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Our Board

Appointed for 3-year terms, the SB40 Board (dba Stone County Developmental Disability Board) is comprised of 9 members. We are required to have diverse representation on our board so that many different points of view can be heard. Some members have family with developmental disabilities, some come from a special education background, others are community members who have invested themselves in the success of this organization because they have a deep passion for the people we serve.

We are funded by a small portion (10 cents per $100 assessed value) of your property tax dollars that go toward services and supports for residents of Stone County who have developmental disabilities.

The board’s main job is to make sure the tax money collected for use is spent in the right way, according to State law and the needs of the Stone County community. We operate as a political sub-division of the State, but maintain a close working relationship with many County agencies, like the County Commission and Health Department, working for the common good of Stone County residents.

Meetings are open to the public and held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6pm in our office in Reeds Spring (click for map). If you have a comment or concern that you wish to see addressed, please contact LaDella Thomas at 417-449-5160 or

Ruby Gideon, <em>Chair</em>
Ruby Gideon, Chair

I have lived in Stone County for the past 54 years.  Attended and graduated from Galena High School, married and moved to my current residence in Reeds Spring.  I have two daughters and two grandchildren.  I believe it is important to be a part of the community you live in.  I have been a firefighter/ EMT/ first responder, taught EMS/ CPR/ Trauma Nurse classes and am currently a Registered Nurse and CDR in the United States Public Health Service.  I am a Rotarian and active chair on this board. I am honored to represent Reeds Spring and the Citizens of Stone County.

Jeremy Rouch, <em>Vice Chair</em>
Jeremy Rouch, Vice Chair

I am from Tulsa Oklahoma, but grew up in Zambia, Africa with missionary parents. An avid sportsman, I am coaching my 20th season of soccer, enjoy running, and am a Tough Mudder participant (only some will understand!) After our oldest daughter was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, I pursued a career change to help people with ASD, and other developmental disabilities. Moving to Stone County in 2006, we discovered that no services were offered due to the lack of appropriate funding. I became involved in CHANCES of Stone County, helping lead to the passage of the SB40 board for Stone County in November 2016.

Amy Larson, <em>Secretary</em>
Amy Larson, Secretary

I am married and have have two adult children, my family is the most important thing to me. Many area young people, including my Grandchildren, call me Amyma. A name I gained many years ago as a Girl Scouts room mother. I love the outdoors. Stone County is home to me. I am a fifth generation Stone County resident. I was raised on the same farm that my parents and grandparents worked. As a public servant by career choice and through volunteering with fantastic county organizations,  I strive to be a part of this lovely communities growth and progress. I enjoy watching Stone County flourish as it becomes an even better place to raise our families.

Randy Moore, <em>Treasurer</em>
Randy Moore, Treasurer

I was born in Baltimore, Maryland, grew up in Western New York, attended college in Ohio and have since lived in Illinois, Florida and Texas before moving to Missouri to retire in 2017. I am a degreed Accountant who loves to fish for bass on Table Rock Lake with my wife of 45 years and our mentally handicapped son Kevin who is 33. In my spare time I also love to play golf and actively serve in our new church called Rock of the Ozarks Church. I love Stone County as it’s very similar to how I lived and grew up in a small town in western New York with its rolling hills and curvy roads. I chose to serve on the board in an effort to help all the kids and adults in Stone County who have developmental disabilities have a better life through active day programs, residential assistance and other programs and services as needed.

Tina Essick, <em>Marketing Committee</em>
Tina Essick, Marketing Committee

I am blessed to be a member of the SCDDB because my roots are in Stone County. My parents fell in love with Table Rock Lake, buying a small hardware store. My mom taught at a local school as I grew up. My husband and I are blessed with a 19 year old and a 17 year old. Both will be 12th year graduates from Reeds Spring. We love the lake and spend as much time as we can on the lake. My passion for serving on this board is for not only loving our community that I grew up in, but it is also representative of my college aspirations and my collegiate accomplishments. My work endeavors include adults with impairments to children from birth to 18 with special needs.  My service of 20 years in schools for special needs children drives me to support our County’s effort through our Board and provide a better way of life for those we serve. 

Medessa Bolton, <em>Operations Chair</em>
Medessa Bolton, Operations Chair

My passion for this work began years ago. I’ve spent the last 3 years working for Developmental Connections, the Taney County Board for the Developmentally Disabled running the supported employment program, day habilitation center, and sheltered workshop. Prior to that, I spent most of my career in Special Education, teaching Pre-Kindergarten through adults for over 11 years.  I believe that every person matters and am a strong advocate of people who get to experience life differently than most others.  Because of this personal philosophy, my husband and I run an outreach ministry called Celebrate Recovery, for those who have hurts, habits and hang-ups in life.  I have served as a mentor and mock interviewer for Jobs for Life through the Jesus Was Homeless Organization and sponsored women as they find freedom and begin to live life as they were intended to. During my down time, I enjoy lake life in Stone County!

Anne Coleman<br><em>Marketing Committee Chair</em>
Anne Coleman
Marketing Committee Chair

I am a traveler through life.  I practice being present in each moment to the best of my ability and can nearly always find plenty to be grateful for in my world. Stone County has been my home since 1977.  Even though I love to travel and see new sights, when returning home I am awestruck with the beauty of our area and the goodness of our people.

Lisa Rau<br><em>Marketing Committee</em>
Lisa Rau
Marketing Committee

I have served as a member of Marketing Leadership at Silver Dollar City and its related Branson-area properties and attractions for three decades. As lead of publicity efforts,  I specialize in media outreach via digital and traditional channels, product/event launch, promotions, national & regional press relations, editorial & creative writing and crisis management of the media.  I am also a dedicated resident of Kimberling City, serving on several boards that help to give-back to our communities, to include: The Silver Dollar City Foundation, Table Rock Lake Community Foundation and long-standing Chamber of Commerce involvement.

Joe Pate, <em>Operations Committee</em>
Joe Pate, Operations Committee

My wife and I run a law practice, Law Office of the Ozarks where we service all family law matters throughout the southwestern Missouri region. We chose to make Stone County our home because of the wholesome environment and community throughout and we feel that it is the perfect place to raise our children. I spend the majority of my leisure time with my family usually somewhere on the water. I take pride in being on the SCDDB because of its mission to further the sense of community for everyone who lives here so that we may all get to enjoy where we are lucky enough to live.

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