Caring Communities is Missouri's ambitious cross-system reforms initiative. This work grew from several community and state initiatives since November 1993. By developing community-based supports and services, the aim is to enhance the well-being of children, which is inseparable from the well-being of their families and the stability and economic viability of the communities where they live.
The Ripley County Caring Community Partnership is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation that has been designated by the state of Missouri to serve as a local governance partnership, the decision-making entity that partners with the state of Missouri and local communities to plan, develop, finance and monitor strategies designed to achieve our six core results.
1) Children Ready to Enter School
2) Children Succeeding In School
3) Children and Families Safe
4) Children and Families Healthy
5) Youth Ready to Enter a Productive Adulthood
6) Parents Working
Improving results for children and families requires a dramatic change in the way services are organized and delivered. Four policy directions shape and guide Missouri's system reform initiative to improving results.
Executive Director: Susan Skaggs
Susan has worked with Caring Communities since 1998. She is the proud mother of three children and is a life long resident of Doniphan. She currently has an MBA from William Woods University and has occupied the position of Director since 2004. Previously she worked as a Site Coordinator within the Caring Communities model for Ripley County R-IV and Doniphan R-I School Districts.
Susan has been involved with a variety of local organizations:Treasurer/Past President – Doniphan Kiwanis (2008 – Present), Executive Committee Treasurer (2006-Present) - Ripley County Chamber of Commerce, Three Rivers Community College Child Care & Guidance Advisory Committee member, District 25 Missouri Reentry Process Past Co-Chairman and member, Senior Troop #40178 Girl Scout Leader and Past Service Unit Manager for Doniphan Girl Scouts. She has volunteered with numerous community initiatives and activities throughout her life as a resident of Ripley County.
She also enjoys living on Current River and appreciates its magnificence of natural beauty and wildlife.
Program Director: Lisa Aden
Lisa has worked with Ripley County Caring Community Partnership since 1994. She is the proud mother of one son Mason. Lisa brings a host of talent and human resource skills to the job. She currently oversees all programs including the Christmas Kettle Campaign for the Partnership, assesses service resources to seek funding to fill gaps in existing services, and has been the Chairman of the SCWIB Youth Council since 2007.
During her off time, she enjoys her endeavor as the owner and operator of a local photography business and spending time with her son.
|President: Randall Miller - Emmanuel Baptist Church|
|Vice President: Russell French - SEMO Risk Management|
|Treasurer: Sue Beal - Family Support Division|
|Secretary: Penny Fowler - Current River Career Center|
|Michael Williams - US Bank|
|Floyd Coonce - Community Member|
|Mark Schroeder - AEL/GED Instructor|
|Becky Hill - Backpack Program/Community Member|