About Us

Our Team


La Aunshe’ Briggs

Administrative and Finance Assistant
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 Courtney Daviess

Chief Community Impact Officer

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Andrew Grabau

Email Andrew


Amy Harvey

Finance Director
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David Holtgraewe

Chief Operations Officer
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Alaina Leverenz

Chief Communications Officer Email Alaina
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Krista Myer

Director of Continuous Improvement
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Pasha Pukhovski

Database and Campaign Manager
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Ashley Renz

Social Media Fellow


Sarah Rigdon

Give 5 and Volunteer Coordinator Email Sarah

Executive Committee

Past Chair
Dr. Eryca Neville (2024)
Columbia Public Schools – Douglass High School

David Clithero (2026)
Hawthorn Bank

Vice Chair
Monica Smith (2025)
Boone Health

Mark Gingrich (2024)
Williams-Keepers, LLC.

Brock Cooper (2024)
Veterans United Home Loans

2023 Campaign Chair
Jim Owen
Missouri Employers Mutual

Community Impact Committee Chair
Mitzi Clayton (2025)
University of Missouri

Marketing Committee Chair
Laura Gerding (2026)
Missouri Employers Mutual

Members of the Board

Adam Burger (2025)
Commerce Bank

Stephanie Brown (2025)
City of Columbia

Nikki Carter (2026)
University of Missouri Health Care

Shaashawn Dial (2026)

Jennifer Gordon (2026)

Sharon Horbyk (2026)
Missouri School Boards’ Association

Ming Hsieh (2025)
Owner, Polished

Dr. Noreen Houck (2024)
Stephens College

Cat Meagher (2026)

Missy Montgomery (2024)
Columbia College

De’Vion Moore (2024)
Columbia Public Schools

Claire Owen (2026)
Columbia Insurance Group

Macie Peterman (2024)
Shelter Insurance

Chris Rosskopf (2025)
Central Bank of Boone County

David VanDyke (2025)
Shelter Insurance

Bill Watkins (2026)
Community Member

Ex Officio Members

Lisa Driskel-Hawxby (2024)
City of Columbia-REDI

Steve Hollis (2024)
City of Columbia

Jeff Lashley (2024)

Matt McCormick (2024)
Chamber of Commerce

Joann Nelson  (2024) 
Boone County

Billy Polansky (2024)
Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

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