Sunday, May 18, 2014
New Bright Futures USA executive filed for bankruptcy in 2011
Michelle Lester, who previously had volunteered locally for Bright Futures and who became Bright Futures USA's business development manager in January, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy September 20, 2011, in U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri.
Bankruptcy records show that Mrs. Lester, who had operated Market Place Magazine in Joplin, reported $96,246.05, including more than $42,000 in credit card debt owed to nine companies, including Victoria's Secret, Sears, and Macy's
In addition to the $42,000 in credit card debt. Mrs. Lester reported about $4,500 in medical debt:
Advanta Credit Cards $8,279- credit card debt
American Express Medical Services $3,207
Bank of America $19,292 credit card debt
Capital One $2,826 credit card debt
Freeman Hospital ER, medical services $1,000
Kohl's $3,033 credit card debt
Limited Express $1,564 credit card debt
Macy's $2,772 credit card debt
Mid-America Accounts $293, medical services
Mid-Continent Credit Services, $83, medical services
Midland Credit Management, $3,161, credit card debt
Modern Media Concepts, $36,002, business franchise promissory note
NCO Financial Systems, $371, medical services
Ovid Bell Press, $12,951.28, business printing expenses
Sears, $539.77, credit card debt
Victoria's Secret $784, credit card debt
Jasper County Circuit Court records indicate a judgment of $3,275.53 was entered against Mrs. Lester on November 3, 2010, for breach of contract.
The bankruptcy court filings indicate two other lawsuits have been filed against Mrs. Lester.
As noted in the September 10, 2013, Turner Report, Kim Vann, executive director of Bright Futures USA, filed for bankruptcy in 2005, listing more than $30,000 in credit card debt.
In addition to being the executive director of Bright Futures USA, Mrs. Vann serves as executive director of communications and community development for the Joplin R-8 School District.