Gov. Jay Nixon today announced his appointments to nine boards and commissions. The appointees will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate. The appointees, along with their boards and hometowns, are:
- Advisory Commission for Dental Hygienists (Nancy S. Maus – Republic)
- Dam and Reservoir Safety Council (Tommy J. Waddell – Independence)
- Drug Utilization Review Board (Kirk A. Nelson – Wildwood; Dr. Kenneth A. Haller – St. Louis)
- Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners (Angela Wasson-Hunt – Kansas City)
- Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities (Allen Nelson – Bolivar; Jacqueline A. Swinnie – Ballwin)
- Missouri State Employees’ Voluntary Life Insurance Commission (Dale D. Turvey – Chesterfield)
- Missouri Women’s Council (Christine J. Bierman – St. Louis)
- State Board of Education (Russell C. Still – Columbia)
- State Committee of Marital and Family Therapists (Greg L. Roberts – Chesterfield)
Advisory Commission for Dental Hygienists
The Governor has appointed Nancy S. Maus, of Republic, to the Advisory Commission for Dental Hygienists. The duties of the commission include recommending educational requirements for dental hygienist registration, and providing recommendations to the Missouri Dental Board concerning the practice, licensure, examination, and discipline of dental hygienists.
Since 1989, Maus has worked as a registered dental hygienist at the Republic dental practice of her husband, Stephen D. Maus, DDS. She is a member of the American Dental Hygiene Association and obtained her associate’s degree in dental hygiene from Missouri State University. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending March 22, 2014.
Dam and Reservoir Safety Council
The Governor has appointed Tommy J. Waddell (R), of Independence, to the Dam and Reservoir Safety Council. The council enforces the provisions of the Missouri Dam and Reservoir Safety Law and its rules and regulations to protect public safety, life and property.
Waddell, who is retired, spent 46 years in the construction industry, with a focus on structural concrete and excavation. From 1984 to 2001, he was owner and president of Waddell’s Rebar Fabricators. Waddell also served as president of the Lake Lotawana Association from 2005 to 2007. The Governor has appointed him to a term ending April 3, 2012.
Drug Utilization Review Board
The Governor has appointed Dr. Kenneth A. Haller, of St. Louis; and Kirk A. Nelson, of Wildwood, to the Drug Utilization Review Board. The board advises the MO HealthNet Division and provides educational outreach on drug therapy to improve prescribing and dispensing practices for MO HealthNet participants, and provides information to physicians and pharmacies to assist with the continued evaluation and management of the patient's pharmaceutical requirements.
Dr. Haller is a pediatrician at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis and is an associate professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He is coordinator for the Pediatric Community Continuity Clinic program and chair of the Department of Pediatrics Advocacy Committee. The Governor has appointed Dr. Haller to a term ending Oct. 15, 2012.
Dr. Nelson is a doctor of pulmonary medicine at Caduceus Corporation Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, which offers diagnostics and treatments for a variety of pulmonary and sleep disorders. Prior to that position, he was an emergency medicine/critical care physician at St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis. The Governor has appointed him to a term ending Oct. 15, 2012.
Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners
The Governor has appointed Angela Wasson-Hunt, 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.
Wasson-Hunt is currently the senior vice president for commercial lending at Lawson Bank, and was director of the Clay County Economic Development Commission from 1998 to 2005. Wasson-Hunt is the founding member of the Police Foundation of Kansas City and a trustee for the Kansas City Police Employees Retirement System. The Governor has appointed her to a term ending March 7, 2014.
Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities
The Governor has appointed Allen Nelson, of Bolivar; and Jacqueline A. Swinnie, of Ballwin, to the Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities. The Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities works to assist communities in their efforts to include all people in every aspect of life. The Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities plans and advocates for individuals with developmental disabilities in order to enhance their opportunity for increased self determination, independence, productivity and integration and inclusion into the community.
Nelson has worked at sheltered workshops in Bolivar and Nevada doing assembly work. He is a graduate of Nevada High School. The Governor has appointed Nelson to a term ending June 30, 2011.
Swinnie currently does marketing for AmeriSpec Home Inspections in Wildwood. She has done office management work for several St. Louis-area medical offices for more than 40 years. The Governor has appointed her to a term ending June 30, 2011.
Missouri State Employees’ Voluntary Life Insurance Commission
The Governor has re-appointed Dale D. Turvey, of Chesterfield, to the Missouri State Employees Voluntary Life Insurance Commission. The commission administers the voluntary life insurance plan, which allows state employees to authorize voluntary payroll deductions for the purchase of life insurance products, procured through competitive bidding.
Turvey is chairman of National Association Consultants, Dale Turvey & Associates, and the National Administration Company. He has served as chairman of the Missouri State Employees Voluntary Life Insurance Commission and on the National States Insurance Company’s board of directors. The Governor has re-appointed him for a term ending October 7, 2010.
Missouri Women’s Council
The Governor has appointed Christine J. Bierman (D), of St. Louis, to the Missouri Women’s Council. The 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.
In 1980, Bierman founded Colt SAFETY, which warehouses and distributes personal protective equipment and industrial supplies. An advocate and public speaker for woman and diversity business enterprises, she was the first woman ever elected to the national board of directors of the Safety Equipment Distributors Association. The Governor has appointed Bierman for a term ending Dec. 6, 2011.
State Board of Education
The Governor has appointed Russell C. Still (D), of Columbia, to the State Board of Education. The State Board of Education appoints the Commissioner of Education to serve as its chief executive officer and director of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; sets accreditation standards for local school districts, including minimum high school graduation standards and basic requirements for curriculum, staffing and student testing; establishes academic performance standards for public schools; sets education and certification requirements for all professional personnel in public schools (teachers, administrators, librarians, counselors); approves professional education programs in the state's community colleges and four-year colleges and universities, both public and private; and establishes regulations and administrative requirements for the distribution of state and federal funds to school districts.
Still was an elected member of the Columbia Board of Education from 1996 to 2005, including serving as its president from 2003 to 2004. He was a teacher for four years in Detroit public schools. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, Still has been an attorney with the firm of Harlan, Harlan & Still since 1984. The Governor has appointed him to a term ending March 17, 2017.
State Committee of Marital and Family Therapists
The Governor has appointed Greg L. Roberts (D), of Chesterfield, 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.
Roberts is an attorney with The Roberts Law Firm and a previous president of the St. Louis County Bar Association. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, he is a former Hazelwood municipal judge. He has served on the board of directors of Kids in the Middle and on the organizing committee of the St. Louis County Family Court. The Governor has appointed him to a term ending Jan. 26, 2014.