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  • Dee Gerstenkorn

BCI Adds Five New Board Members

Boone Center, Inc. (BCI)—a nonprofit that improves the lives of adults with disabilities through employment opportunities—recently named Denise Childress, Kelly Cope, Rick Goe, Julie Rodgers and George Schoedinger to its board of directors. Board members are eligible to serve two consecutive three-year terms.

Childress is a trial lawyer and owner of Childress Legal, LLC. She is a member of the Missouri Bar and the Missouri Society for Criminal Justice. In 2020, Childress co-founded the Missouri DWI Institute to educate lawyers, judges, and law enforcement officers on the scientific and technical aspects of DWI law. Childress is the president of the St. Charles County Bar Association and serves on the City of St. Charles Parks and Recreation Board.

Cope is a 30-year veteran in the emergency medical services field and currently works as Chief Executive Officer of the St. Charles County Ambulance District (SCCAD). Cope is a founding member of SCCAD’s community outreach group that provides educational opportunities for residents such as Lifesaver CPR. Cope also is an active supporter of Brace for IMPACT 46, a nonprofit whose mission is to make positive, sustainable change in the lives of children in need in Haiti and St. Louis.

Goe is the Vice President of Supply Chain for Distribution Management (DM) in St. Charles, Mo. Goe’s interest in BCI stemmed from the memory of his late aunt who lived with a disability but did not have an opportunity to develop self-sustaining skills. In 2021, Goe was instrumental in DM’s partnership with the BCI Skills Center to create competitive work and training opportunities for people with disabilities in the warehousing industry.

Rodgers is the Executive Director of Economic Development for Lincoln County. Rodgers also serves on the board of directors for OATS Transit, on the Northeast Missouri Workforce Development Board employer engagement committee, and as president of the MO6 chapter of the Heart of Missouri Blue Star Mothers. Rodgers is a current member of the Professional Business Women of Lincoln County and a past board member of the Moscow Mills Chamber of Commerce and the Silex R3 School District.

Schoedinger is the Vice President of Logistics Operations for World Wide Technology in Edwardsville, Ill. Schoedinger leads a 1,000-member team of logistics and transportation staff primarily in Edwardsville but also at smaller operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. A 30-year veteran in the operations and supply chain field, Schoedinger is the immediate past chairperson of the advisory board of the St. Louis University Center for Supply Chain Excellence.

The five newly appointed directors fill a void left by board members Julie Bartch, Mary Harvey, Facundo Oyenard, Mitch Millstein and Clark Hurrell, who either completed their terms or resigned in order to pursue other interests.

“Our directors’ experience and expertise play such a big role in our mission to create opportunities for people with disabilities” said BCI CEO Troy Compardo. “We are fortunate and proud that we continue to have such an accomplished, engaged board.”

In addition to the new directors, BCI appointed Peoples Bank & Trust Senior Vice President Tim Meyer and RGAX Director of Global Change Management Katie Butkovich to its board committees. The two are serving on the Finance and Development Committees, respectively.

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