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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.

PLEASE NOTE, MEETINGS ARE BEING HELD VIA ZOOM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. LINK IS AVAILABLE AT THE TOP OF EACH AGENDA ON THE EVENT LISTING.

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 417-272-0444 or Lthomas@stoneddboard.com.


Anne Coleman<em>, Chair</em>
Anne Coleman, 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.

Amy Larson, <em>Vice Chair</em>, <em>Marketing Committee Chair</em>
Amy Larson, Vice Chair, Marketing Committee Chair

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.

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

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.

Jeremy Rouch, <em>Marketing Committee</em>
Jeremy Rouch, Marketing Committee

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.

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.

Jim Holt, <em><em>Operations Committee</em></em>
Jim Holt, Operations Committee

I think the establishment of the Developmental Disability Board has been one of the most outstanding accomplishments undertaken in the past twenty years in Stone County. The folks served through the establishment of the tax a few years ago are some of our most beloved citizens and are deserving of any efforts we can provide to make life easier and more productive. After spending 38 years as an educator in the Reeds Spring R-IV School District, I was privileged to work with and among individuals with a variety of disabilities. While in school, their needs were met in a variety of ways. Once graduated, however, resources were often not available to provide the opportunities and experiences they needed. I always felt bad that more could not be done to provide them and their families with assistance. The efforts of the Developmental Disabilities Board have been an important step to provide help.

Anne Collins, <em><em>Finance Committee </em></em>
Anne Collins, Finance Committee

I am a proud life-long Midwesterner who was born in Kansas, attended high school in Nebraska, and raised boy-girl twins the in Kansas City Metro area. My husband and I moved to Stone County in 2018 and enjoy kayaking, shore fishing and just admiring the beauty of Table Rock Lake. Our adult children and one grandchild still live in Kansas City. My passion for persons with developmental disabilities started in my teens and has been woven through my work experiences ever since. Besides teaching elementary and middle school special education for 15 years, I have also worked as a direct care provider in both institutional and community living settings and between 2015 and 2017 oversaw the Community Employment Services Department at CASCO Area Workshop in Harrisonville. I feel strongly that all persons have a right to be respected and treated with dignity and am excited to bring my insight and experience to the SCDDB as it continues to expand its services to include residential living and supported employment in the next three years.

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