Gov. Jay Nixon today announced his appointment and nominations to eight boards and commissions. The nominees will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate; the appointee to the Missouri Juvenile Justice Advisory Group is not. The appointee and nominees, along with their boards and hometowns, are:
- Advisory Committee for 911 Service Oversight (Elizabeth M. Pierson - Norborne)
- Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners (Michael C. Rader - Kansas City)
- Missouri Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (Carolyn M. Allen - Columbia)
- Missouri Real Estate Appraisers Commission (Boyd L. Harris - Centralia)
- Missouri Women's Council (Noelle C. Collins - St. Louis)
- Public Defender Commission (Robert E. George - Aurora)
- Sentencing and Corrections Oversight Commission (Kathleen Tofall - St. Louis)
- State Committee of Marital and Family Therapists (Sara C. Michael - Jefferson City)
Advisory Committee for 911 Service Oversight
The Governor has nominated Elizabeth M. Pierson, of Norborne, to again serve on the Advisory Committee for 911 Service Oversight. The Committee on 911 Service Oversight aids in collecting and disseminating information relating to use of a universal emergency telephone number; reviews existing and proposed legislation; provides recommendations for model systems considered in preparing a model 911 service plan; and provides requested mediation services to political subdivisions involved in 911 jurisdictional disputes.
Pierson is currently a member of the Committee for 911 Service Oversight. Since 2004, she has served as director of the Carroll County Communication Center. Pierson previously served as a deputy and school resource officer for the Carroll County Sheriff's Department. The Governor has re-nominated her to a term ending April 9, 2016.
Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners
The Governor has nominated Michael C. Rader, of Kansas City, to the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners. Under state statute, the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners operates the Kansas City Police Department.
Rader is a partner with the Kansas City law firm of Bartimus Frickleton Robertson & Gorny. In 2008, he received the Lon O. Hocker Trial Lawyer Award from the Missouri Bar Foundation. Rader previously was an assistant prosecuting attorney with the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. He obtained his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri. The Governor has nominated him for a term ending March 11, 2017.
Missouri Juvenile Justice Advisory Group
The Governor has appointed Carolyn M. Allen, of Columbia, to the Missouri Juvenile Justice Advisory Group. The mission of the Missouri Juvenile Justice Advisory Group is to provide leadership and education to Missourians in the area of juvenile justice and ensuring the safety and well being of all youth, their families, and communities.
Allen is a retired attorney who also holds a Master Social Work degree from the University of Missouri. She worked as coordinator for tuition settlement scholarships for the University of Missouri MOST Scholarship Program as well as chief of the Bureau of Grants for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Allen was a licensed clinical social worker for the state of Missouri from 1992 to 2001. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.
Missouri Real Estate Appraisers Commission
The Governor has re-nominated Boyd L. Harris (R), of Centralia, to the Missouri Real Estate Appraisers Commission. The Missouri Real Estate Appraisers' Commission licenses and regulates persons who engage in real estate appraisal business as set out in statute.
Harris is a state certified general real estate appraiser and licensed real estate broker who operates Boyd Harris Companies Inc. He is currently a member of the Missouri Real Estate Appraisers Commission, as well as the chair of the Boone County Planning and Zoning Commission. The Governor has re-nominated him for a term ending Sept. 12, 2014.
Missouri Women's Council
The Governor has nominated Noelle C. Collins (D), of St. Louis, to the Missouri Women's Council. The Missouri Women's Council promotes and increases women's economic and employment opportunities through education and training; occupational mobility; non-traditional careers; promoting women in small business; access to managerial jobs; and support service for families, such as child care.
Collins is an attorney in St. Louis who has served in public and private practice. Her previous experience included serving as associate editor for American Heritage and Travel Holiday magazines. She also currently serves as an adjunct professor at Webster University in St. Louis. The Governor has nominated Collins for a term ending Dec. 6, 2014.
Public Defenders Commission
The Governor has nominated Robert E. George (R), of Aurora, to serve on the Public Defender Commission. The commission is responsible for the hiring of the state public defender director and makes any rules needed for the administration of the state public defender system.
George served as prosecuting attorney for Lawrence County from 1989 to 2010. He currently operates a solo private practice. George has served as an adjunct professor at the Aurora campus of Drury University. The Governor has nominated him for a term ending March 11, 2019.
Sentencing and Corrections Oversight Commission
The Governor has nominated Kathleen Tofall, of St. Louis, to the Sentencing and Corrections Oversight Commission. The Sentencing and Corrections Oversight Commission is tasked with monitoring and assisting the implementation of HB 1525, The Justice Reinvestment Act (JIA), and evaluating recidivism reductions, cost savings, and other effects resulting from the implementation. The commission shall determine ways to reinvest any cost savings to pay for the continued implementation of the JIA and other evidence-based practices for reducing recidivism. The Commission shall also examine the issue of restitution for crime victims, including the amount ordered and collected annually, methods and costs of collection, and restitution's order of priority in official procedures and documents.
As the Executive Director of the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Victim Services Unit, Tofall administers direct service programs provided to victims of crime. As a graduate of St. Mary's University of San Antonio, Texas, with a Bachelors degree in Public Justice and of the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Masters in Counseling, she has focused her efforts in various areas of social services: as a child protective services caseworker, as manager of two residential facilities serving individuals with developmental disabilities, and advocating and assisting crime victims since 1989. The Governor has nominated her for a term ending March 11, 2016.
State Committee of Marital and Family Therapists
The Governor has nominated Sara C. Michael (I), of Jefferson City, to the State Committee of Marital and Family Therapists. The State Committee of Marital and Family Therapists protects the public from unlicensed, negligent, incompetent, and dishonest mental health services provided by licensees and individuals under supervision for licensure. The state committee enforces licensure standards through the implementation of legislative and administrative regulations and provides guidance to supervisors and applicants for licensure to insure compliance with Missouri law and regulations.
Currently a principal member with the Law Firm of Carver & Michael, LLC, Michael has focused her practice in the area of family and domestic law since receiving her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1996. She previously served as the Cole County Bar President and is a member of the Family Law Section of the Missouri Bar. The Governor has nominated her for a term ending Jan. 26, 2014.