Emily KampeterGovernment Accounts Officer at Central Bank

State government is always at the center of Jefferson City, and Emily Kampeter is always at the center of state government. Before taking over as government accounts officer at Central Bank, Kampeter did communications work for the state, handling legislative affairs for insurance and finance. Since crossing over to the private sector, the lifelong Jefferson City resident has been able to expand her influence in the Capital City.

“My primary customer base is associations and nonprofits,” Kampeter says. “I use my government experience to navigate bid opportunities and understand the challenges those customers face.”

Kampeter relishes the opportunity to contribute to the community that she grew up in. Her husband, Joshua, is also a city native, and Kampeter’s children, Sophie and Eli, spend regular time with their grandparents. Kampeter graduated from Helias Catholic High School and volunteered at St. Mary’s Hospital during the summers. She considered becoming a nurse but then decided another career might be a better fit.

“I quickly learned I can’t stand the sight of blood,” she says. “I spent most of my time in the hospital gift shop.”

Kampeter was nominated as a 2015 One to Watch by Central Bank coworker Twilla Duvall, who praises Kampeter’s humility and grace. “Emily’s contribution to the community goes hand in hand with her professional achievements,” Duvall says. “She treats each and every customer with respect and demonstrates outstanding attention to detail.”

Duvall says Kampeter was instrumental in securing funding for Missouri’s participation in the Own Your Future long-term care insurance program, which is designed to help people plan for the costs of long-term health care in old age. Kampeter has also served in leadership positions at the United Way and the Jefferson City Council for Drug Free Youth.

Kampeter hopes to ramp up her community involvement even further in the years to come, hopefully sparing some time for travel with her family and furthering her education. “I don’t ever want to stop learning and challenging myself,” she says. “I want to be remembered for my passion for my family, my work and my community.”

Family: Husband, Joshua, and children, Sophie and Eli
Charity of choice: Young Life Jefferson City
“This organization helped shape who I am today,” Kampeter says. “During high school, some amazing Mizzou students traveled to Jefferson City to hang out with my friends and me. They attended our school events, took us to summer camp and taught us about God’s love. Young Life impacted the choices I made as a young person and the decisions I make today.”
Community involvement: Kampeter is a committee member of Jefferson City Young Life, a campaign coordinator for the United Way of Central Missouri and a former president of the Council for Drug Free Youth. She is an active member of Immaculate Conception Church and a volunteer in the Samaritan Center’s Adopt-a-Family program.

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