Karen McQueary Appointed to Gillioz Theatre for Arts & Entertainment’s Board of Directors

September 30, 2021By RosieUncategorized

Karen McQueary Appointed to Gillioz Theatre for Arts & Entertainment's Board of Directors

Rosie is excited to celebrate Karen McQueary’s appointment.

Karen McQueary

While living a number of places throughout the country in her early years, Karen McQueary moved to Springfield, MO to study at Missouri State University and fell in love with the city. After graduating with a BA in Communications/Public Relations she stayed in Springfield and worked in marketing for the first few years of her career.  

After marrying her husband, John McQueary, Karen took her first steps into design while building their personal residence.  After the sale of the family business, McQueary Bros. John, Karen, and Brother-in-law Billy, looked for a project that would be a further catalyst for the redevelopment of downtown and be a showpiece for the city that held their heart. In 2015 they opened Hotel Vandivort a high-end boutique hotel in Springfield’s downtown historic masonic temple building.  Karen’s primary role was leading and executing the design vision behind the project.

Hotel Vandivort was embraced by the community and found early success including being named the 2015 Boutique Hotel of the Year by the Boutique Hotel and Lodging Association.  On the heels of this success the McQuearys decided to expand the hotel and in 2019 opened the adjacent, newly built V2 building. This development doubled the hotel’s guest room capacity and once again showcased their beloved city through the addition of Vantage Rooftop Lounge and Conservatory.  Karen again lead the design vision for the creation of these unique spaces.

Karen remains active in the running of Hotel Vandivort with matters of design, marking, and customer experience. She has served on local boards and continues to invest her time and energies into projects which further the mission of “making” Springfield the place you want to live.

The Gillioz Theatre for Arts & Entertainment

The restoration of the historic Gillioz Theatre was completed in October 2006, eighty years after the original opening. In its early years, the Gillioz was Springfield’s premier entertainment venue, hosting a number of movie premiers and vaudeville shows. Both the lobby and auditorium have been restored to their original 1926 condition.

With a seating capacity of 595 on Orchestra level and 420 in the Balcony, The Gillioz offers Springfield a perfectly sized venue for many events. The Gillioz Theatre in conjunction with the Jim D. Morris Building serves a plethora of functions including; Broadway productions, theatre, movies, religious gatherings, arts education, dining, rehearsals, school programs, banquets, receptions, concerts, film festivals, weddings, seminars/conventions, and television broadcasts.

Hollie Elliott Appointed to Missouri’s Coordinating Board for Higher Education

February 25, 2021By RosieUncategorized

Hollie Elliott Appointed to Missouri’s Coordinating Board for Higher Education

Rosie is excited to celebrate Hollie Elliott’s appointment.

Hollie Elliott

Hollie Elliott has been the Executive Director of the Dallas County Economic Development Group since 2017. Previously, she was the Public Affairs Manager for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mrs. Elliott serves as a board member for the New Growth Women’s Business Center, Leadership Missouri, City of Buffalo Rotary, Dallas County Community Foundation, and the University of Missouri Dallas County Extension. She is also a member of the Southwest Council of Governments, Springfield Regional Economic Partnership, and Missouri Economic Development Council.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in agricultural communications and a Master of Science in administrative studies and agriculture advocacy from Missouri State University. 

Missouri’s Coordinating Board for Higher Education

Missouri’s Coordinating Board for Higher Education was authorized by an amendment to the Missouri Constitution in 1972 and established by statute in the Omnibus State Reorganization Act of 1974. The nine board members, one from each congressional district and a member at large, are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.

Rachel Anderson named to Greater Missouri Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors.

January 7, 2021By RosieUncategorized

Rachel Anderson named to Greater Missouri Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors.

Rosie is excited to celebrate Rachel Anderson’s appointment.

Rachel Anderson

Rachel Anderson is the Director of the efactory, an entrepreneurship and business resource center that is part of Missouri State University. She is also the cofounder of Alumni Spaces, a tech startup company and the manager for Shaun Munday, a soul musician.

Rachel is the cofounder of Rosie, an organization that supports, assists and serves as an advocate network for current and prospective female founders, business owners and leaders in the Greater Springfield area.

Previously, Rachel was the head of marketing for a global executive search firm based in Los Angeles. She has also held roles in business development, fundraising, governmental relations, alumni relations and recruiting.

