MAC Foundation Welcomes New Board Members
MAC Foundation’s new board members enjoyed a recent tour of the MAC campus and met with administration. Vice President Andy Buchanan, vice president and loan officer of First State Community Bank, joined new board members Tom Karl, president of Parkland Health Center, and Larry Pratte, president of Midwest Embroidery Supplies, for the tour.
Mineral Area College Foundation has added two new members to its board of directors, Tom Karl and Larry Pratte.
Pratte is president of Midwest Embroidery Supplies in Farmington, where he has worked for the last 16 years. The Potosi High School graduate completed his associate of arts degree at MAC in 1984 and received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Southeast Missouri State University in 1986, passing his CPA exam the same year. Pratte serves as vice president of the Farmington Industrial Development Authority Board and is a member of the New Era Bank Advisory Board. He is past president of St. Joseph Church Parish Council and a past member of St. Joseph Church Finance Commission.
As a MAC alumnus, Pratte said he is proud of the impact by MAC and its supporters. He encourages alumni to help future students follow in their steps through support of MAC Foundation.
“As a high school senior, I was sure I wanted to become an engineer,” he said. “MAC opened my eyes to other career choices and provided me with the foundation to successfully continue my education. I wanted to be involved with a group who helps to provide others with the same experience I received and helps to enrich the educational environment.”
Pratte said he sees support of MAC Foundation as an ideal way to strengthen and enrich local communities.
“MAC impacts the community through so many different ways,” he explains. “Whether it’s providing a solid, affordable, initial education for a person just graduating high school or helping someone looking to change careers, MAC is the one resource available to everyone. It also provides an opportunity for our area to grow culturally with the plays, concerts, speakers and art shows available on campus.”
Karl became president of Parkland Health Center in 2009 after serving as chief financial officer for the hospital since 1985. Karl holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and an MBA from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville. He also is a licensed CPA. Karl has served as board chair of Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center, and board member of the Conservation Federation of Missouri. He is currently a member of St. Joseph's Parish prison ministry.
As a hospital administrator and former instructor at MAC, Karl has seen people, communities and the workforce strengthened by the college.
“MAC provides high quality, affordable education to the whole region. I've been especially impressed with the quality of the nursing program, and have worked with some tremendous individuals who now serve in leadership roles that got their start at MAC,” he said.
Karl encourages alumni and friends interested in helping students and the community to check out MAC Foundation.
“MAC is a community treasure, and we need to support it,” he said. “I have taught classes at both MAC and Central Methodist University, and have witnessed first-hand the real impact the school has on the lives of those in our communities.”
The foundation’s Board of Directors is composed of leadership from throughout the MAC community, including alumni, retirees, business men and women, and friends of the college:
Kevin Thurman, president
Andy Buchanan, vice president
Tony Myers, treasurer
Peggy Ropelle, secretary
Charles H. Cozean
Dennis E. McIntosh
Brian J. McNamara
Nancy R. Silvey
N. Gayle Simmons
Donna Jean Weber
Dale L. Wright
Steven J. Kurtz, MAC president
To discuss giving opportunities or learn more about MAC Foundation contact MAC’s director of development, Julia Dill, at (573) 518-2114 or at JDill@MineralArea.edu, or visit www.MineralArea.edu/IGive.