Gov. Jay Nixon today announced his appointments to the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA), the Missouri Housing Development Corporation (MHDC), and several other boards and commissions. The appointed members will begin serving immediately. The appointments will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate when it re-convenes in January.
Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority
The Governor has appointed Dr. Willis Jackson (Jack) Magruder, age 73, of Kirksville, to the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA). The mission of MOHELA is to eliminate barriers for students so they can access higher education.
Dr. Magruder currently is the president of A.T. Still University in Kirkville and is president emeritus of Truman State University, having served as that university's president from 1994 to 2003. The Governor appointed him for a term ending Oct. 22, 2013.
Missouri Housing Development Commission
The Governor has appointed Timothy M. Joyce (R), age 55, of Warrenton, to the Missouri Housing Development Commission. The Missouri Housing Development Commission works to provide quality, safe, affordable housing for low and moderate income citizens of Missouri.
Joyce is an attorney in private practice who served as Warren County prosecuting attorney from 1981 to 1991. The Governor appointed Joyce to a term ending Oct. 13, 2009.
The rest of the board and commissions (in alphabetical order) and appointees are:
Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board
The Governor has re-appointed Suzanne E. Taggart, age 48, of California; and appointed Susan A. Fluegel, age 61, of Shrewsbury; Mark A. Folsom, age 45, of Kansas City; Tracy Gonzalez, age 50, of St. Louis; Jacquelyn Metheny, age 47, of Kansas City; Berta M. Sailer, age 72, of Kansas City; Catheryn M. Smith, age 61, of Trenton; Cindra (Cindy) E. Tull, age 40, of Springfield; and Teresa M. Wallace, age 30, of St. Louis, to the Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board. The Board provides an independent review of child abuse and neglect determinations in instances in which the alleged perpetrator is aggrieved by the decision of the Division of Family Services.
Taggart has served as the central regional children's services director for Pathways Community Behavioral Healthcare in Jefferson City since 1997. The Governor has appointed Taggart for a term ending April 27, 2010.
Fluegel is a retired teacher from the Lindbergh School District, where she taught elementary grades for 37 years. The Governor appointed Fluegel for a term ending April 17, 2012.
Folsom is a captain with the Kansas City Missouri Police Department, and commander of the department's special victims unit. He is a Medal of Valor recipient and has received several other commendations from the department and from law enforcement organizations. The Governor appointed Folsom for a term ending June 1, 2012.
Gonzalez is assistant dean at the University of Missouri School of Law and previously served as director of the Child Protection Clinic at the law school and as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Boone County. The Governor appointed Gonzalez for a term ending Aug. 3, 2009.
Metheny is a social worker with Children's Mercy Hospital who has worked as a family support specialist with the hospital's TIES program (Team for Infants Endangered by Substance Abuse) since 1992. The Governor appointed Metheny for a term ending April 27, 2012.
Sister Berta Sailer is the co-director of Operation Breakthrough in Kansas City, the largest single site day care/early childhood education center in Missouri. She co-founded the center in 1971. It offers programming for more than 600 children from infants through high school. The Governor appointed her for a term ending April 7, 2011.
Catheryn Smith is the mayor of Trenton and previously served as director of the North Central Missouri Children's Advocacy Center and as juvenile officer for the Third Judicial Circuit. She also was president and a member of the Probation and Parole Citizens Advisory Board. The Governor appointed Smith for a term ending April 17, 2012.
Tull is a family nurse practitioner for St. John's Marian Center and for St. John's Cancer & Hematology in Springfield. She also served as a clinical instructor at St. John's College of Nursing. The Governor appointed Tull for a term ending April 7, 2012.
Wallace is an advancement associate for Provident Inc. in St. Louis. She previously was a women's advocate for the Kathy J. Weinman Domestic Violence Center. The Governor has appointed Wallace for a term ending April 7, 2012.
Children's Trust Fund Board
The Governor has appointed Susan E. Block, age 64, of University City; Stacey L. Dujakovich, age 45, of Kansas City; and Dr. Robert J. Harris, age 74, of Columbia, to the Children's Trust Fund Board. The Children's Trust Fund works to prevent or alleviate child abuse and neglect by planning and policy development; ensuring appropriate funding of results-oriented programs, training programs for prevention professionals, and research; promoting public awareness and education; and assisting in the integration of statewide prevention efforts.
