Kelly Francis – Chief Marketing Officer
573-445-9920, ext. 319
University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center
333 S. John Q Hammons Pkwy
Springfield, MO 65806
Room Rate – $123 plus taxes.
(Rate expires Monday, May 31)
Mr. Tim Arbeiter
Director, Office of Broadband Development
Missouri Department of Economic Development
Tim joined the Missouri Department of Economic Development as the state’s new Director of Broadband Development in July, 2018. He leads the effort to address Missouri’s broadband needs, work with all public and private partners, and deploy new concepts for broadband in the state’s rural economies. Prior to his work for the State, Mr. Arbeiter worked for two Chambers of Commerce in Lee’s Summit and Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He holds the Institute of Organization Management (IOM) designation from the US Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Arbeiter attained his Masters in Counseling (2000) and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (1997) from Southeast Missouri State University.
Dr. Kari Monsees
Deputy Commissioner, Financial and Administrative Services,
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Dr. Kari Monsees is completing his first year as Deputy Commissioner for Financial and Administrative Services at DESE. He retired as superintendent of the Raymore-Peculiar School District in 2020. Dr. Monsees previously served as Chief Financial Officer in the Wentzville School District. Prior to that, he held administrator positions in the Warrensburg School District and the Moniteau County R-I School District. He began his career as a teacher and athletic director in the Smithton R-VI School District. In his role at DESE, Dr. Monsees is responsible for various aspects of school finance and governance, the distribution of state and federal funds to schools, as well as many of the internal operations of DESE.