K9s For Camo

Board of Directors

Tammy Jones (President)

  

Several generations of my family were born and raised in the Springfield area I am proud to call this city home. My husband of 30+years and I have two sons, the oldest is recently married and the youngest lives in the mountains of Colorado. I have yet to find the nest empty as we share it with several recued kitties and a 90lb Silver Lab named Chip.

Over the past 30 years, I have operated several businesses. My early work focused on Interior Décor and Design, specializing in interior painting, and faux finishes, as well as wallpapering, and painted murals. From 1999 till the present I have found my passion as a Real Estate Investor. For many years I have maintained a Broker/Sales license in Missouri, currently held with Murney Associates. I’ve invested in many types of Real Estate, my favorite being farmland northwest of Springfield and properties around Table Rock Lake. But I am most proud of providing safe and affordable housing in my community.

Being self employed has allowed me the opportunity to volunteer and serve on many committees, as well as hold offices on several boards, one as President and a volunteer Docent for The Gray/ Campbell Farmstead a historical based Non profit focused on teaching the History of Springfield and lifestyle during the Civil war era.

Presently I am serving on the Board of K9s For Camos. Helping promote the Mission and Goals that John has for this non-profit is a privilege. Hearing the stories of how a rescued dog changes the lives of so many is heartwarming. K9s For Camos is truly a life changer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Pruschen (President Elect)

As a Jacksonville, Florida born and Springfield, Missouri raised young man Josh is settled in Missouri. After studying at Lindenwood University he found a passion for the field of gemology and is pursuing the Graduate Gemology degree from the Gemological Institute of America. Josh is now the store manager of a fine jewelry store called Maxon Fine Jewelry. Other than gemstones you will find Josh with his K9 companions outdoors, and in his community.

Within the community Josh serves as the Vice President for K9’s for Camo, Associate Board for the Springfield Little Theater, Development Board for Humane Society of Southwest Missouri, and the Social Chair of the local Rotaract Club. On the national level Josh has spoken at national conference about business management and is apart of the Steering Committee for the American Gem Society.

Jacob Sanders (Treasurer)

Jacob Sanders, CPA is a partner with Elliott, Robinson & Co., LLP in Springfield, Missouri.  He has nearly 15 years of public accounting experience and has worked with several non-profit organizations over the years.  He has held various board positions including President of the Christian County Children’s Charities chapter of Sertoma after working with a small group of founding members to get this club started.  His financials knowledge and leadership skills, as well as the resources of his 50+ person accounting firm, make him a valuable asset to our organization.

Chelsea Huff (Secretary)

I have worked for the State of Missouri since early 2015. My 3 years with the State took place with the Department of Corrections at Ozark Correctional Center. During my time at the correctional center I volunteered in our Puppies for Parole training program. After spending 2 years volunteering alongside the coordinator of the program I eventually was given the chance to take over. When this happened I realized how much more our program could become and I began working with John on the beginnings of what is now K9s for Camo. I hired the original crew of trainers for the program and helped to get it up and running before transferring to the Department of Social Services. Although I have left the department I still keep in contact daily with those at the correctional center for updates and new ideas on the program. My real passion lies in helping those struggling with addiction and I left the Department of Corrections in order to pursue my degree in Psychology for that reason.

Jennifer Swope

Jennifer Swope graduated magna cum laude in 1991 from Missouri State University, with a BS in Accounting.  She began work with BKD, LLP, immediately after graduation and obtained her CPA, specializing in financial consulting and auditing for the healthcare industry. In 1996, Jennifer moved to Mercy to start the Internal Audit department for the organization.  After successfully establishing the department, Jennifer was hired as Vice-President of Finance for Mercy Hospital, where she was responsible for managing all financial aspect of the departments of the Springfield hospital. In 2010, Jennifer was hired by Jordan Valley Community Health Center to serve as Vice-President of Administrative Affairs, which included supervision of all financial and administrative departments of the organization.

