LEADERSHIP and committees


The Steering Committee sets policy 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 Steering Committee members for the July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 year:

2018-2019 Chair
Tennille Lester, Landmark Bank

2018-2019 Chair-Elect
To be filled

2018-2019 Past Chair
Michele Batye, Dave Griggs Flooring America

2016-2019 Term
Lindsey Boudinot, Stephens College
Janice Dawson-Threat, Grade A Plus Incorporated
Jessie Kwatamdia, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter
Ann Merrifield, Columbia College (Strategic Plan Monitor)
Jennifer Schenck, The Connection Exchange LLC

2017-2020 Term
Krista Kippenberger, Focus on Health Chiropractic
Cara Owings, The Connection Exchange LLC
Kim Chinn, Shelter Insurance

2018-2021 Term
Patty Anderson, Columbia College
Michele Curry, Commerce Bank
Laura Kogut, Landmark Bank
Liz Townsend-Bird, University of Missouri
Teresa Snow, University of Missouri Health Care


Committees are the work-horses 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. Browse the committees below:

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 Women’s Network Treasurer, Michele Curry with Commerce Bank. 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.

Co-Chaired by Tania Cook, Job Point, and Corey Buckman, Therapy Unlimited, LLC.
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.

Co-Chaired by Danielle Harrison, Landmark Bank, and Fran Muench, State Farm Insurance.
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.

Co-Chaired by Sara Humm, City of Columbia, and Kalynn Ramsey, Missouri Community College Association.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 Welcomes 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.

Co-Chaired by Audrey Sharp, Veterans United Home Loans, and Amanda Tilford, Clear Vision Development Group.
This committee meets the second Thursday of each month at noon at the Chamber.

The Mentoring 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 both personally and professionally.

Co-Chaired by Amanda Wooden, Manor Roofing & Restoration Services, and Wendy Moore, Central Bank of Boone County. This 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.

Co-Chaired by Gina Ridgeway Long, Phoenix Home Care, Inc. and Heather Miles, Stephens College.

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.

Co-Chaired by Katie Fleming-Cunningham, Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., and Sara Riegel CoMo Premium Exteriors.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
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

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