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Women in Business

Southwest Missouri Businesses That are Powered by Women

Meet the local leaders who are moving their respective businesses forward.

Mar 2020

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It’s no secret that southwest Missouri is full of female leaders guiding businesses to success. Read on to learn how local companies are committed to building diverse leadership, empowering their employees and enriching our business community.

BKD CPAs and Advisors staff members in Springfield MO
Left to right: Camille Lockhart, Juli Pascoe, Mary Anne Pipkin, Erica Smith, Kim Hamm, Stephanie Weis, Kristen Wannenmacher Bright, Jean Nyberg

BKD CPAs & Advisors

910 E. St. Louis St., Springfield, MO | 417-865-8701

BKD CPAs & Advisors is proud to feature the eight women partners that work on their Southern Missouri team: Camille Lockhart, Juli Pascoe, Mary Anne Pipkin, Erica Smith, Kim Hamm, Stephanie Weis, Kristen Wannenmacher Bright and Jean Nyberg.

These leaders help support BKD’s 97 years in business, delivering solid tax, audit and consulting advice. Of course, their expertise goes well beyond the standard accounting services to include risk management, technology, wealth management and forensic and valuation services. They want to earn your trust, and their expertise can help simplify your life. They’re part of the BKD team that spans all 50 states and internationally, with more than 2,900 dedicated professionals providing solutions for clients and combining the insight and ideas of thought leaders in multiple industries.

BKD is committed to building an environment where employees are empowered and unique perspectives are valued. In 2014, BKD launched a firmwide initiative to emphasize and strengthen diversity and promote inclusion. The initiative is called SKY, and it offers a variety of educational programs. Two examples are the SKYx Women’s Conference—a two-day program focused on career education and networking—and the Sponsor-Protégé Leadership Program—a program focused on supporting BKD’s talented women as they advance to leadership positions.

Staff members at Mercy OBGYN and Midwifery in Springfield MO
Front Row: Holly Bolger, DO; Jennifer Wolf, MD; Shanon Tuter, DO, FACOOG | Back Row: Sarah Jones, CNM, FNP; Lori Link, CNM; Chandria Johnson, MD; Jessica Windschitl, DO; Shayla Crawford, WHNP

Mercy OB/GYN & Midwifery

1235 E. Cherokee St., Springfield, MO | 417-820-2000

Whether they’re leading in the board room or in their homes, southwest Missouri women deserve the best, most convenient medical care for all stages of their lives. Mercy provides the right care at the right time to ensure women can be thriving members of our community.

Mercy’s OB/GYN and Midwifery team offers treatment choices so women can take control of their health. Options include our region’s only midwife-led, in-hospital, low-intervention birthing program. Mercy also offers standard deliveries and advanced gynecological care with robotic surgery.

After giving birth, Mercy moms can count on the area’s largest team of pediatricians and pediatric specialists to care for whatever needs their growing families may have.

Mercy Springfield Communities is comprised of Mercy Hospital Springfield, an 866-bed referral center; an orthopedic hospital; a rehab hospital; a children’s hospital; four regional hospitals in Lebanon, Aurora, Cassville, and Mountain View, Missouri; and Mercy Clinic, a physician clinic with nearly 700 doctors and locations throughout the region. It is part of Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems for four consecutive years (2016 to 2019) by IBM Watson Health.

Kerri Southard of Volt Credit Union in Springfield MO
Kerri Southard

Volt Credit Union

2624 W. Republic Rd., Springfield, MO | 417-862-0471

Volt Credit Union’s Kristin “Kerri” Southard has spent 20 years in banking, with nine of them at Volt. It is at Volt that she has found her passion, giving financial help to those who need it. For the last nine years, Kerri has worked her magic to help her members lower their interest rates on auto loans, credit cards and any other debt that she can. Along with helping members out of debt, Kerri has a knack for helping them protect their investments with low-priced warranties and Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) Insurance. In fact, Kerri recently received national recognition for her work in protecting her members’ assets through these products. It is this passion and dedication to her members that led to Kerri’s recent promotion to Branch Manager at Volt’s new Republic Road location.

Kerri is one of many female leaders at Volt. Through this leadership Volt has built a culture that is invested in not only its membership, but the Springfield community as a whole. Yes, they provide great financial products and services to their members, but they also support the rest of southwest Missouri through volunteer work and other charitable efforts.

Volt Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative that is celebrating 85 years in Springfield.

