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Kurt Brewer, Executive Director   |  (573) 634-2969 ext. 21
Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP)

Kurt believes Community Action at its best is implementing the American Dream: real people, local focus, sharing ideas and successes, working hard and helping each other to improve their lives and their communities. As Executive Director, he leads the Missouri CAN team achieving the vision of "a state where all people and communities thrive" and implementing the mission "to advocate for low-income families and strengthen the Community Action Network." Kurt holds a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems. He is also a Certified Community Action Professional. Kurt's Strengths: Achiever, Positivity, Connectedness



Training & Technical Assistance Team

Brian L. Valentine, Program Director   |  (573) 634-2969 ext. 27

For Brian, Community Action means a place where dignity and honor are restored and upheld. As Missouri CAN’s Program Director, he develops and implements program design and professional development initiatives for the Network. He also leads training and technical assistance and grant management. Brian attended the University of Central Missouri and majored in Finance and Marketing. Brian's Strengths: Connectedness, Relator, Communication

James Rogers, IS Manager   |  (573) 634-2969 ext. 25

James believes Community Action helps people access resources they need to improve their life and the next generation. As Information Systems Manager, James provides training and technical assistance for the statewide management information system (MIS) and provides general technical support for the Missouri CAN office. James holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Information Systems. James' Strengths: Harmony, Maximizer, Relator

Chris Small, Training Manager | (573) 634-2969 ext. 35

For Chris, Community Action means finding and wrapping needed resources around families and individuals to help them get over large and small obstacles in their lives. As Training and Events Manager, Chris is responsible for professional development, learning and training opportunities within Missouri CAN and for the 19 Community Action agencies across the state. Chris completed undergraduate and graduate degrees from University of Central Missouri and holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Research from University of Southern Mississippi. Chris's Strengths: Learner, Input, Positivity



Outreach, Advocacy & Communications Team

Jessica Hoey, Outreach Director   |  (573) 634-2969 ext. 31

Jessica believes Community Action provides a sense of hope, a pathway to opportunity, and a collective call to action as communities work together to end poverty. As the Outreach Director, Jessica is responsible for identifying, developing, and managing collaborative relationships, advocacy and outreach efforts, and grant funding opportunities. She also oversees the network's communications and poverty simulation initiatives. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication. Jessica's Strengths: Individualization, Strategic, Achiever

Mary Bifulco, Poverty Simulation Manager   |  (573) 634-2969 ext. 26

For Mary, Community Action means investing in and amplifying the impact of low-income individuals upon which thriving and mutually-supportive communities are built. As the Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) Project Manager, Mary is responsible for all things related to the CAPS. Whether it is conducting the simulation, training other facilitators, or answering questions about how organizations can obtain their own kit, she is eager to meet Missouri CAN’s goal of raising awareness of the realities of poverty in order to agitate agents of positive change. Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies. Mary's Strengths: Learner, Connectedness, Intellection

Sarah Hackman, Strategic Communications Manager   |  (573) 634-2969 ext. 39

With personal experience of childhood situational poverty, Sarah believes community resources truly can help individuals and families thrive after unexpected challenges. As Strategic Communications Manager, Sarah is responsible for the marketing and communications needs of Missouri Community Action Network as well as providing assistance to member agencies in clarifying their messages. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri's School of Journalism. Sarah's Strengths: Responsibility, Adaptability, Empathy



Finance & Operations Team

Becky Britton, Fiscal Director   |  (573) 634-2969 ext. 23
Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP)

Becky believes Community Action exists to give Missourians the opportunity to become self-sustaining and thrive. Community Action programs and initiatives are the opportunities that renew people's hopes and dreams for their life. In order for Missouri CAN to have an effective impact, Becky ensures the fiscal operations run smoothly in her position as the Fiscal Director. Becky also oversees Missouri CAN's human resources and leads the Board Fiscal Committee. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and is also a Certified Community Action Professional. Becky's Strengths: Connectedness, Harmony, Arranger

Jennifer Perkins, Administrative Assistant & Membership Coordinator   |  (573) 634-2969 ext. 34

Jennifer L. Perkins

For Jennifer, Community Action is the equal opportunity bridge from poverty to the basic human right to live a healthy and thriving life. As the Administrative Assistant & Membership Coordinator, Jennifer is responsible for maintaining and managing all aspects of Missouri CAN’s membership records. She also provides administrative support to the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and the Missouri Community Action Directors' Association. Jennifer is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services at Columbia College. Jennifer's Strengths: Futuristic, Positivity, Empathy


Amy Thrash, Office Assistant   |  (573) 634-2969 ext. 20

Amy is Missouri CAN’s resident “wooer.” As Office Assistant, Amy is the smiling face that greets all our visitors. She enjoys getting to know you and loves to make you feel at home. She assists Missouri CAN staff in all aspects of general administration of Missouri CAN's affairs including managing office meetings and trainings. Amy believes in Community Action because, “We are the VOICE for the low-income people. We represent peace and hope to the people we help.” Amy's Strengths: Woo, Communications, Empathy


Cheryl Tomblinson, Accounting Assistant   |  (573) 634-2969 ext. 28

Cheryl believes Community Action provides a lifeline and gives relief and hope to families and individuals in times of crisis. As part-time Accounting Assistant, Cheryl works on a variety of projects that support Missouri CAN and 19 Community Action Agencies including maintaining grant records. Cheryl is Missouri CAN's chief organizer whose work keeps the office organized and efficient. Cheryl's Strengths: Empathy, Maximizer, Responsibility