Board Members

Mindy Smolnik Chair

Mindy grew up in Stone County and was a graduate of Reeds Spring High School. She left the area to pursue a career in the travel industry working for Southwest Airlines. She was not able to stay away from the beauty of Stone County and returned. Mindy has a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Resource Management. She resides in the Kimberling City area with her husband, Jason,  and 2 sons. Her youngest child has down syndrome and thus began her passion for the developmentally disabled. She was on the Committee for the Stone County DD Board and held the title of community outreach chair. She greatly looks forward to seeing what the board can bring to her community.

Amy Larson Board Member

Amy Larson is a fifth Generation Stone Resident who graduated from Galena High School and was certified in Supervision and Management at Ozark Technical Community College. Amy and her husband Ed reside in Galena and have raised two children in the Reeds Spring School District.

Ed and Amy are the owners of a successful bait and tackle manufacturing company, Table Rock Bait & Tackle. Home of the Champers Brand. Amy has spent her career in public service, a field she loves. Amy has been employed in various positions in Stone County Government for over 23 years.

Amy was elected Stone County Recorder of Deeds in 2007, a position in which she still holds. Amy has a heart for community service. She currently serves on the Stone County OACAC Board, is a member of the Stone County Republican Club, a member of the Stone County Historical Society and a member of the Missouri Recorder’s Association. “I am excited to be a small part of the progress we are seeing in Stone County through the Stone County Developmental Disability Board. I am very much looking forward to the positive life changes Stone County citizens are allowing for our differently abled community members.” says Larson.

Malissa Johnson Board Member

Married to my husband Tommy for 21 years, with 2 amazing children! Our daughter Karri Dale Johnson, 19 is attending Finlandia University in Michigan on a softball scholarship, majoring in criminal justice. Our son McKeean, 14, attending Faith Christian school in Spokane Mo. I have worked for Mercy as an EMT for the past 13 years. We live in Reeds Spring on a family farm raising beef cattle. As a board member, I look forward to serving our community!

Anne Coleman Board Member

Anne has lived in Kimberling City since 1977.  She retired from the Reeds Spring School District in 2013 as a school counselor at the Intermediate School after 31 years as an educator.   Anne serves on the board for Ozark Wellness Network, Reeds Spring School District, and Operation Round-Up in addition to the Stone County Developmental Disability Board.  Anne enjoys traveling with her husband, Charles, walking her dog, Maggie, and family time.

Tina Essick Board Member

Tina and her parents moved to Kimberling City in 1982 and she is a graduate of Reeds Spring High School. She left the area to attend college and returned to the Stone County area in 1999. Tina has a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders, a Missouri Department of Education Certification in Special Education and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration. Tina’s passion of providing services for people with disabling conditions began while pursuing her college degree.  Tina has 19 years of experience working with people with disabilities. She has served children birth to 18 years old with special needs by providing speech and language services 8 years, working for First Steps, OACAC-Head Start, and public schools.  Currently, Tina is in her 12th year of working in Special Education Services for the Reeds Spring School District.  Tina continues to follow her passion of providing services to others in her current position of 9 years as a Process Coordinator for Special Education.

Tina and her husband Kieth have been married and living in the Kimberling City area the past 18 years. They have one son, Colton and one daughter, Lexi. Tina enjoys time with her family traveling, boating and going to Colton and Lexi’s sporting events.

Sean Gasper Treasurer

Sean has been a paramedic with Mercy Ambulance Service in Stone County for 23 years and is currently an EMS Operations Supervisor. He serves as an Assistant Chaplain for the Southern Stone County Fire Department, is a deacon and Associate Pastor at Keystone Baptist Church in Reeds Spring.   He has been a Chaplain for 10 years, a Licensed Pastor through First Baptist Church in Kimberling City for 16 years and a deacon for 18 years.  He has been teaching Sunday school for children, youth and young adults for 19 years.

Sean and his wife Jennifer were high school sweet hearts and have been married since 1992.  They have one son Adam and two daughters Lydia and Shylee. Sean and Jennifer moved to Missouri in 1993 from California and have truly been blessed to not only be a part of this community for the past 24 years, but to also serve and continue to serve in a variety of ways.

Ruby Gideon Secretary

CDR Ruby Gideon is currently active duty with the United States Public Health Services.  She was born in Sacramento California and moved here as a child.  Ruby attended High School at Galena and graduated in the top five of her class.  Ruby received her first Bachelor’s degree from College of the Ozarks in 1995, along with a Diploma from St. John’s School of Nursing.  She received her second Bachelors from the University of Columbia in 2002 and a Masters in Nursing Education in 2015 from Kaplan University.

Ruby grew up in Abesville and attended Galena school district.  She met her husband during high school and was married in 1981 to Tim Gideon.  They have two adult children Samantha and Tabitha and one grandson Jasper.

Ruby has been involved in her community all of her life, first as a volunteer for the Reeds Spring Volunteer Ambulance then as a volunteer firefighter for Southern Stone County Fire Protection District. During her tenure with Southern Stone she started aFirst Responder Program (along with Dale Tillman) that is still in effect today. She also taught Emergency Medical Technician for a few years when the area needed a local place for this education.

Her career as a nurse was taking off and she changed her focus to teaching nurses in the emergency department, topics such as Trauma Nursing Core Curriculum, Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course, Automatic Early Defibrillation and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. After working at Skaggs for ten years she began a new career with the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners, going from staff nurse to charge nurse to Regional Nurse for the North Central Region in less than ten years. She is currently Regional Nurse Consultant for this region and covers 17 institutions in twelve states; from Colorado to Missouri and Missouri north to Canada border.

Her desire to help her community is still evident by her work with Table Rock Lake Rotary Club and other activities to include the newly developed Stone County Developmental Disability Board.

Sue Tanner Vice-Chair

Sue grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1982. She has been a full-time resident of Kimberling City since 2016 when she retired with her husband, Mike. Mike and Sue have 4 children, Elise, Adam, Patrick and Jacob and one granddaughter. Sue has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work. She has over 30 years of experience working with high risk families and children in a variety of clinical settings including child abuse and neglect prevention programs, child placing agencies, residential treatment centers and early childhood programs. Sue has strong skills in nonprofit management, supervision, continuous quality improvement, program development and program implementation. Her passion of providing service to others has continued into her retirement. In addition to serving on the Stone County DD Board, Sue is working with the Lakes Area Child Advocacy Center as a volunteer consultant. She also volunteers with several other local social service agencies. Sue enjoys spending time traveling, riding motorcycles and fishing.

Jeremy Rouch Board Member

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