PITTSBURG — Jenifer McDonald takes pride in her community and works as a leader to make it a better place.

She is being honored as a Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce 2017 Woman of Distinction for her service with several local organizations.

“It is a very humbling honor,” McDonald said. “When I do service for the community I don’t do it for recognition, so this was a very nice thank you.”

She serves as president for Friends of the Pittsburg Public Library, president of the Frontenac Rotary Club, national vice president of Phi Tau Omega Philanthropic Sorority and president of the Hope for MS Foundation.

Her efforts with Hope For MS have helped the organization raise over $70,000 for area families.

Crawford County has always been McDonald’s home. She graduated from Frontenac High School and earned both her bachelor’s degree and MBA at Pittsburg State University. McDonald said she is inspired by her family, and by a drive to make her community better.

“I have a 12-year-old son and I want to do everything in my power to make this community one that I’m proud of and one that will support him and future generations,” she said.

Day to day, McDonald works as a regional payroll specialist at Via Christi Hospital and also serves as administrative assistant for the Mount Carmel Foundation.

“I’ve worked at the hospital for six years in community relations, so I was a part of a lot of the events the Mount Carmel Foundation did,” she said. “I was asked if I’d like to be a part of it and I jumped at the chance.”

McDonald said what really drew her to the foundation was the fact that everything it does benefits the community and all funds stay local.

She plans to keep attending meetings on meetings on meetings and continue to make Pittsburg a better place.

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.