In 2012, Tim lost his newlywed bride, Angie to colon cancer. She was 39 years old. After her death, Tim decided to create an outdoor concert series in Jefferson City, Missouri called Angiepalooza. There, multiple bands and huge crowds would come together in support of those in the community fighting cancer, celebrate those that had beaten it, and honor those we’d lost. During Angie’s illness Tim recognized voids in treatment that seemed to be universal; the emotional needs of women and girls in treatment were simply not being met. As such, he created Red Slipper Warrior Project where a two fold approach was implemented to help cancer patients transform from “just patients” to “Warriors” and better fighters, while never forgetting, cancer does NOT define them….THEY define them. Tim is a 32 year veteran of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, with 27 years spent “on the road” and four years spent assigned to the Governor’s Security Division where he provided personal protection for three different governors. Additionally, Tim spent eight years on the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s SWAT team. Many of the mindsets used in Red Slipper Warrior Project are mental techniques used by SWAT members to “go in hot” and “win the day”. Combined, the Red Slipper Warrior Project has helped women and girls across the country to “find their wins” every day and be better fighters, because better fighters win more often.
Jim Haworth, Treasurer
Jim Haworth is a proven Chairman and CEO with a 30-year background in the direction, leadership and implementation of business operations, merchandising and marketing solutions, including: strategic planning, financial restructuring, IT utilization and tactical marketing in a competitive, rapidly changing global industry. He produces results that consistently exceed profit, ROI, corporate and shareholder expectations, while mitigating risks and reducing operational costs. He is a confident leader, speaker and negotiator, with analytical and organizational expertise to clearly define and communicate company goals and direction and deliver a cohesive strategic message corporatewide as well as to stock market analysts and shareholders. He is successful in the development, implementation and management of turnaround strategy to return underperforming or distressed companies to acceptable levels of profitability, solvency, liquidity, and cash flow.
Cynthia Mercer, Secretary
Cynthia is a strategic business executive with a combined 30-years of experience in domestic and international, public and private, for-profit and not-for-profit, start-up, and aggressive growth companies within the gaming, hospitality, and healthcare industries. Cynthia joined Mercy in the role of senior vice president of human resources in January 2011. In 2013, she was asked to expand her role as chief administrative officer to include government relations, community relations, and other staff responsibilities supporting the executive office. In 2014, Mercy Health Foundation was added to Cynthia’s service areas, assuming the role of president, Mercy Health Foundation. Today, Cynthia serves as executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Mercy. A breast cancer survivor and servant leader, Cynthia’s passion for bringing hospitality to healthcare is a very personal mission.
Kitrina “Kit” Tinnin was first exposed to Red Slipper Warrior Project because of her position as a commercial lender in Jefferson City. A friend of a friend, Tim had come to her under the premise that he was willing to personally borrow money to get Red Slipper off the ground if necessary. Over 2 hours of coffee later, she was 100% in! Willing to lend money, donate money, volunteer, etc she knew Red Slipper Warrior Project was the charitable passion she’d been looking for. Little did she know at the time, it would turn out to be a life changing meeting in more ways than just gaining a prospective customer or new charity to volunteer her time (hence the last name!). With over 20 years of entrepreneurship as a real estate broker and nearly 20 years in banking, Kit brings to Red Slipper’s operations a wealth of knowledge in finance, organization, business and project management, and vision- and just typically will do whatever needs to be done to keep Red Slipper moving forward. A frequent tag line “ He’s the Wow, I’m the How” best describes their roles here. Kit and Tim have 4 grown children, seven grandchildren and two fur babies. When not working on Red Slipper, Kit performs with a band, Magnolia Wine, in Central Missouri and also at Capital City Productions, a dinner theatre in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Rachel Barfield is a Jefferson City native with a passion for her community. She finds purpose in using her past trials to help others going through tough times. She has over six years of experience at Genesis Medspa and specializes in marketing, e-commerce, office management, strategic implementation, and event planning. When she isn’t working, she can be found at home with her husband, daughter and two dogs or taking long walks through Target. Her hobbies include beating Cancer, spending time outdoors, eating tacos and working out. She is excited to be a part of the team at Red Slipper and help remind other women going through cancer that ... *You have survived 100% of your worst days so far. *This won't last forever *Better days will come again. *You are not facing this alone.
Dr. Lenora Adams
Dr. Lenora Adams, DO, MBA, is the Regional Vice President Medical Affairs for SSM Health Mid-Missouri, as well as the Medical Director of Patient Care Optimization for SSM Health Greater Midwest. Prior to joining SSM Health, she completed an Internal Medicine Residency with University of Missouri Health Care and provided outpatient primary care, inpatient hospitalist care, as well as emergency medicine care in Columbia, MO, and was the Medical Director for Home Based Primary Care Program that served in Mid-Missouri. Dr. Adams is very active in the Jefferson City community, serving in Zonta, American Heart Association, Catholic Charities, as an advocate for women's health in the community, and is passionate about empowering women and girls to pursue their dreams relentlessly.
Bradley Kellerman works as the Five Rivers District Executive for the Boy Scouts of America. Before joining their ranks as an employee, he volunteered his time in various roles, such as Den Leader, Cubmaster, Unit Commissioner, Assistant Scoutmaster and served as the Fund Development Chair. Bradley is also an active member of the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce, and participated in their Leadership Jefferson City, class of 2017. He is a participating member of the Rotary Club West of Jefferson City, a member of the National Eagle Scout Association, and has served on the United Way of Central Missouri's Governing Body. Bradley is devoted to his community, and is continually working to improve the lives of those among it.
