Meet the Women Behind the Center

The team at the MoWBC is a diverse group of women with varied schedules and multiple businesses, children, board
responsibilities, community involvement, and their own personal goals.
Jayme Dement Prenger

Jayme Dement Prenger

Director

Bio and Background

Jayme grew up in a family-owned, small business where her love for providing a warm and welcoming customer experience developed. Shortly after graduation, Jayme joined a non-profit in Cape Girardeau
with a small team who helped her develop skills in marketing, sales, and relationship management. After 13 years in non-profit and moving to Central Missouri, Jayme reinvented herself with a major
career change transitioning to for-profit, by joining a local car dealership as a Customer Experience Manager. During this time she was taken back to her roots and was given the opportunity to participate
in a life-changing training through the Disney Institute in Orlando, Florida. As a lifelong learner, Jayme was eager to implement the customer experience training she received and continues to share this
knowledge in each of her new roles. Jayme was a leader in healthcare sales and then, and then most recently, emerged as a natural leader within her business banking team quickly grasping services and
solving customers needs. Though her roles have changed over the past 20+ years, her love for her family and community has not. She still enjoys sharing her time and talents with organizations that are
near and dear to her heart and loves to meet new people, and listen to them share their life story. Jayme’s passion for connecting people and resources, along with her problem solving skills, will make
her a great addition to the Missouri Women’s Business Center team.

Passion
Community Involvement
Business Inspiration
Jennifer Schenck

Jennifer Schenck

Interim Director & Rural Support Business Coach

Bio and Background

Jennifer is in charge of community connections, training, and coaching in our Cooper, Howard, and Moniteau county areas.

Jennifer grew up in the Dallas, Texas area, and attended college at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, earning a BA in international business and Spanish. She started her career at IBM Dallas in Global Marketing, and quickly realized she is an entrepreneur at heart, starting her first business at age 23. A serial entrepreneur, Jennifer has started several businesses from the ground up including a children’s bedding and accessories boutique that transitioned into a line of wholesale baby furniture and bedding. She and her husband also owned and operated an ice cream franchise in the Dallas area before moving to Mid-Missouri in 2010. She also has years of corporate experience in operations and marketing along the way.

Currently, Jennifer is the chief connector of The Connection Exchange, a welcome service that connects new businesses and new residents with the resources, products, and services they need in Mid-Missouri and beyond and provides software to other welcome services nationwide.

Passion
Community Involvement
Business Inspiration
Sarah Cyr

Sarah Cyr

Program Manager

Bio and Background

Sarah started her first business in 2003, former Columbia restaurant, The Wine Cellar & Bistro. There she was certified by The Court of Master Sommeliers, and developed an award-winning wine list featuring organic and biodynamic wine. She says the key to running a successful restaurant for 15 years was to focus on customer happiness, to provide excellent hospitality, and to consistently deliver an amazing, seasonally-connected dining experience. Running the restaurant taught her how to persevere as an entrepreneur. Today she wants to give back to other entrepreneurs, showing them how to overcome obstacles while staying inspired and profitable.

Sarah Cyr is a business coach for the Mo Women's Business Center. She had a J.D. in law, a psychology BA and she is a certified business coach, certified wellness coach, and a Sommelier. Sarah started her first business in 2003, former Columbia restaurant, The Wine Cellar & Bistro. While managing the bistro she was certified by The Court of Master Sommeliers, and developed an award-winning wine list featuring organic and biodynamic wine. She says the key to running a successful restaurant for 15 years was to focus on customer happiness, to provide excellent hospitality, and to consistently deliver an amazing, seasonally-connected dining experience. Running the restaurant taught her how to persevere as an entrepreneur. After 15 years, she sold her restaurant business and created and sold an online business dedicated to travel and dining. After selling her second business she went on to receive five coaching certifications over the next two years. She is certified in health and wellness, weight and drinking, relationships, business, and general life coaching. Sarah now runs a successful private coaching practice, with an emphasis on helping women achieve results. Her current practice is Sarah Cyr Coaching, LLC. Today she wants to give back to other entrepreneurs, fulfilling the role that she yearned for as she was building her first business. Her passion is to show entrepreneurs how to overcome obstacles while staying inspired, healthy, balanced, and profitable. She is currently a leader in a new whole health business coaching model that is completely dedicated to client-driven goals and individualized business success. Sarah's passion for coaching can be traced back to law school, where she received her J.D. Her concentrations in law were competing on the negotiation team and specializing in mediation. This is where her coaching skillset and passion was first ignited. Helping clients come to a resolution so they could move forward in life, was her first lesson in coaching. Prior to law school she also received her BA in psychology at Central College in Fayette, where she studied pre-law and business. Looking back, that was the time in her life where she learned that helping people achieve more is a skill and a passion. Whether clients want to improve their health, their life, or their business, Sarah thrives in one on-one sessions. After coaching, clients often report back saying things like, “This changed everything for me,” or “I feel like I struck gold,” and “I didn't know this was possible.”

