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So Fresh, So Clean The Sage Garden grows organic food in the city

Visions of Grandeur

Get Fit

Three locals tackle their fitness goals

A home that’s built to entertain

Jefferson City's up-and-Comers Trey Cunningham, Pg. 67

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From Work to Play

Looks to take you from the board room to the dance floor

Surgery on Thursday


Dr. Concannon performs more breast augmentations than any other surgeon in Mid-Missouri



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A Closer Look: Dr. Jay Allen


Over the course of several decades, Jay Allen witnessed cancer treatment from the helpless seat of a grieving family member. When he was only five years old, his mother lost her battle with cancer. Then, during his adolescence and adult life, he watched his father and stepmother succumb to the same dreadful disease. So, when his brother convinced him to take up the family practice of medicine, Allen knew oncology was the only option. “As a family member,

I saw how far cancer treatments had come,” Dr. Allen states. “So, I thought, ‘I want to be an oncologist because I want to make a difference in people’s lives who are really sick and do something good for them.’”



We use some of the most wonderful technology you could possibly imagine.

Those noble aspirations are now his daily routine. After intensive studying around the country, Dr. Allen landed at the Goldschmidt Cancer Center in Jefferson City, eager to supply his expertise in radiation oncology. “I’m really part of a medical team that assesses the patient and determines if I have something to help them,” he says. Unlike other ailments, each patient has a group of experts who work together to eradicate cancer. Surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists – all provided on-site at the GCC – team up to tackle the disease. “So, you have three different specialists that are involved in the actual treatment of each patient. It’s a little bit unique in respect to medicine in this day and age,” Dr. Allen admits. Some of the silent all-stars on these cancer-killing teams include the advanced machines now readily available to oncology specialists. Dr. Allen says, “We’ve got to have


a plan that puts an invisible force – radiation – in an exact spot that’s accurate within millimeters. How do we do it? We use some of the most wonderful technology you could possibly imagine.” One such example is the linear accelerator – a device that has revolutionized radiology. With a brilliant manipulation of positive and negative energy, the linear accelerator ultimately acts as a laser-like brush to ‘paint’ radiation onto the tumor. To best serve the patients, experts like Dr. Allen input information into this instrument to determine the appropriate the amount of energy as well as the shape and location of the radiation. “It’s a wonderful marriage of technology and humanity,” Dr. Allen notes. “It’s truly a modern marvel.” Plus, as technology and computing power advanced, the GCC picked up the Trilogy, a linear accelerator that can do all of this intricate work instantly. The combination of human experts, technological advances, and the intense passion to end cancer seems to be doing the trick. “In oncology there’s only two things that we really care about: 1) curing more people and 2) doing that with fewer side effects,” Dr. Allen states. “We’re curing more people now than we’re not curing, and fewer people are dying of cancer for the first time since they’ve been keeping records.” So, thanks to the staff at the GCC, many people – including Dr. Allen’s three children and wife of 30 years – may never have to endure the painful experience of losing a loved one to cancer.

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publisher's note


As I was reading the editorial pieces for this issue of City Magazine, it became apparent to me that there is a common message throughout the entire magazine, a message that made me proud to not only be the publisher of City Magazine but also proud to be a citizen of Jefferson City. This July/August issue celebrates over and over that we in Jefferson City live among people who are community minded and passionate about being the kinds of leaders who actively engage in all parts of life. As you cruise through the pages, you will find yourself motivated by tales of perseverance, such as the story of Sylvester Williams, who endured one obstacle after another but never quit on his dream to play in the NFL. This issue also features eight individuals who are rising to the tops of their fields because of their dedication, work ethic and the endless amount of hours they have given to make Jefferson City a better place to live and work. Read their stories, and you will understand why they have been named City Magazine’s Ones to Watch. On page 54 you will find two local women who give of themselves for Wild Thing, an organization that rescues cats, provides them with care and finds them loving homes — once again, an act of kindness and leadership for the betterment of our community. Jefferson City has always been an extremely giving town, but sometimes we need to be motivated to get back in the game. Ask yourself: When was the last time I gave back to my community? When was the last time I found a project that I am passionate about? Take some time, and ask yourself these questions. I hope this issue of City Magazine will inspire you to jump in and get involved. I promise you, by getting involved and giving of yourself, you can make a difference in other people’s lives and in our community. Just go for it!

Editorial Tami Turner Publisher Rebecca Rademan associate Publisher Katrina Tauchen Copy Editor

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Jefferson City Magazine is published by The Business Times Co., 114 B E. High St., Ste 201, Jefferson City MO, 65101, 573-635-9395. Copyright The Business Times Co., 2012. All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of any editorial or graphic content without express written permission of the publisher is prohibited.

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4 ①. Faye Zumwalt, contributing writer I first met Sabra in the 1980s when we rode together to an out-of-town art meeting at which she was presenting. I told her that her Madonna and Christ Child painting looked Rubenesque to me (after the master painter Peter Paul Rubens). It surprised me how pleased she was about my compliment because she was already a well-known, accomplished artist, and I was just learning to paint. I’m saddened by her passing, but it has been an honor to write about her and her ability to express great emotion and love for her subjects in her work.

②. Travis Duncan, contributing photographer The process of “finding the picture” has always been a thrill for me. Whether I’m on assignment creating an interesting environmental portrait of a local proprietor or styling and lighting a beautiful entrée at a local restaurant, it’s all about discovery and exploration for me. I feel deeply obligated to reveal the truth and beauty in every subject that I approach, and this issue was no different. I toured an amazing home and met and photographed interesting and wonderful people while discovering new and great places right here in our own backyard.

③. Eric Luebbert, contributing writer I was fortunate to share two different perspectives in this issue — the inside and the outside. I chose to face my own internal body image issues. I accepted a fitness challenge with Wilson's Jefferson City that helped me strengthen my endurance, become more fit and, in turn, improve my attitude and maintain accountability. In Ask Eric, we stick to the outside: how to look hip and cool from the desk to the dance floor. Enjoy!

④. Molly Wright, contributing writer Although writing in itself is always a joy for me, the best part of my job is speaking with the people I highlight. This was especially true while working on the “Ones to Watch” piece, for I got to connect with both the nominees and those who nominated them. The fact that everyone was so excited made this assignment a real pleasure.

“Last week there was a car accident on Stadium, right down the street from the Monroe building. I heard the crash and looked out my window and saw a three-car pileup right about the time when the high school had let out. It was a head-on collision between a truck and a car with that car being rear-ended. As I was deciding whether to go out to the scene, I saw a person stop her car by the accident, get out and go over to the middle car. She talked with the obviously injured person while others stood nearby on their phones. It took a little while for the ambulance to get there, so she remained with the person until the Emergency Medical Services arrived. She then remained at the scene until the EMS was safely off. Her ability to approach the person and help keep them calm by staying at the car window until help arrived was both kind hearted and courageous. A big thank you to Betty for offering her generosity in a time of distress and exemplifying what it is to be a good Samaritan.” — Submitted by Jennifer Atkins Betty Berendzen Position: R.N., clinical analyst/information technology Employer: Capital Region, Jefferson City Resides in Mary’s Home, Mo. Has someone inspired you? Submit acts of kindness to Rebecca@ or on our Facebook page at

Correction In our May/June 2013 Business Profile, "Driving Business,” Fischer Body Shop was mistakenly listed as grossing $6 million annually when the accurate gross income is $4 million. Also note that Fisher Body Shop does not perform mechanical repairs on customers' vehicles; instead the business refers customers to Joshua Lehmen and his team at OnSite Oil & Auto Repair Shop, a separate business located in a building north of Fischer.

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✩ publisher's note p. 13 ✩ Contributors p. 15 ✩ At Home 24 Home Tour 34 The Sage Garden: Growing organic foods 41 Fact or Fiction: Severe weather 43 Hit List

At work 49 Busting the Myth of Delegation 50 Business Profile: Three Story Coffee 54 Philanthropy: Wild Thing 59 Person You Should Know: Cyndy Schnieders 62 Ones to Watch 75 City Character: Turkey Creek Golf Center

At ease 81 Gourmet 85 The Dish 87 Style: Summer Sunnies 91 Health: Wilson’s Fitness 89 Book Review: Patrick Lencioni’s The Advantage 98 Artist Profile: Sabra Eagan 105 Sports: Sylvester Williams 112 Ask Eric 113 Fashion Forecast: Work to Play

in every issue 19 Agenda 20 Datebook 45 Business Briefs 46 New and Emerging Businesses 115 Snapshots 122 The Last Word


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July/August Summer is in full swing, and Jefferson City has a slew of must-do events to help beat the heat.

Jefferson City Bridal Stroll what: More than 25 Jefferson City vendors will open the doors of their shops for the first-ever special bridal preview of this kind. A traditional trolley service will deliver brides-to-be along with friends and family to businesses in the Southside, Downtown and Eastside of Jefferson City. Brides will have the chance to visit with wedding vendors in their places of business. where: Southside, Downtown and Eastside of Jefferson City when: 1-4 p.m., Sunday, July 14 info: Cost is free. Call 573-619-4377.

Young Frankenstein what: This season, experience Missouri’s only year-round Broadway dinner theater. The Capital City Players presents Young Frankenstein the Musical by Mel Brooks. If you split your sides at the movie, you’re going to fall out of your seat at the zany antics of the classic Mel Brooks characters in the musical. Show includes a three-course, fullservice meal provided by award-winning chef Ryan P. Davis of Argyle Catering Co. where: Shikles Auditorium, 1200 Linden Drive when: Evening performances are Aug. 8-10, 1517; matinee performances are Aug 11 and 18. info: Tickets are $35; for show times, call 573-681-9012, or visit

Men of the Club ALL STARS what: As one of the most anticipated and highly attended fundraising events of the year, Men of Club resumes in 2013 for a 10-year reunion called the best of the best in which returning winners from years past grace the stage once again with a mix of new and favorite performances. The event is a light-hearted “male swimsuit, talent and eveningwear competition that raises funds for the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital City. The winner is crowned "Mr. Capital City" and will reign for the year. where: Capitol Plaza Hotel when: 6:30 p.m., Aug. 8 info: Tickets are $25; tables of 10 are $350. Call 573-634-2582, or visit

63rd Annual Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair what: Starting the last Monday in July, the Cole County Fair presents six nights of nonstop entertainment from carnival rides to pony rides and the ever-popular truck and tractor pull. Tucked between the rodeo grounds and the carnival is the beer garden and outdoor stage featuring this year’s musical lineup of hunky country artists JT Hodges, Dustin Lynch and Josh Gracin, along with anticipated rock and alternative bands Black Stone Cherry and Eve 6. where: Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds when: 4 p.m., July 29 to Aug. 3 info: Tickets are $10. For more information and event schedule, visit

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Salute to America, Fourth of July Celebration, Downtown Jefferson City

3rd Annual Independent Living Resource

6/Saturday Missouri River Freedom Race, 8 a.m., Missouri River, Noren Access Point

10/Wednesday Museum After Hours, “A Summer of Stories,” 5-9 p.m., Missouri State Capitol

Bandana’s Bar-B-Q

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Bank Community Room, 3600 Amazonas Drive, 11:30-1pm




TBD Dinner Theater, 6:30 p.m., Capital City Players, Shikles Auditorium

Theatre, 121 E. High St.


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Bug and Bus Bash, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Joe Machens Volkswagen, Columbia

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Madison’s Café Six-Course Food and Wine

Jefferson City Bridal Stroll, 1-4 p.m., Southside, Downtown and Eastside Jefferson City

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Center Inc. Fundraiser, 4 p.m. to close,

These Ozark Hills, 7-8 p.m., Missouri State Museum



Pairing, 6 p.m., Madison’s Café

Crimes of the Heart, 7:30 p.m., Scene One july 13

Charlotte’s Web, Thursday and Friday Stained Glass Theatre

27/Saturday Cruisin’ for MDA, 5-9:30 p.m., High Street, Downtown Jefferson City

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Crimes of the Heart, 7:30 p.m., Scene One Theatre, 121 E. High St.

