Woman of the Week: Claribel Alegria

September 5, 2017By RosieUncategorized

Woman of the Week: Claribel Alegri

Claribel Alegri

“Rain is falling, falling and the memories keep flooding by. They show me a senseless world, a voracious world, but I keep loving it”

  Clara Isabel Alegría Vides is a woman of many titles. She is a poet, essayist, novelist, journalist, and major contemporary voice in Central American literature. Under the pen name Claribel Alegria, Vides, has published over thirty works and won numerous awards. The life of this extraordinary woman began on May 12, 1924, in Estelí, Nicaragua. Although born in Nicaragua, Alegria would spend her childhood in Santa Ana of western El Salvador, due to her father being exiled following his protesting of human rights violations committed during the US Occupation of Nicaragua.

              From the tender age of six years old Alegria began to show the signs of a great wordsmith. Although she had yet to learn how to read or write Alegria started to construct poems which she would have her mother, whom most of the poems were dedicated to, write down. When she was 17 years old Alegria’s first poem would be published by a Central American cultural supplement. Following this publication José Vasconcelos, a Mexican educator, arranged for Alegria to attend school in Hammond, Louisiana, which prompted her 1943, move to the United States. By 1948, Alegria graduated with a BA in Philosophy and Letters from George Washington University.

              Despite her notoriety as a poet Claribel Alegria was also an active advocate for non-violent protest against oppressive Central American governments. She is commonly associated with the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), the people’s movement that was responsible for overthrowing the Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle. Drawing inspiration from her father Alegria moved back to Nicaragua in 1985, to assist the country with reconstruction. Even though she considers herself to be Salvadorian, Alegria returned to her birthplace to put the words of change she had written long ago into practical action.

The writings that Alegria has published is heavily characterized by a writing style called La Generacion Comprometida (The Committed Generation). These poems are typically critical of societies and governments. Although there is mistrust present in the language, the above quote shows that despite the trials and tribulations present in life, we are still ensnared by our affections for it. Every morning that we wake up is an opportunity to insight change, to bring relief, and to usher in an age of discourse and peace.

Claribel Alegria is a woman of many titles. We are aware that the first featured Woman of the Week by Rosie can hardly compare to her 2006, Neustadt International Prize for Literature, but we hope that this humble award has introduced our members to a truly inspirational woman. 

Welcome Allyson Ralls!

September 1, 2017By RosieUncategorized

Welcome Allyson Ralls!

Allyson is a senior in the political science department at Missouri State University and is now the first student to perform an internship with Rosie.

Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Allyson gained a passion for social justice and gender equality from a very young age and has decided to direct that energy into pursuing a career in law. Her decision to undertake this path was only affirmed by her participation in debate, on both the high school and college circuits, and Youth in Government. She qualified to the National Debate Tournament in Student Congress, and was awarded Outstanding Legislative Speaker three years in a row. Currently she is a Resident Assistant in Freddy Hall at MSU and has received recognition by the Department of Residence Life and Housing for her work highlighting the public affairs mission at Missouri State.

Even with these all of these to her name, if you ask her what her greatest accomplishment is she will answer, “My ability to rap the entire Hamilton soundtrack,” This self-proclaimed nerd is very excited to be joining our team this semester, so please take a moment to help us in welcoming Allyson!

Mary Bozarth appointed to Springfield Little Theatre Associate Board

August 30, 2017By RosieUncategorized

Mary Bozarth appointed to Springfield Little Theatre Associate Board

Rosie member Mary Bozarth has been named to the Springfield Little Theatre’s Associate Board of Directors.

Mary Bozarth

Bozarth serves as an Assistant Attorney General at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, as well as a professor at Missouri State in the criminology department, and will soon be joining Little Sunshine Enterprises as In-House Counsel. 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 resides in Springfield with her husband, Chris, and her daughter, Madeline. 

Springfield Little Theatre Associate Board

The Springfield Little Theatre organization was founded in 1934 and purchased what was known as the Landers Theatre in 1970. The theatre is the largest civic theatre operation in Missouri and one of the largest in mid-America, producing a mainstage season of nine plays and musicals that are attended by some 60,000 Southwest Missourians annually.

Jhasmine Watson appointed to Springfield Little Theatre Associate Board

August 28, 2017By RosieUncategorized

Jhasmine Watson appointed to Springfield Little Theatre Associate Board

Rosie member Jhasmine Watson has been named to the Springfield Little Theatre’s Associate Board of Directors.

Jhasmine Watson

Watson serves as the Manager of Operations for Care to Learn, a Missouri non-profit that provides immediate funding to meet emergent needs in the areas of health, hunger, and hygiene so every student can be successful in school. Outside of her role at Care to Learn Watson also serves on the Springfield Regional Arts Counci’s Artsfest Committee and is a member of the Shriner Lady’s organization.

Springfield Little Theatre Associate Board

The Springfield Little Theatre organization was founded in 1934 and purchased what was known as the Landers Theatre in 1970. The theatre is the largest civic theatre operation in Missouri and one of the largest in mid-America, producing a mainstage season of nine plays and musicals that are attended by some 60,000 Southwest Missourians annually.

Christy Howell appointed to Springfield Little Theatre Associate Board

August 24, 2017By RosieUncategorized

Christy Howell appointed to Springfield Little Theatre Associate Board

Rosie is excited to announce the recent appointment of member Christy Howell to the Springfield Little Theatre’s Associate Board of Directors. 

Christy Howell

By day Christy Howell stays busy with all things 417 Magazine as the company’s Brand Coordinator. Outside of work you can find her taking an active role in several local organizations including the Junior League of Springfield and Rosie. Howell will join the Associate Board alongside fellow Rosie member Rachel Fuhrman. 

