Kelly Parson, president of the Bolivar Area Community Foundation and president of OakStar Bank in Bolivar, has been named to the board of directors of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.   

With his term beginning July 1, Parson will serve for three years with eligibility for a second three-year term. He remains involved as a fourth-generation farmer on his family’s farm.

Parson is one of five new members named to the 21-member board for the 2019 fiscal year. 

He joins Debra Shantz Hart, attorney and co-founder of Housing Plus in Springfield and former chair of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Ron Kraettli, of Hermann, retired banker and board member of the Community Foundation of the Hermann Area Inc.; Susan Krauss, of Perryville, co-owner of Liberty Glass and founding member of the Perry County Community Foundation; and Megan Morris, foundation and philanthropy advisor for Bass Pro Shops in Springfield.

The 2018–19 Community Foundation of the Ozarks executive committee is comprised of Robin Walker, chair; Abram McGull II, vice-chair; Rhonda Christopher, treasurer; Ron Penney, secretary; Jeff Schrag, chair emeritus; Jim Holt, at-large; Morey Mechlin, at-large; and Randy Howard, investment advisory board chair.

Founded in 1973, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks is the region’s largest public charitable foundation serving a network of donors, 49 affiliate foundations and nonprofit partners across central and southern Missouri through about 3,100 funds with assets of $283 million as of June 30. 

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