19th Annual Girl Scout Golf Invitational, 1 p.m., Meadow Lake Acres Country Club, New Bloomfield

7/Wednesday Museum After Hours, “A Summer of Stories,” 5-9 p.m., Missouri State Capitol

8/Thursday Men of the Club ALL STARS, 6:30 p.m., Capitol Plaza Hotel

8-11/Thursday-Sunday Young Frankenstein the Musical, 6:30 p.m., Capital City Players Dinner Theater


15-18/Thursday-Sunday Young Frankenstein the Musical, 6:30 p.m., Capital City Players Dinner Theater

19/Monday YMCA Bob Linville Memorial Golf Tournament, 11:30 a.m., Meadow Lake Acres Country Club, New Bloomfield


































Columbia College-Jefferson City Community Appreciation Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jefferson City Campus Cruisin’ for MDA, 5-9:30 p.m., High Street, Downtown Jefferson City



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Rotaract Kicks in the Sticks Trail Scramble, Binder Park

2013 Big Shark Missouri State Championship Criterium, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Missouri State Capitol


Cole County MU Alumni Association’s Annual Mizzou Barbecue, 4-8 p.m., Memorial Park

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visions of grandeur Refined furnishings and dignified colors create a timeless and traditional feel to this local home B y Re b ecc a R a d em a n P h o t o s b y T r a v i s D u nc a n

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When Mike and Paige Kampeter built their Westside home in 2003, their main goal was to create an open living space with a good flow where they could frequently entertain family and friends. Situated on a lush and spacious private lot, the traditional three-story brick home features five bedrooms, four full baths and two half baths and serves as a prime location to host a range of yearly festivities including their company Christmas party, various University of Missouri sporting events and warm holiday get-togethers. Paige knew she wanted a mix of old and new but found decorating to be a challenge, so she enlisted the help of good friend and interior decorator Devan Netcott, who has worked in 26 | July/August 2013

the interior design business for more than 30 years, for the selection and arrangement of décor. According to Paige, Devan is gifted at mixing new items with homeowners’ existing elements to create original and elegant looks. “I would just give him a box full of keepsakes and sentimental items that I didn’t know what to do with, and he would find the most beautiful way of arranging them,” she says. “He would blend old elements with new accents and décor that he would pick up for me.” As g u es t s en t e r t h e h o me , they’re greeted by a grand foyer that showcases a spiral staircase, magnificent chandelier, soaring ceilings, tall windows, ornate columns and a

balcony connecting to the bedrooms above, which allows for the first taste of the home’s impressive scale. “We both wanted a nice open floor plan with a lot of natural light,” Paige says. Just off the foyer are the formal living areas, a mix of polished furnishings, architectural embellishments and tailored drapes. A large old-world table, buffet and china cabinet set — all family heirlooms from Paige’s grandparents — served as the inspiration pieces for the formal dining and living room. “This set has got to be at least 110 years old,” she says. Devan brought the furnishings up to date by adding traditional armless wingback chairs and a tabletop tray and accessories.

“Overall, I wanted our home to be a traditional and timeless space to entertain and enjoy loved ones. And it’s just that.” — Paige Kampeter

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Paige also had the egg-dart design and brass finishes mimicked throughout kitchen cabinetry to match the design characteristics of the antique pieces. Past the formal living area is the kitchen and family room, where cream cabinetry punctuates itself among rich Brazilian cherry flooring and vivid red walls. Devan warmed up the kitchen’s original contemporary look with new Moroccan-style lighting, bar chairs, granite countertops and hardware. Checkered and floral prints give the room and eat-in kitchen a laidback cot-

tage feel, while the faux-finished fireplace and unique green-varnished coffered ceiling make striking statements. Of t h e t h r ee m u r a l paintings within the home, the collective favorite is of the Holy Spirit featured in the peak of the north wall overlooking the living room. Laid upon the walls in soft pastels, the art comes to life in the afternoon sun that casts through the rooms’ floor-to-ceiling windows. The mural was something that Paige and Mike sketched out together. “Our Catholic faith

is important to us, and we liked the idea of having something spiritual in our home,” she says. Other murals in the home include an MU Tiger and a charming rock and ivy embellishment along the entryway of the downstairs wine cellar door. In addition to the living areas and kitchen, the main floor includes the office, laundry room and master suite. Finished in soothing lavender tones, the suite is Paige’s retreat area, complete with a dual fireplace and sitting area. Through a set of French doors is her personal office, which features Jefferson City Magazine | 29

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Devan Netcott assisted in the decorating process and is the silks floral designer at Hy-Vee in Jefferson City, where he performs consultations for seasonal or everyday décor and silks.

a small kitchenette where she can easily make her morning coffee while surrounded by her favorite family photos and sentimental items such as her grandmother’s salt and pepper shakers and personal snow globe collection. The lower level transitions into an entertainment area. Dark carpet, low lighting and brown leather couches keep the space classic and luxurious but still comfortable. Devan finished the bar area with black granite countertops, new bar chairs upholstered in a fresh gray and yellow floral print and glossy tile risers on the steps. Large glass doors let 32 | July/August 2013

in natural light and lead to the outdoor pool, fire pit and grill space and a half bathroom “to keep the water puddles outside,” Paige says with a laugh. Additional features include a motorized projection screen, indoor hot tub, wine cellar, game room and guest bedroom suite with a separate entrance. Paige compliments Devan on creating a warm and timeless atmosphere for years to come. “Overall, I wanted our home to be a traditional and timeless space to entertain and enjoy loved ones,” she says. “And it’s just that.” JC

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garden Growing organic food in the city B y L a u r en S a b l e F r e i m a n p h o t o s b y t r a v i s d u nc a n

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When Margo Ameera and her fiancé, Charles Labedz, first met five years ago, they discussed their dreams for the future. What they learned was that they had a common interest — the desire to grow their own clean food. So in 2010, the self-proclaimed foodies who love dining on local fare began to envision their own greenhouse and the ability to grow fresh, clean and affordable foods they could feel good about eating. Two years later they began work on the Sage Garden, an aquaponics garden housed inside of a geodesic dome. “We wanted to have fresh foods in our daily diet, which is expensive if you rely on gro36 | July/August 2013

cers, and even then you don’t know where your food is from or how it has been grown,” Ameera says. With help from Ameera’s sons, Gavin Jakobi, 19, and Sage Jakobi, 8, Ameera and Labedz worked through the summer of 2012 — and through a heat wave — to complete the dome in August 2012. They invested $2,000 in materials but saved more than $5,000 by completing the manual labor themselves, a process they documented with photographs along they way. Outside gardens also surround the dome. Although the couple had no prior hands-on

experience with aquaponics, both Ameera and Labedz share a hunger for knowledge. “There is a wonderful thing called the Internet, and we are online a lot, and we are always learning and looking at information on things that interest us,” Ameera says. “If we have a question about something or want to know something, we look it up online and find the answers we need or find the people who have the answers we need.” F o r Amee r a , a student at Lincoln University, and Labedz, who works in information technology, their primary goal was to

“We wanted to have fresh foods in our daily diet, which is expensive if you rely on grocers, and even then you don’t know where your food is from or how it has been grown.” — Margo Ameera

The Sage Garden combines conventional aquaculture and hydroponics, which creates a sustainable cycle that provides Margo Ameera and Charles Labedz with their own clean food year round.

grow clean and fresh food for their family year round. Also important to the couple was being able to share information with those who want to replicate what they have done. “We are an open source in regard to this project, meaning we make how we have done it and what we are doing available for anyone who is interested so that they may learn about and hopefully be inspired to do something like it for themselves,” she says. Aquaponics is an enclosed, sustainable food production system that combines conventional aquaculture — or growing aquatic animals such as fish, snails, crayfish or

prawns in tanks — and hydroponics — or growing plants in water. The Sage Garden uses blue tilapia, which produce waste in the water. The water is then filtered, and the filter converts the ammonia-rich waste into nitrates. The plants eat the nitrates to grow, and the clean water is returned to the fish. “All is well in fish and plant land as this cycle repeats over and over,” Ameera says. “The blue tilapia are our fish of choice because they are very hearty and disease resistant. We are feeding our fish organic, nonGMO feed specifically formulated for tilapia. They are very tasty white meat filets, and

they live about eight years, so if you’re vegan, you don’t have to eat them.” A lt h o u g h w o r k on the greenhouse is complete, there is always work to be done on the property. Ameera says Sage loves to take responsibility for feeding the fish, while Gavin pitches in to help with tedious tasks around the greenhouse and outside gardens. They recently received several truckloads of mulch from Memorial Park to help control weeds and make the property look nice, though Ameera says there are always weeds to pull. Jefferson City Magazine | 37

Those who are interested in taking a look for themselves and learning more about the project are invited to visit the garden. “At present if someone wants to visit, they only need to call and set up a time and day to stop by, and we will gladly give them a tour,” Ameera says. “Soon we will have a set day that anyone can drop in and visit and purchase food from us. This will most likely be this winter or next year.” The greenhouse has been complete for less than one year, but it is already producing more than enough to feed Ameera’s family. Ameera says they are specifically focusing on growing high-yield herbs and vegetables, and they’ve planted the garden with heirloom seeds purchased from Bakers Creek Heirloom Seed Co., an ethical seed company based in Mansfield, Mo. All varieties of basil, several varieties of cherry tomatoes, melons, cucumbers, parsley, mint, rooted vegetables and watermelons are plentiful, and the duo makes their excess crop available for purchase by the public. Ameera also runs a booth at the Lincoln University Farmers Market with Gavin, where they sell an assortment of raw, dehydrated snacks and baked goods, including some vegan offerings. As t h e c o u p l e l o o k s toward future growing seasons, Ameera says their goal is to grow more varieties of fruits and vegetables. With hopes of being a resource for others considering their own garden, they also plan to give away seeds, plant cuttings and blue tilapia to help others begin their aquaponics systems. And their efforts to educate others on growing safe food are timely, as consumers become more aware of genetically modified foods. “Food safety and truth is becoming paramount today,” Ameera says. “People are tired of purchasing food that is filled with sneaky tactics just for big companies to turn a profit. People are getting to a place where they are ready to learn how to eat foods that nourish their bodies and fill them with life. “Eating local and growing your own food is one way to sidestep the food circus,” she continues. “The other is to support your local growers and food producers who have integrity and are using quality ingredients and seeds.” JC 38 | July/August 2013

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Chief meteorologist, Zach Paul, at KRCG-TV13, teaches how to prepare and protect yourself against severe weather


Spring and summer bring blooming flowers, balmier temperatures and something else not so pleasant: the threat of tornadoes. Believe it or not, tornadoes have occurred in every month in Missouri. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have a plan in place should you find yourself in a dangerous thunderstorm. With the first half of severe weather season over for our area, we asked Zach Paul, KRCG-TV13 chief meteorologist, to address some common misconceptions about severe storms, specifically tornadoes. Two of the most misunderstood terms in weather are “severe weather watches” and “severe weather warnings.” What’s the difference? When you hear the term “watch” — tornado, severe thunderstorm or flash flood — it means that all the necessary ingredients are available in the atmosphere for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms or flash flooding to develop. It’s a good idea to have a TV, radio or other device nearby for forecast updates. This is also the time to make sure your cellphone and/or tablet is charged. When a “warning” is issued, it’s a different story. This means there is severe weather currently happening or being observed, and if it’s in your area, you need to take immediate action. Knowing this basic information is the first step to staying safe during a thunderstorm.

Fiction: Lakes, rivers and mountains protect areas from tornadoes. Fact: No geographic location is safe from tornadoes. On March 12, 2006, there was significant damage in the Gravois Arm of Lake of the Ozarks. An F2 tornado leveled a bunch of trees on the west shoreline, traveled across the water, flipped docks and damaged multiple homes. Fiction: A tornado causes buildings to “explode” as it passes overhead. Fact: It’s actually violent winds and debris slamming into buildings that cause the most structural damage. Fiction: Highway overpasses provide safe shelter from tornadoes. Fact: The area under a highway overpass is very dangerous in a tornado. If you are in a vehicle, you should immediately seek shelter in a sturdy building, not an overpass. Fiction: It is safe to take shelter in the bathroom, hallway or closet of a mobile home. Fact: Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes. Abandon your mobile home, and seek shelter in a sturdy building immediately. If you live in a mobile home, ensure you have a plan in place that identifies the closest sturdy buildings in case of a severe weather threat. You should find it comforting to know that the number of tornadoes we see every year has not gone up. In fact, during the past few years, the numbers were lower than average (30 per year in Missouri). The chance of a tornado striking a building you are in is very small; however, by staying alert to the weather around you, you can greatly reduce your chance of injury.

Fiction: Open windows before a tornado approaches to equalize pressure and minimize damage. Fact: Virtually all buildings leak. Leave the windows closed. Take shelter immediately. An underground shelter, basement or safe room is the safest place. If none of those options are available, go to a windowless interior room or hallway. JC

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Zach Paul is the chief meteorologist at KRCG-TV13. Growing up in Kansas City, Paul has seen his fair share of severe Missouri weather, and he enjoys chasing these thunderstorms and even the tornadoes that develop from them. While at KRCG, he’s logged 10 tornadoes, but since 2000 he’s spotted more than 30. The most active day in central Missouri that sticks out most to him is March 12, 2006, when an F3 passed near the towns of Marshall, Arrow Rock and Moberly, and an F2 passed through Sedalia and Gravois Mills.

