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Sustainable Ozarks Partnership board elects new leadership

by Erin Kaberline | Nov 17, 2014

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri – November 4, 2014 – The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership elected a new Chair and Vice Chair at their quarterly board meeting recently. Dr. Brian Henry, Waynesville R-VI School District superintendent, was elected chairman and Steve Ehrhardt, co-owner Ehrhardt Properties, was elected vice chairman.

Previously, Steve Tupper, Fort Leonard Wood liaison for the Missouri University of Science and Technology held the position of chairman, and Chris Heard, Lebanon city administrator, was the vice chairman.

“We want to sincerely thank Steve and Chris for leading us from the inception of our organization to where we are today. We grew immensely under their leadership and have achieved a number of our objectives,” said Joe Driskill, SOP executive director.

During their tenure, Tupper and Heard saw the organization grow from an idea into a fully functioning organization with a clear vision, mission, and goals. The organization now focuses on seven clear initiatives and holds an annual meeting for regional citizens and leaders.

Henry and Ehrhardt plan to continue the organization’s tradition of building on the Fort Leonard Wood region’s strong past and preparing the region for a sustainable future, especially helping to support the long-term sustainability of Fort Leonard Wood. They believe and have first-hand knowledge of the region’s high quality of life, excellent education opportunities, and easy transportation access. In addition, they bring great expertise that will allow them to work effectively with federal, state and local governments to support the organization’s goals. 

The chair and vice chair positions are held for one year. Henry and Ehrhardt will serve until the fall of 2015.

The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership (SOP) is building on the Fort Leonard Wood region’s strong past and preparing the region for a healthy, resilient future. We are a nonprofit organization working to bring all of the region’s stakeholders to the table to drive regional development and advocate for new or expanded military and federal missions. We are strengthening the Fort Leonard Wood region.

Strengthening the Fort Leonard Wood region