Community Ladies Luncheon
Mineral Area College Foundation recognized four alumnae during its annual Community Ladies Luncheon on Oct. 23. Kerry (Roney) Glore of Park Hills, Julie Heisel Loughary of Belgrade, Sonja Wilson of Farmington, and Barbara (Banks) Steel of Leadwood were awarded.
Mineral Area College Foundation recognized four alumnae during its annual Community Ladies Luncheon on Oct. 23.
Sonja Wilson of Farmington, Kerry (Roney) Glore of Park Hills, Julie Heisel Loughary of Belgrade, and Barbara (Banks) Steel of Leadwood were awarded.
Wilson, who earned her associate degree in nursing in 2002, has been the director of nursing at Southbrook Skilled Nursing Center for the past 10 years, overseeing the clinical care of residents, staffing, and assuring that nursing care meets or exceeds the Federal and State compliance requirements. She had been awarded the Presidential Americare Cup for two consecutive years, which recognizes excellence in the areas of employee/community services, fiscal services and high survey results.
Wilson credited MAC with drastically changing her life both professionally and personally, by giving her the skills and knowledge needed to help maintain a long term care facility as a “home away from home” for those requiring skilled nursing services.
Glore, treasurer for St. Francois County since January 1987, started attending MAC in 1977 and earned a certificate in business. Even as she worked, she continued attending MAC evening classes and earned her associate degree. Along the way, she has earned more than 500 hours of continuing education through the Missouri Association of County Treasurers. She has previously served on the Board of Missouri Association of Counties and the Missouri Association of County Treasurers, and now serves on the board of the United Way of St. Francois County.
Glore said MAC’s accessibility and affordability to obtaining her education was invaluable, enabling her to reach goals that she would have once never imagined for herself.
Loughary, executive vice president of Belgrade State Bank, provides operational oversight of information technology, compliance/audits, bookkeeping and human resources. A 1999 graduate of MAC, she went on to earn her degree from Central Methodist University in 2001, then began working for Belgrade State Bank. She said MAC provided an opportunity for her to balance full-time work and full-time school, paving the way for her to advance in her career. Aside from her many responsibilities at the bank, she is also very active in Belgrade United Methodist Church, serving as the lay leader and being active in the youth ministry.
Steel is a science and math teacher in the West St. Francois County School District. She attended MAC from the summer of 1986 through the spring of 1988 on a scholarship and then went on to earn her teaching degree at Southeast Missouri State University.
In August, she was one of 50 people nationwide chosen for the Siemen’s STEM Academy Fellowship held in Washington D.C. She teaches honors-level chemistry, biology and anatomy. She said educating the leaders of tomorrow is the most rewarding part of her job and she considers it an investment into the future of our nation.
Steel comes from a long-standing family tradition of MAC graduates, from her grandmother, Leah Gibson, to her youngest daughter who is simultaneously attending MAC classes and West County High School. While Steel attended MAC she served as a Student Ambassador and considers the experience with helping her learn to present herself in a professional manner. She keeps busy with activities at First Baptist Church of Bismarck and her family is involved in mission work both locally and globally.