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1. Cobalt Set, TAG, Pitcher, $31.50; Goblets $11 each; Margarita Glass, $13. 2. Fern Orange, Hen House Linens, Set of Four Napkins, $31. 3. Pillow, Candlewick Ink (color), Pine Cone Hill, 18-inch, $68 4. Decorative Metal Owls, Small, $29; Large $38.50. 5. Orange Garden Stool, $73. 6. Indoor/Outdoor Ottoman by Surya, $228. 7. Orange Candlestick Holder, Small 10.5-inch, $11. 8. Platter, 17-inch (Large Serving Platter, 17-inch, QSquared, $25. 9. Platter, 11-inch (Medium Serving Platter, 11-inch, $9. All items available at The Schaefer House, 618 Broadway, Jefferson City, 573-635-8877



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business briefs

Business Briefs Promoted, Hired, Recognized

The National Committee for Quality Assurance and the American Diabetes Association recognized Dr. Alan Rauba, Jefferson City Medical Group Internal Medicine, for providing quality care to his patients with diabetes. To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, Rauba submitted data to demonstrate performance that meets the program’s key diabetes care measures, including eye exams, blood pressure tests, nutrition therapy and patient satisfaction, among others. Rauba received his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has been in practice since 1995 and provides onsite instruction for adult patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Dianne Lowry is the new director of annual programs at Westminster College. In her new role, Lowry will oversee and direct the Westminster Fund program, which fuels the general scholarship fund, academic initiatives, leadership programs and student activities and organizations. She will also lead and coordinate annual giving societies such as the President's Club and True Blue and serve as Westminster's primary liaison to the Fulton Colleges Fund and Board of Associates. Before coming to Westminster, Lowry served as development and foundation manager at St. Mary's Health Center in Jefferson City. Originally from Chesterfield, Mo., she is a graduate of William Woods University and attended Westminster College.

Kelli Schreimann Jones, C.F.P., C.P.A. and professional consultant at Moneta Group, has been named a Five Star Wealth Manager for the second year in a row. The program recognizes advisers who demonstrate excellence in their field based on credentials, experience, customer service history, client retention rate and other criteria. Moneta Group provides customized services for managing personal financial affairs and advises clients on how to manage, grow and protect their families’ assets though investment management, retirement planning, estate and philanthropic strategies, tax planning, money management, risk management and business succession. Janie Hedglin, vice president/PALS director for Providence Bank, received the Certified Tourism Ambassador designation presented to outstanding professionals who are devoted to using their talents and volunteering their time to make a positive impact in Jefferson City and improve the quality of life for others in the community. The Certified Tourism Ambassador Program is a nationwide certification program accredited and licensed through the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau. Hedglin joined Providence Bank in November 2000 and was promoted to PALS director in October 2004. She was appointed bank officer in April 2005 and vice president in March 2006. Hedglin graduated from Christ Unlimited Bible Institute in Kansas City, Mo., and attended Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. She is a member of the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce and Bank Travel Management. Hedglin and her husband, Max, have two children and two grandchildren and live in Jefferson City.





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The College Database has included William Woods University in its list of the top Missouri colleges with the highest financial return on investment. WWU was one of five private not-for-profit schools recognized. This distinction stems from a new metric created by the College Database. Schools on the list have annual tuition rates less than $20,000 and new graduates who earn more than $30,000 per year on average. WWU students enter the workforce earning an estimated $32,400 per year after graduation, which ranks it among the most financially effective of all Missouri post-secondary schools. “We knew we were doing a good job of keeping our costs low and preparing our students well for careers and life after college, but it is always nice to be recognized for our accomplishments,” says Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, WWU president. Jefferson City Magazine | 45


Capital Region Medical Center’s Rhonda Cooper, R.N. and wound care nurse, achieved certification as an Ostomy Management Specialist. The National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy offers the first multi-specialty Ostomy Management Specialist certification in the United States, aimed at meeting the need for specialized clinicians dedicated to the treatment and prevention of ostomy and stoma complications. CRMC is the only Jefferson City area health care provider to employ two ostomy specialized nurses. SSM Health Care has named Tracy O’Rourke, FACHE, its new regional vice president of strategy and business development for mid-Missouri. O’Rourke will lead business development efforts for both St. Mary’s Health Center and Audrain Medical Center in Mexico, Mo., which became part of the mid-Missouri region of SSM Health Care last April. O’Rourke brings more than 15 years of business-development experience in health care, including the past three years serving as corporate vice president of strategy and systems improvement for SSM. Prior to joining SSM, O’Rourke was the system director of strategic development for a multistate, eight-hospital system. In addition, she was a consulting manager with Cap Gemini Ernst and Young’s Health Care Practice, where she offered expertise in supply chain management and operations improvement. Capital Region Medical Center announced the construction of a 115,000-square-foot expansion of the medical center’s campus at 1125 Madison St. This will consolidate many specialty physician services provided at various Jefferson City locations to the new facility when it opens spring 2015. “This new expansion project is vital to us in a number of ways,” says Dr. Randy Haight, chief medical officer/vice president of medical affairs. In addition to Capital Region Physicians, enhanced outpatient services will include therapy, pharmacy, radiology, a breast center with mammography, tomosyntheses, ultrasound and stereotactic and other outpatient services. JC 46 | July/August 2013

New and Emerging Businesses 1. JCMG Women and Children’s Center

3. Cliff Manor Bed and Breakfast

In June, Jefferson City Medical Group celebrated the opening of its new Women and Children’s Center. The facility features all new equipment, two large procedure rooms and larger hallways and was designed to feel like a homier atmosphere. New interior design elements include a fireplace, chandelier and comfortable furnishings. Every element of the center was designed with patients’ needs in mind, including a lowered reception counter, rounded corners on all counters, couches in several exam rooms and a procedure room. Proprietor: JCMG Contact: 573-636-5248 Address: 1241 W. Stadium Blvd. Web:

Jefferson City’s only B&B, Cliff Manor Bed and Breakfast has reopened under new ownership, with a new innkeeper in residence. Lenore Abboud, formerly from Austin, began serving guests over Memorial Day weekend. The business features a new dining room, new chandeliers and a refreshing new look to the décor. Two suites with Jacuzzi tubs and fabulous views of the Missouri River await guests celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions. Two other guest rooms are adjacent to a large second-story balcony. Built in 1866, Cliff Manor was purchased earlier this year by Communique Inc., a public relations firm based in Jefferson City. A grand opening is planned for late summer. Proprietor: Lenore Abboud Contact: 573-636-2013 Address: 722 Cliff St. Web:

2. Veit’s Pub and Grill Veit’s is back! The grandson of the longstanding family restaurant that closed in 2005 is reopening at a new Jefferson City location. The restaurant will be located off Lorenzo Greene Drive, previously Moose Brothers. Veit’s will serve as a lounge, sports bar and full-service restaurant and eventually feature live music outdoors. A fan of comfort food, owner Sean Veit intends to bring back traditional local favorites including fried chicken, prime rib and clam chowder with a variety of weekend specials. The new restaurant will pay homage to the previous establishment’s ’40s and ’50s theme. Veit’s Pub and Grill opens in mid-July. Proprietor: Sean Veit Contact: 573-635-8893 Address: 2314 Lorenzo Greene Drive

4. Front Page Digital The Jefferson City News Tribune launched a digital division in April. Front Page Digital aims to improve the Web presence of central Missouri businesses through a variety of Web-based product offerings. The business will provide products such as websites with ecommerce, mobile sites, search engine optimization, search engine marketing, social media management, reputation management, Constant Contact, PRWeb and more, along with local customer service. Proprietor: Central Missouri Newspapers Contact: 573-761-0281 Web: JC

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Busting the Myth of Delegation A new approach to stress-free management


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The goal of management is to create value through employees’ unique abilities while working together for a common cause. One myth you always hear as a manager is that if you are feeling overwhelmed, you just need to delegate more. Well, if you look back at the old world of management, it was probably simple to do, but in the new world of management, it’s just not that easy. As I have developed and matured as a leader, I’ve had many struggles in the area of delegation. If I wanted others to help me, I would give them a project or task and expect it to be done correctly. What I found is that nobody I was working with could complete the job like I expected it to be done. I was discouraged that in the time it took for me to explain how to do the task, I could have had it finished. So I started completing tasks and not delegating them anymore, and I started to become overwhelmed again. The cycle continued until one day during church, I felt like someone was stabbing a knife in my heart. I thought I was having a heart attack! I left church and went and sat in the car until my wife and kids got out. We went to the ER, and they admitted me immediately. I spent the next two days sitting in the hospital where they stuck, poked and prodded me. It was in that moment that I realized I had to eliminate some of this stress and find a delegation process that worked for me. I started studying the principles of delegation and recognized that most programs and concepts only help you identify the items needing delegation and then tell you how to do it. Just find

items that need to be done, and delegate. Well, I tried that, and it didn’t work. So I decided to throw out the oldschool concepts and design The Delegation Navigator, a five-step process. F i v e s t e p s o f T h e De l eg at i o n N av i g ato r : 1. Complete an inventory of all the tasks/duties you complete in a given year. 2. Determine the items you like to do/ don’t like to do. 3. Identify areas you want to do more or less of. 4. Identify who on your team is capable of completing the tasks you want to do less of. 5. Determine the success criteria for each task, list them and then itemize them so you know the task is being done according to your expectations, along with a deadline of when you want them to completely take over the task. By creating and following this simple process, I have been able to successfully delegate multiple tasks with great results, teach others how to unload stress and make work more pleasant by assigning tasks to those who enjoy specific duties. Not only does this result in reduced stress, but it also makes life more enjoyable overall. I’m happy to report I am feeling great these days, and delegating is easier and stress free. JC

Matt Cowell is the president of Ascend Business Strategies in Jefferson City.

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Business profile

Coffee with a Conscience Three Story Coffee connects Jefferson City with the farmers and stories behind its popular blends


B y L a u r en S a b l e F r e i m a n Americans alone consume 146 billion cups of coffee per year. Whether used to wake up in the morning, as a boost for a busy afternoon, to wrap up a delicious dinner or to sit down and reconnect with an old friend, a great cup of coffee is the perfect companion for most of life’s events. Tony Anderson, who co-owns Three Story Coffee with his wife, Sarah, loves coffee for those reasons. But his love of coffee goes beyond its robust flavor and ability to bring people together. “I love coffee, but I am more passionate about the people and the potential that coffee has to change lives,” he says.

E v e r y b o d y h a s a s t o r y, and that’s the beginning of the story behind Three Story Coffee. “The name came from the idea that everyone has a story: you, me, the rest of the world,” Anderson says. “It has amazed me that for such an iconic and ubiquitous piece of our culture, few people stop to think about where their coffee comes from and much less about the people who grow and pick it.” Anderson’s agriculture degree, heart for mission work and experience working with small farmers have fueled his passion for coffee, which is grown in 70 countries, almost all of which are developing countries. The goal of Three Story Coffee is to help coffee fanatics understand that their coffee-purchasing habits matter and can make a real difference around the world. “I want people to know that their coffee purchases can either perpetuate slave labor or send a child to school,” Anderson says. “We want to make sure we are doing the latter by building relationships with farmers and cof50 | July/August 2013

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fee communities, sharing their stories and eventually connecting our customers with the farmers so that our customers can partner with us to invest in the story of those communities.”

that a doctor gave Mama Carmen her farm so she could continue to do the work that she was called to do. Over the years, Mama Carmen has cared for, looked after and taken in hundreds of orphans and street kids. Growing and selling coffee provides the resources for her orphanage.”

T h r ee S t o r y C o ffee i s a not a coffee shop; it’s a coffee roaster, which means the owners purchase green coffee from A lt h o u g h t h e s h o p has only been farmers around the world, roast it in their open a short time, Anderson says the restore on East Dunklin Street and “make it sponse has been amazing. Customers are yummy,” Anderson says. There are a few interested in hearing the stories, learning seats in the store where the names of the coffee customers can sit, share farmers and seeing pho“The name came stories and even sample tographs. from the idea that the various types of cof“For instance, I posteveryone has a story: fees, but the primary foed a picture on our Faceyou, me, the rest of cus of the store is to sell book page recently of a the world.” — Tony whole bean or ground new direct trade coffee Anderson, co-owner, coffee by the bag. And we are getting from El Three Story Coffee though the coffee is cerSalvador,” Anderson says. tainly important, the “The picture was of the stories behind the direct trade coffee are coffee being blessed by the local priest as equally so. it was leaving the farm. We got an amaz“We want our customers to know the ing reaction from people who loved the names of the farmers and to know their story. I have people who can’t wait for that story,” Anderson says. “I want people to coffee. They haven’t even tasted it yet, but love our Guatemala Mama Carmen cofthey love the story and want to invest in fee, and they do, but I want them to know those farmers and be a part of their story.”

