Nick Foster — Ward 4 Council Member City of Columbia,
Kip Kendrick — Presiding Commissioner, Boone County
Mary Ratliff — President, Columbia, Missouri Branch NAACP
Rep. David Tyson Smith — Missouri State Representative-House District 45
Dr. Brian Yearwood — Superintendent, Columbia Public Schools
Michael Acock — Pastor, Christian Fellowship
A dialogue of the vision, mission and purpose of the Source Summit Global. An update and overview of the activities performed by the members of the Source Summit Roundtable, since last year’s summit.
Dr. Lester Woods, Jr., Senior Pastor, Urban Empowerment Ministries, and Convener, The Source Summit Global
D’Andre Thompson, Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer, City of Columbia, and Co-Convener, The Source Summit Global
Judge Kayla Jackson-Williams
Boone County Associate
Circuit Court Judge, Division X
This session will provide an opportunity to share social concerns that our community faces and the activities that community based organizations perform to address some of those concerns. Additionally, this session brings awareness to how the community may partner in these efforts.
Dr. Lester Woods, Jr., Moderator
D’Markus Thomas-Brown, PD Recovery Support and Reentry Opportunity Center
Tanya Heath, Volunteer and Community Outreach Communicator
Dr. Brittany Fatoma, Executive Director of Worley Street Roundtable
“Economic and Social Concerns Advocacy Award”
“The Source Summit Veteran Award”
Dr. Lester Woods, Jr., Convener, The Source Summit-Columbia
Lunch will be provided during the 12-1pm Awards Ceremony
In this session, panelists explore the nuances associated with a co-response model to mental health emergencies from local first responders. As communities toil with a growing number of mental health emergency calls that result in death or severe injury, there is a need to deploy strategies that preserve life through de-escalation techniques and linkage to needed services. Panelists will share how their respective organizations are meeting this crisis head on while developing collective strategies to mitigate this ever evolving challenge. You won’t want to miss this thought provoking session and the solutions that are shared throughout!
Tasca Tolson — Owner/Consultant, TMT Consulting
Mathew Gass — President of the Central Region, Burrell Behavioral Health
Jeremiah Hunter — Assistant Police Chief, Columbia Police Department
Dr. Ravi Shankar — Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Missouri Psychiatric Center
This session will examine the need to define affordability in today’s housing and rental markets as many communities face the proliferating challenge of acquiring housing for cost burden individuals. Data continues to reveal that many families and individuals are subsequently cost burdened by paying more than 30% of their income on housing, which can lead to devastating impacts if an emergency arises. Coupled with a growing number of unsheltered individuals migrating to the mid-Missouri area, solutions must be explored to ensure our community is prepared to support those who are experiencing these problems first-hand. Hear from our panelists as we dive into this continually evasive issue and work together to develop solutions!
Kari Utterback — Senior Planner (Homelessness Emphasis), City/County Public Health and Human Services
Timothy Teddy — Director of Community Development, City of Columbia
Anthony Stanton — President, Columbia Community Land Trust (Planning & Zoning Commissioner)
Jane Williams — Executive Director, Love Columbia (Affordable Housing Coalition)
During this session, discussion will be centered on the relevance of civic engagement in the planning process for medium sized communities experiencing continual growth and development. Hear from panelists as they share the importance of working with community stakeholders to help inform major decisions that will shape future expansion for this region of mid-Missouri. You will also hear from elected officials about how urban planning and civic engagement aligns with City and County priorities currently underway. This will be an amazingly informative session that will provide attendees an opportunity to engage with a fundamentally important community process!
D’Andre Thompson — DEI Administrator, City of Columbia
Bill Florea — Director, Boone County Resource Management
Justin Aldred — District I Commissioner, Boone County Commissioners Office
Nick Foster — City Council (Ward 4), City of Columbia
Roy Lovelady — City Council (Ward 3), City of Columbia
James Patterson — Steering Committee Member, Boone County Master Plan
Stacey Button — Director of Economic Development, City of Columbia (REDI)
Judge Kayla L. Jackson-Williams as Keynote
Dr. Lester Woods Jr., Source Summit Convener
Dr. Christine Woods, Crowned Counseling
Tanya Heath, BJ ’91, has taught Public Relations, Advertising and Interviewing Jobs Skills for 12 years in the Strategic Communication Department in the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Previously her background at MU for an additional 8 years includes being a marketing specialist at MU Extension and the director of advertising in University Publications. Prior to that, she worked for a fundraising company and two advertising agencies. She was president of the American Advertising Federation of Mid-Missouri and served as chair of the education, diversity and public service committees throughout the club’s 17-year existence. Heath won Ad PRO of the Year and ADDY awards for her print advertisements. She helped the Mid-Missouri AAF chapter win second place in the public service category in the organization’s national competition. Outside of the university, she’s involved in direct sales, has a wellness business, likes to travel and is a sports enthusiast. Heath also co-created a Summit and a weekly email which gives volunteers information on ways to support youth activities in Columbia. She is a 30 year member of Community United Methodist Church and the Vice President of the non-profit P.E.A.C.E. (People Embracing Another Choice Effectively.) Heath graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, specializing in advertising, in 1991 from the Missouri School of Journalism and 1987 Hickman High School graduate.
