Gov. Jay Nixon today made appointments to five state boards and commissions. The appointees will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate, but will begin serving immediately. The appointees, along with their boards and hometowns are:
- Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board (John Young, Princeton)
- Jackson County Sports Complex Authority (Stephen R. Bough, Kansas City)
- Missouri Workforce Investment Board (Dr. Martha E. Black, Charleston)
- Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents (Francis Dorrel, Maryville)
- State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors (Eric Pitman, Wentzville)
Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board
The Governor appointed John Young, of Princeton, to the Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board. The Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board provides an independent review of child abuse and neglect determinations in certain cases.
Young serves as the prosecuting attorney for Mercer and Worth counties, representing the state in criminal cases and those counties on civil matters. He also operates a private law practice in Trenton and Princeton. Young earned his law degree at the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending April 7, 2013.
Jackson County Sports Complex Authority
The Governor appointed Stephen Bough (D), of Kansas City, to the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority. The Jackson County Sports Complex Authority oversees the maintenance and operation of the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex; administers funds received from the State of Missouri, Jackson County and the City of Kansas City; studies location, feasibility, and design of sports and recreational facilities; and acquires, constructs, operates, maintains, and leases to other sports stadiums, field houses, indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, parking facilities and suitable concessions.
Bough is the founding partner of the Law Offices of Stephen R. Bough in Kansas City, and earned his law degree from the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law. He also has served as an adjunct professor at the UMKC School of Law. The Governor has appointed Bough for a term ending July 15, 2017.
Missouri Workforce Investment Board
The Governor has re-appointed Dr. Martha E. Black, of Charleston, to the Missouri Workforce Investment Board. The board serves as an advisory council to the Governor and the Division of Workforce Development on employment and training needs of Missouri businesses.
Dr. Black is the executive director of the Susanna Wesley Family Learning Center, a position she has held since 1991. She holds a doctorate in education - special education from Southern Illinois University. Black has served on the Missouri Workforce Investment Board since 2007. The Governor has re-appointed her for a term ending March 3, 2014.
Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents
The Governor has appointed Francis Dorrel (R), of Maryville, to the Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents. The Board of Regents develops policy and has responsibility for sound resource management of the University, and determines general, educational and financial policies.
Dorrel has been the general manager of United Electric Cooperative since 1990; the cooperative serves portions of northwest Missouri. He received his bachelor's degree in personnel management from Northwest Missouri State University. Dorrel is a past president of the Nodaway County Economic Development Corporation. He has been appointed for a term ending Jan. 1, 2017.
State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors
The Governor has appointed T. Eric Pitman (R), of Wentzville, to the State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. The board is charged with the responsibility of licensing embalmers, funeral directors, and funeral establishments; registers pre-need providers and sellers; and regulates these professions in accordance with state law.
Pitman is a licensed funeral director and embalmer who is the president and owner of Pitman Funeral Homes Inc., which operates five locations. He is a past board member of the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association. Pitman is a graduate of Missouri Baptist University. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending April 1, 2015.