Leadership Callaway's Class of 2020 debuted Thursday evening at the Callaway Chamber of Commerce.
The course is a 10-month program offered by the Callaway Chamber of Commerce. It gives participants a peep into the county's needs and challenges, while also highlighting its strengths and potential for growth and economic development. Sessions will cover topics such as health care, history, law enforcement, local and state government, and education. There are many opportunities for networking with local movers and shakers.
Participants also plan and complete a project to improve the community, such as revamping a park's basketball court or planning a cookout for first responders.
This year, nine up-and-coming leaders from across the Mid-Missouri area are participating.
Cheryl Maupin has worked in the real estate industry since 2010 as a multiple listing service processor for House of Brokers Realty, Inc. She joined Bev & Company House of Brokers Realty in 2012 as a licensed assistant and director of marketing. She is a certified real estate digital marketer in Mid-Missouri and has earned a seller's representative specialist designation. She identifies her strengths as forward-thinking and innovation that yields results. Maupin is an MBA graduate of William Woods University. Outside of real estate, she is married to Steven Maupin and has two children, Ralston and Riley, and a furry golden doodle, Alfie.
Christal Huber has served as the county engagement specialist in 4-H youth development at University of Missouri Extension in Callaway County since 2017. In this role, she serves as the primary representative of and connection to the University of Missouri in Callaway County. As a 4-H Youth Specialist, Huber develops, plans, implement and evaluates positive youth and volunteer development programs through 4-H clubs, schools, youth-serving agencies, community collaborations, camps and fairs in Callaway, Cole and Osage counties. Her education specialties include STEM, career development, outreach and leadership.
Huber's past positions include being training coordinator at MFA Incorporated and a research specialist at University of Missouri. She also spent 10 years of her career at Sinclair Research in Auxvasse as a senior veterinary technician, training coordinator and facility manager. She holds a bachelor's degree in animal science and a master's degree in agriculture education, both from the University of Missouri in Columbia, along with several additional credentials.
Scott Jones is a fun loving, laid back and bearded Realtor who covers the entire Mid-Missouri area. A graduate from Columbia College and State Technical College of Missouri, Jones also spent some time at the University of Missouri. Jones was born and raised in Fulton and recently moved his family back to his hometown in 2018. He married his wife, Jessie, in September of 2017 and, nine months later, their baby girl, Haelyn, was born.
During his off time, Jones can be found on the golf course, hanging out with friends or showing off his family. Jones' ability to search all over Mid-Missouri gives him an edge over the competition and the ability to literally go the extra mile to make sure his clients are satisfied. He believes the keys to being a great real estate agent are open, honest communication and professionalism.
Blaine McQuaid joined The Callaway Bank in 2011 and has been the investment executive assistant to the Callaway Investments Services team since 2016. McQuaid began her career in finance and banking in 2008. Since then, she has served in various capacities, including her roles as branch manager and human resources assistant for The Callaway Bank.
Originally from Edina, McQuaid has been living and working in Callaway County for several years. She has a passion for volunteer work and is dedicated to serving the community. McQuaid is a member of The Callaway Bank's Community Development Committee, Fulton's Brick District Playhouse committee, the chair of The Callaway Bank Relay For Life team and more.
Amber Sifuentes was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She moved to Missouri in 2013 after graduating from Weatherford High School. She is currently attending Moberly Area Community College for a degree in business administration accounting. Sifuentes has been with United Credit Union since August of 2016. She started as a part-time teller and worked her way up to be a member service representative one year later.
She enjoys the outdoors, gardening and walking her dog, Chief. Sifuentes hopes to take what she accomplishes from the program and apply it to her everyday life at the credit union and within the community as well.
Jacob Matthews works for Callaway Electric Cooperative as a member service representative. Matthews' day is spent talking with cooperative members, Callabyte customers and potential customers.
Outside of work, he is working to complete a bachelor's degree in business administration through William Woods University. He will be completing his degree later this month.
Matthews enjoys spending time with his friends and family, his girlfriend and a 6-year-old boxer named Gunner.
Cameron Eisterhold has been the graphic information systems/advanced metering infrastructure coordinator with Callaway Electric Cooperative for over two years. Prior to joining Callaway Electric Cooperative, Cameron attended Lincoln University and earned a BS in biology, with minors in chemistry and GIS. After college, Eisterhold started his professional career with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as an environmental specialist writing domestic wastewater permits.
Eisterhold is a strong believer that self-accountability, humility and establishing personal and professional connections with those around him are the fundamentals of success. In his free time, you may find Eisterhold at a local rock concert, attempting to catch some fish on one of Missouri's beautiful lakes or just enjoying time at home watching sports or a movie with his fiancé and pet cat.
Brittany Berhorst is the acting city clerk and financial clerk for Holts Summit. At 27, she's a lifelong resident of Osage County. She currently resides in the Loose Creek and Bonnots Mill area with her family and two dogs, Willy and Nova.
Berhorst was raised in the county on an elk, cattle and turkey farm. Everyone in the family helped, and no one was afraid to get their hands dirty. She loves to go fishing, travel and spend time with my family. She hopes in the near future to become the permanent city clerk and continue working with the wonderful residents of Holts Summit.
Dan Johnson has spent his 25-year career in education, including 18 years as a chief executive of nonprofit and for-profit organizations. He has also been active as an educational leadership trainer in Missouri and has written educational curriculum used nationwide. Currently, Johnson serves as advancement officer for William Woods University. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Alabama. Dan lives on a hobby farm in Mid-Missouri with his wife Anne and a wide variety of animals.