“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – Andrew Carnegie
Director of Public Relations
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Sarah Buxton, a native of Strafford, Mo., graduated from Ozarks Technical Community College in May of 2017 with her Associate of Arts degree and is currently a junior at Drury University, where she will obtain her degree in Strategic Communication. Sarah is particularly passionate about political and nonprofit work, and plans to pursue a career in either field upon graduation.
Sarah was engaged in a variety of campus and community activities throughout her time at OTC. She created and chaired a politically affiliated campus organization and served as a math tutor in the OTC Speckman Tutoring and Learning Center. More recently, Sarah was recognized for her community service and civic engagement by being named a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow. Sarah was the first OTC student to receive this award.
Sarah currently works at Ozarks Technical Community College as a college ambassador and serves as the secretary for the Missouri Federation of College Republicans. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys being with her family and friends, reading the news, and educating herself and others about government and politics.
Director of Donations
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Tranna Shaughnessy is a single mom who spent 15 years empowering and encouraging women as a director in the direct sales industry. She recently took a very bold step and enrolled in college. The scholarships that she earned allowed her to continue serving others, which is when she realized her calling would always be investing in women, especially single moms.
In May 2018, Tranna will graduate from Drury University with a double majors in Management and Marketing degrees. Upon graduation, Tranna intends to work for a non-profit, and will pursue a Master's Degree of Nonprofit and Civic Leadership.
Tranna is employed at Ozarks Technical Community College as well as volunteers each week at The Northwest Project. At work, and in her volunteer hours, she functions as a mentor to single moms.
Tranna has always lived in the Springfield area. She and her daughter currently reside in Strafford and her 2 grown sons live nearby. While Tranna is new to the world of non-profits, she is not new to empowering women and is excited to bring her talents and skills to SingleMomzRock!
Director of Finance
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Erica Young was born and raised in Fresno, California. From a young age, her single mother taught her selflessness through example. Although her mother faced many of her own struggles, she always put others before herself. Erica witnessed her mother’s actions at such a young age and these actions aspired Erica to be just like her mother.
Erica Young relocated to Springfield, MO in 2009 and currently resides with her husband, Dr. Chris Young, her two beautiful huskies and a sassy Siamese cat. She has over 19 years of experience in financial management and accounting. She is also the owner of CEY Properties, LLC. When she is not busy at work or managing properties, she enjoys spending time with her family, painting, and playing the piano.
Erica is active in the community and enjoys volunteering whenever possible. She has a huge passion to make a difference in the lives of others. No matter if it is one-on-one, or in a group setting, Erica is dedicated to helping others achieve success on a personal and/or professional level.
Director of Hospitality
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Amy Reaka, SingleMomzRock Director of Hospitality, lives happily and blessed in Ozark with her four amazing children and her new husband Timmy, who is an avid fisherman. She works full time and is an active member at Second Baptist Church in Springfield. Her children are very active in sports; softball and soccer for the moment.
She grew up in Pierce City, Mo. and graduated high school from there. They spent a few years living in the greater St. Louis area before moving back to Southwest Missouri. When they returned to Southwest Mo., Amy became a stay at home mom for her children and to care for her mother full time.
In 2012 her marriage of nearly 10 years ended in divorce. After having stayed at home for years, she now had to scrambled to find a stable full time job while getting the kids settled into a new home, a new town, and a new life.
Only by the precious grace of God, and with the loving help and support of her family, they were able to make it through several difficult and trying years.