SMTS is a non-governmental, non-profit general public passenger transportation service. The organization is governed
by a board of directors and administered by a full time executive director. SMTS transportation services are available
throughout South Central and Southeast Missouri. In 1980, SMTS for the first time, offered services to the general
public. Today SMTS provides a wide variety of “curb-to-curb” passenger transportation services to all age groups.
SMTS is funded by a variety of sources. The Missouri Department of Transportation provides money for operation and
administration in the form of direct grants. Other sources of revenue include contracts for service with Southeast
Missouri Area Agency on Aging, Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging, and Southwest Missouri Office on Aging
these contracts provide each rider with the opportunity to make a donation toward their ride. All rider donations are
confidential. SMTS sponsors an annual campaign to raise money for new “replacement” vehicles. In past years,
individuals, businesses, civic groups, and corporations have supported this effort. These donations are tax deductible.
SMTS Board of Directors and Staff
Raymond Skaggs, President
John Orem, Vice President
Jim Eaton, Secretary
Don Boesch, Treasurer
Wm. E. Osborne, Executive Director
Denny Ward, Assistant Executive Director
Greg Stover, Comptroller
James Heller, Director of Operations
LuAnne Moyers, Payables
Marcia Stanfill, Payroll Supervisor
Donna Stephens, Billing Clerk
Angela Davidson, Support Staff
Sara Francis, Receptionist/Clerk Typist
Karen Turner, Local and Long Distance Coordinator
Brenda McDowell, Medicaid Billing
Angela Firebaugh, Medicaid Transportation Coordinator
History of the Business
During the late 1960 and early 1970’s several local volunteer groups recognized the need for improved transportation
service in their area. The organizations include CART (Central Area Regional Transportation) in Rolla, Malden Area
Transit (MATS), focused on Dunklin and surrounding counties, PRIDE (People Retired Independently Doing
Everything), TOTE (Transportation of the Elderly) and other local volunteer groups. Each of these groups approached
Mo. Department of Community Development and it was determined a regional transportation system would be the best
approach to solutions of resident transportation problems. The service was organized in 1973 by a group of concerned
citizens representing a large geographic area. These individuals volunteered to organize the non-profit corporation.
Although these people came from varying backgrounds and ages they came together with a common purpose, to
create a new transportation service. They started a service with 3 vans to serve the needs of elderly and handicapped
residents in Southeast Missouri which has grown to a fleet of 132 vehicles in a 20 county area.
In the beginning SMTS was located in a room off a local Café and later moved upstairs over the Café, where it
remained until February 1985 (12 years). SMTS moved to yet another old Café building located on South Mine LaMotte
in September of 1985 renting all the time until they were able to buy the building in 1991. In late 1997 SMTS was able
to successfully negotiate the trade of the building on South Mine LaMotte and purchase a building located at 704 East
Hwy 72. After a few years SMTS had grown and needed more room to accommodate additional vehicles and staff.
Once again the search was on for funding and property. With the aid of a Federal Earmark SMTS was able to
purchase a building which was a combination office and garage owned by an electric cooperative when the Coop built a
new and larger facility at a different location. Also fortunately for SMTS, the building was located at 700 East Hwy 72,
next door to where we were located. In July 2004 the move was made to our current location.
About the Home Office Staff
Bill Osborne came to the company as executive director shortly after SMTS was organized in 1973. Bill works to
secure funding, writes grant applications and contracts, and works closely with the Board Of Directors to keep in touch
with what is going on in Transportation on the local, state and federal levels.
Denny Ward joined SMTS in 2006 as Comptroller/Office Manager and was promoted to Assistant Executive Director
Greg Stover joined SMTS in 2011 as Comptroller.
James Heller came to work for SMTS in 2000 as a driver and transferred into the office in December 2002 as
Maintenance and Driver Supervisor, and then Director of Operations.
LuAnne Moyers started with SMTS as a billing clerk in 1981 and has since worked as a clerk-typist, Local, Long
Distance and Medicaid Coordinator, Medicaid Transportation Coordinator, Financial Assistant, Medicaid Supervisor
and is now responsible for Payables.
Marcia Stanfill came to SMTS in 1990 as payables clerk. In 2009 she was promoted to Payroll Supervisor.
Donna Stephens joined SMTS in August 1997 as Local and Long Distance Coordinator and clerk-typist , worked as
the Medicaid Transportation Coordinator and is now a Billing Clerk.
Angela Davidson started with SMTS in October 1999 and has since been Local Long Distance Coordinator,
clerk-typist, billing clerk, Medicaid Transportation Coordinator and is now Support Staff.
Sara Francis joined SMTS in March of 2000 as Local and Long Distance Coordinator and clerk-typist. Sara is
currently handling the receptionist duties and serving as clerk-typist.
Karen Turner joined the SMTS staff in March 2004 as Local and Long Distance Coordinator and clerk-typist.
Brenda McDowell joined the SMTS staff in 2007 and is currently our Medicaid Billing clerk.
Angela Firebaugh joined the SMTS staff in 2011 and is currently our Medicaid Transportation Coordinator.
Employee Day 2006
Activities for the whole SMTS family!
Southeast Missouri Transportation Service, Inc.
700 E. Highway 72 - P.O. Box 679
Fredericktown, MO 63645
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