Our Financial Supporters
Site: 7013 Eland Road, Joplin, MO 64804
Office: 403 W 5th St, Joplin, MO 64801
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Lindsey Luebber is a veteran retail manager with 18 years experience serving companies like Old Navy, LUSH, Restoration Hardware, and most recently, Apple. A Joplin High School graduate, she served as a Camp Mintahama Counselor before attending Syracuse University to study Political Science. She loves organizing things and creative hands-on projects, and values design and practicality from generations past.
She currently serves the community as a school bus driver for Neosho Schools, and enjoys establishing connections with the local community that lead to improving the quality of people’s lives. Preserving Mintahama, protecting it from development, and expanding its use to help people develop cottage industry businesses is Lindsey’s lifelong commitment.
The Development Director puts organizational infrastructure in place to deliver on Mintahama’s mission and supports the work volunteers are doing, and works to obtain the funding and talent to move closer to long term goals of community engagement.
We are expanding our board membership and looking for candidates that have experience leading nonprofit organizations, are knowledgeable about education funding and compliance processes for private schools, and have an enthusiasm for enriching the SWMO area with attractions that encourage wellness and community growth.
Express interest to start a conversation and see if volunteering on the Mintahama board would help you put a dent in the universe and make a local difference. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put in touch with our CEO.
Karen Garver is a Certified Missouri Master Naturalist since 2007 with the Chert Glades Chapter located in Joplin. Karen has been elected to the Chapter Board, leading committees and serving as President for 5 years. Her projects include the Redings Mill Bridge glade restoration project with the Chert Glades Chapter, and tree planting work after the 2011 tornado to help revive Joplin’s green spaces. She designed, planted, and maintains a Butterfly Garden in Landreth Park and assists Joplin Parks and Recreation with several parks Butterfly Gardens.
Now retired from Liberty Utilities, Karen is Certified with Project Learning Tree, using trees and forests as windows on the world to increase students’ understanding of the environment and actions they can take to conserve it, and also Project Wild, which provides wildlife-based conservation and environmental education that fosters responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources.
Having served as an adult trainer for the Girl Scouts in both Kansas and southwest Missouri, Karen values Mintahama’s history and firmly believes in its great potential that needs to be shared. Being knowledgeable in identifying non-native and native trees, plants, rocks, and other wildlife, Karen will help further projects with Mintahama Inc that will benefit the Joplin area for groups & individuals to enjoy as Mintahama has for 75 years.
The Environmental Steward researches and informs decisions on infrastructure projects and oversees activities nurturing the native environment for the Mintahama property.
From Joplin High School to Missouri Southern State University freshman at age 16, Andrea (Corkle) Schneider completed her Bachelor of Science in Sociology, with Minors in Spanish Language and Criminal Justice, in December 2011. Andrea worked for the State of Missouri’s Division of Youth Services and for Cox Medical Center Branson as a Social Services Worker, then as a foster care case manager for Jasper County. She completed her Masters of Arts in Leadership through Oklahoma Baptist University in 2020 and is continuing toward a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership.
Andrea Schneider is a lifetime Southwest Missouri resident, married to a teacher and a daughter of educators, and is a homeschool mother of two. Andrea’s love of outdoors and for teaching others leadership skills, outdoor education, science and technology is shaped by exposure to Mintahama which motivated her to pursue Girl Scouting. Andrea serves the community through her church, Newton County Fairgrounds committee, and as a lifetime Girl Scout, she supports the Northern Lakes Canoe Base in Ely, Minnesota and Mintahama Inc. of Joplin, Missouri.
The Education Director oversees summer programming, education special events and after school programs throughout the year, the NEST Daycare and Preschool, and development of N.E.S.T. Academy, a nature-based education, science, and technology private school initiative.
Vicki Cassady is a lifelong learner and leader dedicated to serving children, with a focus on outdoor education.
Receiving her BS in Education from Missouri Southern State University in 1973, MS in Education from Pittsburg State University in 1982, she retired in 2002 after 29 years of elementary instruction.
She stays involved as Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers Society State Chairman and past Chapter President.
