Board Members

Board Meetings begin at 5 p.m. and are held at the
CW Titus Education Facility
2400 E. Valley Water Mill Rd. Springfield, MO 65803

Eric Dove

Eric Dove

At-large, 1st Term Expires December 2017

Eric Dove is a professional engineer and has an extensive technical background solving problems related to surface water supply and water quality in streams and lakes. Over 20 years ago, Eric fell in love with the Ozarks while on a vacation with his wife. Since moving to the Ozarks, Eric enjoys taking his wife and three sons to the local lakes, streams and mountain biking trails. Eric has dedicated his career to the protection and enhancement of our precious water resources. He has published and presented at national conferences on a wide variety of water resources topics such as the value of using natural approaches to stabilize Ozark streams. Eric’s educational background includes a bachelors and master’s degree in civil engineering with an emphasis in water resources.

Laura Greene

Laura Greene

Chair, City Utilities Appointee, 1st Term Expires December 2017

Laura Greene is an attorney in the Springfield office of Husch Blackwell LLP. She grew up in the Midwest, spent several years in the Northeast, and then moved to Springfield almost nine years ago. Since making the Ozarks her home, Laura has enjoyed exploring the waterways, hiking trails, and lakes of this beautiful area. She also loves indulging in her newly-discovered passion for fly fishing. Laura is a past board member of Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, serves as the Chair for the American Heart Association’s Springfield Circle of Red, is the founder of Springfield Women of Influence, and is in Class 30 of Leadership Springfield. Laura spends as much time as possible outdoors with her husband, Chuck, and their three children, Andy, Abby, and Sarah. She fervently believes in the mission of conserving the pristine natural resources of the Ozarks for the enjoyment of generations to come.

Dan Hoy

Dan Hoy

City Appointee, 2nd Term Expires December 2019

Dan Hoy’s passion for the Ozarks water resources date back to the early 70’s when he began floating and fishing the areas lakes and streams. This passion inspired Dan’s personal values of caring for creation and resource conservation. He’s put these values to work in his career of more than 30 years as Bass Pro Shops Director of Facilities. Maintaining Bass Pro Shops facilities throughout the country, overseeing energy and waste management, and providing for environmental compliance sustain Dan’s inspiration in conservation causes. In addition to the WCO board membership Dan is active with the James River Basin Partnership, very involved with his church, St. Elizabeth Anne Seton, and various other boards and community outreach opportunities. Dan conspires every spare moment to pursue the passions of his youth in the great outdoors with his childhood sweetheart and wife, Diane.

Bridget Dierks

Bridget Dierks

At-Large, 2nd Term Expires December 2018

Bridget Dierks is the Grants Program Officer at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Bridget is a Cabool, MO native and a lifelong Ozarks resident. She completed undergraduate degrees in communication and professional writing and was a technical writer before joining the CFO staff. Bridget earned a graduate degree in communication, having partnered in developing new research in the field of collaborative leadership. Bridget is currently on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of SWMO and a member of the Network Advisory Board of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Missouri State Public Affairs Committee and served six years on the Tree City USA Citizens Advisory Committee. Bridget and her husband Andy spend spare time traveling but always return home with a greater appreciation for the Ozarks.

Jason Hainline

Jason Hainline

Vice Chair, Greene County Appointee, 1st term expires December 2017

Jason Hainline is a design associate with Dake Wells Architecture, a design-centered practice with an emphasis on progressive and sustainable design solutions. While attending Drury University, Jason began his career in the Design Development Department of Bass Pro Shops. Upon graduation, he remained on staff with dual roles: store designer and sustainable design coordinator, establishing a path towards sustainable development for the retail giant. Following, Jason moved to Boulder, Colorado and joined a nationally recognized environmentally sustainable architecture consulting firm, ENSAR Group, led by the late Greg Franta, FAIA, co-founder of the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment. With a move back home to the Ozarks, Jason joined EMSI, an international green building consulting practice that established green building consulting in China. Jason’s experience in sustainable design includes site and landscape planning, energy efficient architectural design and analysis, daylighting, material selection, and LEED™ coordination. He has been active in a wide range of projects in the US and abroad that include facilities for each branch of the military, the National Park Service, private retail developments, low and high-rise offices, laboratories, educational buildings, restaurants, and private residences. Jason has worked in numerous countries, including Brazil, Egypt, Dubai, Poland, Czech Republic, India, Vietnam, as well as throughout China. Jason has coordinated and facilitated numerous sustainable design workshops for both public organizations and private companies. Formerly, he was a member of the LEED Faculty, a group of industry professionals hired by the USGBC to teach the various LEED workshops. He has spoken on the importance of low energy design and sustainability in the built environment at dozens of conferences, throughout the US and abroad.

Jason is very active in promoting sustainable design and development through professional organizations and education. Currently he is serving as a board member of the Springfield Component of the American Institute of Architects. In the fall of 2013, Jason was selected into the 2013 Class of LEED Fellows for his contributions to the green building movement.

Karen Cordes Spence

Karen Cordes Spence

Secretary, At-large, 1st Term Expires December 2018

Karen Cordes Spence is the Associate Dean of the Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University. Growing up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, her family was active in the Ozark Society’s efforts to save the Buffalo National River and spent considerable time hiking, canoeing and camping. Karen is an architect with degrees from the University of Arkansas, the University of Cincinnati and Texas A&M University. She has always been interested in building that complements rather than competes with the natural environment. Karen is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified faculty member at Drury University and co-chairs the President’s Council on Sustainability. She is also involved as a board member for AIA Springfield and has served on numerous committees for the City of Springfield and Springfield Public Schools. Karen and her husband Rod enjoy gardening and the outdoors, hiking and kayaking in the Ozarks with their two daughters, Sarah and Lauren.

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