LEADERSHIP and committees


The Steering Committee sets policies for the organization, establishes goals and identifies priorities. Steering also reviews and evaluates the results of committee action toward the accomplishment of Women’s Network’s goals and priorities. The following are the elected Steering Committee members for the July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 year:

2020-2021 Chair
Michele Curry, Commerce Bank

2020-2021 Chair Elect
Teresa Snow, MU Health Care

2020-2021 Past Chair
Krista Kippenberger, Focus on Health Chiropractic

2020-2021 Treasurer
Lara Pieper, Bloom Bookkeeping LLC

2020-2021 Secretary
Dr. Janice Dawson-Threat, Grade A Plus Incorporated

2018-2021 Term
Patty Anderson, Veterans United Home Loans 
Michele Curry, Commerce Bank 
Laura Kogut, Flat Branch Home Loans 
Teresa Snow, MU Health Care
Liz Townsend-Bird, University of Missouri 

2019-2022 Term 
Dr. Janice Dawson-Threat, Grade A Plus Incorporated 
Katie Fleming Cunningham, EquipmentShare
Nikki McGruder, MU Health Care
Sara Riegel, Columbia Mall 

2020-2023 Term 
Corey Buckman, Gracefully Made Boutique
Jason Gruender, Liberty Family Medicine
Lara Pieper, Bloom Bookkeeping LLC 


Committees are the workhorses of Women’s Network. Each committee meets once a month; meetings are open to all Women’s Network members to attend and are a great way to share your expertise in a specific area, gain experience in a new discipline, make new contacts with businesses across Columbia, and network with new and established members of Women’s Network. Each committee is lead by committee Co-Chairs, and at least one Steering Liaison. Co-Chairs serve staggered, two-year terms and are tasked with fulfilling the duties of each committee.

The Budget & Finance Committee oversees financial matters and develops an understanding of the use of finances and how Women’s Network may meet both long- and short-term goals.

Chaired by the Women’s Network Treasurer:
Lara Pieper, Bloom Bookkeeping LLC

This committee meets as needed.

Changing the Odds Committee assists women who are looking for ways to improve their job prospects, including women who have never held a job, may have left the job market for a period of time or have had recent changes in their career goals.

Meredith Hoenes, Boone Electric Cooperative
Beth Kaiser, Safe & Sober

This committee meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at the Chamber.

Leadership Development Roundtable (LDR) provides an opportunity to network, exchange ideas and learn/discuss relevant topics, in a small monthly-program setting. The programs are free to attend and are open to both members and non-members of Women’s Network. Attendees may bring a brown bag lunch if desired.

Luana Fields, Hawthorn Bank
Angie Gentry, Central Bank of Boone County

The programs occur on the fourth Wednesday of each month at noon at the Chamber.

The Marketing & Communications Committee promotes Women’s Network and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce activities and events through media and professional contacts. The committee develops press releases, brochures, a monthly newsletter and responds to requests from various Women’s Network committees to publicize activities and arrange media opportunities.

Justina Dial, Central Bank of Boone County
Kammie Teter, White Dog Promotions LLC

This committee meets on the second Monday of every month at noon at the Chamber.

The Membership Development Committee strengthens existing relationships with current members, previous Women’s Network leadership, as well as all potential and new members. Committee activities include hosting New Member Welcome events, greeting guests at monthly luncheons, reaching out to new members and coordinating the Experience Women’s Network (XWN) program, which is a membership recruiting/retention tool and platform for ongoing communication.

Rebecca Young, Columbia Insurance Group
Beth Orns, Brave Counseling & Wellness

This committee meets the second Thursday of each month at noon at the Chamber, except for New Member Welcomes, which occur on the second Thursday at various times. Please see the event calendar for more details.

The Mentoring Program Committee coordinates the pairing of individuals as mentors/mentees within the organization. This program offers a unique opportunity for individuals to build relationships and grow personally and professionally.

Megan Steen, Burrell Behavioral Health
Fran Muench, First Presbyterian Church

The program planning committee meets as needed. Mentor/Mentee pairs are asked to meet once a month.

The Monthly Program Committee develops informative and dynamic monthly luncheon programs that meet the mission of Women’s Network, with an emphasis on business and leadership development, and provide valuable networking opportunities for our members and guests.

Stephanie Smith, Columbia Mall

This committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month at noon at the Chamber.

The Special Events Committee is the event planning committee for Women’s Network. This committee is in charge of several large events throughout the year including: Women’s Network fall and spring mixers, the ATHENA International Awards Banquet, Roses for Mentors and the Women’s Network Holiday Party.

Audrey Sharp, The Crossing
Karen Brammer, Trulaske College of Business – University of Missouri

This committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month at noon at the Chamber.


Women’s Network Presidents and Chair’s have helped to further and grow the mission of Women’s Network to what it is today. Women’s Network is fortunate to have a legacy of strong female leaders, whom along with our volunteers and members, we attribute our success.

1980-1981 Toni Somers
1981-1982 Mellany Jones
1982-1983 Jan Grossmann
1983-1984 Vicki Dunscombe
1984-1985 Sue Ann Schaefer
1985-1986 Janice Schuerman
1986-1987 Mariel Liggett
1987-1988 Chris Marks
1988-1989 Deb Snellen
1989-1990 Barb Scotten
1990-1991 Betty Schuster
1991-1992 Linda G. Arnold
1992-1993 Ellen S. Roper
1993-1994 Sabrina McDonnell
1994-1995 Dr. Muriel Battle
1995-1996 Karen Taylor
1996-1997 Susan Yesilada
1997-1998 Pat Hostetler
1998-1999 Mary C. Becker
1999-2000 Debbie Rawlings

2000-2001 Sharon Kinden
2001-2002 Kim Stonecipher-Fisher
2002-2003 Sue Rodgers
2003-2004 Robin Nichols
2004-2005 Barbie Weaver
2005-2006 Michelle Hill-Ishmael
2006-2007 Leigh Kottwitz
2007-2008 Anne Farrow
2008-2009 Sherry Waddill
2009-2010 Ranae Nicholes
2010-2011 Kelley Marchbanks
2011-2012 Jennifer Thoma
2012-2013 Kate Boatright
2013-2014 Heather Hargrove
2014-2015 Heather Stewart
2015-2016 Jessica Macy
2016-2017 Erica Pefferman
2017-2018 Michele Batye
2018-2019 Tennille Lester
2019-2020 Krista Kippenberger

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