Board of Directors

Richard Oler, Pittsburg, KS

Practicing as a certified public accountant for 40 years in Kansas and Missouri, Oler was a Partner in a local Pittsburg, Kansas, firm and in BKD, LLP, a regional Midwest firm. His primary focus was on business and individual income taxation and business valuation services. Oler is presently retired and an active community volunteer and part-time consultant.

Annette Thurston, Joplin, MO

Annette Thurston of Joplin, Missouri, is the Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States. She previously worked with the Area Agency on Aging for 10 years. Annette is active in Rotary International at the club and district levels. She currently serves as a governing board member of the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts and is President-elect for ProMusica and a member of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Cultural Affairs Committee.

Eric Clawson, Pittsburg, KS

Eric W. Clawson was born in Pittsburg, Kansas, September 21, 1983; admitted to bar 2010, Kansas. Preparatory education, Pittsburg State University (B.B.A., 2007); legal education, Washburn University School of Law (J.D., 2010). Fraternity: Phi Alpha Delta. Member: Crawford County, Kansas, and American Bar Associations. Contracts; Wills; Trusts and Estates; Probate Administration; General Practice.

Dr. Bill Dickey, Pittsburg, KS

Dr. Dickey, now retired, spent his professional life as a professor, coach, and administrator working with young people in public school and university settings in Kansas and Colorado. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Emporia State University, did his specialist work at Oklahoma State University, and earned his doctorate at the University of Arkansas. He served a myriad of committees and professional organizations throughout his career. Dr. Dickey and his wife, Dee, also a teacher for many years, now live in Pittsburg, Kansas, where they have resided for more than 30 years.