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Three Story Coffee also sells other direct trade items such as baskets, woodcarvings, loose-leaf tea, chocolate and jewelry. Each item represents connections and relationships that the Andersons have forged during the past several years. “We are focused on building direct trade relationships with the farmers,” Anderson says. “We want to know the farmers, pay them a fair price and then work with them to improve their product to add even more value for them in the future.” Anderson believes that for coffee to be great, it should be great for everyone. That means that a portion of coffee purchases from Three Story can be designated to one of a list of missionaries working in countries such as Sierra Leone, Bolivia and South Africa. Three Story also supports projects that impact widows and orphans, programs that teach people how to grow food and sustain their families and education programs that help break the cycle of poverty. As t h e y l o o k t o w a r d t h e f u t u r e , Anderson says he has realized that, based on their vision and goals, Three Story Coffee might work better as a not-for-profit organization rather than the for-profit company they’ve operated as for the past year. “We have just started looking at transitioning,” he says. “We have realized that since our focus on the farmer side is relationships, education, community development and missions as well as education and awareness on the consumer side, a nonprofit structure might be a better fit.” Anderson also plans to continue to grow his network of farmers. A list on the wall of his office is a visual reminder of the progress he seeks. “I keep a list on my wall of the countries we want to go to and the connections we have made in those countries,” Anderson says. “I have been amazed at the people we have crossed paths with that can create opportunities to build relationships in these coffee communities.” JC

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It’s possible A beautiful deck Mid City Lumber introduces DuraLife Decking that’s safe, durable, highly resistant to stains, and eco-friendly. It’s strong, light weight decking with the warmth and beauty of hardwood yet without all the maintenance.

So talk with the “deck experts” at Mid City Lumber about affordable DuraLife Decking for your home, then relax and enjoy the compliments.

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Wild Thing

Two local women address the city’s feral feline


“One unspayed female cat and her corresponding offspring can result in more than 400,000 cats in seven years. We needed to do something to help them.” — Jennifer Tergin, Wild Thing – Feline Feral Fix

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Living in downtown Jefferson City provides Jennifer Tergin with a variety of happenings steps from her front door, but one thing she saw led her to step in and do something. Tergin watched a cycle of stray cats with trailing kittens searching for food around restaurant Dumpsters. She began putting out food for the cats but realized that wasn’t enough. “I would constantly worry about the kittens in the snow or heat, and then I wouldn’t see the kittens anymore and feared the worst for them,” Tergin says. Not being able to watch the kitten cycle out her window any longer, Tergin decided to catch the cats that were coming to eat and get them fixed.

W h en Te r g i n ’ s pat h c r o sse d with fellow Friends of JC Animal Shelter supporter Jackie Fischer, who had also started trapping stray cats, the trap, neuter and release organization Wild Thing – Feral Feline Fix was born. “One unspayed female cat and her corresponding offspring can result in more than 400,000 cats in seven years,” Tergin says. “We needed to do something to help them.” They trapped their first cats in January 2010 and since then have spayed and neutered 366 cats and have taken countless litters of tamable kittens to the animal shelter for adoption. Once trapped, the cats are spayed or neutered, given a rabies vaccination and their left ear is tipped. “The ear tip allows us to identify that the cat has already been fixed,” Tergin says. The organization works with veterinarian Dr. Greg Steck in Centertown and has recently started working with Dr. Esterly at Capital City Animal Hospital. “These cats are fearful of people,” Tergin says, but colony caretakers help feed and shelter the stray cats and kittens and work with the organization to help the animals. Wild Thing has helped more than 65 colonies and is made aware of new ones each week. According to Tergin, a colony can be as few as two cats or can have more than 30 cats. The caretakers will assist by providing information such as when the cats eat so Tergin and Fischer can trap the animals. photos by anthony jinson

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Jennifer Tergin and Jackie Fischer founded Wild Thing – Feral Feline Fix to address the growing feral cat population in Jefferson City. Since January 2010, the organization has spayed and neutered 366 cats and taken countless litters of tamable kittens to the animal shelter or adoption.

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“Jackie and Jennifer are two great ladies who work tirelessly for the animals of this community,” says colony caretaker Nancy Rau. “We all need food, shelter and water every day. These animals have come to depend on us.” In t h e b eg i nn i ng , Tergin and Fischer were paying for everything themselves but soon realized it would be a vast undertaking and expense; the average cost per cat is $50. They asked the Heart of Missouri Humane Society for assistance and now receive half of their budget from HMHS. “The number of cats we can help completely depends on the amount of donations that we receive,” Tergin says. Tergin and Fischer purchase the traps, bait food and gas using their own funds, and donations are used exclusively for surgeries. JC

Colony Caretaker Nancy Rau Nancy Rau has been caring for the cat colony near Washington Park for nine years. Currently, all eight cats in the colony have been spayed/neutered through Wild Thing – Feral Feline Fix. “I’m asked frequently why I do this,” Rau says. “When you see something that is wrong, people say, ‘Somebody should do something about that.’ I looked in the mirror and saw that somebody.” Rau explains that taking care of a colony is a 365-day-a-year commitment. “You can’t not go because it is raining or snowing or you don’t feel like it,” she says. With the help of others she’s met in the park over the years, Rau rotates the feeding schedule and shares the responsibility to help these animals that do not have homes. “We have a great animal shelter in our city,” she says. “Use it. It is never OK to dump an animal for any reason.”

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Central Bank, Vice President, Private Banking

Number of years at Central Bank


Family: Husband, Gary, of 31 years; children Jay, Bill, Sally and Sarah; five grandchildren; and their two Labs, Lewis and Clark Education: Hershey High School, Hershey, Neb. Proud class of ’68! Community involvement: Linn State Technical College, Foundation Board, Special Learning Center, Catholic Diocese and Deaf Board, Lincoln University Quarterback Club Committee, Zonta, American Cancer Society, Jefferson City Chamber Ambassador, Veteran’s Advisory Board, Cole County Park and Resource and Planning, Capitol Region Strategic Planning and Marketing Committee, MU Alumni, Operation Guardian Angel Board, United Way Allocation Chair, Missouri Tigers SCORE Against Hunger, Prison Redevelopment “Puppies for Parole” Why I’m passionate about my job: People! I feel very fortunate to have the flexibility to work 24/7 and help 24/7. If someone needs me, I’m at the height of my glory. Biggest career obstacle I’ve had to overcome: I’m still trying to think of one.

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Favorite Jefferson City charitable organization and why: All organizations that help our community Accomplishment I’m most proud of: First co-chair of Relay for Life, first cochair of Women of Achievement and the startup of Central Bank’s Private Banking Department

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It’s possible It’s possible to turn your old bathroom into the peaceful retreat you’ve always wanted

When Linda and Bruce Phelps moved into their 22 year-old Jefferson City home a year ago they decided the master bath needed change. With the guidance of Gayla Schanbacher, Interior Designer at Mid-City Lumber, and Contractor Jason Crader the small bathroom turned into a real show piece. Glass block and 12-inch glass tiles make the room appear bigger and add light. A quartz counter top is less maintenance. “Gayla is delightful to work with and nothing phases her,” Linda noted, and she’s looking forward to the same great service when she updates her kitchen.

You can make it happen in your home, too. Call Mid City Lumber and ask Gayla, or Casey Marsch, about how I t’s Possible.

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Favorite place to spend a Saturday afternoon: Watching sporting events. I’m a die-hard Cardinals and Mizzou fan. I love going to the games or watching them on the big-screen at home. Last book read: In My Seat by Ann Scheibner Favorite TV show: HGTV, hands down. If I have the TV on, it’s on House Hunters, Love It or List It or Color Splash with David Bromstad. Favorite comfort food: Central Dairy’s chocolate mousse ice cream Favorite app: Houzz. The pictures are never-ending. I love looking at other people’s beautiful homes. Dream vacation: Rome, Italy, to visit the Vatican and enjoy the history. I had the chance to visit Edinburgh, Scotland, though, and it was spectacular. I would love to go back there again some day. Something that has changed your life: Operation Tyler on July 27, 2012. This was just a game-changer for me. So many people came out to support one person. The outpouring of love was just incredible. Secret aspiration: I can’t reveal secrets! Source of inspiration: Holy Spirit! I just try to live my life to how it will be most rewarding to God. Favorite hobbies: Taking my grandchildren to new and unique places and events. We’ve spent time outdoors at Painted Rock, Ha Ha Tonka and ridden bikes on the Missouri River pedestrian/ bike bridge. We’ve also visited the Titanic Museum in Branson, which has now made them want to go on the newly built Titanic II cruise ship that is to be completed in 2016. I guess we had better start saving now! JC

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B y M o l ly W r i g h t a n d He at h e r S h i e l d s P h o t o s b y a n t h o n y j i ns o n


Jefferson City Magazine’s annual Ones to Watch feature recognizes the next generation of leaders who are enhancing the business and community landscape in a special way. After being nominated by peers and employers, this year’s count topped out at eight winners — five men and three women — who are working to make a difference in the city they call home.

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MandyLawrence Mandy Lawrence’s Ones to Watch nomination took her by surprise, but being nominated makes her want to work even harder to achieve her professional and personal goals. Co-worker Janet Wear-Enloe says she knows Lawrence will reach her goals because she “is a go-getter and is not afraid to take charge and get things done.” Since Lawrence became clinical coordinator two years ago, Wear-Enloe says “the office has had a ‘facelift’ to make patients feel more comfortable during their treatments.” And that’s only one way Lawrence works to help her patients. “Cancer isn’t the diagnosis anyone wants to hear, but I try my best to help them through it any way I can, especially with laughter,” Lawrence says. Her skills were put to the test when her mother was diagnosed in 2011, and now it’s even more important to her to help raise money for the American Cancer Society to research new drugs and provide support. “Mandy regularly makes herself available and gives her cellphone number to patients so that they can contact her any time of day or night,” Wear-Enloe says. In addition to volunteering with a variety of causes and working sub on the St. Mary’s oncology floor during the weekends, Lawrence is also completing her MBA with a health care administration emphasis and preparing for her first child — a daughter — due this fall. It’s also important to Lawrence to be involved in the community. “I am working on my work/personal life balance,” Lawrence says, “but I like to be busy, involved in many activities at the same time.”

Where do you see yourself in five years? I certainly hope in a few years to look back on this and think, “They were right; I really was One to Watch.” I am very excited about JCMG’s future expansions, especially in the area of oncology. I look forward to even more involvement in preparing for JCMG’s Cancer Center partnership with St. Mary’s Health Center. I am also excited to already be able to apply things I’ve learned working on my MBA in my current practice. Now I feel much more confident in my business skills and look to only enhance those skills in years to come. I look forward to a bright future for myself professionally. I am excited to see where the next five years take me. Family: Husband, Roger; a daughter on the way; fours dogs: Comet, Bear, Moose and Lucy; and Penny the cat Community involvement: Co-captain of the JCMG Relay for Life team for the American Cancer Society, member of the Oncology Nursing Society and an assistant coach for 14U Classics Elite girls softball team and the Helias Catholic High School softball team

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R.N., B.S.N., JCMG: Oncology/ hematology clinical coordinator


Freeman Mortuary

“Bill will be known for his perseverance to make Jefferson City a better place to live, raise a family and work,” says John Ruth, explaining just one reason for nominating his fellow community worker Bill Plank as One to Watch. “Bill is a leader and has skills, desire and a vision that has and will continue to serve our community well.” Working at a small business, Freeman Mortuary, allows Plank to wear multiple professional hats and pitch in as part of a team, something he enjoys. “I’ve always been anxious to take on new challenges,” Plank says. “Sitting around idly waiting for someone to make something happen really isn’t my style.” Plank’s community involvement embodies that philosophy and is proof that he likes to walk the walk. He credits his parents with teaching him “the value of hard work, natural consequences and honestly.” One example that really impacted him was watching his mother earn her nursing degree later in life while working full time. “That left a lasting impression that anything is possible when you are honest about what you want, work hard to get it and take responsibility for your actions,” he says. Plank applies that mantra not only professionally but also personally. Three years ago, he decided to take control of his health. Since then, he has lost 30 pounds and has completed a half marathon and a triathlon.

Why is it important to you to be involved in the community? Jefferson City is really an extraordinary town in many ways, and that didn’t happen by accident. I was taught the importance of leaving something better than we found it, and there is no more important venue to apply that philosophy than our own community. Honestly, I can’t imagine not being involved in the community; giving back has always been something that just felt right. Progress only happens when we continually look for ways to improve our community and never settle for the status quo. Whether that is accomplished through volunteering for nonprofits, working with schools, engaging in governmental relations or providing unique events and opportunities, it is important to do all we can to make our city even better. Family: Wife, Beth; son, Will, 4; and family puppy, Paisley Community involvement: Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce member, Rotaract member, Jefferson City Rape and Abuse Crisis Service, Jefferson City Wing Ding, Capital City Cook-Off (Buck-a-Bone), United Way volunteer and contributor, Special Olympics volunteer, Capital Region Medical Center Board of Governors member, CRMC Foundation Investment Committee member, YMCA, Puttin’ on the Ritz Gala, Procurement Committee American Heart Association Heart Walk, cochair of Citizens for Continued Progress Sales Tax Campaign

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KevinCallaway “It’s a great feeling to be recognized by your colleagues,” says Kevin Callaway of his nomination by co-workers. “Kevin has the ability and keen interest in solving customer problems and will take the necessary extra effort to assure that their goals and expectations of our bank are met,” says Don Perdue, executive vice president of Central Bank. Perdue commends Callaway on the great job he did in his prior roll with the bank’s government division and extols the even better job Callaway is doing in his role as investment adviser. “We here at Central Bank look forward to what he will continue to bring to the table in the coming years,” Perdue says. Callaway has many accomplishments, professional and personal, under his belt, but he’s most proud of passing all of his securities licenses in a short timeframe to become fully licensed. Dan Westhues, of Central Bank, says: “When I was introduced to Kevin, I knew instantly that I wanted him working for Central Bank. He had personality, charisma and the ability to communicate with anyone. These qualities have served him well in his career and instantly got him involved in the community. He has a desire to learn and continually looks for ways to improve himself. He quickly became a leader at Central Bank and is a great motivator for our staff.” Callaway credits his parents for much of his success. “Truthfully, I stand on my parents’ shoulders,” he says. “They molded my life into something worth noticing.” His parents did that by sharing every opportunity to pass along wisdom. Whether driving to ball practice or family events, a principle of some sort was passed along. “I believe the message that has benefited me most profoundly is taking personal responsibility for my life,” Callaway says. “Taking ownership in my actions, owning my failures and successes have enabled me to grow and strengthen as a person.”