Springfield Little Theatre Associate Board

The Springfield Little Theatre organization was founded in 1934 and purchased what was known as the Landers Theatre in 1970. The theatre is the largest civic theatre operation in Missouri and one of the largest in mid-America, producing a mainstage season of nine plays and musicals that are attended by some 60,000 Southwest Missourians annually.

Rachel Fuhrman appointed to Springfield Little Theatre Associate Board

August 17, 2017By RosieUncategorized

Rachel Fuhrman appointed to Springfield Little Theatre Associate Board

Rosie member Rachel Fuhrman has recently been appointed to the Springfield Little Theatre Associate Board. 

Rachel Fuhrman

Fuhrman provides support to partners at Ellis, Ellis, Hammson & Johnson as a certified paralegal with nearly 10 years of experience in the legal field. She is an active community member, currently serving as the Manager of Communications with the Junior League of Springfield and as a member of Rosie’s membership committee. 

Springfield Little Theatre Associate Board

The Springfield Little Theatre organization was founded in 1934 and purchased what was known as the Landers Theatre in 1970. The theatre is the largest civic theatre operation in Missouri and one of the largest in mid-America, producing a mainstage season of nine plays and musicals that are attended by some 60,000 Southwest Missourians annually.

Jessica Harmison Olson appointed to Ozarks Counseling Center Board of Directors

August 9, 2017By RosieUncategorized

Jessica Harmison Olson appointed to Ozarks Counseling Center Board of Directors

Rosie is excited to celebrate another member recently appointed to serve on a local board of directors. Jessica Harmison Olson has been named to the Board of Directors of the Betty and Bobby Allison Ozarks Counseling Center.

Jessica Harmison

Olson is the Operations Manager at Maxon’s Diamond Merchants in addition to being the co-owner of Float Trip Pickles, which are carried over 100 stores throughout the region. Olson has previously volunteered with the Ozarks Counseling Center and is an active member in several other local organizations, including The Network for Springfield’s Young Professionals, Rotaract of Springfield, and the Junior League. She currently serves on The Network’s Leadership Council.

Ozark Counseling Center Board of Directors

The Betty and Bobby Allison Ozarks Counseling Center was established in 1952 as the Greene County Child Abuse Clinic. The first child guidance clinic in the area, it was established to treat emotional and behavioral problems of children. Not long after, the clinic expanded to serve patients of all ages and was renamed Ozarks Counseling Center. The OCC serves clients from all over southwest Missouri and from all walks of life with quality and affordable counseling. 

Missy Gelner appointed to Missouri’s Statewide Board of Education

August 2, 2017By RosieUncategorized

Missy Gelner appointed to Missouri’s Statewide Board of Education

We’re excited to celebrate the appointment of Missy Gelner to Missouri’s Statewide Board of Education. 

Missy Gelner

Melissa Gelner is a St. Louis native who attended the University of Tulsa and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and dual majors in Marketing and Organizational Management. Melissa began her career in marketing at Noble & Associates, a food marketing agency in Springfield, Missouri. She went on to work for Tyson Foods for 13 years, where she launched many award-winning products with national restaurant chains.

Gelner currently serves as Chief Kinship Officer at Askinosie Chocolate in Springfield, Missouri and is the executive director of Askinosie’s Chocolate Universit. In this role, she directs programs in elementary through high-school grades, international sustainable school nutrition programs and other kinship-based initiatives in the local factory community and in cocoa origin communities. Melissa also freelances as a marketing and innovation consultant for food manufacturers and foodservice operators.

Melissa has served as a board member and is a ustaining advisor at the Junior League of Springfield and on committees supporting Isabel’s House, Care to Learn, The Springfield-Greene County Park Board and the YMCA. Melissa and her husband, Brian, have two elementary aged children attending The Summit Preparatory School in Springfield, Missouri, where she has served as an executive committee member of the Board of Trustees. 

“I am honored to serve the administration and state’s children on the Board of Education. As a mother of two elementary age children, I hold the value of education in very high regard. I look forward to contributing and supporting a bright future for Missouri’s students,” Gelner said in response to the appointment made by Governor Eric Greitens.

Missouri’s Board of Education

The Missouri State Board of Education is made up of eight citizens appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The bodies major duties include setting policy for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, defining academic performance standards for public schools, and submitting annual budget recommendations for education to the Missouri Legislature. 

Danielle Kincaid named to Board of Directors for the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools

July 26, 2017By RosieUncategorized

Danielle Kincaid named to Board of Directors for the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools

We’re excited to celebrate the appointment of Danielle Kincaid to the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools

Danielle Kincaid

Danielle Kincaid, an attorney with Ozarks Elder Law, was recently appointed to the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools Board of Directors. A 21-member Board of Directors manages the affairs of the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools, which works to promote educational excellence for every child by raising, managing, and distributing private investment to benefit the students of Springfield Public Schools. Members serve for a term of three years.

Danielle is an active volunteer leader with several other organizations, including the Child Advocacy Center, the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Springfield, and more. 

Rosie members appointed to Isabel’s House Associate Board

July 18, 2017By RosieUncategorized

Rosie members appointed to Isabel’s House Associate Board

Two Rosie members have been appointed to the new Associate Board formed by Isabel’s House. Brittney Smith of Arthur J. Gallagher and Jami Julse of Spencer Fane were each recently appointed after learning about the Associate Board through Rosie promotion.

Isabel’s House works to provide immediate refuge for children ages birth to 12 whose families are in crisis. The newly formed Associate Board will allow Isabel’s House to develop relationships with our community’s next generation of leadership while advancing their mission to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect.