Board of Directors

 Missouri Leadership Seminar 2019

Taylor Rutledge, Chairperson

2018 marked Taylor’s 10th seminar on staff and 6th year as a board member. She’s held multiple positions including secretary, webmaster, director of recruitment, vice chair, and now chairperson.

When Taylor isn’t volunteering for Missouri Leadership Seminar, you can find her teaching second grade in Ozark, Missouri or connecting with leaders across the state.

13241205_10206159212401478_1802580215865216765_nJessica Barszczak, Vice Chairperson

Ambassador Year: 2007

I’m a proud alumna of Missouri Western State University and The University of Texas at Austin. I currently am a hospital social worker at the VA Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. I’m currently working on my MBA and in my spare time spoil my dog, Hosmer, and volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City.

Haley Weidner (2)Haley Weidner, Director of Recruitment

Ambassador Year: 2010

Haley attended the University of Missouri where she received degrees in agricultural business and communication; and as a self-proclaimed nerd, she loves her job as a scientific writer. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Dale, and together they have a senior cat and rescue puppy that they love to spoil. In her spare time, Haley loves hiking, baking, or attempting “old lady” crafts while binge-watching Hulu.

Family Photos and head shots 17-97Dani Wilson, Director of Programs

Ambassador Year: 2012

Dani is originally from a small town in the Bootheel of Missouri called Steele, but is currently attending school at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She is majoring in Business Management and Political Science and has hopes of continuing to law school after receiving her bachelors degree. This will be Dani’s third year working with programs for the Seminar, and second as Director. When not working on making Seminar a great experience, Dani enjoys working with her service sorority, Little Sisters of the Gold Rose, lounging around with her dog, Remi, and watching way too many episodes of Netflix.

Cindy Schumann, Director of Operations


photo-1Tinsley Rutledge, Director of Seminar Staff

Ambassador Year: 2012

Tinsley is originally from Lamar Missouri, but currently attending Missouri Southern State University in Joplin Missouri to obtain her degree in Secondary English Education. She enjoys reading, regular trips to Michael’s Craft Store, and petting her dog, Jemma. This is Tinsley’s first year as Director of Seminar Staff, but third year on the Board. She is thoroughly excited to start planning this year’s seminar and working with MLS’ incredible volunteers!

ShelbaShelby Haskins, Director of Finance & Reporting Treasurer

Ambassador Year: 2014

I am from a small town around Joplin and grew up on a farm. I loved sports growing up and still do, huge football fan. I am currently attending the University of Missouri where I am pursuing my Bachelors and Masters in Accounting.

Sophie Machen, Director of Public Relations 


IMG_1270Michael Werkmeister, Reporting Board Secretary

Ambassador Year: 2013

Originally from Eolia, Missouri, Michael loves repping the east side of the state at seminar. He is a University of Missouri – Columbia alumni with a degree in Architectural Studies, currently pursuing a Master of Architecture at the University of Michigan. “No matter how far I go, MLS will always be my home and family, and I will stay involved to provide the best seminar experience possible for incoming ambassadors.

Becca Nyman, Corporate Grants & Donations


32313429_10211827833150801_4055214254372945920_oCharlu & Garret Hill, Optimist Representative

Charlu and Garrett Hill continuously fundraise across the state of Missouri to help keep the Missouri Leadership Seminar free of charge to the students who attend. Over the course of the year, Garrett and Charlu attend conferences and civic organization club meetings to present the seminar and host fundraising efforts. With every event they attend, they do their best to bring along a few staff members to participate and to share their experiences. It’s a true honor to be able to represent the seminar at these events and continuously fundraise through the years.

William Edwards, Director of Alumni: St. Louis


Jarrett Gorman, Assistant Director of Alumni: KC


Kelsey Gray, Assistant Director of Alumni: Springfield


20180904_152838Trisha Daughtery, Director of DWAP (Dinner With A Pro)

I was an alumna & have volunteered for MLS & similar seminars all across the country for 20 years now. I currently live in Lees Summit with my husband, 5 year old daughter, & 2 fur children. I am the owner & a stylist at Complete Beauty Hair & Nail Salon. I love spending time with my family, friends, & traveling.

Screen Shot 2021-01-19 at 8.58.58 PMSimone Thomas, Seminar Webmaster

Ambassador Year: 2014

I am a Film Student at Savannah College of Arts & Design in Atlanta, GA. 2019 is my 5th year with MLS and I plan on doing many many more. After finishing film school I plan on working as an Editor and Producer for HBO and Netflix. I volunteer in Winneba, Ghana every year, and my favorite thing to do is eat and watch movies!

Madison EMadison Ebeling, Assistant to Recruitment

Ambassador Year: 2016

I am currently attending the MIZZOUMACC program in Columbia, Missouri and working towards gaining a degree in Human Services. I am an avid dog lover, and enjoy everything MLS. My ambassador year was 2016 and I have been back every year since! I am so excited to be working as the Director of Public Relations this year as well.

imageAlexsis Perdue, Assistant to Recruitment

Ambassador Year: 2016

I currently attend Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri. This year will be my third year on the board and third year as a JUFA.

Maddie Hartenstein, Assistant to DWAP


DSC_0187Rachel Licklider, Assistant to Programs

Ambassador Year: 2016

I am currently attending East Central College where I am working towards completing a degree in Early Childhood Education to fulfill my passion for learning and leadership. I live on a family farm and enjoy serving my school, church, and community. I fell in love with MLS in 2016 and have been back ever since as a JuFa and have participated as Assistant to Recruitment for two years.

Ashley JAshley Juniewicz, Theme Coordinator

Ambassador Year: 2017

Ashley is a senior at Incarnate Word Academy. She plans on attending Hendrix College in the fall of 2019, and she will major in biology and computer science. This year will be her first year on the board and second year on staff. She has lived in St. Louis my whole life, and she lives with my parents and my dog (Kasey). She loves MLS because it is a life-changing weekend that gives you a larger support system than she ever thought possible!

48167291_2061199230602990_6942783504061038592_oEric Tate, Assistant to Staff

Ambassador Year: 2013

I am graduating with an elementary and special education major and in the hunt for a job. I had my ambassador year in 2013 and have loved every minute of my time on staff. I was the director of alumni for 2 years before taking my current position on the board. I am most excited to get connected with all of the staff this year.

Trent Hoover, Director of Health & Wellness


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