What is your life philosophy? Find your passion, and exploit it. Focus your energies on the positive elements of life. Practice forgiveness. Be present. Have a student’s heart; no matter how old you are, you can always learn something. Celebrate accomplishments. Grow from mistakes. Love your neighbor as yourself. Family: Wife, Kristie; golden retriever, Ruby; and a new baby due in August Community involvement: Governor’s Student Leadership on Faith and Values 2013 chairman; Lincoln University Foundation member; Boys Scouts of America patron chair; Rotaract founding member, past president; Dreams to Reality volunteer; United Way corporate chairman; Boys and Girls Club Development Committee; Red Cross volunteer

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Financial adviser, Investor Services, Central Bank


Community bank president, UMB Bank

Promoted to UMB community bank president in Jefferson City in 2012, Trey Cunningham is considered one of UMB’s top young leaders. In 2011, he won the overall company Rookie of the Year award and the company Top Community Producer award in 2012. He has also acted as a regional sales leader in the central Missouri area in both Jefferson City and Columbia. “Since arriving in Jefferson City, Trey has consistently reached out to find ways to serve and to give back to the community,” says Tony Mayfield, president of UMB. But Mayfield believes Cunningham’s greatest asset is his warm and open style. “Trey Cunningham is someone that can relate to anyone,” Mayfield says, which serves him well personally and professionally. And Cunningham is always looking for ways to improve himself. “He is a growing leader with a humble perspective of his strengths and stays focused on trying to learn and improve every day,” says Mayfield, who adds that Cunningham evaluates his own style and performance often to look for ways to improve and capitalize on his strengths. Professionally, Mayfield appreciates how Cunningham always seeks to create win-win situations and focuses on the best ways he can benefit others. “A probable impact of his style will be a legacy of partnership and service both as a banker and as a community volunteer,” he says. “Trey has done a wonderful job leading the Jefferson City team,” Mayfield adds. Cunningham reaches out to actively engage employees in personal, professional, technical and corporate development at UMB but doesn’t take himself too seriously and knows just the right balance between being personal and professional. “His leadership has positively impacted the success in the Jefferson City market for UMB,” Mayfield says. “As a friend and a business person, he is someone you would want to know in Jefferson City.”

Best advice from his parents: Although my parents have offered many meaningful pieces of advice over the years, it’s really their leadership actions that have made the most significant impact in my life. From volunteering and spearheading community functions and organizations to having strong voices in issues that align with their values to being involved and supportive parents from childhood to now, my mom and dad have demonstrated the importance of being an active and engaged participant in all parts of life. Family: Wife, Jamie Community involvement: Missouri Valley Chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Heart of Missouri Humane Society, University of Missouri Cole County Alumni Association, American Heart Association, United Way Governing Body, graduate of Leadership Jefferson City 2012

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SallyPowell “I met Sally back in the early ’90s when we worked together at Cafe Nicole [Domenico’s],” says Jami Wade, owner at Capitol City CORK and Provisions. Even then she knew Powell had found her calling in the restaurant business. “She was one of the most eager and delightful people I had ever met.” As Wade got to know Powell better, especially through activities with the Rotary Club, she also discovered Powell’s selfless nature. “Sally distinguishes herself in numerous ways, but the most astounding and admirable trait she possesses is her generosity of spirit,” Wade says. “As a fellow restaurant owner, there have been countless times that I have been short staffed, needed advice, needed assistance, needed a shoulder, and she can always be counted on to offer all of those things to me.” Powell’s devotion to organizations that enhance historic neighborhoods, provide entertainment to the entire city and demonstrate value in the city’s heritage also impresses Wade. “Sally is available to organizations which not only provide betterment to herself but also organizations that better her neighborhood and community,” she says. “You could not find a bigger champion than Sally.” But it's Powell’s infectious personality that Wade says will truly be her legacy. “One need only go to Ecco any given afternoon or evening and watch her interact with her customers,” she says. “She is loved by all, including me.” Powell is also known for treating her employees like family. “Sally always goes the extra mile,” Wade says. “She doesn’t know a stranger and always has a kind word for everyone she meets.”

Best advice from her parents: Hang with the motorboats not the anchors. Never forget that you will have to-do lists until you die, and take advantage of all professional development opportunities that come your way. Family: Boyfriend, Chris Carter, who has three kids, one of whom works with Sally at Ecco, and dog, Schnoodle, whom she has to visit on weekends at her parents’ so she can run the restaurant Community involvement: Breakfast Rotary, Trinity Lutheran Ladies’ Auxiliary, Southside Business Association secretary, Old Munichburg Association, co-chair for Cork and Fork Fundraiser for Boys and Girls Club

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Co-owner, Ecco Lounge


Self-employed graphic designer

Karen Enloe, executive director for the JCPS Foundation, can’t say enough about Ashley Freeman and her contributions to the foundation. “Whenever we have a need for creativity, media relations, design questions, we always call on Ashley,” she says. “She has been an amazing addition to our foundation board.” Freeman impressed Enloe the minute they met. “She was so approachable and warm, I knew she was the young professional we needed on our team,” she says. Enloe believes Freeman, with her B.F.A. from Auburn University, is truly One to Watch because she has so many things to contribute to the community and can be a great resource to so many people. Yet, though Freeman keeps up with the latest technology and social media to help promote her business and her clients, Enloe says she rarely toots her own horn. “She is very humble and has a quiet way of working and giving of herself,” she says. Health conscience, Freeman also sets exercise goals and promotes healthy ways of cooking and eating. “She often shares some of the things that she has made or places she has frequented that are also healthy eating establishments,” says Enloe, who loves when Freeman brings her cooking creations for everyone to sample. Most of all, Enloe says she appreciates Freeman’s dedication to the JCPS Foundation board and considers her their go-to person for many of their activities and projects. “I love her line that she often uses when we are holding an event or running out of time on a project,” Enloe says. “She simply states with a smile, ‘No worries,’ which means, ‘I have an idea; don’t worry because I can do that for you.’”

Best advice from her parents: I learned the value of quality family time from my father, who when I was young, used to take me out for Saturday breakfast. From my mother I learned to be an optimist. She is the type of person who always swoops in and cheers me up. By my parents’ actions, I learned to be the person I am today. Family: Husband and high school sweetheart, Ryan Freeman; 3-year-old lab, Bogey, who would like nothing more than to chase their seven chickens Community involvement: Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors, Community Relations Committee; co-chair for 2013 American Heart Association Heart Ball; First United Methodist; Southwest Early Childhood Center; Younglife co-chair for 2013 YL Extravaganza; Jefferson City Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club

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MattAlsager “Matt Alsager is in the business of building relationships, which has helped him excel in his profession, commercial lending,” says Ed Stroesser, Alsager’s father-in-law, who adds that Alsager uses his gift of gab to grow these relationships and help businesses grow. “He also has a genuine interest in seeing his customers succeed, which drives him to go the extra mile for them.” Enrolled in the MBA program at William Woods University, Alsager plans to graduate with his master’s in public relations this summer. He also takes financial classes at Hawthorn Bank. Known for coming up with creative ideas, Alsagar was pivotal in developing a festival district in Jefferson City. “Matt had seen this concept work well in St. Joseph, Mo., and suspected it would work here as well,” Stroesser says. Now Thursday Night Live is an annual event that attracts thousands of people to the capital city every June. Overall, Stroesser believes Alsager is passionate about making Jefferson City a more attractive community for young professionals, which is so essential for future growth. “Matt takes much pride in his efforts to boost the area’s economic development effort with this target audience,” he says.

Best mother’s advice: At a young age, I lost my father and was raised by my mother. As you can expect, raising a boy, especially an active one like me, must have been an adventure. But she always told me, “Become the man your father would be proud of, live your life each day doing things that make you happy, and always open doors for women.” As an expecting father of a baby boy, the advice I will pass on to him will be, “Develop a passionate curiosity for life, and live by a philosophy of servant leadership.” Family: Wife, Sarah, and a new baby boy due in August Community involvement: United Way Funds Allocation, United Way Team Development, United Way Board of Governors, Lincoln University Foundation Board of Directors, JC Chamber of Commerce, JC Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors, Rotary Satellite Group, Boy Scouts of America

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Commercial loan officer, Hawthorn Bank


State director, Missouri YMCA Youth in Government Program

Craig Lammers, CEO of the Jefferson City YMCA, knows Ken Hussey is a perfect fit for his position with the organization as well as an asset to the community as a whole. “He not only works closely with volunteers of the YMCA but engages himself as a volunteer in our community,” he says. In fact, Hussey’s community spirit, commitment and passion for improving the capital city are what Lammers feels make him stand out from the crowd and an excellent Ones to Watch choice. “Ken serves on numerous committees and communitywide projects,” he says. “Ken has embraced the role of the community relations director by involving himself in the community. He understands the importance of relationship-building within the community.” Lammers also considers Hussey a visionary who works hard to surround himself with people to get the job done. “Ken is a great example of someone that is not from Jefferson City but through his own initiative has become part of this community by his passion and desire,” he says.

Best advice from his parents: The advice my parents gave me was not a onesentence statement. Reflecting on my upbringing, I think the best advice from my parents was their encouragement of me to be involved and engaged in my community, starting with grade school and carrying forward now into adulthood. My parents set an example for my brothers and me by being involved themselves, and by doing so they were demonstrating for us the importance of making an impact in our community through service. Family: Wife, Kelsey; and two daughters: Lillian, 4, and Eleanor, 8 months Community involvement: Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce, Jeff City START, hYPe, Missouri Governor’s Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values, Serve Jeff City, Rotary International JC Evening Rotary Club president in 2008-2009, 3rd Ward City Council representative JC

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Tee Time

Turkey Creek Golf Center’s Clubs for Kids Day instills a love of the game in the city’s youngest players


B y L a u r en S a b l e F r e i m a n Danny Baumgartner is committed to teaching kids in Jefferson City a skill they can use for life. He wants them to know that throughout their lives, it can open the door to many opportunities, including college scholarships. That’s why he spends time in both public and private schools exposing kids to golf and touting the benefits of learning the game. Baumgartner, the owner of Turkey Creek Golf Center, regularly packs up golf clubs, indoor golf balls and other necessary equipment and travels to schools, where he sets up his traveling golf clinic free of charge. By demonstrating how the game is played and allowing kids an up-close and hands-on look at the game, Baumgartner hopes he is able to spark an early interest in golf. “We want to get them interested in a game they can play life long,” he says. And his passion for sharing the game with kids doesn’t stop with his visits to schools. This spring, Turkey Creek hosted the first Clubs for Kids Day. The brainchild of Turkey Creek golf pro Dennis Kettle, the event was geared toward kids in central Missouri and made possible by support from the local golf community. In a span of two hours, seven golf pros from clubs around the area gave lessons to 35 kids. All participants were then fitted for golf clubs and left the course with two or three golf clubs of their own. “It took a lot of work to get it going,” Baumgartner says. “We had to organize a

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“We want to get them interested in a game they can play life long.” — Danny Baumgartner, owner, Turkey Creek Golf Center

lot of golf pros to be here and get other golf clubs to agree to donate clubs. It was a big effort by the golf community.” Acc o r d i ng t o B a u mg a r t ne r , Kettle has been gathering clubs for several years to amass enough to give away. Unclaimed golf clubs or clubs that were left at courses around the area were cut down and regripped to make them kid friendly.

