Gov. Nixon makes board and commission appointments

January 4, 2012
Jefferson City, MO

Gov. Jay Nixon yesterday afternoon (Jan. 3) made appointments to 14 boards and commissions. The appointees will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate, with the exception of those named to the Missouri Technology Corporation. The appointees, along with their boards and hometowns, are:

  • Clean Water Commission (John Cowherd - Mount Vernon)
  • Coordinating Board for Higher Education (Brian Fogle - Springfield)
  • Harris-Stowe State University Board of Regents (Christine Chadwick - St. Louis)
  • Labor and Industrial Relations Commission (James Avery Jr. - St. Louis)
  • Missouri Development Finance Board (Bradley G. Gregory - Bolivar)
  • Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (Melanie R. Rippetoe - Vinita Park)
  • Missouri State University Board of Governors (Beverly Miller - Lebanon)
  • Missouri Technology Corporation (Elizabeth Canuteson - Liberty, David D. Kerr - Ballwin)
  • Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents (Robert Dowis - Conception)
  • Platte County Election Board (Dr. James Dallas Everett - Platte City, Marvin Ferguson - Parkville)
  • Regional Convention Center and Sports Complex Authority (James F. Shrewsbury - St. Louis)
  • State Fair Commission (Sherry Jones - Dawn, Kevin Roberts - Hillsboro)
  • Truman State University (Student member) (Michael J. Bushur - Lee's Summit)
  • University of Missouri Board of Curators (Student member) (Amy G. Johnson - Kansas City) 

Clean Water Commission

The Governor has appointed John Cowherd (R), of Mount Vernon, to the Clean Water Commission.  The seven-member Clean Water Commission adopts regulations and policies to carry out planning, monitoring, permitting, enforcement, and grant assistance activities to carry out the objectives of the Clean Water Law; hears and resolves appeals of permits and staff decisions; and directs the use of state construction grant and loan funds.

Cowherd is an attorney who operates a private practice in Mount Vernon and also is a bar examiner for the Missouri Supreme Court Board of Bar Examiners. He obtained both his bachelor science degree in agricultural economics and his law degree from the University of Missouri. The Governor has appointed Cowherd for a term ending April 12, 2014.

Coordinating Board for Higher Education

The Governor has appointed Brian Fogle (D), of Springfield, to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education. The nine-member board oversees the activities of the Missouri Department of Higher Education, which serves as the administrative arm of the board. 

Fogle is president and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and previously served as director of community development for Great Southern Bank and in several positions with the banking industry in southwest Missouri for more than 20 years. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending June 27, 2012.

Harris-Stowe State University Board of Regents

The Governor has appointed Christine Chadwick (I), of St. Louis, to the Harris-Stowe State University Board of Regents. The seven-member Board of Regents develops governance policy and provides oversight of the university administration and operation.

Chadwick is the founding executive director of FOCUS St. Louis, a non-profit organization that works to develop leaders who work to influence policy and promote community connections. She currently serves on the boards of several local organizations including the United Way, the Urban League and St. Louis University High School. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending July 7, 2016.

Labor and Industrial Relations Commission

The Governor has appointed James Avery Jr. (R), of St. Louis, to the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission. The commission reviews administrative appeals of workers' compensation, unemployment compensation, crime victims' compensation and tort victims' compensation cases, and also conducts evidentiary hearings pertaining to prevailing wage objections to the general and annual wage orders.

Avery is currently the chairman of the State Board of Mediation, and formerly represented the 95th District in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2002 to 2008. He is a veteran of the Marines and currently is a company commander in the Missouri National Guard. Avery was deployed in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending June 27, 2016.

Missouri Development Finance Board

The Governor has appointed Bradley G. Gregory (R), of Bolivar, to the Missouri Development Finance Board. The board administers a range of financing programs for Missouri business, local governments and state agencies; issues taxable or tax-exempt industrial revenue bonds or notes; and provides market rate or low-interest loans and grants to political subdivisions to fund public infrastructure improvements.

Gregory is the president and CEO of the Bank of Bolivar, a bank he helped start in 1997, and has been in the banking industry since 1978. He serves on the boards of Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar and its foundation, as well on the board of the Missouri Bankers Association and the Bolivar Parks and Recreation Committee. The Governor has appointed Gregory for a term ending Sept. 14, 2015.

Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority

The Governor has appointed Melanie R. Rippetoe, of Vinita Park, to the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority. The mission of the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority is to eliminate barriers for students so they can access higher education.

Rippetoe holds a masters degree in urban planning and real estate development from Saint Louis University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She currently serves as the code enforcement officer for the city of Maryland Heights. The Governor has appointed Rippetoe for a term ending Oct. 22, 2015.

