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 has served on the board of directors for the Ozarks Regional YMCA and Lost & Found of the Ozarks. He 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 and Lost & Found involvement. Mark 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.
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.
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.
Judy was Vice-President at Drury University for Alumni Relations and Development for 30+ years. After retiring from full time work, she continues to serve Drury as a consultant in addition to work with the Flint, Michigan Symphony and Music School. Recognized by AFP as an Outstanding Fundraising Professional, she works with Major Gifts and Planned Giving.
Jennifer Newman is a graduate of Drury University and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. She is employed as a partner in The Newman Law Firm, L.L.C. in Springfield. Her practice concentrates in the areas of personal injury and workers’ compensation. Jennifer is licensed to practice in the state courts of Missouri and Arkansas and the United States District Court, Western District of Missouri. Jennifer has served as a board member of the Miss Springfield/Miss Branson Organization for 10 years. She has also served as secretary and board member for Grupo Latinoamericano (Latin American Group), and she is fluent in Spanish. Jennifer and her husband, John, have one (1) daughter, Alyssa, who attends The Summit.
Caleb is a Commercial Advisor at Ollis/Akers/Arney. He assists middle market companies with risk management and claim mitigation by identifying company-specific needs and designing a plan tailored to those needs. Previously, Caleb was a well-respected banking and finance recruiter for several local and regional banks. His honest approach to business has been the catalyst in successfully maintaining long-lasting relationships developed through both recruiting and risk management. Caleb was born in St. Louis but, having done all his schooling locally, he considers himself a Springfield native. Caleb has also been very active in the Springfield music community for the last 20 years and remains a vocal supporter for Springfield’s continued growth as a creative outlet. He feels that everyone has a creative side, even if they haven’t tapped into it yet.
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 the international business immersion initiative, Chocolate University, and the activities of The Askinosie Foundation as the executive director. Melissa also freelances as a marketing and innovation consultant for the food service industry. Melissa and her husband, Brian, have two children attending The Summit, currently in 3rd and 5th grades.