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Missouri JCI Senate Executive Officers  2016-2017


Jerry Thompson #56957


     I joined the Macon Jaycees a LONG, LONG, LONG time ago!




Kristen Johnson #72859

Vice President

    My first experiences with this organization were actually with the Senate and not the Jaycees. People kept telling me that I joined the organization “through the back door”. I eventually joined the Monett Jaycees in January 2009 and was on the fast track to leadership. I led the Missouri Jaycees as their 92nd State President in 2013 and for the first time in 7 years, we achieved growth in membership! When I received my senatorship in January 2014, I truly believe it was the first time I was literally speechless. The second time I was rendered speechless was in June 2014 when I was awarded the Allen Whitfield Memorial Award.

     I have so many wonderful memories throughout my Jaycee career and I’m so excited to create even more memories with the Senate. I’m very honored and proud to serve as your 2016-2017 Vice President of the MO JCI Senate and I look forward to Taking Care of Business!


Tonya Benton #66222


     Hello! My name is Tonya Benton, Senator #66622. I look forward to getting more involved with the Senate this year serving as Treasurer. I have served the Missouri Jaycees as District Director, Wonderland Camp Program Manager, Vice President and then President in 2008. I received my senatorship from the Columbia Jaycees in 2006. I have served the Senate as Newsletter Editor, Super Bowl Party for Wonderland Camp Chairperson and Sergeant-At-Arms. On a personal level, I live in St. Charles and work as an Accountant for a commercial real estate company.

I look forward to seeing you all at upcoming events. Thanks again for electing me to be your Treasurer this year!


Chris Deen #73300


     Hello, I am Chris Deen #73300, and I am serving as your senate secretary. I joined the Sikeston Jaycees in 1996 and have served on the executive board and rodeo board. I was the 2012 General Chairman of our annual rodeo, and I have served as chairman of other projects, including car shows and haunted hayrides. I became an exhausted rooster in 2014, awarded my senatorship in 2015. I am also serving as 2016 Supreme Commander of the Missouri Muleskinners Corps. I look forward to becoming more involved with senate events and meeting new friends along the way.


Karen O'Hearn #52200

Chairperson of the Board

     I joined the O’Fallon Jaycees in 1988.  The project that caused me to become active in our chapter was doing the food baskets with my sister Sue Kunza # 56814.  I have participated and chaired many projects in our chapter and to name a few are Christmas shopping tour, bbq’s and beer sales for the 4th of July.  Some of the different positions I have held are Community Development VP, Treasurer, President for the 1990-91 year.  I was District Director and State Project manager for Wonderland Camp and helped form the Show Me Corp and was the 3rd Queen.  

      The O’Fallon Jaycees presented me with my Senatorship in 1994 and was very proud and honored to receive this.  I have served as Treasurer, Vice President and now your President for the 2015-16 year.  I am looking forward to serving you as your President and let’s share our stories and ‘Take care of Business’

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