Michael Stelzer, Chair
Michael Stelzer, Chair
At-large, 2nd Term Expires December 2024
Michael’s background in business and branding began with ownership of a Design firm focusing on identity development
and package design for companies like 7-Up, Monsanto, Holiday Inn and Bass Pro Shops. After the sale of the firm, he became Creative Director for an Ad Agency where he worked with clients such as Tyson, Sara Lee, Simplot and other national brands. From here, he co-founded Marlin, an Ad Agency focused on food and beverage. This employee-owned company grew into 5 offices, 180 people and a client roster that included global brands such as Starbucks, Unilever, Heinz, Nestle and Frito-Lay.
A love of nature and the outdoors drew him to, and keeps him in, the Ozarks. Currently, Michael is in post-retirement as a full time Blacksmith/Sculptor working out of his dirt floor forge on his farm close to the Upper James River.
Aaron Robison, Vice Chair
Aaron Robison, Vice Chair
At-Large, 1st Term Expires December 2023
Aaron was born and raised in Springfield and spent much of his time in the summers canoeing, fishing and relaxing in the rivers that we are blessed with in Missouri. When time came to choose a path in college, the idea of playing with water for a living seemed amazing, and what better place to learn a trade than Rolla MO just minutes from some of the best floating rivers in the state. Aaron received a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on environmental engineering and hydraulics.
A job in Kansas City allowed him to develop a unique skill set of designing water and wastewater treatment facilities around the country. While working in Kansas City he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Missouri Kansas City. Being in Kansas City also chanced a meeting with a beautiful young lady with ties to Springfield, she would later become his wife and mother of their 3 children. The Robison family came back to SMWO in 2016 and ended up settling down in a house on the James River.
Mr. Robison has devoted his career to helping to provide safe drinking water to communities across the US, through design and delivery of water treatment facilities. His profession also allows him to help protect our environment and drinking water sources through work on wastewater collection and treatment systems. He can’t wait to use career learned skills and homemade passion to help our environment and serve his hometown community.Vice
Bobbilynne Koepke, Secretary
Bobbilynne Koepke, Secretary
City Appointee, 1st Term Expires 2022
Bobbilynne is a Principal Geologist with Environmental Works, where she has proudly worked for the past 10 years. A Lake of the Ozarks native, Bobbilynne grew up camping, hiking and fishing with her family. She graduated from Missouri State University (then SMSU) in 2003 with a focus on environmental journalism, working for KOLR-10 after graduation. Eventually she migrated south, getting her master’s degree in New Orleans while researching human impacts on erosion and deposition in the Mississippi River Delta. While in school, Bobbilynne began working for an environmental consulting firm, primarily in wetland permitting and restoration. Her favorite project was utilizing satellite infrared imagery to complete a land loss assessment for St. Bernard Parish after hurricanes Katrina & Rita.
Eventually Bobbilynne moved back to the Springfield area where she joined Environmental Works. Her projects focus on investigation, risk assessment, and cleanup of commercial properties, ranging from current gas stations to former landfills, with a goal of protecting groundwater for drinking and recreational uses. She also recently served as an Adjunct Instructor for a summer field geology camp at MSU. When not working, Bobbilynne spends as much time in the outdoors as possible, hiking and floating with her husband and son.
CU Representative, 1st Term Expires December 2023
Michael Finch is retired from City Utilities of Springfield, MO after 34 years, the last ten years as their Chief Financial Officer. Over his career, Mike served in several roles including Financial Analyst, Director of IT Application Support, and Director of Financial Reporting and Forecasting. Over roughly two-thirds of his career, Mike was directly involved in the development of City Utilities’ Annual Operating Budget and five-year Operating Plan. City Utilities is a municipal utility, with annual revenues of roughly $500 million, that provides electric, natural gas, water, broadband/fiber, and transit services to Springfield and surrounding area.
Mike holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Drury College (now Drury University) in Springfield, MO. Undergraduate degrees include a BA in Accounting and Business Administration, with an emphasis in Economics, from Drury. In 2007, Mike was a member of Leadership Missouri and in 2011 he was a member of Leadership Springfield.
Greene County Appointee, 2nd term expires December 2022
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.
At-Large, 2nd Term Expires December 2024
Angela Blevins grew up alongside the James River in rural Southwest Missouri. Throughout her childhood and young adulthood she floated the James River and many other local rivers with her family. She and her husband, Tom, have traveled all over the world. Through their travels she has fallen in love with the ocean and has grown to appreciate protecting all waterways big and small, salt and freshwater.
Growing up Angela shared her parents’ passion for building and joined her family’s construction company. After her parents’ retirement, Angela and her brother formed their own construction company and today she is co-owner of BP Builders. Throughout her 20 years in the construction industry she has held the belief that it’s possible for building and growth to go hand in hand with sustaining our natural resources. Expansion doesn’t have to mean destroying the natural environment.
Angela is a past president of the Junior League of Springfield. She has served on the Isabel’s House board, has been chair of the Better U Committee for the American Heart Association and is currently a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks.
In her spare time, Angela and Tom enjoy kayaking, hiking and learning all they can about other cultures. Angela is a self-proclaimed geo-nerd and loves learning everything she can about geology.