Board Member Bios

Matt Browning

I have lived in the neighborhood since 2016 and have worked at Columbia Insurance Group for 20 years as a Technical Architect. I ran for the board to get more involved in the neighborhood. I want to represent the interests of the community and ensure Wyndham Ridge is a great place to live.

Gary Cain

Gary Cain grew up in Knife River Minnesota and Braymer Missouri.  After graduating High School in Braymer, he attended the University of Missouri and received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Business Administration with an emphasis in Economics.  Gary is the Redistricting Project Manager for the State of Missouri.  He has also held positions as the Director of Evaluations and the Associate Registrar at Columbia College and as a post award analyst/accountant at the University of Missouri. 

Gary met his wife Melody while they both attended the University of Missouri and have been married for 24 years.  They have 2 daughters.  Claire is a Junior at the University of Missouri and Chloe is a Senior at Rock Bridge High School.  For enjoyment Gary and Melody like to spend time with friends, go to MU football games, attend concerts, and watch our daughter’s soccer games.  In the year of covid we have also been spending a lot of time outside of Columbia exploring wineries and breweries throughout Missouri.

Gary was interested in becoming a director to help provide financial responsibility to the board.  He was also interested in protecting the homeowners by making sure that the covenants are adhered too by the residents and by the board.

Michael Chenot

Michael Chenot currently works as an Analyst at Q10 | Westcap, a full service commercial mortgage bank headquartered in Irvine, California. The firm specializes in originating commercial real estate loans for its exclusive and semi-exclusive Life Company lenders, CMBS, Banks, and Private Money lenders.  Michael resides with his wife, Staci, in Columbia, MO after relocating from Springfield, MO in 2018. In his free time, Michael enjoys meeting new people, yard games when the weather permits, and exploring Columbia and surrounding areas.

Michael was interested in becoming a director because he felt his background and experience in real estate could be applied and would be a benefit to the board. Additionally, being new to Columbia when he applied, Michael felt that working on the board would provide the opportunity to meet people throughout the neighborhood and be in a position to serve the community.

Brad Jessee

Brad Jessee has spent most of his professional career in manufacturing and distribution and currently works as a buyer at Environmental Dynamics in Columbia, MO. Brad and his wife Teresa returned to the Columbia area in 2006 after spending 11 years in the Chicago area and moved to Wyndham Ridge in 2014. In their free time they enjoy spending time with friends and exploring all the area has to offer.

Brad joined the board wanting to become a good steward of HOA resources and a greater compliance to the covenants for our community, as well as to promote transparency between the board and homeowners.

Shena Latcham

Shena Latcham, her husband Matt Sparks and their kids, Oliver and Amelia, moved into the Wyndham Ridge community in December 2012.  Originally from Kansas City, MO, Shena moved to Columbia in 1996 to begin her undergraduate studies at the University of MO- Columbia.  After a brief stint in KC after graduating college, Shena and Matt got married and moved back to Columbia where Shena completed her Master’s Degree, also at the University of MO - Columbia.  In 2006, Shena began working at the MO State Highway Patrol Crime Laboratory located in Jefferson City, MO, as a Forensic DNA Analyst.  Forensic science has been a passion of Shena’s since she was in high school, so being able to pursue a career in forensic DNA analysis was a dream come true. 

In her spare time, Shena enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the neighborhood pool in the summer, attending Amelia’s competitive softball games across the state, and watching Oliver grow in his mastery of Taekwondo.  Shena also enjoys walking the family dog, Chewy, on the trail surrounding Wyndham Ridge to get some exercise and see lots of friends from the neighborhood.

In late 2019, Shena decided to run for the Wyndham Ridge HOA Board in hopes that she could bring more transparency to the decisions that the board was making.  Additionally, since Shena has been a long-standing member of Wyndham Ridge, she felt that her historical knowledge of past board decisions could aid the board with future decisions.  Although Shena was only elected to the board for a term of one year, she hopes that during her term she can have a positive impact on the neighborhood by increasing the flow of communication from the HOA board to the residents, tackle concerns that residents feel are negatively impacting our community, and bring residents closer together by working with the social committee to organize community events. 

Carl Shepard

Carl Shepard is currently a stay-at-home father who grew up on a farm in Howard County, MO. Went to Fayette High School. Joined the MO Army National Guard directly after graduation and spent roughly half of his 8 years active. Including two combat tours as an operator on a route clearance crew. Last military activity was 2009. Was completely out and honorably discharged in 2012.

During Carl’s re-assimilation period he worked at Goldcrest Distribution in Mexico MO while making progress in and eventually coaching Crossfit in the mornings. He took on a critical role helping his stepdad transition from partner at a legal firm to running his own private firm. Carl remains the IT manager of Long Branch Tax and Legal Services LLC. He also became a manager at the Oaks country Club in Mexico and bartended there during that time.

In 2015 Carl got married and moved back to Columbia and worked for Image Technologies for roughly 1.25yrs before becoming a stay at home father. He has been living in the neighborhood since 2017 and on the board since 2018.

Carl practices competitive jiu jitsu, Olympic lifting strongman, Wim Hof Method, and is very focused on longevity.

Never hesitate to approach Carl. The interaction will go well.

Herb Watchinski, Jr

A self-employed business consultant, business agent and management consultant/trainer that spent over 20 years in the Information Technology industry.  A senior executive that managed large diversified international organizations in such area as sales, marketing, ISO quality standards, business development, management leadership development, technology services, operational support, and new product/services development.

Prior to joining IBM was a commissioned Missouri State Trooper serving for the last 5 years as the Graduate Dean of the Law Enforcement Academy and as the State’s Hazardous Materials Officer and the liaison officer to the Missouri General Assembly. He has held a law enforcement commission at the city, state, federal, and international levels.

Holds degrees in Political Science, Criminal Justice Administration, and Public Administration.