Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation is a nonprofit organization which offers free and confidential business coaching in Northwest Missouri. We are a group of over sixty volunteers from six counties who care passionately about the success and sustainability of our rural Northwest Missouri region. We formed the Facilitation Board in order to assist our rural entrepreneurs in creating or maintaining their small business ventures. We do this for the same reason the early pioneers helped their neighbors by barn raising – we know it will strengthen and sustain our rural communities.

Each member of the Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation Board understands his or her role and duties because each has received board training, prior to joining the Board. A select number of the initial board also received more intensive training to further assist in project implementation. This training included how to effectively work with entrepreneurs, how to create an entrepreneurial environment, how to leverage various resources for entrepreneurs, and how to properly support the Enterprise Facilitator. As time goes on, the board continues to recruit and train new members.

The NWMEF Board usually meets once a month. During the meetings, the Facilitator will ask the board for assistance with specific issues facing clients. The Board spends an hour brainstorming resources and possibilities so that each issue can be successfully resolved by the client. The board also monitors the progress of the project through monthly reports from the Facilitator on client activities, including the number of new or expanded businesses, and new or retained jobs. Once a year the Board conducts random client surveys to assess the project.

Board Members

Andrew County

Charles “Rusty” Chester
Brad Derr
Jon Ecker
Cindy Esely
Joe Hegeman
Elaine Ingle
Jerry Ingle
Brad Jarvis
Gail Kincaid
Gary Kincaid
Sr. Christine Martin, OSF
Deborah McKay
Tim McKay
Keli Morris
Neema Mwigune
Paula Price
Kamara Roach
Jeanne Rost
Jason Sarsany
Annette Weeks
Ben Weeks
Phillip Frank
Sister Adu Anne

Gentry County

Janet Hunsucker
Brad Law
Kent Peterson
Heather Phillips
Mike Waltemath
Tara Wilmes
Kelly Wilmes
Ken Henggeler
Mackenzie Manring

Atchison County

Marilyn Alldredge
Bob Alldredge
Monica Bailey
Curtis Livengood
Roger Livengood
Cindy Sons
Virginia Vernon

Holt County

Charmaine Flint
Arnold Kreek
Joe Laukemper
Scott Laukemper
Mark Quick
Mark Sitherwood
Richard White
Clifton Wilson
Debbie Geib
Marcus Casady


Abby Bonwell
Charlotte Chunn
Pam Felder
Jeff Gates
Laurel Lee Goforth
Dan Hegeman
Joe Hegeman
Chad Higdon
Ginger Geeding
Dale Krueger
Jim Lower
Deb Powers
Sr. Nancy Kamau, LSOSF
Kristi Sons

Worth County

Allen Andrews
Jo Andrews
John Andrews
Rick Frese
Sherri James
Debbie Roach
Jackie Spainhower
Meggan Brown

Nodaway County

Ben Blackford
Lisa Luke
Cindy Burns
Debbie Fannon
Jim Jacoby
Adam Marriott
Kimberly Mildward
Fr. Daniel Petsche, OSB
David Shadinger
Mike Thomson