Rachel is a member of the Gillioz Executive Board, The Network and Springfield Creatives. She has been recognized by Biz 417 as “10 for the Next 10” and the Springfield Business Journal’s “12 People You Should Know.” Rachel is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where she served as student body president.

Greater Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association

Serving 86 counties in Missouri and 10 in Illinois, the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter works tirelessly to support the over 110,000 people in the region currently living with Alzheimer’s and their caretakers. Across the region, over 314,000 family and friends are providing unpaid care to individauls living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias as of 2019 estimates. The Greater Missouri Chapter is here to help! We work to provide education, support and connection to all those facing Alzheimer’s and other dementias throughout our community, whether you are living with the disease, a family member, a caregiver or a healthcare professional.

The Greater Missouri Chapter is committed to advocating for the needs and rights of those facing Alzheimer’s disease and advancing critical research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.

Bri Warner Recently Named to Several Local Boards of Directors

November 24, 2020By RosieUncategorized

Bri Warner Recently Named to Several Local Boards of Directors

Rosie is excited to celebrate Bri Warner’s service to the Springfield community!

Bri Warner

Bri Warner is an attorney with Ozarks Elder Law, specializing in probate, guardianships, and estate planning. Bri is an active member of the Springfield community and is actively involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks’ Professional Advisors Council, The Network for Springfield’s Young Professionals, Southern Missouri Women Lawyers Association and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate.

In recent months Bri has stepped into leadership roles with a number of organizations in the Springfield community. She now serves on the Board of Directors for The Glo Center, Include Ozarks, the Betty and Bobby Allison Ozarks Counseling Center, Sculpture Walk Springfield, and Diaper Banks of the Ozarks.

Bri resides in Springfield and loves to dote on her animals in her spare time.

Viviana Writer Elected to Sculpture Walk Springfield Board of Directors

November 18, 2020By RosieUncategorized

Viviana Writer Elected to Sculpture Walk Springfield Board of Directors

Rosie is excited to celebrate the election of Viviana Writer to the Sculpture Walk Springfield Board of Directors!

Viviana Writer

Viviana Writer is a longtime resident of Southwest Missouri with a passion for serving her community. A strong team player experienced in several aspects of commercial real estate and business development, including; identifying markets for acquisition and development, due diligence, leasing, marketing, property investments and dispositions.

With her broad skill set, Viviana has served on four local non-profit boards, and countless committees. She is the newest board member of Sculpture Walk Springfield and is honored to be a part of valuable resource that provides “a museum without walls”.

Sculpture Walk Springfield

Sculpture Walk Springfield‘s mission is “to enhance the quality of life and to promote economic vitality through the artistic transformation of Springfield with outdoor sculpture.” Public art has proven itself to play a major role in rejuvenating public spaces and local economies in places as diverse as Chicago, Illinois and Asheville, North Carolina.

Sculpture Walk Springfield is an initiative aimed at creating such a museum, by displaying quality sculptures in public places in Springfield on an annually rotating schedule. Each collection of sculptures will be in place from April to February of the next year. 

Lindsey Taggart appointed to Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Community Development

January 15, 2020By RosieUncategorized

Lindsey Taggart appointed to Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Community Development

Rosie is excited to celebrate the appointment of Lindsey Taggart to the City of Springfield’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Community Development.

LINDSEY TAGGART

Lindsey Taggart

Lindsey Taggart is the Director of Resource Management and Discovery at Missouri State University Libraries. She is currently a member of Leadership Springfield Class 38, and is active with several community organizations including the Springfield Regional Arts Council and The Network for Springfield’s Young Professionals. She resides in Springfield with her partner and two children.

Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Community Development

The City of Springfield’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Community Development provides a forum for public participation on the City’s annual Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding within the established guidelines. The Committee holds monthly meetings, public hearings, and reviews project updates.

Members are appointed by Springfield City Council and serve for a term of three years.

Rosie’s virtual book club returns with third selection

September 11, 2019By RosieUncategorized

Rosie’s virtual book club returns with third selection

Rosie’s member-led Book Club is back for round three.

Rosie Book Club

Rosie’s virtual book club is the perfect way to connect with other members over new ideas. Book club members are connected via a private Facebook group where moderators will share prompts, ask questions, and facilitate discussion.

Members will be diving into the bestselling memoir Educated by Tara Westover.

Members will have the chance to connect offline with a meetup at the end of the book.