Tasca Tolson is the founder of TMT Consulting where she provides trauma-informed, evidence-based Batterer Intervention Programming, therapy, anger management, recovery coaching and professional training. She has over 20 years’ experience in social services with a variety of populations and was a Training Coordinator for the State of Missouri. Ms. Tolson has a MS degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia College and a Master’s in Education and Counseling at Stephens College. Ms. Tolson’s current credentials include LPC, CADC, BIP, and CTP.
Mat is a licensed clinical social worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He has an extensive background in the human services field, having worked in various clinical and administrative roles in both inpatient and outpatient mental health settings. Currently, he serves as the President of the Brightli Central Region, a partnership between Burrell Behavioral Health and Preferred Family Healthcare. In this role, Mat oversees services provided in 17 counties within the region. Additionally, he has played a key role in developing clinical programming and workforce initiatives throughout the state of Missouri.
Mat’s contributions include the creation of Burrell’s programming for ER Diversion and Community Mental Health Liaison programs, as well as several fidelity-based programs in southwest Missouri. He has also been involved in the establishment of a 24-hour behavioral health crisis center and a forthcoming school-based health clinic located at the CPS campus, specifically in the Field Elementary building.
In addition to his professional commitments, Mat is actively involved in various community boards, including REDI, The Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and the Missouri Primary Care Association. Outside of work, Mat and his wife Kimberly are proud parents to seven children and ten grandchildren. They have also welcomed two energetic dogs, Freya and Olida, into their family.
Assistant Police Chief Jeremiah Hunter has served in Law Enforcement for over 25 years (18 with CPD). He is currently the Commander of the Investigations Bureau and CPD Special Operations Unit.
Dr. Shankar completed his medical schooling at Gandhi Medical College, India and residency in Psychiatry and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at West Virginia University, Morgantown. He has been a faculty member with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri since 2014. He has worked clinically on inpatient child psychiatry unit, pediatric consult liaison service and outpatient child Psychiatry clinic. He has served in various educational leadership positions including psychiatry medical student clerkship director, director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and most recently as the Director of Psychiatry Residency. He has also presented at various national meetings including AACAP, AADPRT and ADMSEP.
Kari Utterback graduated from Missouri State University in 2007 and promptly moved to Columbia, MO where she got involved with her municipal government. She has worked at Columbia/Boone Co. Public Health and Human Services since 2010 and has been the lead facilitator for the diversity, equity and inclusion training program since 2015. She has been integral in implementing a community-wide effort to look at how we can work to interrupt our own biases and understand/use our privilege. She is the 2019 Columbia Values Diversity Award recipient. Outside of her work at the City, she has one husband, two dogs, four hens, a small quilting business, severe anxiety, and a very large family and support system that helps her to keep everything mostly manageable!
Tim Teddy has been the Community Development Director for the City of Columbia since 2011. In that capacity, he manages the department responsible for city planning activities, review of annexation, zoning, subdivision, building and site plan review, construction permits and inspections. He moved to Columbia with his family in 2005 to become the city’s Planning and Development Director. Altogether, Tim has 33 years of experience in local government in Illinois and Columbia. His work has included comprehensive land use planning, transportation planning, community development block grants, neighborhood services, development and redevelopment plan review, historic preservation, liaison to citizen boards and commissions, and public-private and governmental partnerships. Throughout his career, he has experienced the challenges of planning housing for growing and changing cities. His approach to housing is holistic: It must start with what people need and involve multiple, coordinated solutions, including regulatory reform as well as design, financial, technological, and social innovation and change.
Tim graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois where he majored in history and geography; and the University of Illinois-Urbana where he received a master’s degree in geography.
Anthony E. Stanton is an Activist, Educator, Entrepreneur, and Construction Industry Professional. Anthony has crafted his 25-year career around the total ecosystem of the construction environment. Within these 25 years, Anthony has:
Anthony’s Mission statement is ” To leverage my education and life experiences to continue the fight for civil rights on the battlefield of land use and policy to preserve, sustain and expand the places we live, work and play.”
Jane Williams is co-founder and executive director of Love Columbia, a local non-profit that has served over 15,000 families in need in our community since 2008. Her 40-year social work career includes hospital social work, foster care, and leading numerous local social justice and relief efforts.
