew Massey
Operations Manager; Southern Missouri Containers, Inc.

Matthew Massey serves as Operations Manager for Southern Missouri Containers, Inc., the flagship company of SMC Packaging Group. SMC Packaging Group is a full-service provider of corrugated packaging, point-of-purchase displays, protective shipping cartons, and ancillary packaging supplies. In his role, Matthew oversees the strategic development and daily operations of the Design, Planning, Client Services, and Shipping & Logistics departments. Prior to joining SMC Packaging Group in 2008, Matthew attended Drury University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 2004 and a Master’s in Business Administration in 2005.  Matthew also serves as a Board Member for the Think Big Foundation.

 

Portrait of Chris Myer.Chris Myer
Vice President of Marketing; Myer Hotels

Chris Myer is the Vice President of Marketing for Myer Hotels, which includes the Best Western Music Capital Inn, Best Western Center Pointe Inn, Comfort Inn & Suites, Comfort Inn at Thousand Hills, Quality Inn West, Holiday Inn Express Green Mtn. Drive and iBranson Ticket Services in Branson, Missouri. He is also a founder and President of Tripium, LLC, a web based travel company specializing in dynamic reservation technologies and publisher of The Flavor of Branson Dining Guide, The Dish, and The Taste of Branson; Branson’s largest publications dedicated 100% to dining and Bransonrestaurants.com

Chris has spent time serving the industry in which he represents. He is a National Delegate on the Choice Hotel Owners Council and serves as the Regional Director for Region 13. He recently chaired the Comfort Inn and Marketing Committee for the Choice Hotels Owners Council. Chris is also the chair of the Best Western Missouri Marketing Co-op and the Missouri Choice Hotels Marketing Co-op. Chris is a past board member and president of both the Branson/Lakes Area Lodging Assoc. and the Missouri Hotel and Lodging Association.

He recently served on the Branson/ Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB Board of Directors & Marketing Advisory Council. Myer also served as the Chairman of the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce in 2011 and finished serving on that board in 2013. Chris serves on the Country Bluff Property Owners Association and is also a past President.

Chris attended Drury College in Springfield, MO and graduated with a double major of Business Administration and Public Relations. He was awarded the “Outstanding Senior Man” award at Drury.

Chris and his wife Sonja have three sons; Montana, Gatlin and Houston. In his spare time, Chris likes to attend kids sporting events, concerts and likes to wakeboard and snow ski. He worships at First Baptist Church of Branson. Chris has lived in Branson for over 23 years.

Portrait of Ardyth Neill.Ardyth Neill
President; Heifer Foundation

Ardyth Neill is President of Heifer Foundation, an international philanthropic foundation established for the primary purpose of building an endowment to generate ongoing support for the work of Heifer International; educating the public on planned charitable giving; and to serve as fiduciary for its donors.

Ardyth came to Heifer Foundation in 2001 after serving as Director of Accounting for more than four years with Heifer International. She served as CFO and Vice President of Asset Management for Heifer Foundation from 2001-2012. She started her non-profit work as a Comptroller with the Greater Ozarks Chapter, Blood and Tissue Region of the American Red Cross after beginning her professional career as an Accountant for Dillon’s Springfield Division. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with minors in accounting and economics from Drury University.

Ardyth is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Little Rock and serves as President of the board of the Rotary Club 99 Foundation. She serves on the CARTI Board of Directors and Drury University’s Breech School of Business Administration’s Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), Charitable Gift Planners and the Arkansas chapter of the organization (Arkansas Charitable Gift Planning Council), the Rachel Donaldson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and The Order of Daughters of the King. Additionally, she is Heifer Foundation’s representative for the Mission Investors’ Exchange. She is an active member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church where she has previously served as treasurer and a member of the Outreach, Finance and Audit Committees.

Ardyth is married to Jerry Neill and lives in Maumelle, AR.

Image Coming Soon.Scott Opfer
Founder/CEO; Opfer Communications, Inc.

 

Portrait of Juli Pascoe.Juli Pascoe
Partner/Director, BKD

Juli Pascoe has worked with BKD CPAs & Advisors for the last 15 years. She started as a Director with BKD in 2004 and still holds that position today. Juli’s exclusively works with senior living clients offering audit and consulting services. Nearly two years ago, Juli became a partner with BKD. Prior to her work with BKD CPAs & Advisors, she graduated from Drury University with a Bachelor of Arts, Accounting and Business Administration in 2004. During her time as a student, Juli was an accounting intern with City Utilities of Springfield for two years.

Portrait of Bryan Reaves.Bryan Reaves
Chief Executive Officer; Superior Consulting, LLC

Bryan serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Superior Consulting, LLC of Springfield, MO. Superior Consulting specializes in the provision of management and regulatory consulting services to federally-supervised financial institutions. Superior also performs specialized IT security and audit services for a broad array of clients in other industries in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. Bryan is also the CTO of Excubia Solutions, LLC, a start-up software development firm with offices in Springfield and Minsk, Belarus.

Bryan is a 2007 graduate of the accounting program at the Breech School of Business and a 2008 graduate of the School’s MBA program. In his free time, Bryan enjoys travel and his most recent trips have included visits to central and southern Mexico, Spain, and Switzerland.

Portrait of Mike Sharp.Mike Sharp
Partner/Principal, CFP® Heim, Young & Associates, Inc.

Mike graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Management and received his MBA from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining Heim, Young & Associates, Inc. Mike spent the first 5 years of his career as an officer in the US Air Force, the next 2 years as a consultant with Arthur Anderson, and the next 12 years in the financial software industry working for Intuit. He is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional, Certified in Long-Term Care, Series 7, Series 66, Series 24, and Life and Health Insurance licensed.  He is married with 4 children, a sports enthusiast, and actively involved as a member of Holy Trinity Church.