President: Brian Thomas
Brian is medical student at The University of Missouri - Columbia where he plans to obtain a MD-PhD degree. Brian’s dream has always been to become a physician as he has always had a knack for helping people in the community. When he finishes school, Brian is interested in practicing in a sub-specialty of Pediatrics and investigating childhood disease. Brian has been involved in various organizations, such as MedZou Community Health Clinic and Big Brothers Big Sisters, that help benefit a variety of people in Columbia, MO. In his downtime, Brian enjoys taking his dogs to the park, playing recreational sports and socializing with family and friends. Brian is looking forward to the opportunity to touch many lives and help Playing 4 Hope grow.
Vice President: Nathan Jones
Nathan Jones is a local attorney at law and owns his own practice, Nathan Jones Law. Nathan has a wife and family and has committed himself to making a difference in the community surrounding him. Nathan has been a part of several non-profit boards and understands the legal components that must be met in order to work as an operating non-profit organization within Missouri. Nathan has worked closely with Playing 4 Hope and has given a great amount of guidance and support in beginning and continuing our mission.
Founder & Secretary: Haley Ennis
Haley began the idea for Playing 4 Hope based on her past as a soccer player. Throughout high school she dedicated her games to her coach's wife who passed away during her freshman year. Throughout college Haley dedicated her games to her grandma, Mama, who was diagnosed with lung cancer. When Mama passed away in October of 2016, Haley and the board created a plan to grow Playing 4 Hope in her name. Haley is currently an elementary school teacher and enjoys spreading hope in her daily life.
Board Member: Dustin Armstrong
Dustin grew up in small-town Illinois, and his upbringing included the core values of hard work and caring for others. Dustin obtained his first degree in Television News with the hope of becoming a sports announcer. However, a summer internship led him to realize his life’s fulfillment would not come from holding a microphone. Rather, it would come through connecting with people; becoming a trusted leader; and building on his thirst for scientific knowledge. Dustin changed careers, obtaining a degree in Nursing and working for seven years in the Pediatric-ICU. These experiences helped solidify Dustin’s desire of becoming a physician, to which he is currently a student at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Dustin is excited to utilize his past experiences to connect with children and their families while helping Playing 4 Hope grow.