Ada has taken an active part in many of Columbia’s events and charities since she began her career at Commerce Bank following her graduation in 2003 with a Bachelor Degree in Finance from Northwest Missouri State University. Growing up in the small close-knit community of Paris, MO with three older brothers, she learned the importance of helping in the community and competing to reach her goals. She was thrilled when asked to participate in Dancing with the Missouri Stars. It would not only give her an opportunity to help in the community, but also to provide the opportunity to learn how to dance again. Unknown to most, Ada had previously had a very short one lesson career in ballet and tap. At the age of four, her mother decided she needed her own activities, so she enrolled her at the new dance studio three houses down the street. Thirty minutes into the lesson her mother stepped out to check on her three brothers at home. Within minutes Ada ran home crying that her Mom had abandoned her. That ended those lessons. She did however from age 6 through 9 decide to join a clogging group “The Salt River Stompers” and performed at fairs, repeatedly dancing to Cotton Eye Joe.
Ada is currently Vice President and Treasury Management Officer for Commerce Bank. She has a been recognized for her accomplishments, becoming the first recipient of the bank’s One Commerce Award and has been the Tier 11 Market’s top Treasury Management Sales Officer for the entire company the last three years. In 2013, the bank selected Ada as one of the only 30 employees company wide to participate in the Commerce Leadership Development Program. She was selected to be a member of the 2017 class of the Columbia Business Times 20 under 40. She has also participated in the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program and was selected to be part of the 2017 Greater Missouri Leadership Challenge Class.
Ada has been active in several organizations. In 2015 she was a participant in Job Point’s Celebrity Apprentice. Over the years she has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce having chaired and co-chaired events. She serves on committees and volunteers with Partners in Education, Boys & Girls Club, United Way and the Central & Northeast MO Food Bank.
Ada takes great joy in helping others and treats everyone like friends and family. She tries to bring a positive attitude to those around her and never knows a stranger. She considers all those around her like family. She considers her close girlfriends and Bunco group like the big sisters she never had. She loves exercising at Columbia Strength & Conditioning, attending Mizzou sporting events and St. Louis Cardinals’ games, golfing and traveling.
Ada is extremely honored to have been asked to participate in this year’s MO Dancing with the Stars and promises to give it her all to help raise money for the Missouri Contemporary Ballet, so they can continue to promote the art of dance through their charity outreach programs and their many fine cultural events in Columbia.