About Us


Servant Leadership Team

Julie Gaddie, Ph.D.

Jerry Pickman
Vice President of Philanthropy Operations

Devran Brower
Program Operations Director

Christina Lund
Director of Regional Relations

Lowell C. Kruse
Senior Fellow – Healthy Communities

Jennifer Paolillo
emPowerU Manager/Assistant to Senior Fellow

Abby Bonwell
Think Ahead Works Coordinator

Rusty Schneeflock 
emPowerU Technical Support

Donna Gibson
Special Projects Coordinator

Sandra Pettit Weber, Ed.D.
Resources Coordinator

Joyce Weight
Accounting Coordinator

Myleigh Lanham
Communications Associate

emPowerU Facilitators
Devran Brower
Mary (M.J.) Clapp
Susan Gower
Jackie Grimwood
Sandy Hamlin
Aimee Hausman
Lisa Hummer
Lisa Kennedy
Sara Lile
Cindy Reule
Carol Robb
Rusty Schneeflock
Corinda Stallbaumer
Mark Struthers
JoAnn Wann
Joan Woolard

2019 Board of Trustees

2019 Officers

Bill Grimwood
Vice President, Information Technology, Hillyard Companies
St. Joseph, MO

Shannon Moore, CFP, CTFA
1st Vice Chair
Vice President/Trust Officer, U.S. Bank
St. Joseph, MO

Jennifer Doolittle
2nd Vice Chair
Community Volunteer
Albany, MO

Mark Laney, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer, Mosaic Life Care
St. Joseph, MO

Julie Gaddie, Ph.D.
President, Heartland Foundation
St. Joseph, MO

Michael Pulido
Chief Administrative Officer, Mosaic Life Care
St. Joseph, MO

Dwain Stilson
Chief Financial Officer, Mosaic Life Care
St. Joseph, MO

2019 Trustees

Col. Edward Black, USAF
Commander, 139th Airlift Wing, Missouri Air National Guard
St. Joseph, MO/Atchison, KS

Jody Carlson
Senior Manager, Field Services & Production, Missouri American Water
St. Joseph/Cosby, MO

Heather Cluck, D.C.
Chiropractor/Owner, Back to Health Clinic
Wathena, KS

Jeanne Daffron, Ph.D.
Retired Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Missouri Western State University
St. Joseph, MO

Andrea Fischer
Immuno-Oncology Specialist, Bristol-Myers Squibb
St. Joseph, MO

Emily Hilsabeck, CPA
Principal Tax, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
St. Joseph, MO

Steve Johnston
Director, Community Alliance of St. Joseph
St. Joseph, MO

Lenny Klaver, Ed.D.
President, North Central Missouri College
Trenton, MO

Larry Lee
Retired Director, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Northwest Missouri State University
St. Joseph, MO

Rocky Massin
Mosaic Life Care Auxiliary Representative
Retired, Hillyard Companies
St. Joseph, MO

Shane McDonald, CFTA
Vice President and Market Executive/Private Client Advisor, Commerce Trust Company
St. Joseph, MO

Tom Richmond
Manager, Parts, Distribution & Sales, Altec Industries
St. Joseph, MO

Linda Gray Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Education, Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville, MO

Matt Staley
Vice President, FCS Financial
St. Joseph/Rea, MO

Two Vacancies

Life Trustees

Bob Bush, Ed.D.
Retired, Northwest Missouri State University and Bush & Associates Inc.
West Des Moines, IA

Sharon Evers
Retired, U.S. Bank
St. Joseph, MO

Jo Eyberg
Retired Partner, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
St. Joseph, MO

Joseph K. Houts, Jr., J.D.
VP/Community Development Officer, Commerce Bank
St. Joseph, MO

Lowell C. Kruse
Retired President/CEO, Heartland Health
Senior Fellow – Healthy Communities, Heartland Foundation
Gallatin, MO

Sheri Spader
Spader Ranch & Quarterhorse Farm
Rosendale, MO


Lynthia Andrews Bowman, D.O.
Health Advisor
Mosaic Life Care at St. Joseph-Emergency Providers
St. Joseph/Platte City, MO

Jared Brooner
Legal Counsel
Shareholder, Polsinelli, LLC
St. Joseph/Parkville, MO

Doug Van Zyl, Ed.D.
Education Advisor
Superintendent, St. Joseph School District
St. Joseph, MO