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Meet Our Board

Gary Thompson
Columbia Insurance Group

Gary is President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Insurance Group and has been an employee since 1989, serving in numerous operational roles during his career. Mr. Thompson's insurance industry background and experience have aided our board since 2009.

Betty Schuster, Chair
Principal Financial Group

Betty Schuster has acted as an agent for Principal Financial Group for the past 28 years with a primary focus on financial planning, insurance and investments. Mrs. Schuster's financial and investment background have made her a valued asset on our board since 1997.

Mike Hotchkiss
Hotchkiss Insurance

Mike Hotchkiss is Chief Executive Officer of Hotchkiss Insurance headquartered in Texas.  Mr. Hotchkiss worked as a financial auditor for several years earning his CPA as well as working as an insurance professional before assuming the CEO role.  He joined our board in 2019, bringing a unique background and perspective not held by many other insurance professionals.

Bob Gerding
Gerding, Korte and Chitwood CPAs

Bob Gerding retired in 2016 as president of the CPA firm of Gerding, Korte and Chitwood CPAs with offices in Columbia, Jefferson City, Boonville and Fulton, Missouri. Mr. Gerding's 36 years of financial expertise has been an asset to our board since 2000.

Bernie Fechtel
Fechtel Beverage & Sales

Bernie Fechtel owns and operates Fechtel Beverage & Sales, a large beverage distributorship, in Jefferson City, Missouri. Mr. Fechtel brings many years of business and community leadership experience to our board, joining us in 2007.

Dr. Chris Belcher
University of Missouri

Chris Belcher now serves as the Assistant Professor of Professional Practice-Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri after retiring in June 2014 as Superintendent of the Columbia Public School District, Columbia, MO. Dr. Belcher has over 33 years of experience working in education and joined our board in 2012.

Bill Gusenius
Private Practice Attorney

William E. Gusenius is a successful (40+ years) private practice attorney in Lindsborg, Kansas. Mr. Gusenius's legal background and small business ownership experience have made him a welcome part of our board since 2005.

Laura Hinson

Laura Hinson retired in 2011 as Chief Financial Officer of QBE the Americas of New York, a $4 billion dollar property and casualty insurance company. Ms. Hinson hails from Dallas, TX and has worked for over 30 years in all aspects of finance and accounting for large insurance corporations bringing her years of financial expertise to our board in 2012.

Teresa Maledy
Commerce Bancshares

Teresa Maledy retired in 2018 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the Central/Eastern Missouri region of Commerce Bancshares, a $25.6 billion dollar bank holding company with branches in MO, KS, IL, OK and CO and commercial banking offices in six other states. Elected in 2012, Mrs. Maledy brings over 35 years of banking experience to our board.