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If the free golf lessons and free golf clubs weren’t enticing enough, the event also included some star power: an opportunity to learn how to play golf from Hollywood actor and Columbia resident Lucas Black, who has appeared in Sling Blade, Jarhead, Friday Night Lights and many other television and big-screen hits. After the success of the first Clubs for Kids Day, Baumgartner says Turkey Creek will host another one later this summer. Although the event requires a large effort from the staff and golf pros at Turkey Creek, he says the hard work is worth it, and the cost balances out in the end. “If we get kids involved in golf at a young age, they are going to buy more clubs,” he says. “The biggest thing is they are playing a sport they can enjoy all their lives. You have to grow it from the kids. This way, it gives parents an opportunity to get them started without the big expense.” T u r k e y C r ee k ’ s c o mm i t men t to kids and the community goes even further. Scott Hovis, executive director of the Missouri Golf Association, is currently raising the funds necessary to build a handicap-accessible nine-hole course on Turkey Creek’s property. When it is complete, Links for Life will be one of the first of its kind and give those with disabilities the opportunity to play golf on a course that was designed with their needs in mind. Each par 3 hole will be no longer than 120 yards from the back tee, there will be a limited number of hazards, and the greens will have wheelchair ramps and paths. Unlike a traditional grass course, Links for Life will be covered in field turf, which will allow wheelchair access to the greens without damaging the grass. “This will be a nice outlet for people with special needs to play golf,” Hovis says. “Any ability will have the opportunity to play this golf course.” Hovis says groups such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Special Olympics Missouri and the Missouri Junior Golf Foundation have already expressed interested in accessing Links for Life. Much like Turkey Creek’s other projects in and for the community, Hovis says the new course will improve Jefferson City and the surrounding area. “This will be great for the city, great for the state and great for the game of golf and everyone who is associated with it,” Hovis says. JC

Girls Just Wanna Play Golf

When Baumgartner is out in the community speaking to kids and their parents about the benefits of golf, he hopes the girls in the crowd are paying attention. “We try to preach it heavily to the parents and to the young girls,” he says. “If someone wants to get their college paid for, it is in girls golf. There are a lot of scholarships out there for the ladies.” Sports such as volleyball and softball have a large following, which means scholarships are much more limited and competitive. Golf, on the other hand, is still working to attract girls to the game, which leaves the door open to more scholarship opportunities. And, according to Baumgartner, the demand for girls in the sport means there is opportunity for players of all skill levels. “There are so many schools that are looking to give scholarships away, and there are just not enough girls in the sport,” Baumgartner says. “They are begging for girls.”

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o me, Victoria’s was much more than a bridal store. The entire experience was something I will never forget. Picking out your wedding dress is such a personal and emotional experience and Ann and her wonderful team do such a great job of welcoming you into their family. I have had the opportunity to accompany a few close friends and family members to Victoria’s over the years to find their special dress. However, my search began in St. Louis visiting one disappointing store after another. After my final letdown, I immediately returned home and went straight to Victoria’s. I have a bit of an “old soul” and prefer the more traditional and romantic look. I was a bit anxious that I wasn’t going to be able to find my dream dress. The minute Ann joined me in the dressing room, she started asking questions about my fiance and how we met. As soon as we started talking, I felt completely relaxed. After getting to know our personalities, Ann told me she would be right back with my dress. As soon 78 | July/August 2013

as she slipped the lace overlay over what I thought could pass as a nightgown, the entire room was in tears. It was the moment I had been dreaming about and I would not have gotten it if it hadn’t been for Ann and her amazing team! My great-grandmother, my grandmother, and my mother all preserved their wedding dresses. It was from these dresses I found inspiration for my own. Thanks to Victoria’s, I am able to preserve my dress and hopefully share the same experience with my children some day. From the day I tried on my dress, I found every excuse to return to Victoria’s to try it on. Lucky for me, I found my bridesmaids and flower girl dresses at Victoria’s, giving me a reason to return. The ladies must have caught on because they had my dress out and ready for me every time! They were so patient with me and made me feel as though I was the most important person in the room. This is an experience every bride should have!

-Katherine Reed

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A toast to The Blue Heron as it celebrates its 25th season at the Lake of the Ozarks


A blue margarita and batter-fried lobster might be the first things that come to mind about The Blue Heron restaurant, located in the heart of the Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. But to the local lake community and broader Missouri lake-goers, the establishment represents a longstanding reputation for distinctive fine dining and tradition. Authentic cuisine; unparalleled views; well-trained staff; charming ambience filled with traditional mix Dutch dĂŠcor, eclectic art and antique collectibles; and the host and owner, Joe Boer, all contribute to its authenticity.

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Joe Boer, owner

On the first Saturday of the opening season, guests trickle in to kick off the summer with a cocktail and take in the majestic lake views from the patio before heading inside for one of the restaurant’s renowned menu items, such as the fresh batter-fried lobster tail or hand-cut daily aged prime beef, along with a few surprises such as royal French onion soup, breaded onion rings or delightful caviar. 82 | July/August 2013

“The lake season doesn’t begin until we come here,” say Mark and Jan Skertich from St. Louis about the tradition they’ve carried on for 20 years. “It’s the ambience that makes it wonderful. It’s really our favorite place at the lake. Boer is a class act. He always remembers you, and the service is divine.” Meanwhile, serious Lake Ozark weekenders and loyal patrons Jeff and Tamie Tindle of Lee’s Summit have made The Blue Her-

on a culinary anniversary tradition. While celebrating their 35th anniversary, they have fun recalling their favorite menu items and entertainment they’ve enjoyed over the years. Jeff is open to trying something different each year such as smoked pork, but Tamie says she has a hard time choosing anything but the batter-fried lobster year after year. “I just can’t veer from it,” she says with a laugh.

Boer attributes years of success at the lake to his commitment to remain “unusual.” An avid antique and art collector, he chooses to run his business and advertising with the values by which he chooses his art: with authenticity and expressiveness. “I do odd, unusual and different things so people will recall us,” he says. One example of this is The Blue Heron’s nontraditional billboards along Highway 54. In lieu of the typical steak or lobster image and exit number, Boer prefers humor, light-heartedness and whimsical artwork that invokes an authentic dining experience. When asked if anyone ever takes a dip in the notorious cocktail patio pool, Boer laughs. “I’m never asked this question by men, only women,” he says. “And yes, we once had a patron who swam in the pool, a very bold woman who was threatened with a terminal illness and felt like going for a dip at the end of the night.” The incident fazed neither Boer nor the staff. “Life is short,” he says. “It was an impulsive thing to do.” However, his insurance company apparently doesn’t view the cocktail patio pool in the same way. “They call it an attractive nuisance.” Boer can’t hide the genuine pleasure he gets from his job. He knows his establishment from stove to table and is well known for his passion and extensive knowledge for wine, house cognac and brandies. The interest has lead him to write as contributing columnist on, as he puts it, “articles relating to intoxicating beverages” for LO Profile Magazine. As with many of our favorite establishments, it is the people who make it special. The people provide the energy, memories and stories to share and make a place much more than the sum of what we see. Such is true with The Blue Heron. Or as the Skertiches put it, “We’re happiest when they open and saddest when they close.” JC

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Try this Power Lun ch Spot

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The Grand Café Turkey and Brie Club Bacon, lettuce, tomato and house-made pear jam on toasted sourdough Whether you’re looking to impress a new client, celebrate a merger or just work out some details away from the office, The Grande Café is quickly becoming a staple for contemporary-American cuisine in the energetic High Street area of downtown Jefferson City. Head chef and owner Ben Huhman uses simple, fresh, in-house ingredients. “I think the simpler, more authentic the ingredients, the

better,” he says. “That’s why the majority of our menu is made in house: our bread, pasta, desserts, all of it. In fact, there is very little that is premade.” With that in mind, Huhman created one of the restaurant’s top lunch sellers, a cold turkey and brie club. “Our customers tend to like a little bit of everything about it,” Huhman says, “but I think it’s the savory house-made pear jam that really brings it to life.” The freshly baked bread, salty turkey and crispy bacon mingle well with the sweetly spiced jam, flavored with hints of cinnamon and

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nutmeg that will surely satisfy your craving. For those avoiding carbs, opt for the Caprese salad, made with balsamic tossed greens with ripe sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil pesto. Gone are the days of the mid-day martini — or two. Instead, Huhman suggests quenching your thirst and pleasing your palate with a blackberry iced tea, sweetened with housemade simple syrup, while enjoying the view of the city’s flourishing business district from your comfortable indoor or outdoor seat. JC

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book review

Building a Better Business Review of Patrick Lencioni’s The Advantage



B y E r i c a Peffe r m a n I am an avid reader. I read everything I get my hands on — especially as it relates to business. However, I also happen to be picky about what I recommend — especially as it relates to business. As a consultant, I’m always searching for helpful, insightful and applicable information that will stay with my clients for the long haul. I always have a top-five most-recommended list of books in mind, and as soon as I read The Advantage, it soared to the No. 1 position. This book is incredible. It’s easy to read, and it directly deals with the No. 1 problem business owners and leaders face today, which is the organizational health of their company. And it addresses it in a way that is easy to understand. Not only does Patrick Lencioni lay it out in a clear and organized manner, but he also provides other free resources to support the book. You can find these at These resources include a survey, discussion questions and videos highlighting each topic in the book. The information in this book is critical for business owners to embrace if they are to create and build a business that stands the test of time. Enjoy! JC ➝

Erica Pefferman lives in Boonville, Mo., and has worked in the sales industry for 15 years. She is the owner of The Ruckus Group, a business that provides sales consulting to companies that want to make a difference first in the lives of their employees, clients and communities.

It directly deals with the No. 1 problem business owners and leaders face today, which is the organizational health of their company. Chosen by River Regional Library

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REvolutionary Summer Joseph J. Ellis

The unlikely pilgrimage of harold fry Rachel Joyce

The Astronaut Wives Club Lily Koppel

The boys in the boat Daniel James Brown

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With the help of Wilson’s Fitness, we invited three individuals with three different goals to share the fitness journeys that have put them on the path to better health — inside and out. B y Re b ecc a R a d em a n M a i n p h o t o s b y a n t h o n y j i ns o n

The Right Fit

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Jodi Winegar/Finding Myself Again Fitness goals: Get healthy Favorite trainer quote: “Are we excited yet?”

AGE 35


My story is likely very similar to other women my age who are learning what motherhood is all about. I realized after having my third child that I needed to find myself again. Through juggling it all, I had lost my energy, my mind, my spirit and my body. I needed to focus on ways to be a better wife to my patient husband, Darryl, and to be a better mom to our wonderful children. I knew the first place to start was to become active again. Finding a gym that was right for me was easy. Getting to the gym to work out was not as easy. So I signed up for a trainer, Tracie Matthews. She greets me at the front desk with a smiling face and enthusiastic encouragement during each workout session, throws my excuses out the window and tells me to work harder. For this I am thankful, as I now have my life back in shape. My husband has his wife back, and our kids motivate me to be an active mom. Wilson’s Fitness makes my trips to the gym convenient and efficient by offering extended child care, and they keep up with the latest trends in classes and ever-changing times to fit my busy schedule. And if Tracie has not seen me in a week, I usually get a “friendly” text reminder that she is waiting for me at the front desk.

Winegar, pictured on a family trip to Malibu Beach, was inspired to get healthy not only for herself but also for her husband and their three children.

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Linda Samson/Making Fitness A Way of Life Fitness goals: Maintain my shape, firm and tone up to look good in clothes and, most importantly, stay heart healthy Favorite Personal Quote: “Grin and bear it!”

AGE 69


My family has many heart problems. My father died when he was 39 from a heart attack, my mother had three open-heart surgeries, and 20 years ago I had openheart surgery. I knew then that exercise was important if I wanted to enjoy life. I’ve been going to Wilson’s now for more than 10 years, and it has become a way of life for me. I highly recommend personal trainers. I’ve had several throughout the years, and I still refer back to the techniques and training I’ve learned. When I retired, I made it a priority to always try to work it in, and I find that if I go first thing in the morning, then I have the rest of the day for other things. Working out at Wilson’s has certainly paid off for me, and my doctor is always amazed at how well I have done. I enjoy the classes offered, and I also work out on my own a couple of days a week. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are my class days, and on Tuesday and Thursday I go solo. But I always try to change it up so nothing gets too routine or boring. Wilson’s offers a variety of ways to challenge yourself, and the trainers are there to help if you have any questions. It’s a wonderful family atmosphere, which makes it much easier to work out. The classes may be hard, but they keep me challenged even when I can’t always do all the moves. I won’t let age stop me. Even on the days when I don’t want to go, once I get there, I am motivated by others. That keeps me pushing to the limit.

Samson celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary on an adventurous family cruise, a testament to her commitment to life, staying fit and remaining heart healthy.

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Eric Luebbert/A New Positive Body Image Fitness goals: Slim down and shed the excess pounds while gaining healthy muscle tone and mental clarity Favorite trainer quote: “No more stinkin’ thinkin’!”

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As far back as I can remember, I have always wanted a perfect body. That was my wish when I blew out the candles on my birthday cake as a kid. I have always been self-conscious about my body and am my own worst critic. Is creating a great body image the answer I’ve been searching for? When am I going to make it happen? Well, I wasn’t getting any younger, so I guess it was now or never. Working out in a gym with a trainer and with weights was new to me. It required me to give it all I could. In the beginning I had to do things I wasn’t very good at and, in some cases, was uncomfortable doing. Sometimes it was painful. It made me sore. I was stubborn, and I even got angry a couple times, but having a trainer definitely kept me on track and forced me to dig deeper for strength I didn’t know I was capable of. The past few months have forced me to address my body image, and I realized that a lot of what I felt was wrapped up in fear: how I present myself to the world and what I think other people see. Silly, right? Exercising has forced me to take a good look at my physical appearance. Training with Tracie Matthews has helped get me through the rough parts and hold me accountable to my exercise goals, and stepping outside of my comfort zone has required me to change my attitude toward the fear I’ve felt all my life. Throughout this journey, I have found that patience, acceptance and accountability are key. A great workout or incredible yoga class does wonders for a positive attitude, and a regular exercise regimen inspires greater confidence, self-esteem and an overall healthier lifestyle and attitude.

