The Carthage Community Foundation recently elected officers and directors of the organization.

The Carthage Community Foundation recently elected officers and directors of the organization.
Board members re-elected to three-year terms are: Kevin Checkett, Don LaFerla, Lee Elliff Pound, and Jim Woestman.
Newly elected officers for two-year terms are: Stan Schmidt, Chairman of the Board; Chuck Bryant, Vice Chairman; and Lee Elliff Pound, Secretary-Treasurer.
Schmidt is a CPA and came to Carthage in 1980 and served as Chief Financial Officer of Tapjac Company before founding Schmidt Associates CPA firm in 1990. He is one of the people responsible for the founding of Carthage Community Foundation in 1999, and has served as President of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce. Bryant moved to Carthage with his wife, Amy, almost 20 years ago. They have two children Mason, 13, and Hailey, 10. A graduate of Missouri Southern State University, Chuck currently serves as Electric Superintendent of Carthage Water & Electric Plant. He is very active on numerous state, regional, and national Municipal and Hydro-Electric boards and associations. Locally, he has been active in various non-profit boards and organizations including United Way, Rotary, Carthage Youth Football, Carthage R-9 Foundation, Fair Acres YMCA, and has been a member of the CCF board since 2012.
Lee Elliff Pound is a Carthage native. She is the Alumni Director at Missouri Southern State University, where she is also teaches in the department of communication. Elliff Pound has served on a variety of boards including the Missouri Southern Alumni Association Board of Directors, The McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation, American Heart Association, and American Diabetes Association. She is also serving her third term on the Carthage R-9 Board of Education, and is board president. Elliff Pound received her bachelors of arts in communications from Missouri Southern State College in 1986, and received her Masters of science in administration from Southwest Baptist University in 1997.
Other continuing board members are: Travis Almandinger, Frank Dunaway, Carolyn Phelps, Miriam Putnam, Danny Ross, and Patrick Scott.
The Carthage Community Foundation accepts donations for the establishment of scholarship funds and permanent endowment funds and distributes earnings from those funds to meet community needs. CCF presently has a total of 63 charitable funds with total assets of approximately $8 million. Since its inception in 1999, CFSM has received more than $9.8 million in contributions and has enabled nearly $4.8 million in grants to charities. CCF is affiliated with Community Foundation of the Ozarks which has been in existence since 1973 and has over $250 million in charitable assets.
Anyone wanting more information about Carthage Community Foundation should contact a board member or the CCF office in the Professional Building, Suite 1A, 221 W. 4th Street, Carthage, or by phone at 359-5534.