For 21 years, Springfield Business Journal has honored women for their professional and civic accomplishments and contributions. An independent panel of judges has selected the 2020 Most Influential Women.
They are, in alphabetical order: Andrea Bishop, Betty and Bobby Allison Ozarks Counseling Center; Linda Brown, The Gathering Tree; Jeanna Callahan, Century 21 Integrity Group; Jennifer Charleston, Springfield Police Department; Sarah Collins, Estes Stancer Commercial Group LLC; Rev. Saehee Duran, Life360 Church; Lisa Farmer, Harmony House; Dr. Tamara Fusco, Burrell Behavioral Health; Amanda Hedgpeth, CoxHealth; Breanna Jain, Eustasis Psychiatric and Addiction Health; Bobbilynne Koepke, Environmental Works Inc.; Mary Kromrey, Ozark Greenways Inc.; Nichole Lemmon, Springfield Public Schools; Adrienne McCoy, Abacus CPAs LLC; Ann McDowell, McDowell Consulting; Christa Moss, U.S. Attorney’s Office; Joey Powell, Dickerson Park Zoo; Catherine Reade, Haden, Cowherd & Bullock LLC; Krista Shurtz, City Utilities of Springfield; and Kathryn Wall, Springfield-Greene County Health Department.
The 20 honorees, chosen by an independent panel of judges, will be recognized at an October event. SBJ has partnered with local nonprofit Women in Need for the event to raise funds and help provide resources on a needs basis to working women.
Visit SBJ.net/MIW for more information on the event.
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