With hopeful eyes, Luebbert blows out the candles at his 16th birthday celebration with loving, positive intentions for the future.

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If you’re struggling with motivation, hit a plateau or having difficulty lifting more and eating healthier, “Don’t give up,” encourages fitness expert and personal trainer Tracie Matthews from Wilson’s Fitness in Jefferson City. Be willing to push yourself in the gym. Be consistent with your workouts, and make better food choices to improve your physical strength and fitness. Sometimes people can benefit greatly from the help of a personal trainer who can provide additional education, motivation and support needed to reach your goals. “A typical first appointment includes us sitting down and taking you through our Visual Fitness Planner,” Matthews says. “It calculates everything from your likelihood of getting diabetes to heart disease or having a stroke or getting cancer.” The VFP even creates a 3-D image of your body now and a preview of what your potential body can look like by following a specific customized fitness plan. “Once we have a plan formed, we take it into action,” Matthews says. Wilson’s Fitness trainers then take clients onto the fitness floor and develop a program that will give them the results they are looking for. “Most people come into a gym because they want to lose weight, and that does happen,” Matthews says. “What really occurs is that they feel better, have more energy and can go up that flight of stairs and not think they are going to pass out anymore. “This is your health,” she continues. “And without that what do you have?” JC

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A farewell to one of Jefferson City’s most celebrated artists, Sabra Eagan B y F a y e Z u mw a l t

One day, as a small child, Sabra Eagan was coloring on her toy box when her mother called her to come in for lunch. She never went in to lunch though because, in Eagan’s words, “I was having too much fun.” According to Sue Steppleman, a longtime friend of Eagan’s, this was how Sabra answered the question, “When did you first know you were an artist?” In late May of this year, Jefferson City lost an extraordinary person and an amazing artist, Sabra Eagan. Her achievements in art were highly regarded around the world, but Jefferson City was her home. “Most mid-Missourians are not aware of the true level of her art because most of her honors were in Italy,” says Dianne Lowry, who worked with Eagan on her exhibit at St. Mary’s Health Center’s Centennial Celebration. Overseas, Eagan gained much recognition, winning 58 national and international awards. She also had 55 personal exhibits spanning from Europe, Africa, South America, the Caribbean and the United States. 98 | July/August 2013

Christy Trimble, an admirer of Eagan’s art, thought the artist’s work should be recognized in her hometown as well. That’s why in 2012 Trimble nominated her for the Zonta Mrs. William H. Weldon Lifetime Achievement Award, which Eagan received exactly one year before her death. That day, Trimble told her, “I just wanted to give you the thrill of your life.” “You have,” Eagan assured her.

Af t e r r ece i v i ng h e r f i r s t degree from Stephens College, Eagan went to work in the New York City fashion hub, but the work didn’t suit her. “The plastic city,” as she called it, didn’t embrace the same values she did. During a visit to Europe with her parents, Eagan fell in love with Venice and knew that was where she wanted to be. Her mamá and papá, Edgar and Faye Eagan, eventually made that possible for her, and she never failed to credit them for her success.

Eagan began splitting her time between Italy and Jefferson City. Within two weeks of arriving in Venice, she met Luciano Dall’Acqua, whose art is exhibited in the Vatican and Guggenheim museums, and became his only student. He was a major influence on her art, and though she continued her studies at three schools in Italy, she returned to Dall’Acqua for advice throughout her career. W h en i n J effe r s o n C i t y, Eagan belonged to several organizations that reflected her love of music and history as well as art. Franziske Walleg says she met Eagan through the Morning Music Club around 1976. “To her, art and music were all together, and she loved them both,” Walleg says. Lorraine Adkins, current board president of the Cole County Historical Society, spoke of Eagan’s service on the board and foundation. “It was a real pleasure working with Sabra,” she says. “She was one of our greatest volunteers.

“Sabra had a childlike curiosity in her faith. She had an awe and wonder that let her see little glimpses of God. … She worshiped God with her whole being, and her art was part of that.” — The Rev. Dr. Rob Erickson, First Presbyterian Church

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Sabra liked to welcome guests during the Living Windows open house and Fourth of July celebrations.” Since the early 1980s, Becky Comley and Eagan, both alumni of Stephens College, shared similar interests and membership in several organizations. Comley reminisces: “There were many layers of our friendship that grew over the years. Sabra was a very private person, but once you became her friend, she was the most loyal friend you could ever have. She was an extraordinary person and such a gift to us in Jefferson City. To glorify God was her greatest purpose in life.” The Rev. Dr. Rob Erickson of First Presbyterian Church also spoke of Eagan’s deep faith. “Even though Eagan was a deacon in the Presbyterian Church, she wasn’t confined to one denominational label,” he says. She was also open and receptive to the Catholic Church and other traditions. “She would bring into her spirituality all of what the different traditions have to offer,” he continues. “Sabra had a childlike curiosity in her faith. She had an awe and wonder that let her see little glimpses of God. On Holy Days, she would sometimes bring in a painting she had done and offer it up to the worship service. She worshiped God with her whole being, and her art was part of that.” 100 | July/August 2013

“ S h e w a s a lw ay s a l a d y, gracious in a way that is seldom seen today,” Steppleman says of Eagan’s character. “Her script was so beautiful,” says Betty Weber, Eagan’s neighbor since 1980, of the calligraphic notes Eagan would write. “When Sabra tipped her hairstylist, she would put the tip in an envelope with one of her notes. Her stylist kept them all.” Weber continues: “At Christmastime she would call and ask if it ‘would be OK if I motor over and drop off a few gifts.’ She was so full of energy, life and wonder. She loved to explore the world. There will never be another Sabra.”

to create a statue for the hospital. The statue, named Stella Maris, is Latin for “Star of the Sea.” Before Eagan’s death, she completed the clay model, painstakingly hand-carried it to Italy and drew multiple sketches with specific instructions (in both English and Italian) for the Cervetes marble studio she selected in Pietro Santo, Italy. As has been the process since Michelangelo sculpted, the studio will carve the statue in white Carrera marble according to those specifications. The finished piece will be 8 feet tall and stand about 15 feet high after placement on the base. Mary will be looking upward and holding

S t. M a r y ’ s He a lt h C en t e r in Jefferson City was very important to Eagan. She was born there, and her parents sought treatment there when necessary. She served on the St. Mary’s Board of Regents and was pleased when Mr. and Mrs. Pat Schanzmeyer commissioned three paintings for the hospital’s 80th anniversary celebration. The exhibit was named “Healing through Art.” Eagan felt that prayer and art had been important to her own healing after the stress of her early fashion design work in New York City took a toll on her health. In her words, the slower pace of painting in Venice allowed “the spirit to catch up with the body.” St. Mary’s later announced that Eagan had been commissioned by an anonymous donor

a five-point star of blue Venetian glass. A seashell will be at her feet. Stella will be unveiled at the opening of the new St. Mary’s Health Center in 2015 in the courtyard, where it will be visible from most of the patient rooms. Eagan had described the purpose of the statue this way: “Mary’s light is a welcoming beacon to all, offering hope, faith, safe haven and the healing of the mind, body and spirit.” She considered the Stella Maris to be her greatest achievement. It will be her legacy to Jefferson City, and when the new St. Mary’s opens its doors, the Stella Maris will be home. “It will be a place to reflect, pray and celebrate and is a wonderful gift to our community,” Lowry says. JC

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Cuties of Capital Region

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS Lucas James P lochberger

Parents: Matt Hagood & Andrea Dockins Weight: 7 pounds 14 ounces length: 19.25 inches How has being a parent changed you? You have unconditional love for another person that is unlike anything else you will ever know. What do you look forward to most as your child grows up? To learn who this new person becomes is so exciting.


Addison Nicole Dockins-Hagood

What is the best lesson you’ve learned from parenting? Learn how to adjust! Every child is different. What works for one may not work for the other. Parenting never goes as planned.

Brooklynn Marie Boeckman

parents: Kyle & Kylie Boeckman Weight: 8 pounds 1 ounce length: 20 inches

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Parents: Jason & Jamie Plochberger Weight: 7 pounds 8 ounces length: 21 inches

Parents: Brandon & Amy Frank Weight: 7 pounds 2 ounces length: 19.75 inches

What has surprised you most about being parents? How naturally a parent’s love comes. How has being a parent changed you? I have gained a deeper sense of purpose. What is the best lesson you’ve learned from parenting? To be patient.

What is your favorite moment so far? Our favorite moment so far is the day she was born. All the excitement and joy she brought that day is truly amazing. To see your little miracle for the first time is priceless! It’s a day we will never forget.

If you have given birth at Capital Region Medical Center and would like your baby announcement on the Jefferson City Magazine website and possibly published in the print edition of the magazine log on to to submit your announcement and picture.

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Emerson Ellis Schmitt Parents: Jeff & Shaya Schmitt Weight: 7 pounds 13 ounces length: 20.5 inches

How has being a parent changed you? I’ve realized I actually can function on 4 hours of sleep! But seriously, being a parent is the best thing ever. The world definitely revolves around our son now. What is your favorite moment so far? He constantly smiles when he sleeps, it’s the cutest thing ever!


Myles William Streeter

Parents: Brent & Kayla Streeter Weight: 9 pounds 10 ounces length: 21 inches What has surprised you most about being parents? The unconditional love you get from your kids, its overwhelming. What is the best lesson you’ve learned from parenting? To just enjoy each feeding, enjoy each time he wakes us up because some people ever get to experience this.

Makenna Lee Haslag

Parents: Shaun & Megan Haslag Weight: 7 pounds 13 ounces length: 19 inches


What has surprised you most about being parents? Running around with friends doesn’t seem as important as it used to. We are perfectly content with staying at home and cuddling and playing with our little one.

Cora Ann Elizabeth Hickey Parent: Ryan & Darla Hickey Weight: 8 pounds 3 ounces length: 20.5 inches

What is your favorite moment so far? We have two older boys and just seeing them react to her has been a blessing. I know that we will see many great moments as they continue to grow. Just watching them play with her and how gentle they are show us that they really love having a little sister.

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I JCHS graduate Sylvester Williams heads to Bronco country

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It’s amazing how just a few words, one sentence, can change your life forever. I will say with some degree of certainty — as in 100 percent certainty — none of us will ever hear these life-changing words. With the 28th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select Sylvester Williams, defensive tackle, North Carolina. This issue features some young up-and-comers in and from Jefferson City. I give you Sylvester Williams. One sentence. Nineteen words. Bam! Instant millionaire. “Like, ‘Wow, everything I’ve worked for, this is what it’s come to,’” he says. “I couldn’t talk.” Williams joins a team that’s run by Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway. He joins a team that’s directed on the field by future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. It’s heady stuff, indeed. It’s great stuff — and certainly exciting. But this story goes much deeper than Williams’ first-round selection by the Broncos in late April. It’s a story of perseverance, beating the odds and winning in the end. It’s a story of success. W i l l i a ms , a 2 0 0 8 g r a d u at e of Jefferson City High School, didn’t have it easy growing up, being raised in a single-parent household. He had one brother and three sisters. His father worked long, hard hours to provide for the family, but these were humble roots. Williams didn’t have the things most of us take for granted. Jefferson City Magazine | 105


In late April, Sylvester Williams became the 28th pick in the NFL Draft. Now, the North Carolina defensive tackle will play for the Denver Broncos, a team run by Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway.