Vicki has acquired ongoing nature education through Missouri Department of Conservation. She is a Charter Member of the Chert Glades Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists. With 30 years of service with the Ozark Gateway Audubon Society, she is currently Education Chairman and past President. She is very active with the Wildcat Glades Friends Group as Board Secretary and Education Chairman and provides pre-K classes.
For the Ozark Area Girl Scout Council, Vicki was on the Camping Committee and served as a Girl Scout troop leader for over 20 years. She brings camp operational experience as Business Manager for Webb City and Carl Junction Day Camps as well as a Mintahama Counselor, Trading Post Manager and as Camp Director.
Vicki assisted the Friends of Mintahama Group through volunteer operated programs and fundraising, and is a founding member of the Mintahama Inc. Governing Board.
Brett Meeker is a 2001 graduate of Missouri Southern State University with a BS in Education. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri in 2004 and is a practicing member of the Missouri Bar. She is now the Director of Concurrent Enrollment and Academic Outreach at Missouri Southern State University.
For over 15 years, Brett has been working with the youth in Jasper County. In her spare time, she enjoys playing sports with her kids and being outdoors. She is active with the Girl Scouts as a leader and Co-Service Unit manager. Brett is a founding member of the Mintahama Inc Governing Board.
Jamie Dworaczyk is a long time resident of Carl Junction Missouri and a graduate of Carl Junction High School. She has been employed with Wal-Mart since 1999, currently serving as a Wal-Mart Academy Department Manager.
Jamie enjoys guiding youth in outdoor experiences as well as domestic and international travel and recently led a large group excursion to Costa Rica in 2018. Jamie has been instrumental in the Girl Scout organization for over a decade as a troop leader and a Service Unit Manager responsible for youth and adult leaders in Jasper County.
Jamie is a founding member of the Mintahama Inc Governing Board.
Judy Russell is a lifelong Pittsburg Kansas resident.
She earned her BS/MS in Biology from Pittsburg State University in 1979. She went on to complete her BS in Nursing from Kansas University in 1990 and her MS in Nursing from Graceland University in 2008. Employed by Mercy Hospital since 1990, she is always engaged in new experiences as ICU nurse, flight nurse and mid level practitioner in the emergency department.
Rusty has been a Camp Mintahama girl since 1969 and her love for Mintahama and camp spirit have deepened with every decade.
Rusty was pivotal in addressing deferred maintenance since 2013. She makes ideas a reality with her “we can do it” attitude, pushing progress along. Her accomplishments stem from the foundation formed from her camp experience. Judy is a member of the Mintahama Inc Governing Board.
Lauren Stauffer, an accomplished CPA, is passionate about impacting her local community through promoting the arts and advocating for wildlife and the environment.
Lauren attended Purdue University, graduating with her BA in German with Spanish Minor in 1980, her BS in Management in 1981, before completing graduate studies in Accounting in 1983. She held certifications in Indiana and Missouri as a CPA, with additional certifications in Long Term Care Planning, Estate Planning, and as a Senior Advisor. Her notable professional experience included work as a Senior Auditor for RCA, Accounting Manager for the Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic, and Manager of Financial Services for Walt Disney Imagineering in Burbank, California. She has worked as an independent CPA and Financial Services Advisor in Joplin Missouri since 1995.
Lauren has served on the Board of Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin Missouri from 2006-2012 as Treasurer, and since 2016 as a Governing Member.
Lauren is a member of the Mintahama Inc Governing Board serving as Chief Financial Officer.
Rachael Crofford was born in the Joplin area, a Carl Junction High School graduate who went on to earn her Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Religion from William Jewel College in Liberty, Missouri. She received her Master of Science in School Counseling from Pittsburg State University and has 5 years of experience as a school counselor.
Rachael has been involved with Camp Mintahama as a 5 year camper, and worked 5 years in Operations roles as Counselor, Waterfront and Assistant Camp Director.
Rachael has participated since 2013 as a member of Friends of Mintahama acting as liaison between Friends Group and Girl Scout council, assisting with fundraising functions, meeting community groups arranging bookings of the camp, and offering canoeing and outdoor skills instruction. Rachael is a founding member of the Mintahama Inc Governing Board.