The Northeast Missouri C.H.A.R.T. Partnership meeting on Wednesday, July 19, will feature guest speakers Andy Dorian and Mary Lynne Richards. Their presentation will highlight the importance of public recreation.

The Northeast Missouri C.H.A.R.T. Partnership meeting on Wednesday, July 19, will feature guest speakers Andy Dorian and Mary Lynne Richards. Their presentation will highlight the importance of public recreation.

Dorian is the Director of the Hannibal Parks and Recreation department and is a certified Parks and Recreation professional, along with a member of the Missouri and National Parks and Recreation Associations. He holds degrees from Eastern Illinois University and Western Illinois University and a master’s degree from William Woods. He has served in recreation capacities in Alaska, Illinois and Missouri, before serving as assistant supervisor, then Director of Hannibal Parks and Recreation. He has served as president of Kids in Motion, on the allocation committee for the United Way of Marion County and on the board for Shine a Light on Autism. Since he has taken over the position in Hannibal, he has added about 20 different park sites, including a community garden, sand volleyball courts, new playgrounds and extensive renovation of the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center. The addition of Sodalis Nature Preserve has made international headlines and put Hannibal on the map for conservation and eco-tourism. Dorian is a Quincy native and a father of two.

Richards is from Hannibal and graduated with a degree in communications from Truman State. She worked at local newspapers for several years and started working at Hannibal Parks and Recreation five years ago. As an avid marathon runner, she is passionate about recreation and fitness. Her job is to raise the profile of Hannibal Parks and Recreation, through social media platforms, promotion and marketing. She recently wrote an article about Sodalis Nature Preserve for a national magazine, Parks and Recreation Business. She is the mother of three and a member of Rotary Club, Holy Family Church and Kings Daughters.

The C.H.A.R.T. Partnership meets the third Wednesday of each month at Fiddlestiks in Hannibal with lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by a program and the meeting at noon. Healthcare and social service organizations and leaders throughout Northeast Missouri are encouraged to participate. The Partnership encourages and supports initiatives which enhance the health and vitality of residents of Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Ralls and Shelby counties. The C.H.A.R.T. Partnership serves as a vehicle for regular dialogue among regional health leaders, encouraging a shared understanding of regional health challenges and the emergence of activity designed to enhance the health and wellbeing of residents of the region. For more information about the C.H.A.R.T. Partnership, contact Tom Dugger, Executive Director for Families and Communities Together (F.A.C.T.) and 2017 Chairperson for the Partnership, at Tom.Dugger@mcfact.org .