Chris Kempke is the new Community Development Specialist and Program Director for the Scotland County Extension Office.

Chris Kempke is the new Community Development Specialist and Program Director for the Scotland County Extension Office.

by Andrea Brassfield

Chris Kempke, recent graduate from Missouri State University in Springfield, has joined the Missouri Extension Office in Scotland County where he serves as a Community Development Specialist and Program Director for Scotland, Schuyler, Adair, Knox, Clark and Lewis Counties.

Chris started in the Scotland County office on June 1, 2015.  Not too far from home, Chris is from Curryville, MO in Pike County.

Chris graduated from Bowling Green High School and then attended Missouri State University in Springfield where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and a Master’s of Science in Applied Anthropology, graduating in May 2015.

Chris’s parents, Paul and Melissa reside in Pike County where he serves as a state trooper for the Northeast Missouri Major Crash Investigation Team and she is the Pike County Clerk.  He has a sister who is currently a student at Southeast Missouri State and a brother who just graduated from high school and plans to attend Wichita State this fall.

While in college, Chris was a member of both the marching band and concert band for four years, with the trumpet being his instrument of choice.  He was also involved with Kappa Kappa Psi (National Honorary Band Fraternity), college ministry, the Anthropology Club and Phi Eta Sigma (National Honor Society).  Chris was also very involved in Boy Scouts growing up and is an Eagle Scout.

Additionally, Chris is a car enthusiast, enjoys all outdoor activities, bowling, history and simply being part of the community.

As the Community Development Specialist/Program Director for the Missouri Extension Office, Chris will be helping with non-profit support, general community and economic development and helping organizations to find grants and develop programs.

An Open House at the Extension Office, Room 105 in the Scotland County Court House, is planned for Friday, June 19 from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.  The phone number where Chris can be reached is 660-465-7256.