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Welcome new member Sunni Nutt

Lori Barnes Miller introduced Sunni on Jan. 23.  Her co-sponsor is Bill Squires.

For the past four years, Sunni has been operations manager for Harmony House, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence, where she’s worked for seven years.  She supervises the shelter’s staff, manages its programs and policies, and oversees the administration of funds received from grants.

Sunni earned a Master’s degree in Nonprofit and Civic Leadership at Drury University in 2019.  She also holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Missouri State University.

Sunni has lived in Springfield for 16 years.  She and her husband, Cody, live in the Grant Beach Neighborhood.  They have a terrier named Pluto and two cats named Prudence and Penny.  In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, reading, road trips, yoga, and cooking.
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Welcome new member Travis Shaw

Bob Hammerschmidt introduced Travis on Jan. 9.  His cosponsor is Carol Embree.

Travis is in his third school year with the Springfield School District, where he is executive director of Operations.  He has worked in education for more than 20 years, including stints as superintendent of the Crane and Aurora school districts.

Travis earned a bachelor’s degree at Pittsburg (Kan.) State University, a master’s degree at William Woods University of Fulton, and a doctorate at Lindenwood University in St. Louis.  He’s a past member of the Aurora Rotary Club and is a graduate of Leadership Springfield.

Travis and his wife, Amy, have two sons.
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Welcome new member Sam Blaine

Jon Taylor introduced Sam on Dec. 19.  His co-sponsor is Patrick Harrington.

Sam is sales manager for Atlas Security in Springfield, which his family started in 1962.  He started in 2001 as an alarm technician.  Now he's in charge of sales, marketing and hiring.  He's a member of the Business Exchange of Springfield.

Sam grew up in Springfield and graduated from Hillcrest High School.  At Drury University, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice.  He and his wife of 20 years, Natalie, have four children: Drew, 19; Pete, 17; Emily, 15; and Lewis, 8.

Sam coaches his kids' club soccer teams and plays in a men's soccer league and tournaments.  He also volunteers with One Sole Purpose, Convoy of Hope, and PowerPacks, which provides food for students at Weller and McGregor elementary schools.

Sam says he tries to live by a saying of his father, Dr. Jim Blaine: "Always remember that a man is as only good as his word."
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Welcome new member Gregg Scholtens

Joe Page introduced Gregg on Dec. 19.  His co-sponsor is Brandon Dake.

Gregg is executive vice-president of Nabholz Construction, where he manages its Springfield and Southwest Missouri operations.  He's been with the company for 10 years and has been in Springfield  for about 18 months after moving here from Shawnee, Kansas.

Gregg started his career in construction at age 17 while working at his father's plumbing business.  It was there, he says, with a shovel in his hand, that he developed his strong work ethic and his appreciation for fine craftsmanship.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management at John Brown University.

Gregg has worked in the construction industry for 22 years, including many projects in the health care and education fields in Georgia, Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado and Missouri.  While in Springfield, he's been involved with construction projects at Wonders of Wildlife Museum and the Ozark Mill restoration and renovation.  He's a member of the American Institute of Constructors, American Society for Healthcare Engineering, and Leadership Springfield Class 38.

Gregg is on the Facilities Committee of New Covenant Christian Academy, and volunteers at Ronald McDonald House, Light the Way Ministry, and Head for the Cure.   He and his wife, Nichole, have two children.


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