Jane has received numerous local awards, including, Griffiths Leadership Society for Women Outstanding University of Missouri Alumna Among Professional Women 2012, University of Missouri School of Social Work Outstanding Field Instructor 2017, CoMo 100 Most Influential Citizens 2017, CoMo Magazine Woman of Excellence in Public Service 2021, Inside Columbia Best Cultural Influencer 2021 and 2022, and Salvation Army’s Women Doing Good 2023.
Jane lost her eyesight in 2013. She says it is the amazing help provided by her family, friends, and the staff and volunteers of Love Columbia that has allowed her to continue the work she loves. She and her husband, Scott, have two children and six grandchildren and are founding members of Christian Fellowship Church, where they have both served in many capacities.
D’Andre Thompson is the inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Administrator with the City of Columbia in the City Manager’s Office. He also considers himself to be a social activist who is regularly involved in community initiatives advocating for the inclusion of diverse perspectives in developing a thriving and welcoming community. He is a graduate of both the University of Missouri-Columbia and Columbia College with degrees in General Studies and Business Administration (MBA) respectively. His commitment to the community of Columbia and Boone County is evident through his acts of community service and engagement with populations that are most vulnerable and in need.
Bill Florea is the Director of Resource Management for Boone County. With thirty years in the field of Land Use Planning, Bill has extensive experience in zoning, land development, and environmental planning and has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 2000. Bill and his wife live on a small acreage southwest of Columbia.
Justin Aldred has served as Boone County Commissioner for the Southern District since 2021. Justin began his enlisted military career in the US Army with the 342nd CBRN Company in Urbana, Illinois. He was quickly selected for the Ike Skelton Early Commissioning Program, sending him to Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri, where he earned his commission as an Army Lieutenant.
Justin completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of Missouri and earned a Certificate in American Constitutional Democracy from the Kinder Institute, all while serving as the Battalion Signal Officer for the 175th Military Police Battalion, Missouri Army National Guard. After working as a news writer and broadcaster with KMZU, he served as Special Projects Coordinator with the Missouri State Auditor’s Office, assisting with government communications and data analytics.
He is an active member of the Boone County community, and serves as President of the Board of The Bluffs Foundation, and is a Board Member of the Downtown Columbia Leadership Council and the University of Missouri-Boone County Extension Council. In addition, he serves on the National Association of Counties Veterans and Military Services Committee and Telecommunications & Technology Policy Steering Committee.
Justin is currently liaison to the Boone County Resource Management Department, home to planning, building codes, inspections, engineering and stormwater and to the Information Technology Department. He is also liaison to the Boone County Human Resources Department, which includes Employee Benefits, Risk Management and the Workers Compensation Committee.
Nick Foster is the Fourth Ward representative on Columbia’s City Council, having been elected in April 2021. After retiring as Executive Director from Voluntary Action Center in 2020, he remained committed to community service, his primary reason for running for office. Nick’s wife, Candace Kuby, is Associate Provost for Faculty Success at Mizzou. Their daughter is a fifth-grader in Columbia Public Schools.
Hello, my name is Roy Lee Lovelady Jr. I am 39 years old. I am an activist turned politician with a spiritual background to reach higher heights and the people in my community. I’m also a self-employed entrepreneur, who has owned my business for 20 years and a cosmetology educator for 12 years. I’ve owned my dance studio for 11 years, and currently serve as a councilman for the City of Columbia for a year and a half. All my jobs require me being in touch with people and listening so who better to echo their voices than myself! I’m excited to be included on this panel where giving my views for all to hear is a distinguished honor.
James Patterson is an Associate Minister with Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. He also serves as a member of the Boone County Master Plan Advisory Committee. He retired from MFA, Inc. in the IT Department after 34 years of service. He has served on the Boone County Industrial Development Authority as a member. He also is a member of the NAACP Executive Board for the Columbia chapter. He is currently the President of the Mount. Carmel District Christian Education Ministry, while also serving as a member of the Race Onward Ministry.
Stacey Button is the President of Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI) and Director of Economic Development for the City of Columbia, Missouri. Stacey is charged with motivating and leading the high performing teams at REDI and Columbia Regional Airport, as well as developing and implementing economic development initiatives for Columbia and Boone County.
Specific projects that Stacey has been instrumental in by serving a lead role are the expansion and retention of numerous high tech, bioscience, advanced manufacturing, and renewable companies, including related workforce development programs and the establishment of a shared commercial kitchen and retail startup incubator. Other projects include design and development of a business incubator, business accelerator, numerous airport capital projects including a new airport terminal, securing secondary air service, development of a university-based conference center, negotiation of a NFL training camp, and attainment of several state and federal grant awards.
Stacey has a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and attained her certified economic developer credentials (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2020. She proudly volunteers her time on several community-based boards, as well as on IEDC’s Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) Review Committee.