“He had a rough way to go and put himself into some bad situations,” Jays football coach Ted LePage says. “He had to drop out of school because of his attendance,” says Andrea’ Salmon, Williams’ mentor and longtime Jays assistant basketball coach. Williams was at a crossroads at an early age in life. He chose the right path. For a time, just being a high school graduate was anything but a certainty. “I didn’t want to give up on myself, and I also had people around me who wouldn’t allow me to give up,” Williams says. “I always wanted something better than I already had. My big thing at first was: ‘Let's just graduate high school. Let’s just graduate high school.’ That was a big goal for me, and I accomplished that goal.” Williams is 6’3” and 320 pounds, but he only played football his senior year for the Jays. Well, he was on the team anyway. “He didn’t play much on Friday nights, but he did have a big impact in our practices because he was such a big body,” LePage says. “As at h l e t i c a s h e w a s , he didn’t have many football skills at that time,” LePage continues. “But he came to practice every day because he wanted to better his life, just by being a part of the team. At one point in the season, he stopped practice and said: ‘I just want to be a part of something great. You guys don’t understand. I’m out here to make you guys better, and I’ll do whatever it takes. You need to also.’ “I remember that was such a special moment because he had not had the opportunities a lot of our players had had,” LePage continues. “He just wanted to be part of something.” Graduating high school was just the first step. “When I did that, it was like: ‘Let's get a good job. Let’s get a good job,’” Williams says. “Once I got a good job [Modine], well, there was a point in my life that I didn’t want to be there anymore. My father worked in a factory all his life, and I just kind of watched him, and I didn’t want to do that. The next step was going college. ... I just took my life step by step.” 106 | July/August 2013

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In late fall 2008, Salmon took Williams to a Kansas football game to watch former Jay Richard Johnson in action. “On the way back,” Salmon says, “he turned to me and said, ‘Coach, I want to go to college and play football.’ That’s where it started. I told him that was awesome, but it wasn’t going to be easy. That’s when he gave me his testimony about how he’s going to make it happen.” With one year of football experience under his belt, Williams went to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. He turned into a Junior College All-American and, in turn, earned a scholarship at North Carolina, where he became a Division I All-American. “It rekindles your belief in people,” LePage says. “Here’s a young man who had no opportunities in front of him, but when given the opportunity, he’s excelled. It’s truly remarkable.” Salmon had a big hand in this remarkable story. “Some guys will turn their backs on you when you’re down and out,” Williams says, “but Coach Salmon was one of those guys who stuck with me through everything. He’s like a second father to me. When I was low, when I was going through my down spots, he was there to pick me up.” Rest assured, it was Salmon’s pleasure. “I’m really proud of him,” he says. “I kept supporting him and believing in him, and I kept challenging him; he did the rest. He had a lot of adversity growing up as a young person, but he turned that adversity into something positive, and he’s made something of himself.” W i l l i a ms h a s f o u n d s u ccess by choosing the right path, beating the odds and doing it with class. That one sentence, those 19 words, they simply served as an exclamation point to Williams’ wonderful story because he had so many life-changing moments before that. “The guy is a very, very special person,” North Carolina coach Larry Fedora says. “He’s going to be special to me the rest of my life. He just really is. He’s a very unique man. He’s very grateful for everything that happens in his life. “He works extremely hard for everything he achieves,” he continues. “He sets goals, and he achieves them. He will be a first-rate citizen in Denver, and I think he’ll be a person the community puts their arms around and ends up loving in the long run.” JC

With nearly 29 years of journalism experience, Tom Loeffler has become a fixture on the local sports scene. Loeffler is now a sports columnist for KRCG and

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ask eric City Magazine fashion stylist Eric Luebbert provides a forecast of this season's most flattering trends

I am a working girl, and I feel like I am always on the run. No, I’m not training for a 5K. I’m just a young professional who works hard and loves to play hard. I need work gear that can take me from my desk to dinner and some nights to the dance floor. Can you help me with some quick tips to rock my work look after business hours? Glad to hear you’re working it! Trends this summer remain classic with inspiration from the 1960s. Icon Katharine Hepburn influences the blazer, cardigan and tie trend, as does Coco Chanel, who created the first LBD (little black dress). Dresses remain strong. Your LBD will take you everywhere this summer. A blazer, some hot statement jewelry or shoes will help you rock it out. Belts stay strong and help accentuate your curves. The old faithful, classic sheath dress and dresses with A-line skirts remain new and will take you through your workweek in style. Head-to-toe prints are huge this summer, but monochromatic dressing increases in momentum and gives you more options. A blazer and pants or dress and jacket in the same color are chic. You might be tired of me talking about black and white, but keep rocking the look. Geometric patterns and bold prints remain popular and move forward. If you’re looking to switch it up, ease into summer in shades of solid white, lazy linens or crisp cottons. Stripes, as I predicted in the spring, hang on strong. Americana looks also appear sweet at the office and chic at night. It’s a perfect time to invest in a red-hot dress. Pair your red with some white and blue, and sail into summer American style. Red and yellow are your

power colors in the office and transition easily into your nightlife. Think tailored and classic by day and bold and sassy by night. You can change up your accessories after work on your way to your next event. Neons and ultra-bright colors hang on in jewelry, shoes and handbags. Gold metallic is back and ultra fashionable again. Try changing up your hairstyle or your makeup for the evening as well, with a little more eye perhaps, or pump up your cheeks and lips with some color. Trading out your work heals for a relaxed comfortable pair of sandals is also cool and chic. New colors to be on the lookout for are emerald green, canary yellow and pastel blue. Another thing to be aware of is the shoulder pad. Don’t shy away; just say “hello.” Designers are leaning on the shoulder pad to add structure; hardly noticeable, they help add proportion to the body’s silhouette. Don’t worry, they’re not going to become oversized like in the ’80s — yet. I hope these tips help you have an awesome summer. I’ll look for you on the dance floor!

Have A Style Question for Eric? Ask Eric your style questions, arrange a closet rehab, book a special event, wardrobe reinvemtion, or discuss individualized speciality shopping by contacting him at or 314-660-4148.

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Jefferson City native Eric Luebbert has been a wardrobe and fashion stylist in Miami, New York , Chicago and Missouri for more than two decades.

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Work to Play These items will take you from the desk to the dance floor!

Karen Kane, WrinkleResistant Sleeveless Travel Scuba Dress Saffees, $108.

Pure Illumination LED Light-Up Lip Gloss Choose your shade, and light up your lips. There is an LED light located in the gloss application wand and a builtin mirror.Southbank Gift Co., $19.95.

Birch Box Join Birch Box, and receive monthly deliveries of high-end beauty and lifestyle samples from top brands. It is the best way to discover new products and buy with confidence., $10

Melie Bianco, Sally Gold Metallic Satchel with Double Front-Zip Pockets Calena’s Fashions, $74.99. Melie Bianco in Sabine Oversized clutches are the bomb this summer. Keep one stashed in your briefcase, and pull it out when you hit the town. Calena’s Fashions, $51.99.

Madeline Razira in New Orange American Shoe, $39.

Jane Iredale Tantasia SelfTanner and Bronzer This streakfree tanner with fresh citrus scent dries quickly. Bella Capelli, 4.2-ounce, $30.

Striped Infinity Scarf Carrie’s Hallmark, $12.99.

Cartise Fitted Dress Splashed with Monet Inspired strokes and brilliant colors make this dress a musthave. Calena’s Fashions, $165.

Franco Sarto Grip Sandal in Carmel/Metallic American Shoe, $69.

Melie Bianco, Layne Woven Accordion Metallic Cross Body Calena’s Fashions, $100.99.

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about town

Discover Jefferson City Barge Tour















1. Nancy and Bob Priddy, Debby and Dave Parsons 2. Don and Cathy Wolters, Rick and Keri Wolters 3. Katie Zitko, Jordyn Wilson 4. Mark and Jeanne Naegger, Kathy Young, Trent Backues 5. Kas Jacquot, Eric Coil 6. Bob Priddy 7. Discover Jefferson City Board of Directors 8. Guests take in the beautiful scenery from the Missouri River 9. Amber Gaddy, Howard Marshall, David Cavins 10. Odie Boyce, Michael Boyce, Ashley Dickey, Emily and Darrell Mantle 11. Kasey Green, Steven Erangey, Kellie Green 12. Carrie Carroll and Irene Tergin 13. Jim and Cheryl Eichelberger 14. Rebecca Rademan, Tina Shoemaker, Laura Naught. Photos by Rebecca Rademan.

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Lincoln University’s Casino Night









1. Tosh Wilkinson, Jeff Hoelscher 2. Lynn Stiles, Kayla Wilbers, Dick Vermiel, Ryan Wilbers 3. Curtis Creagh, Victor Pasley, Patrick Kent 4. Curt Stubinger, Prity Vanmali 5. Annie Jarrett, Reid Millard, Teresa Cook 6. Tony Vanzant, Jason Jett 7. Hank Stratman, Henry McMichael, Linda Stratman, Mert McMichael 8. Sharon Jarral-Green, Dorene Jackson, Gary Day, Janice Ferguson. Photos by Annie Jarrett.

Cole County Historical Society












1. Ann Littlefield and Connie Perch 2. Rosana Weidinger, JoAnn Moher, Betty Day, Martha Vermillion, Betty Weber 3. Dorothy Gooden, Sharon Rodeman, Kay Newberry, Ann Kirkman 4. Kay Finch, JoAnn Firley, Carrie Carroll, Irene Tergin 5. Lou Towner, Lee Ann Stribling, Betty Kaiser, Barb Weaver 6. Tracy Gibbs, Tami Turner, Karen Gibbs 7. Eunice Straub, Chris Carr, Laura Hart, Teddie Farnsworth, Mary Snyder, Linda Phelps, Nell Hawes-Davis, Julie Berhorst, Jodi Hardman, Sue Lear, Nancy Bolin, Karlene Diekroeger, Lauren Cameron 8. Marilyn DeFeo 9. Roni Flood, Susan Mitten 10. Kristi Naught, Judy Naught 11. Sherrie Brant, chairman, and Susie Barrett, co-chair. Photos by Linda Nichols.

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Chamber Barbecue









1. Cathy Snodgrass, Stacy and Tyler Brown, Randy Snodgrass 2. Janet Weckenborg, Amy Berendzen, Cindy Davis, Paula Burnett 3. Matt Alsager, Dale Vaughan 4. Nathan, Nicholas and Kaylee Redcay 5. Paula McClanahan, Melissa McNutt, Lee Holt, Chris Leuckel, Paula Burnett, Mandy Thomas, Derrick Lueckenhoff 6. Scott and Michele Higgins, Bob and Stephanie Scruggs, Jennifer Gardner 7. Sarah Jenkins, Ashley Prenger 8. The Cherry Pistols: Jay Pelzer, Tom Reichart, David Baker, Michael Kivett, and Quinten Rice. Photos by Kate Morrow.

Joe Machen’s Little Black Dress Event










1. Gary Drewing, Rusty Drewing, Bob Jacaway 2. Kelly Pour, Frankie Minor 3. Davis Entertainment 4. Monica Senecal, Chris Kellogg 5. Mary Jo Henry, Barbara Hodges 6. Kate Grant 7. Fashions from Girl Boutique 8. Models from My Sister’s Circus 9. Holly Hmielewski. Photos by Hannia Burke-Aguero.


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Hy-Vee’s Springtime Party







1. Bob Fennewald, Steven Kay and Devan Netcott 2. Cassidy Schaefer and Darrick Sigwerth 3. Steve Smith on stilts and The Ewers Boys 4. Kaitlyn Davidson, Callie Rackers, Anna Kliethermes 5. Katelyn Rush, Grant Sherwood, Megan Tanner 6. Rena Webb, Diana Shropshire. Photos by Tami Turner.

JCMG Women and Children’s Center Grand Opening








1. Becki Collier 2. Children participating in the Lil' Olympics games 3. Dr. Richard Jennett 4. Dr. Sarah Gordon, Jaden Chapman. 5. Dr. Richard Jennett, JCMG Women’s Clinic and Pediatrics physicians 6. Children’s choir that entertained the crowd 7. Dr. Lora Folz. Photos by Emily Mantle.

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Work of Heart A passion for plants stems from warm childhood memories


B y A l i ce L o ngfe l l o w Imagine a little girl in the early 1960s sitting on her grandfather’s lap thumbing through seed catalogs and hearing stories about snapdragons and other mystical flowers. On a warm summer day, we would walk through rows and rows of gladiolus while he cut the stems to take to the florist shops. The fields of pansies beside our house created a fragrance that remains forever imprinted in my mind. I come from a family of horticulturists, playing in greenhouses and piles of topsoil along with my siblings and cousins. Choosing a career path was easy because I love plants and all that they do in our world. After graduating from the University of Maine at Orono with a B.S. in plant and soil sciences, I spent time in Pennsylvania, Maine and England studying horticulture. Upon meeting my husband, Bob Call, and moving to Missouri, I started my business, which eventually evolved into Longfellow’s Garden Center.

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express my thoughts and write about exciting plants. It is a real treat for me to do public speaking, as I get to do a little show and tell. However, growing bedding plants is the favorite part of my job. I love every aspect of annuals from starting the seed, transplanting, growing, displaying and finally loading them

The fields of pansies beside our house created a fragrance that remains forever imprinted in my mind.

into a customer’s vehicle. Annuals offer so much for a homeowner. My own personal gardening always takes place in summer and fall. Spring is too busy at the garden center, so it’s June and July when I finally get to plant my own annuals. Interestingly, my flowerbeds look fabulous in August and September when everyone else’s plants look worn out and bedraggled. In some ways, the garden center is my garden. Here at Longfellow’s, I can arrange, design, display, prune, divide, deadhead and plant to my heart’s content, except it’s done with plants for sale rather than plants in the ground permanently planted. Gardening: It’s a career and a passion. JC ➝ Alice Longfellow and her husband, Bob Call, have owned and operated Longfellow’s Garden Center, one of mid-Missouri’s most successful garden centers, since 1987.

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