Gov. Jay Nixon today announced appointments to eight boards and commissions. The appointees, along with their boards and hometowns, are:
- Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board (Kerry Messer - Festus)
- Harris-Stowe State University Board of Regents (Reginald D. Dickson - Normandy)
- Missouri Board of Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Landscape Architects (Kelley Cramm - Kansas City; Melissa Joy Edwards - St. Joseph)
- Missouri Board of Examiners for Hearing Instrument Specialists (Brian D. Vesely - Ozark)
- Missouri State Board of Chiropractic Examiners (Margaret Freihaut - Robertsville; Charles Quigless - St. Louis)
- Missouri State Board of Nursing (Kelly J. Scott - Columbia)
- Missouri State Foster Care and Adoption Board (Dean Aye - Mountain View; Beverly Dawn Caruso - Cape Girardeau; Kelly L. Floyd - Hazelwood; Suzette Forbis - Clark; Melinda Nicholson - Nixa; Eric Pilson - Blue Eye; Janet E. Richardson - Independence; Derek E. Williams - Cameron)
- Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission (Gregory Mills - Kansas City)
These appointments will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate pursuant to Article IV, Section 51, of the Missouri Constitution.
Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board
The Governor has reappointed Kerry Messer, of Festus, 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.
For 26 years, Messer has served as president of the Missouri Family Network. He also serves on the executive board of the Missouri Baptist Convention. Messer is both a minister and a cattle producer.
Messer was appointed to the Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board in October 2007. Gov. Nixon has reappointed him for a term ending April 7, 2013.
Harris-Stowe State University Board of Regents
The Governor has appointed Reginald D. Dickson (D), of Normandy, to the Harris-Stowe State University Board of Regents. The seven-member Board of Regents develops policy and provides oversight of the university administration and operation.
Dickson is the majority owner of Buford, Dickson, Harper & Sparrow and serves as chairman of the board. He also serves on the board of Huntington National Bank of Columbus, Ohio, and on the Board of Regents of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending July 28, 2016.
Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Landscape Architects
The Governor has appointed Kelley Cramm, of Kansas City, and Melissa Joy Edwards, of St. Joseph, to the Missouri Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors and Landscape Architects. The board protects the public from incompetence, misconduct, gross negligence, fraud, misrepresentation or dishonesty; licenses only qualified professionals by examination and evaluation of competency; enforces standards by implementing legislation and administrative rules; and encourages economic development and partnerships with existing small businesses.
Cramm has been designing HVAC, plumbing, pumping, piping, and fire protection systems for 30 years and has worked for several consulting engineering firms during her career and currently is an associate at Henderson Engineers. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending September 30, 2012.
Edwards is a partner with Vertex Engineering & Utility Services, in St. Joseph, where she is involved in all aspects of the business, including project management, marketing/sales, preparing proposals, and financial management. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending May 31, 2016.
Missouri Board of Examiners for Hearing Instrument Specialists
The Governor has appointed Brian D. Vesely, of Ozark, to the Missouri Board of Examiners for Hearing Instrument Specialists. The board reviews applicants for licensure and makes recommendations to the division on matters of discipline of licenses; reviews and approves other states with equivalent or stricter requirements for reciprocal licenses; approves the examination required for licensure and may administer the practical portion of the examination; and reviews and approves courses for continuing education credits required for license renewal.
Dr. Vesely is the CEO of the five Sound Advice Hearing Doctors clinics located throughout Missouri and Arkansas and is the founding partner and owner of Alpaca Audiology. He is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and the American Academy of Audiology. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending January 11, 2016.
Missouri State Board of Chiropractic Examiners
The Governor has appointed Margaret Freihaut, of Robertsville, and Charles Quigless, of St. Louis, to the Missouri State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. The Board of Chiropractic Examiners enforces licensure standards by implementing legislation and administrative regulations, along with monitoring changes within the profession.
Dr. Freihaut has been the director of Family Chiropractic Clinic in Fenton since 1984. She is affiliated with numerous professional organizations, including the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, the American Chiropractic Association and the Missouri State Chiropractors Association.
