Story by Megan Whitehead | Dec 28, 2016
Photography by Keith Borgmeyer

City Magazine’s Ones to Watch recognizes up-and-coming leaders who enhance local business and the community as a whole through their work and volunteerism. This year, ten people were chosen by a panel of past winners after being nominated by their peers and employers. Congratulations to these outstanding leaders.

Linette Sommerer

Abbott & Angerer, CPA

What is the single biggest lesson you’ve learned in business?

The road to success is not a straight line up, and only you know how to define your own success.

Why is it important to you to be involved in the community?

I truly believe in the Bible verse Luke 12:48, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required . . .” I have been tremendously blessed in my life, and if, by my efforts, someone else may feel even the smallest measure of blessing as well, then the effort is worthwhile.

Tell us about your family.

I grew up in St. Elizabeth, Missouri as the sixth of seven children. I have been married for 12 years to my husband, Jason. We live in southern Cole County and have three beautiful children, ages 10, 8, and 4. We love Mizzou, the Cardinals, spending summer days on the river, and taking in all the wonderful community events Jefferson City offers.

Charity of choice and why?

Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association. Deanna Alonzo and her staff and volunteers share my passion, so it’s a natural fit for me. With CMFCAA, there is absolutely no question that they make every effort to put every penny, every donation, to the highest and best use for Missouri’s most vulnerable.

What animal would be your spirit animal and why?

I’m a cheetah: intense, empathetic, lovingly blunt, opportunistic, hesitantly trusting, swift, flexible, and confident.

What is one goal you have for 2017 and how do you plan to achieve it?

My true passion is working with nonprofits. In my opinion, all nonprofits need a “professional toolbox,” a group of trusted advisors to aid them in their mission. In 2017, I want to make nonprofits a bigger portion of those I serve.

Outside of your family, who is your role model and why?

My good friend Kari Schulte. She is a very talented attorney as well as a busy community member and mom of four. Beyond that, I admire her tremendous faith in God, her altruistic heart, and her endless drive to do good for as many as she possibly can.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Live music of any kind. I dance, I sing along. If it’s got a good beat, I’m a fan.

Community Involvement:

  • Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association
  • Jefferson City West Rotary
  • River City Habitat for Humanity
  • Wonderland Camp
  • Southwest Early Childhood Center volunteer
  • JC Chamber Young Professionals Executive Committee
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