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Gov. Nixon makes board and commission appointments

June 3, 2011
Jefferson City, MO

Gov. Jay Nixon has made appointments to ten boards and commissions. The appointees to the Advisory Committee for 911 Oversight; the Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District; the Missouri Community Service Commission; the Missouri Statewide Independent Living Council; and the State Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate. The appointees, along with their boards and hometowns, are:

  • 21st Circuit Judicial Commission (Anthony Witherspoon - Florissant)
  • Advisory Committee for 911 Oversight (Debra Stenger - St. Paul)
  • Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District (Constance Gully - Normandy)
  • Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children (Dr. Judene R. Blackburn - Waynesville)
  • Missouri Community Service Commission (Linda Duffy - Columbia)
  • Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission (William James - Pleasant Hill)
  • Missouri Statewide Independent Living Council (Barrnie Cooper - Hannibal)
  • Residential Mortgage Board (Mark Gorman - St. Louis)
  • State Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services (David Herman - Ballwin)
  • State Rehabilitation Council (Robert Qualls - Springfield)
  • 21st Circuit Judicial Commission

The Governor has appointed Anthony Witherspoon, of Florissant, to the 21st Circuit Judicial Commission. When a vacancy occurs on the bench of the 21st Circuit, the commission nominates three people who meet the statutory requirements to serve as a judge on that circuit. Those names are submitted to the Governor, who appoints one of the three to the vacant position.

Witherspoon is a senior pastor for Washington Metropolitan AME Zion. He holds a Master's of Divinity from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Livingstone College. He has been appointed for a term ending Dec. 31, 2016.

Advisory Committee for 911 Oversight

The Governor has appointed Debra Stenger, of St. Paul, to the Advisory Committee for 911 Oversight.  The Committee on 911 Service Oversight assists the governor and general assembly; 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.

Stenger has served as the public safety regional project manager for CenturyTel/Century Link since 1999. From 1991 to 1999, she was the chief executive officer for St. Charles County Dispatch & Alarm Agency, and created the first consolidated Fire and Emergency Medical Dispatch Center for the St. Charles County Area.  She has been appointed for a term ending April 9, 2015.

Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District

The Governor has appointed Constance Gully, of Normandy, to the Bi-State Development Agency of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District.  The Bi-State Development Agency Board of Commissioners provides policy direction for Bi-State Development Agency and hires, evaluates, and terminates the Bi-State chief executive officer.

A licensed certified public accountant, Gully has served as the vice president for business and financial affairs for Harris-Stowe State University since July 2001. She previously served as comptroller of the university, and has more than 20 years' experience in auditing and overseeing financial matters. Gully has been appointed for a term ending Nov. 11, 2013.

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

The Governor has appointed Dr. Judene R. Blackburn, of Waynesville, to the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.  The Compact removes barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents.

Dr. Blackburn is the superintendent of the Waynesville R-VI School District. She received her Doctorate of Education and Specialist of Education Administration from the University of Missouri. She has been appointed for a term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

Missouri Community Service Commission

The Governor has reappointed Linda Duffy (R), of Columbia, to the Missouri Community Service Commission. The mission of the Missouri Community Service Commission is to build stronger communities by fostering an ethic of service in all Missourians through empowering communities and citizens from all walks of life to address educational, public safety, human and environmental needs through volunteer service programs.

Duffy is a co-owner of Loveall RVs in Columbia. She retired after teaching in the Columbia Schools for 33 years. She served on numerous committees such as the North Central Evaluation Visiting Team and the Career Ladder Advisory Board. Duffy has been reappointed for a term ending Dec. 15, 2013.

Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission

The Governor has appointed William James (D), of Pleasant Hill, to the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission.  The commission advises the governor and the general assembly on military issues and economic and industrial development related to military issues.

James is currently a publisher for The Daily Star Journal, in Warrensburg, with 39 years experience in the newspaper business. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he has been active in numerous professional, civic and charitable organizations. James was inducted into the Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame in 2001. He has been appointed for a term ending May 27, 2012.

Missouri Statewide Independent Living Council

The Governor has appointed Barrnie Cooper, of Hannibal, to the Missouri Statewide Independent Living Council. The council develops and submits the state of Missouri's plan required by the Rehabilitation Act, which is the federal legislation that authorizes the formula grant programs of vocational rehabilitation, supported employment, independent living, and client assistance. The council also will monitor, review, and evaluate the implementation of the State plan.

Cooper is the director of Northeast Independent Living Services, a member of the Marion County Unmet Needs Committee, and the RVSP Advisory Council. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Cooper has been appointed for a term ending Oct. 29, 2013.

Residential Mortgage Board

The Governor has appointed Mark Gorman, of St. Louis, to the Residential Mortgage Board. The Residential Mortgage Board approves or disapproves regulations proposed by the Commissioner of Finance with respect to mortgage brokering; the board hears and determines any appeal from a denial or revocation of a mortgage broker license or decision of the Commissioner pertaining to mortgage brokering.

Since June 1994, Gorman has served as the Director of Gorman & Gorman Home Loans, a division of F&M Bank and Trust Company, where he is responsible for the implementation and successful continuation of day-to-day mortgage banking operations. He has been appointed for a term ending Oct. 10, 2011.

State Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services

The Governor has appointed David Herman, of Ballwin, to the State Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services. The State Advisory Council on Emergency Medical Services makes recommendations to the Governor, the General Assembly, and the Department on policies, plans, procedures, and proposed regulations regarding how to improve the statewide emergency medical services system.

Herman is the owner of Advantage Emergency Medical Training, which trains the public and emergency personnel in CPR, first aid, and other life-saving measures. He has been in the fire service industry for 32 years and is a past fire chief for Maryland Heights Fire Protection District. Herman has been appointed for a term ending Jan. 5, 2013.

State Rehabilitation Council

The Governor has appointed Robert Qualls, of Springfield, to the State Rehabilitation Council.  The council reviews, analyzes, and advises the Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation regarding its performance on such issues as eligibility, services provided to consumers, and any other functions affecting persons with disabilities.

Qualls is a retired minister who served churches in the United States and Africa with the Church of Christ from 1962 to 1996. He has served on the advisory board for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and previously chaired the State Advisory Council for Comprehensive Psychiatric Services for the Missouri Department of Mental Health. He has been appointed for a term ending March 11, 2013.