Andrea Deckard of A. Deckard Interiors in Springfield MO
Andrea Deckard

A. Deckard Interiors

1501 E. Sunshine St., Suite D, Springfield, MO | 417-831-9300

For 18 years, Andrea Deckard has enhanced the experiences of 417-landers’ daily lives by creating beautiful, functional spaces in which to work, dine, visit, shop and stay. She leads A. Deckard Interiors, a small company powered by a strong commitment to exceed the design needs of each client she represents. Her commitment to customer service is unparalleled—as an independent interior design firm, she represents her clients’ best interests, not the interests of the architect or contractor. Deckard believes that diversity of leadership roles in business and in the community at large is important so that leadership reflects those they represent.

BluCurrent Credit Union staff members in Springfield MO
deAnna Downs & Hannah McCaig

BluCurrent Credit Union

1770 W. Sunset St., Springfield, MO | 417-887-1983

Founded in 1929, BluCurrent is Springfield’s oldest and largest credit union. It’s owned by over 22,000 local residents and invests back into the community it serves.

BluCurrent is proud to have strong female leadership and diversity as a whole as part of their equation for success. Two great examples are deAnna Downs, VP of Mortgage Lending, and Hannah McCaig, Mortgage Sales Manager. Hannah and deAnna were tasked with growing mortgage lending and increasing community awareness. Downs and McCaig are both incredibly involved in the community through GSBOR, WCR, REMP and Habitat for Humanity, among others.

Donco 3 Construction staff members in Marshfield MO
Adreanne Dudley, Rachel York, Kellie Kingery

Donco 3 Construction

1035 Schoolview Drive, Marshfield, MO | 417-859-0560

Donco 3 Construction is proud to be a State Certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise. They have a strong team of leaders both in the field and in the office. That includes Rachel York, Owner/Managing Member, HR & Payroll; Adreanne Dudley, Project Manager; and Kellie Kingery, Office Assistant and Pump Truck Manager. Their team is their greatest and most valuable resource, and so Donco 3 is committed to providing a safe and thriving work environment for each team member to grow and advance in skill and leadership. With ten years in business, they use their experience and knowledge in the concrete industry to deliver a quality concrete product to every customer, and to be a quality company to work for.

Jessica Simmerman, Director of Operations at Loehr Health Center in Springfield MO
Jessica Simmerman, Director of Operations

Loehr Health Center

2144 E. Republic Rd., Suite A-104, Springfield, MO | 417-887-8075

Loehr Health Center recognizes that moms are the number one health care decision makers in most families. Likewise, their business is powered by women who know and understand what families are looking for in a health care provider.

That leadership begins with Jessica Simmerman, Director of Operations. Jessica has been instrumental in developing processes and procedures that have led Loehr Health Center through their rapid growth and will guide them with all future endeavors. Currently, her creativity and innovation are paving the way for LHC to “redefine health and wellness” by bringing together both western and eastern medicine perspectives at their new location in Farmer’s Park.

Melissa Turpin of Unique Tile in Nixa MO
Melissa Turpin

Unique Tile

1364 Kelly Ave., Nixa, MO | 417-725-5515

Melissa Turpin is helping to make the process of buying tile and stone as simple as possible, creating beautiful spaces that people enjoy and will last. Since 1988 Unique Tile, owned by Melissa Turpin along with her husband Paul Mudd, has been a Missouri-based wholesale distributor of designer-oriented tile and stone. Melissa’s degree in interior design helps her understand the technical needs of both designers and architects. She travels the globe to personally select each tile series, enabling Unique Tile to present the latest the trade has to offer at the best possible prices. You can count on quality products, attention to detail and continued service after the sale from Melissa and the team at Unique Tile.

W2M Global staff members in Springfield MO
Rachel Casey, Renea Frizzell, Viviana Writer, Heidi Bleil

W2M Global

1414 E. Primrose St., Suite 100, Springfield, MO | 417-851-1785

W2M Global Real Estate is breaking the gender stereotype in the male-dominated commercial real estate industry. In fact, their team consists of an all-female crew (along with one man who is a partial owner but not part of daily operations). In their first six months in business, W2M has surpassed goals and earned clients that agents typically strive for their entire careers. W2M’s local leaders include Rachel Casey; Renea Frizzell; Viviana Writer, Owner; and Heidi Bleil. They grew up here, graduated here and have families here. Their roots are firm. Through strategic partnerships, these women offer clients opportunities to invest and develop that other brokerages cannot.