Class Members Selected for Leadership Columbia 2019


The Columbia Chamber of Commerce will be giving 31 business and community members insights into the issues and trends facing Columbia and Missouri through the Leadership Columbia 2019 program, set to begin in January. The class was selected from a pool of applicants after review of their past accomplishments, professional interests, community involvement, and demonstration of potential for future leadership.

The 2019 class is as follows:

  • Kelsey Allen, First State Community Bank
  • Jeff Barringer, Christian Chapel Academy
  • Cory Bergthold, Engineering Surveys & Services
  • Julie Calfee, Missouri Employers Mutual
  • Sarah Dresser, City of Columbia, Office of Cultural Affairs
  • Zach Franklin, City of Columbia, Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Mitchell Fuemmeler, Nabholz Construction Services
  • Janet Gooding, Columbia Orthopaedic Group
  • Jeff Hoelscher, Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
  • Chris Horn, Shelter Insurance Companies
  • Felecia Jackson-Qualls, Job Point
  • Penny Kuhns-Knarr, Columbia Chamber of Commerce
  • Sherry Major, Missouri Women’s Business Center
  • Beth McWilliams, Columbia College
  • Wendy Moore, Central Bank of Boone County
  • Kathy Murphy, Commerce Bank
  • Derrick Oberle, 3M
  • Laura Roeder, The Village of Bedford Walk
  • Amy Sajko, Heart of Missouri United Way
  • Paul Samp, MFA Oil Company
  • Bethany Schoengarth, Columbia Marketing Group
  • Lawrence Simonson, PedNet Coalition
  • Megan Steen, Burrell Behavioral Health
  • Ryan Tate, Columbia Insurance Group
  • Kelsey Thall, Landmark Bank
  • Amanda Tunink, EAG Laboratories
  • Astrid Villamil, University of Missouri, Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity
  • Kevin Wells, Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing / EAG Laboratories
  • Becky Wiles, JES Holdings
  • Justin Willett, MU Health Care
  • Dee Williams, City of Columbia

The above individuals join nearly 1,000 community members who have completed this signature Chamber program since it began in 1986. We congratulate and look forward to working with you, Leadership Columbia Class of 2019!

Co-chairs of this year’s Leadership Columbia class are previous graduates Marsha Carter, Shelter Insurance Companies, and David Whelan, Commerce Bank, both of the Class of 2016.

Leadership Columbia is an 11-session program running each year from January to June which focuses on leadership skill development and exploration of the opportunities and challenges in our community, in preparation for local leadership.

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:

Additional Sponsors Clear Vision Development Group, Columbia Orthopaedic Group, Columbia Area Career Center, Columbia Insurance Group, Eco Water Systems, Honey Baked Ham Co. and Café, Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Boonville, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shop, Missouri Employers Mutual, Moberly Area Community College, MHD Management Services, Inc., Pancheros Mexican Grill, Plaza Commercial Realty, Providence Bank, Provision Living at Columbia, RE/MAX Boone Realty – Radman, TrueSon Exteriors, True North, Stephens College, University of Missouri Health Care, Visionworks Marketing Group and Woodhaven