Passion
Sarah's passion for coaching can be traced back to law school, where she competed on the negotiation team and specialized in assisting both parties to reach a beneficial decision. She also received her BA in psychology at Central College in Fayette, where she studied pre-law and business. Looking back, that was the time in her life where she learned that helping people achieve more is a skill and a passion. Whether clients want to improve their health, their relationships, or their business, Sarah thrives in one-on-one sessions. After coaching, clients often report back saying, "I feel like I struck gold," and "I didn't know this was possible.
Community Involvement
Since then, Sarah has owned two other businesses, including her current private wellness practice, FB/EatDrinkThinkCoach. Working with Sarah as a wellness coach, food and wine lovers benefit from a whole-health coaching package. Her unique coaching practice not only accomplishes weight and health goals, but her clients also learn improved self-care techniques. They receive healthy food and wine recommendations, and they get private mindset and lifestyle coaching sessions. In addition to her private practice, she leads a Womens' Wine & Wellness Club in Columbia. The club meets monthly to drink wine and discuss all things wellness. Her goal is to help other women keep their passion for food and wine while implementing a balanced, healthy lifestyle that they love.
Business Inspiration
Sarah started her first business in 2003, former Columbia restaurant, The Wine Cellar & Bistro. There she was certified by The Court of Master Sommeliers, and developed an award-winning wine list featuring organic and biodynamic wine. She says the key to running a successful restaurant for 15 years was to focus on customer happiness, to provide excellent hospitality, and to consistently deliver an amazing, seasonally-connected dining experience. Running the restaurant taught her how to persevere as an entrepreneur. Today she wants to give back to other entrepreneurs, showing them how to overcome obstacles while staying inspired and profitable.
Adonica Coleman

Adonica Coleman

Business Coach

Bio and Background

Adonica Coleman is the owner of A2D Events which was established in Columbia Missouri in 2011. The company specializes in corporate, fundraising, virtual, and community events. Her community work includes serving as a board member at Granny’s House, The BOLD Academy, The Chamber of Commerce and REDI. Adonica is one half of the professional emceeing duo AC|DC Emcee, the Director of Community Outreach at Broadway Christian Church, and a part time business coach with the Missouri Women’s Business Center. She is a wife of 19 years and the mother of 4 daughters. She is passionate about her family, her business, and the community and loves connecting people through networking.

Passion
Community Involvement
Business Inspiration
Cindy Baker

Cindy Baker

Business Coach

Bio and Background

Cindy Baker a serial entrepreneur, chronic reader and lifelong learner opened her first successful business, ErrandRunners in 2012. In 2017, Cindy won first place in the Show-Me Innovation Pitch Competition for her business concept, KACO- The Kitchen, which she opened shortly after winning.  Learning that sometimes a good idea is not enough, that national trends don’t always work in a small community, and how pulling the plug on a business can be harder than opening. Cindy decided to close KACO-The Kitchen resulting in moving her office to the downtown Brick District in Fulton. Her new office building came with a sliding window to the popular brick district getting her entrepreneurial spirit thinking about the possibilities. During the 2020 pandemic, The Spot was opened selling cotton candy and lemonade through that very window. To assist with developing the workforce of the future, she employees local high school students at The Spot teaching them about scheduling, compiling payroll, creating operating procedures, and increasing efficiency. 

Cindy has proudly served her community as Co-Chair of Entertainment and Fundraising for the Fulton Street Fair, The Art House Board of Directors, Personnel Board for the City of Fulton, Past President and Parliamentarian for the Fulton Garden Club, Member of the Audrain County Master Gardeners, Tenant Representative for FCCA, Parade Committee for the Independence Chamber of Commerce and Flower Show Chair for the Fulton Garden Club and is a current Ambassador for the Callaway Chamber of Commerce.

When she is not working on her own business, she assists other entrepreneurs through her role as a Business Coach for the Missouri Women’s Business Center in Callaway and Audrain Counties.

Passion
Community Involvement
Business Inspiration
Shaunda Hamilton

Shaunda Hamilton

Business Coach

Bio and Background

Shaunda Hamilton is the owner of Heart and Home Professional Services LLC, a State Certified Minority and Women Business-Owned Enterprise, where she has contracts with federal and state agencies for different project-based needs, transportation and courier services, and provides others subcontracting opportunities.

Shaunda is also the co-founder and executive director of Boone County Community Against Violence (BCCAV), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. BCCAV is committed to providing advocacy in and throughout the community to those who have been affected directly or indirectly by violence, grief, loss, and traumas. This is done by providing support aimed at empowering others through quality training, unification projects, and valuable supports to inspire a strengthened community.

Shaunda has over 20 years of quality management and process improvement experience, a degree in health information management, and she’s a Certified Victims Advocate and a Certified Non-Profit Executive.

In her spare time, Shaunda enjoys spending time with family, especially her three grandsons.

Passion
Community Involvement
Business Inspiration
Eryn Patrick

Eryn Patrick

Administrative Coordinator

Bio and Background

Eryn maintains the day-to-day operations of the Missouri Women’s Business Center.

She was born and raised in Kansas City, and is excited about her recent move to Columbia, Missouri. Eryn has a passion for entrepreneurship and helping others achieve their goals. Growing up, Eryn watched her mother work non-stop as a single mom while also starting her own business. As she saw her mother succeed, she too wanted to follow in her footsteps and help others do the same. Eryn is in the process of getting a degree in Business Entrepreneurship and plans to own her own business someday.

Eryn is currently studying for her Bachelor's at Columbia College.

Passion
Community Involvement
Business Inspiration
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