Lyle Foster is a Missouri State University assistant professor of sociology, member of the Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations, a newspaper columnist, and the owner of Big Momma’s Coffee & Espresso Bar. Now he’s on to a new role: administering $34 million in federal CARES Act funds to meet Greene County COVID-19 needs.
On his vision for the role: “Part of my vision would be that it’s done in a way that’s transparent, that addresses community priorities. We’re trying to make sure that some of those pockets of our community that get overlooked can get assisted.”
On why the job was a good fit: “I’ve been heavily involved in the community, and I think I understand community impact as a sociologist. I anticipate looking at the individual requests. It gives you an even clearer look at what the impact [of COVID-19] has been.”
On where he goes for inspiration: “That I still feel healthy—that’s inspiration enough. Each morning I wake up, I’m inspired because that means I’ve got another day. To be honest, I probably appreciate life differently because of the pandemic.”