Executive Committee

The role of the Every Child Promise’s Executive Committee is to provide guidance to the committees and staff in the implementation of the plan. The Promise began as an initiative of the Springfield News-Leader. The Springfield News-Leader launched a public-service journalism project to focus public attention on critical challenges facing children, foster discussion and build on existing initiatives. The Every Child community advisory committee — with representatives from the business, government, education, nonprofit, law enforcement, health and faith sectors — played an important role in beginning a conversation. The group educated and advised journalists and help engage other stakeholders and the general public in a discussion on what was truly going on in our community. As the News-Leader’s journalism project was ending, new members were added and the advisory committee became an executive committee, to move the ideas forward.

Ultimately, action became the focus, and the initiative became a promise.

  • Brian Fogle Community Foundation of the Ozarks
  • Debi Meeds United Way of the Ozarks
  • Dr. John Jungmann Springfield Public Schools
  • Rev. Mark Struckoff Council of Churches
  • Janet Dankert Community Partnership of the Ozarks
  • Brooke O’Reilly Springfield Junior League
  • Mike White, Chairman Mayor’s Commission for Children
  • Mayor Bob Stephens City of Springfield
  • Commissioner Roseann Bentley Greene County
  • Sandy Howard Springfield Chamber of Commerce
  • Rob Fulp, First Community Bank
  • Dr. Tom Prater Mattax Neu Prater
  • Dr. Kim Prater Breast Care Clinic
  • Denise Fredrick SPS Board of Education President
  • John Gentry Positronic Industries, Inc.
  • Brad Crain Arvest Bank
  • Betty Parnell Emeritus Member
  • Todd Parnell Emeritus Member