A licensed chiropractor in the states of Missouri, Illinois, and Michigan, Dr. Quigless is the owner of Alternative Care Center, in St. Louis. He is certified in acupuncture, addiction treatment, and Auriculotherapy. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending June 1, 2013.
Missouri State Board of Nursing
The Governor has appointed Kelly J. Scott, of Columbia, to the Missouri State Board of Nursing. The Board of Nursing protects the public; licenses by examination, endorsement, and renewal; regulates the quality of nursing education; disciplines the licenses of nurses who violate the Nursing Practice Act; and determines the scope of practice for licensed individuals.
A certified family nurse practitioner, Scott has worked for University of Missouri Health Care - Pediatric Orthopedics since August 2006. She earned her master's in nursing from the University of Missouri. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending June 1, 2014.
Missouri State Foster Care and Adoption Board
The Governor has appointed Dean Aye, of Mountain View; Beverly Dawn Caruso, of Cape Girardeau; Kelly L. Floyd, of Hazelwood; Suzette Forbis, of Clark; Melinda Nicholson, of Nixa; Eric Pilson, of Blue Eye; Janet E. Richardson, of Independence; and Derek E. Williams, of Cameron, to the Missouri State Foster Care and Adoption Board. The board is charged with establishing procedures to review Children's Division policies and providing written opinions and recommendations to change the division; providing draft policy suggestions for improvements in foster care or adoption practices; and providing content for in-service training to be provided by the Children's Divsiion to foster and adoptive parents.
Aye has been a licensed foster/adoptive parent since 2008 and is the chairman of the 37th Circuit Chapter of the Missouri Foster and Adoption Association. He owns a small business in Houston, Mo. The Governor has appointed Aye for a term ending May 31, 2014.
Dr. Caruso earned an M.D. in 1995 from the St. Louis University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in psychiatry at St. Louis University Medical Center in 1999. She has worked for Kaiser Permanente, Perry County Memorial Hospital, Southeast Missouri Mental health Center, Community Counseling Center, St. Louis University medical Center and the University of California at Davis. Her practice has focused on child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. She is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Floyd became licensed as a foster-care and pre-adoptive home and has fostered seven children. She has adopted two foster children. Floyd has completed more than 60 hours of continuing education as part of her service as a foster and adoptive parent, and she volunteers with the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition and St. Louis Crisis Nursery. She is an instructional designer with Edward Jones. The Governor has appointed Floyd for a term ending May 31, 2014.
Forbis is a career foster parent with 11 years of experience. She is licensed as a career, behavioral, emergency, group home and traditional placement parent. She is a state representative on the Foster/Adoptive Advisory Board and is co-president of the Northeast Foster/Adoptive Advisory Board. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending May 13, 2014.
Nicholson is president of the Missouri Foster Care Adoption Association. She has interned in Washington, D.C., with the Family Research Council, as well as traveled to Haiti for child sponsorship projects. She is a Master Foster Parent and a contracted trainer with the state of Missouri, providing courses required to become licensed to provide foster care and/or adopt through Children's Division and private agencies. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending May 31, 2014.
Pilson is currently board vice-chair of the Foster and Adoptive Parent Advisory Board for the State of Missouri and a member of the Southwest Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Board. Since 2002, he has been licensed as a professional parent in the State of Missouri. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending May 31, 2014.
Richardson has served on the Jackson County Foster Care and Adoption Board since 2004, and has been a mentor and advocate for other foster parents. She has been a foster parent since March 2001. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending May 31, 2014.
Williams teaches English at Cameron High School and is a foster parent for two children. He earned a bachelor's in English education from Northwest Missouri State University in 2001 and a master's in secondary administration from William Woods University in 2006. The Governor has nominated him for a term ending May 31, 2014.
Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission
The Governor has appointed Gregory Mills, of Kansas City, to the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission. The POST Commission establishes the core curriculum and formulates definitions, rules and regulations for the administration of the Peace Officer Standards and Training Program and advises the director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety concerning duties as outlined by statute.
After retiring from the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department in 2005, Mills became the Director of the Riverside, Mo., Department of Public Safety. During his time with the KCPD, he held a variety of assignments in all areas of the department and retired at the rank of Major where he was in charge of the Narcotics and Vice Division. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending October 3, 2013.