The Summit Board of Trustees
Anne Sallee Mason graduated magna cum laude from William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, and obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1987. Anne is Of Counsel at Neale & Newman L.L.P., where her primary areas of practice are estate planning, probate administration and trust law. Anne is a member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, the Missouri Bar, and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, the Community Advisory Board of Isabel’s House Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks, and is a member of Leadership Springfield, the Junior League of Springfield and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Anne was honored as one of the Springfield Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2002, and received the Springfield Business Journal’s award as one of 20 Most Influential Women in the Business in 2001. Her son Evan is currently in eighth grade at The Summit.
Alison Bauer is a Springfield native who graduated Summa Cum Laude from Missouri State University in 1993. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Alison pursued a career in sales management in South Bend, Indiana while her husband Jeff, whom she married in 1994, obtained his law degree. Upon relocating to Kansas City, Alison indulged her creative side, forming the funk rock band “The Incredible” in 1998. She spent the next four years touring the Midwest as lead vocalist/songwriter with her band mates. After returning to her hometown of Springfield, Alison retired from the band life to become a full time mother. She has two daughters, Charlotte and Darla, and one son, Beck, all of whom attend The Summit. Alison is an active volunteer with the children’s ministries at Schweitzer United Methodist Church, and also enjoys volunteering her time at The Summit.
Mark is a partner with BKD CPAs and Advisors and assists home care and hospice providers across the country with audits, strategic planning, accounting, cost reports, projections, operating budgets, corporate integrity, and mergers and acquisitions. He joined BKD in 1992 after graduating in 1991 from Missouri State University, Springfield, with a B.S. degree in accounting and a minor in computer information systems. Actively involved in the Springfield community, Mark currently serves as Treasurer for the Ozarks Regional YMCA corporate board. He served in the same capacity for Lost & Found of the Ozarks for six years and was a Big Brother for ten years for the same “little” in the Big Brother Big Sisters of the Ozarks program prior to his YMCA involvement. Mark also was a participant in Leadership Springfield’s Class XIX and was recognized in 2008 as one of the Springfield Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. His twin boys, Will and Luke, have attended The Summit since 2013.
Melissa Gelner is a St. Louis native and graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and dual majors in Marketing and Organizational Management. Melissa moved to Springfield to join the food marketing agency, Noble & Associates. For 13 years, she worked at Tyson Foods as a Director of National Account Marketing where she led menu development collaboration and launched many award-winning products with national restaurant chains. She is currently serving as the Chief Kinship Officer at Askinosie Chocolate, In this role she manages Chocolate University, two international sustainable nutrition programs and the organizations other kinship-based initiatives. Melissa also freelances as a marketing and innovation consultant for food manufacturers and foodservice operators. Melissa and her husband, Brian, have two children attending The Summit, currently in 1st and 3rd grades.
Susan Miranti has 37 years of experience in education. Her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and graduate degree in Special Education are both from the University of Kansas. Susan taught special education, gifted education, Title 1 reading, and regular classes in Springfield Public Schools. She designed the Special Needs Gifted Program and BRIDGES Gifted Program for Title 1 students at Phelps Center for Gifted Education. Susan was a STARR Teacher for the state of Missouri and pioneered the first eMINTS classroom in Springfield. During her last four years with Springfield R-12, she was an Instructional Specialist where she worked with every school in the Springfield District. Susan traveled the state of Missouri as a trainer for Missouri Reading Initiative before retiring in 2015. Susan enjoys traveling with her husband, Joe, training her dogs, and spoiling her granddaughter.
Jeff Eiserman is a native of Branson and graduated cum laude from Missouri State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. He works as a Business Risk Advisor with Ollis/Akers/Arney, an Independent Insurance Agency in Springfield, working with local non-profits, manufacturers, technology companies and educational institutions, identifying areas of risk and developing customized plans to address that risk. Jeff was named to the inaugural class of Trusted Advisers as named by Springfield Business Journal in 2014. Jeff recently served as President of the Board of Directors of the Discovery Center of Springfield, a hands-on Science Museum promoting science education in the community. Jeff is the proud father of two daughters, Izzy and Lola, who attend Springfield Public Schools.
A Denver, CO native, Max Buetow moved to Springfield in 2001 as a member of the Springfield Spirit Ice Hockey Team. He received a BA in English from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, and an MBA from Drury University. Working at CoxHealth as the Director of Springfield Neurological and Spine and System Director of Occupational Medicine, Max’s professional interests are in process improvement (Lean/Six Sigma) and change management. Max is married to wife Laura—a former Missouri Female High School Basketball Player of the Year—and is blessed with three wonderful children: Jacob (4), Katherine (2), and Claire (2 months). Max enjoys participating in sporting activities, spending time in the outdoors, and working on home improvement projects. Max and his family are members at Crossway Baptist Church, where they volunteer in children and adult ministries.
Shirley Lawler began her career in education 35 years ago after graduating from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. She received her Master of Science in Education degree in 1984 from MSU, and then when on to complete her Doctor of Education degree at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Dr. Lawler retired as the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs at Ozarks Technical Community College on July 1, 2012. She was first employed by the College in 1997 and served in various positions at OTC, which included associate vice president for academic affairs, dean of the technical education division, dean of academic services, and director of curriculum development and grants. Before joining OTC, Shirley worked in the public schools, first as a high school business teacher for 11 years, and then as a school administrator for three years. While working in the K-12 system, she was active in various organizations and held several offices in local and state organizations. She has also served as an adjunct instructor for Missouri State University, Lindenwood University, and Ozarks Technical Community College. She currently serves on the boards for the Friends of the Library and the Missouri Community College Association. Shirley loves spending time with her family and traveling as much as possible.