About Educated

Tara Westover was seventeen when she first set foot in a classroom. Instead of traditional lessons, she grew up learning how to stew herbs into medicine, scavenging in the family scrap yard and helping her family prepare for the apocalypse. She had no birth certificate and no medical records and had never been enrolled in school.

Westover’s mother proved a marvel at concocting folk remedies for many ailments. As Tara developed her own coping mechanisms, little by little, she started to realize that what her family was offering didn’t have to be her only education. Her first day of university was her first day in school—ever—and she would eventually win an esteemed fellowship from Cambridge and graduate with a PhD in intellectual history and political thought.”

Previous book club reads include You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero and Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis.

Join the Club

Join the Facebook group today – and don’t forget to turn on your notifications!

Paige Oxendine appointed to Springfield-Branson National Airport Board

July 16, 2019By RosieUncategorized

Paige Oxendine appointed to Springfield-Branson National Airport Board of Directors

Rosie is excited to celebrate the appointment of Paige Oxendine to the Springfield-Branson National Airport Board of Directors.

Paige Oxendine

Paige Oxendine is the program coordinator at the efactory, Missouri State University’s technology-focused entrepreneurship center. Oxendine is also a co-founder of Rosie, which was launched with assistance from the Womens Foundation in November of 2016. Oxendine has previously worked with the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Springfield, Springfield Regional Arts Council, and Downtown Springfield Association.

Oxendine is a graduate of Missouri State University where she earned degrees in public relations and socio-political communication.

Springfield-Branson National Airport

Conveniently located in the heart of the Ozarks, the Springfield-Branson National Airport offers jet service to 13 U.S. cities, including the nation’s five largest airports.

The Springfield-Branson National Airport is owned by the City of Springfield and overseen by an 11-member administrative board. Airport Board members are appointed by the Springfield City Manager, with confirmation made by the City Council.

Mary Bozarth appointed to Greene County Domestic Violence Shelter Board

June 26, 2019By RosieUncategorized

Mary Bozarth appointed to Greene County Domestic Violence Shelter Board

Rosie is excited to celebrate the appointment of Mary Bozarth to the Greene County Domestic Violence Shelter Board.

Mary Bozarth

Bozarth serves as In-House Counsel at Little Sunshine Enterprises in addition to serving as an instructor at Missouri State in the criminology department. Bozarth is active in a number of community organizations, including the Junior League of Springfield, where she serves as the Assistant Chair of New Membership. Bozarth currently serves on the board of directors for the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks, Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, and Springfield Little Theatre in addition to her role on the statewide Child Abuse & Neglect Review Board. Bozarth resides in Springfield with her husband, Chris, and her two children, Madeline and Theodore.

Greene County Domestic Violence Shelter Board

The Greene County Domestic Violence Board shall administer funding as set forth in H.B. 1069 Section 4-5-6-7-8 and other functions addressed in this document for the purpose of prevention of domestic violence and to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence.

Members of the Board are responsible for making recommendations to the Commission as to the organization that will receive annual funding authorized by State statute and working in concert with Greene County organization(s) whose mission and purpose involves the prevention of domestic violence and provides assistance to victims of domestic violence.

Joy Martin appointed to Greene County Domestic Violence Shelter Board

June 15, 2019By RosieUncategorized

Joy Martin appointed to Greene County Domestic Violence Shelter Board

Rosie is excited to celebrate the appointment of Joy Martin to the Greene County Domestic Violence Shelter Board.

Joy Martin

Rosie is excited to celebrate the appointment of Joy Martin to the Greene County Domestic Violence Shelter Board.

Martin is a Springfield, Missouri native and single mother to one son. Her experience and survival of domestic violence have giver her a passion to help other women struggling with domestic violence. She is committed to assisting and empowering local women who may find themselves in a domestic violence situation.

Joy has served as a volunteer leader with Jobs for Life at Life 360 as well as The Fairbanks.

Greene County Domestic Violence Shelter Board

The Greene County Domestic Violence Board shall administer funding as set forth in H.B. 1069 Section 4-5-6-7-8 and other functions addressed in this document for the purpose of prevention of domestic violence and to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence.

Members of the Board are responsible for making recommendations to the Commission as to the organization that will receive annual funding authorized by State statute and working in concert with Greene County organization(s) whose mission and purpose involves the prevention of domestic violence and provides assistance to victims of domestic violence.