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Mike Vann

David Compere introduced Mike on Nov. 2.  His co-sponsor is Brent Baldwin.

Mike is the chief investment officer for Trident Multifamily of Colleyville, Texas, which “acquires and repositions multifamily properties” for institutional and individual investors.  He’s responsible for investor relations and compliance, capital stock formation and capital raising.  He’s worked for the company for 5 years but has been a manager in the real estate business for 10 years. 

Mike was born and raised in Fort Smith, Ark., and has been a lifelong Razorbacks fan.  He’s been in the Springfield area for more than 20 years. 

Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in Business at the University of Arkansas.  He lives in east Springfield with his wife of 29 years, Aline.  They have a daughter, 22, and a son, 21.

Mike’s community service included Convoy of Hope, Veterans Coming Home Center that helps homeless people, and mission trips to Ecuador and Brazil.

 
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 Judith Martinez-Garcia

Brad Bodenhausen, her cosponsor, introduced Judith on Aug. 24.  Her sponsor is Rachael Walsh.

Judith is an assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Religions at Missouri State University.  She also directs the Bear Bridge mentoring program for new faculty members.  She's been a faculty member since 2005.

Judith came to Springfield in 2003 as a graduate student at SMSU (now MSU).  While studying, she also taught foreign languages for one year in Sparta High School and two years at Central High School in Springfield.  She’s also taught in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, and worked for the 
American School Foundation of Monterrey, her hometown.

Judith has many honors and awards for her work at MSU, including a Faculty Research Award and an Outstanding Teaching Award.  Her research topics have included forced migration, violence along the Mexican borders, and Latinx literature.  Her professional affiliations include American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages, Latin American Studies Association, American Comparative Literature Association, Diversity Education Leadership Academy, and Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

Judith earned a PhD in 2017 in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Hispanic emphasis, at University of Arkansas; a Master’s degree in 2005 in French and Spanish as a Second Language at MSU; and a Bachelor’s degree in 2002 in Law and Social Sciences at Autonomous University of Nuevo León in northern Mexico.

Judith’s community service includes the Hand-in-Hand Multicultural Center and Junior League of Springfield.  She’s a graduate of Leadership Springfield’s Class 42 and a member of the Leadership Springfield board.

Judith and her husband, Jesús Garcia, live in southeastern Springfield and have two sons.  One is a freshman at Grinnell College in Iowa and the other is a Central High School student.

 
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 Kimberlee Nevins

Ken Stephens, her father, introduced Kimberlee on Aug. 3.  Her co-sponsor is Brent Dunn.

Kimberlee works with her father at Employee Benefit Design in south Springfield, where she’s an executive account manager.  She advises clients on benefit packages and manages the company’s Sales and Service departments.  She’s been in a managerial position for five years and worked in this field for 10 years.

Kimberlee has lived in Springfield for 33 years.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Missouri State University.  She was a member of Springfield Rotaract Club for a year in 2018 and 2019.  She’s a member of the Springfield Area Human Resources Association, United Benefit Advisors, and the National Association of Underwriters.  Her volunteer service includes Community Blood Center of the Ozarks and Care to Learn.

Kimberlee lives in southeast Springfield with her husband, James, and 4 children.
 
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Dr. Kyle John

Luke Westerman introduced Kyle on July 6.  His co-sponsor is Jason Brown.

Kyle is medical director for The Arc of the Ozark’s new Autism and Neurodevelopmental Center, a job that he started in April.   He previously worked 16 years for the Mercy Health System in Springfield as vice president for Behavioral Health.  He’s been a physician for 25 years.


Kyle grew up in Independence, Mo., in a Rotary family.  Kyle’s father is a past president of the Independence Rotary Club and he attended many Rotary events, even before becoming a member of the Truman High School Interact Club.

Kyle earned his bachelor’s degree and his medical degree at the University of Missouri in Columbia before completing his residencies in psychiatry and child psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic.  He is married to Melissa Bondy, who for 12 years has been Bass Pro’s Corporate Wellness director and Fitness Series director (marathon weekend, Top of the Rock, Dogwood Canyon.)  Kyle says he is often recognized as “Melissa Bondy’s husband.”

Kyle and Melissa have two sons who both graduated from MU.  Brennan earned a Journalism degree and works at Schilling Sellmeyer. Garrett earned a business degree and works for Luke at the Computer Recycling Center.

Kyle and his family attend and volunteer at Holy Trinity Catholic Church and volunteer at Abilities First.  They enjoy downhill skiing, scuba diving, and just about anything exercise related.

 
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Carl Peterson

Bob Hammerschmidt introduced Carl on June 15.  His cosponsor is Brent Baldwin.

Carl is the district director for the Pathfinder District of the Ozark Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America.  That district covers Springfield and many of its nearby cities, and is the largest district in the council.  Carl has worked for the council for seven years.  His duties include fundraising, new member recruitment, field service to the Scouting units and their charter partners (sponsors), and coordinating the service of volunteers. 

Carl is an Eagle Scout.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Missouri State University.  His past community service includes being a member of Kiwanis clubs in Joplin and Springfield. 

Carl has been in the Ozarks for 16 years.  He lives in Ozark with his wife, Erica.
 
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Logan Aguirre

Jim Conley introduced Logan on June 1.  Her co-sponsor is Lisa Odom.

Logan is publisher/owner of Whitaker Publishing of Springfield, which produces 417 Magazine, 417 Home, 417 Bride and Biz 417.  She joined the company in 2006 after working in New York City and St. Louis in marketing and public relations.  After working in sales, marketing and event planning, she became associate publisher and then president before purchasing the business from her parents, Joan and Gary Whitaker, in September 2020.

Logan is a past chair of the board of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, serves on the national board for the City Regional Magazine Association, and is active on the Friends of SPS Steering Committee.  Other past board experience includes Junior League of Springfield, Springfield Business Development Corporation, Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau Board, Foundation for Springfield Public Schools Advisory Board, Care to Learn Advisory Board, Lost & Found Grief Center Junior Board and CoxHealth Young Professionals Advisory Council.  She is a graduate of Leadership Springfield Class 31.  Folio: Magazine named her a Top Women in Media in the Corporate Visionaries category in 2017 and she is a 2008 Springfield Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree.

Logan earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree at the Mizzou School of Journalism.  She often serves as a speaker and emcee.  Her speech topics include leadership lessons and networking tips.  She’s a big believer in the Great Game of Business.

Logan and her husband of 17 years, Dave, live in east Springfield.  They have a daughter, Lucy, 13, and a son, Cruz, 10, who attend St. Agnes.  In her free time, she enjoys hot yoga classes and boating with her family on Table Rock Lake.