Ollie Jackson has been a member of the Board of Directors of Good Samaritan of the Ozarks since 1997 and has served as President of the Board of Directors since 2002. During his tenure, Ollie was deeply involved in Good Samaritan’s organizational accomplishments such as building the Genesis shelter for victims of domestic violence, purchase of the building that now houses the Waynesville food pantry and emergency resources center, and the establishment of a thrift store and food pantry in Richland. He was on the ground floor of the establishment and implementation of the Christmas Angel and Pearl programs. He was an avid supporter and participant in the annual Women of Significance luncheon.
To meet the needs of the people of Pulaski County, significant growth of the Good Samaritan organization was needed. In the past twelve years, the Good Samaritan organization has grown from a staff of 10 employees working out of two buildings, to a staff now numbering 36 employees, working out of four buildings. The increase of personnel and operating floor space, has resulted in a vast improvement in the services provided to the people of Pulaski County.
Ollie was born in California, Missouri, and as a member of the Army, first came to the Fort Leonard Wood/Waynesville area in 1965 as the commander of an Advanced Individual Training Company. As a member of the military, he returned to the Fort Leonard Wood/Waynesville area on two other occasions. In 1969 as a Brigade Operations Officer and in 1976 as a Training Developer. After 20 years of Army service, he retired from the military in 1988, having obtained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Following military retirement, Ollie entered Federal Civil Service at Fort Belvoir Virginia, coming back to Waynesville with the move of the Engineer School. At that time, Ollie made Waynesville his home, and began his involvement with the