Missouri State University Board of Governors

The Governor has appointed Beverly Miller (D), of Lebanon, to the Missouri State University Board of Governors. The Board of Governors possesses full power and authority to adopt all needful rules and regulations for the guidance and supervision of the university.

Miller, a graduate of Missouri State University with a degree in education, taught social studies in secondary schools in Lebanon and Kansas City, as well as in the sociology departments at Missouri State and Drury universities. She has served as director of the Lebanon office of the American Red Cross and on the board of the Greater Ozarks American Red Cross. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending Jan. 1, 2015.

Missouri Technology Corporation

The Governor has appointed Elizabeth Canuteson, of Liberty; and David D. Kerr, of Ballwin, to the Missouri Technology Corporation. The purpose of the corporation includes finding better ways for Missouri businesses to work with universities to solve the businesses' technical problems; bringing increased research funding to universities for life sciences, information technology and advanced manufacturing; and creating and managing a system to bring new technologies and ideas effectively into the consumer marketplace to create new jobs and help businesses grow.

Canuteson is the regional vice president of external affairs for AT&T, who holds a bachelor of arts degree in speech communication from Truman State University. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending Oct. 1, 2015.

Kerr is the immediate past director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, a position he held from 2009 to the end of 2011. He was the secretary of commerce for the state of Kansas, and was president of AT&T Kansas from 2003 to 2007. The Governor has appointed Kerr for a term ending Oct. 1, 2015.

Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents

The Governor has appointed Robert Dowis (D), of Conception, to the Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents. The board develops policy and has responsibility for sound resource management of the university, and determines general, educational and financial policies.

Dowis holds a bachelors degree in secondary education and a masters in education from Northwest Missouri State University, and is currently the superintendent of Jefferson C-123 schools in Conception Junction. Dowis has more than 35 years' experience as an educator in Missouri that includes several years at Tarkio College and Tarkio Academy. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending Jan. 1, 2017.

Platte County Election Board

The Governor has appointed James Dallas Everett (D), of Platte City; and Marvin Ferguson (R), of Parkville, to the Platte County Election Board. The board oversees and directs elections in a non-partisan manner, providing direction for voting entities and procedures to assure that a fair and honest election is held for the residents of Platte County.

Dr. Everett, who holds his doctorate in education from the University of Missouri, is retired from serving as an administrator at Metropolitan Community College; he previously was on the faculty of the Platte County R-III School District. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending Jan. 11, 2015.

Ferguson has practiced law in North Kansas City for more than 30 years and obtained his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is an Army veteran who has served on the Parkville Board of Aldermen since 1971 and who also has served on numerous civic and local governmental boards. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending Jan. 11, 2013.

St. Louis Regional Convention Center and Sports Complex Authority

The Governor has appointed James F. Shrewsbury (D), of St. Louis, to the St. Louis Regional Convention Center and Sports Complex Authority. The authority oversees financing, design and construction of the domed stadium/convention center expansion and administers annual Preservation Funding in accordance with state statute, by-laws and bond indentures.

Shrewsbury is an attorney in private practice in St. Louis who served on the City of St. Louis Board of Aldermen from 1983 to 2007, including as aldermanic president from 2002 to 2007. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending May 31, 2016. 

State Fair Commission

The Governor has appointed Sherry Jones (R), of Dawn; and Kevin Roberts (D), of Hillsboro, to the State Fair Commission. The commission oversees the operation of the Missouri State Fair and is responsible for the selection and supervision of the fair director.

Jones and her husband have a corn, wheat and soybean farm in Livingston County and also have a cow/calf operation. She has served on the Missouri Farm Bureau Board of Directors and is the current president of the Livingston County Farm Bureau Board. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending Dec. 29, 2014.

Roberts is an attorney in private practice in Hillsboro who obtained his law degree from the University of Missouri. He served as president of the Hillsboro R-III Board of Education, and serves on the board of directors for both Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and the Jefferson County YMCA. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending Dec. 29, 2014.

Truman State University Board of Governors

The Governor has appointed Michael J. Bushur, of Lee's Summit, as the student member of the Truman State University Board of Governors. The board is the highest policy-making body of the university.

Bushur, a sophomore majoring in psychology and economics, is a member of the University Conduct Board and also serves as regulations chair of the Funds Allotment Council. The Governor has appointed Bushur for a term ending Jan. 1, 2014.

University of Missouri Board of Curators

The Governor has appointed Amy G. Johnson, of Kansas City, as the student member of the University of Missouri Board of Curators. The board of curators oversees the operation of the four-campus University of Missouri System.

Johnson is a junior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City majoring in biology. She is a member of the School of Biological Sciences Student Affairs Action Group and the Student Government Association constitution committee, and is editor of the school's undergraduate research journal. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending Jan. 1, 2014.