Mandy Lawrence received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from William Woods University. She also earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Mandy returned to William Woods University for her graduate work, where she was awarded an MBA in healthcare administration. Mandy started her career in Oncology nursing where she worked in both inpatient and outpatient centers. Mandy then worked in hospice in operations for seven years. Mandy is the COO of US Urology Partners. Mandy is passionate about supporting the cancer community and excited to serve on the Board for Red Slipper Warrior Project.
Christopher Scott spent 25 years in the computer software industry working as a project manager and corporate director before opening his own insurance agency in 2016. Chris has broad technical and business experience specializing in project management, risk management, financial planning, and fundraising. Chris currently holds certifications and licensing as PMI Project Management Professional, MO and KS licensed insurance agent for Farmers Insurance, and MO FINRA 6/63 licensed Registered Representative for Farmers Financial Solutions. Chris' deep motivation to support the Red Slipper Warrior Project comes from the loss of his mother, Kathleen Scott, due to pancreatic cancer in 2001.
Julie is a native of Jefferson City, Missouri who recently returned from livings an island in Mexico. In pre-retirement years she was fundraising chair and secretary for the Junior Group, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; President of Helias Foundation; President of JC Community Concert Association and a fundraiser for Vitae Caring Foundation.
Laura was introduced to the word “cancer” when she was 11 years old when her mom, Norma, came home from a doctor’s appointment with the news. Laura recalls it was a sunny day as she, her two brothers and mom were in their kitchen at their home in Rolla. Norma loaded the dishwasher as tears streamed down her face, trying to keep things as normal as possible, as she shared what would be life-altering for all involved. In the 1970’s, cancer research options and treatments were extremely limited, such as BRCA genetic testing which was not available, and cancer was not readily talked about like it is today. Norma endured radiation, chemotherapy and a myriad of surgeries which eventually ended with two mastectomies two years apart. She completed her battle almost three years later when she passed away at Christmastime in 1977 at the age of 47. Fast forward to 2009, Laura was newly married to David, and they were enjoying their new life together when Laura had a mammogram which detected cancer. Once you have been diagnosed with cancer, and then surviving it, life takes on new meaning. As a 12-year cancer survivor, Laura is living and giving intentionally, and says it is now a calling on her life. Serving executive level management for over two decades in the Kansas City area and most recently in Jefferson City, Laura serves in the Executive Office at Central Bank. Laura volunteers her time as the assistant director for the Center for Womens’ Ministries and has served as a volunteer for Angiepalooza since its inception in 2013. Previously, Laura served on the Komen for the Cure Board (and hosted Team Lewis for over 8 years for Komen for the Cure 5K fundraisers), Cole County Relay for Life Co-captain, Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign bell ringer, the Veterans’ Advisory Board (assisting with Operation Bugle Boy and Wreaths for Heroes programs), and the Missouri Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters Board (and volunteered as a Big Sister for over 13 years). Laura‘s love of travel has taken her to 49 states (Hawaii is on her horizon), Canada, Italy, and the Bahamas. When Laura isn’t working or volunteering, she and David enjoy listening and playing music, an occasional round of golf, attending Cardinals games in Springfield and St. Louis, and cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs.
Shawn "Chewie" Crowe
With a background in logistics and large scale shipping, Shawn brings institutional knowledge to the Red Slipper Warrior Project distribution equation. In addition, Shawn’s knack for the creative, adds innovation to projects and marketing and is a frequent confidant in planning sessions for research and development. Shawn has also spent several years in the entertainment industry as the frontman for Stone Cold and The Surge. He still runs his own DJ business, A Touch of Class. Shawn has been a long time friend of Red Slipper Warrior Project and always eager to engage and promote.
Cynthia A. Bates (Cindy) Cindy earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri, St. Louis in 1981. During her over 40 years of experience as a certified public accountant in public accounting, she has assisted small businesses, municipalities, and nonprofit organizations as they strive to establish accurate and timely financial reporting, reach financial goals, meet mission objectives, and maintain compliance with respective operations and tax regulations. She began her career at Baird, Kurtz & Dobson (BKD) in January 1982. In July 1983, she and a another BKD associate left BKD to establish Bates CPAs, P.C., a full-service CPA firm. She became majority shareholder and managing principal of Bates CPAs, P.C. on February 1, 2009, and reorganized as BATES CPA LLC during 2017 when a substantial portion of the tax and accounting practice was sold. Community involvement and giving back has always been a priority of her professional life. She has served as a board member of the St. Louis Northwest Chamber of Commerce, St. Peters Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA of O’Fallon, MO. She has volunteered her time as a volleyball coach with Attack Volleyball Club, St. Louis, MO and as a member or chairman of several finance, membership and golf tournament committees for various organizations and causes. She was awarded the 2011 Volunteer award from the St. Louis Northwest Chamber of Commerce. Upon relocating to Jefferson City, MO in 2018, she was looking to continue her involvement with her community and decided to join the Jefferson City East Side Business Association where she is building new small business relationships. Because special people in Cindy’s life have been affected by cancer, she attended several Angie Palooza events and then the first Red Slipper Warrior Project (RSWP) Valentine’s Day event. She found the cause where she could give back in Jefferson City. She feels she can make a difference by volunteering to assist with the accounting and tax needs of RSWP.
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