After spending a year at Jordan Valley, Jennifer left the corporate world to spend more time with her family.  Jennifer is married to Jon Swope and has two daughters, now 14 and 12. Both girls attend Gloria Deo Academy and are home-schooled part-time. Jon and Jennifer live on 11 acres where they enjoy gardening, raising chickens, and caring for bees.  They have two gigantic black labs, Rosie and Lilly, who keep the entire family totally entertained and extremely busy.

Jennifer has volunteered with many local charity organizations, primarily assisting with financial setup or cleanup, fund-raising events, and serving on the board of directors in many cases.  The organizations she has worked with include Springfield Little Theatre, Lost & Found Grief Center, United Way of the Ozarks, Girls on the Run of Southwest Missouri, Wilder Elementary School, and Gloria Deo Academy.  

Jo Higgins

Jo is a graduate of Forsyth Missouri High School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in education at College of the Ozarks in 1994. She put herself through school by raising 150 cattle on a 400-acre farm.

Following graduation, she taught school in the Spokane R VII Missouri district from 1994 to 2004.  In addition to teaching elementary education, she coached girl’s basketball and taught adaptive PE at the high school level.

In 2005 she stepped away from teaching to make a career change and moved into the financial industry. She earned her Series 7, Series 63 and Insurance license. From 2005 to 2011 Jo worked at A. G. Edwards as a Financial Consultant.

For the last seven years she has been employed by Bank of Missouri and recently moved to the brand-new Nixa branch to help get it started. Jo is a member of the Christian County Lions Club. Currently she serves as Second Vice President and is a member of the Sight & Hearing committee.

Jo has always had dogs. She loves animals and being outdoors, and she understands how the companionship of a special dog can help heal life’s wounds. Having pets helps to build self esteem in children and adults.    

Part of Jo’s motivation for working with Camos for Canines is to honor her father, and all our country’s veterans. Her father was a World War II veteran who earned a purple heart.

Dr. Loren M. Lundstrom (Veteran Affairs) 

A veteran myself, I retired from the Air Force at the rank of Lt. Colonel in 2004 after 23 years of service.  Currently as Dean of Student Development at Ozarks Technical Community College my duties include oversight of the Veteran Services Office which serves over 700 student veterans. My focus in assisting our student veterans includes advising, counseling, providing suicide prevention training, and coordinating PTSD awareness training for staff and faculty. I also work with the Student Veteran Organization (a 501 C organization) on campus. My office recently won a Department of Education $1.5M “Veterans Upward Bound” grant to provide disadvantaged veterans in our community with college-prep advising and tutorial services. This requires coordinating with the many veteran-service organizations in the community.  I am also currently the college’s administrator overseeing the planning and implementation of student conduct requirements for a $230K Department of Justice, Office of Violence against Women grant (Campus Program), received in 2017 in collaboration with Missouri State University.

Kevin Welch

Kevin has lived in the Springfield/Rogersville area for 55 years. He is a local entrepreneur who is actively involved in the community. Kevin has been helping K9s For Camo with training classes even before he was a board member. He uses his own highly trained dog at classes to help veteran/dog teams with obedience and task training. He is in charge of K9s For Camo’s training outline and volunteer trainer outreach. 

Kristy Endacott

Kristy Endacott is a Springfield native and community volunteer. Kristy has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Tulsa and has served on the Ozarks Literacy Council Board of Directors. She has previously worked at Lost & Found Grief Center, a local non-profit, as the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. Kristy also volunteers for a local animal rescue site as the primary grant writer. She has been married for 28 years to her husband, David and they have three children.

Matthew Campbell

Born and raised in Missouri, I began volunteering at an early age in local community fire departments. After watching close members of my family suffer from PTSD after serving our country, I became desired to help veterans that suffer from PTSD.  I am currently the Director of Financial Planning and Analytics for Dexter Solutions, where I manage the budgeting, financial statements, and analysis of the organization. Also, Owners of local business Lolly Llama which provides baby and mommy gifts to local retailers and customers all over the world via multiple online platforms.

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