Block is an attorney and a partner at Paule Camazine and Blumenthal. She previously was an administrative judge of the Family Court of St. Louis County. The Missouri Supreme Court appointed Block to serve on the Missouri Children's Service Commission, the Missouri Children's Justice Commission, and the Missouri Supreme Court Family Court Committee. The Governor appointed Block for a term ending Sept. 15, 2009.
Dujakovich is an office manager with Union Shop Apparel in Kansas City and has served in bookkeeping positions with several Kansas City businesses. The Governor appointed her for a term ending Oct. 15, 2009.
Dr. Harris has been a practicing pediatrician in Columbia for 44 years. He was a member of the Columbia Board of Education from 1981 to 1990, including serving as board president from 1984 to 1986. The Governor appointed Harris for a term ending Sept. 15, 2011.
Missouri Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Governor has re-appointed Paula Baker, age 50, of Joplin; and Dr. Michele G. Kilo, age 48, of Kansas City; and appointed Jean-Paul Bovee, age 40, of Kansas City, to the Missouri Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Commission was formed to make recommendations for developing a comprehensive statewide plan for an integrated system of training, treatment, and services for individuals of all ages with autism spectrum disorder.
Baker has served as CEO of Ozark Center, a provider of behavioral health care in Joplin, since 2003. She is a member and past president of the Missouri Coalition of Community Mental Health Centers. The Governor re-appointed Baker for a term ending Sept. 3, 2012.
Dr. Kilo is a developmental pediatrician at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She is the founder of the Bi-State Autism Initiative. The Governor re-appointed her for a term ending Sept. 3, 2010.
Bovee is a client representative for Quest Diagnostics in the Kansas City area and previously worked for the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Resource Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Human Development. The Governor appointed him for a term ending Sept. 3, 2010.
Missouri Community Service Commission
The Governor has appointed Sarah Amanda Shelton (D), age 20, 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.
Shelton is the Senate Speaker of the Missouri Students Association and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in international studies and political science from the University of Missouri. The Governor appointed Shelton for a term ending Dec. 15, 2011.
Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan Board of Trustees
The Governor has appointed Carla Owens, age 46, of St. Louis, as a member of the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the general administration and operation of the plan covering medical expenses of state employees, retirees, their families and survivors. The Board also functions as fiduciaries of the trust and is responsible for the financial viability of the trust; establishes all eligibility and participation requirements for members wishing to join the plan; and develops all rules and regulations necessary to efficiently operate the plan.
Owens is director of communications and public affairs for the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, a grant-making foundation in St. Louis. She previously served as a program director for the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The Governor appointed Owens for a term ending Dec. 31, 2012.
Missouri Real Estate Appraisers Commission
The Governor has re-appointed Shawn T. Ordway (D), age 42, of Jefferson City, 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.
Ordway currently is manager of the ratio study section of the State Tax Commission of Missouri. From 2001 to 2007, he served as assessor for Cole County. Ordway also served as the owner and president of Pratt Appraisal Inc. The Governor re-appointed Ordway for a term ending Sept. 12, 2010.
Missouri Real Estate Commission
The Governor has re-appointed Sharon L. Keating, age 63, of Jefferson City, to the Missouri Real Estate Commission. The Missouri Real Estate Commission protects the public from incompetence, misconduct, gross negligence, fraud, misrepresentation, or dishonesty; licenses only qualified professionals by examination and evaluation of minimum competency; enforces standards by implementing legislation and administrative rules; and encourages economic development and partnerships with existing small businesses.
Keating, who has held a Missouri real estate broker's license since 1983, is the director of the Missouri Association of Realtors and of the Jefferson City Area Board of Realtors. She was first appointed to the Missouri Real Estate Commission in 2002. The Governor re-appointed her for a term ending Oct. 16, 2012.
Missouri State Board of Nursing
The Governor appointed Ann K. Shelton, age 55, of O'Fallon, 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.
Shelton is chair of the nursing program at ITT Technical Institute and previously served as clinical supervisor at SSM Hospice and as clinical nurse coordinator at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Siteman Cancer Center. The Governor appointed Shelton for a term ending June 1, 2013.
Seismic Safety Commission
The Governor has appointed Joel P. Evans, age 40, of Sikeston; and Miles J. Green, age 42, of Boonville, to the Seismic Safety Commission. The commission initiates, with the assistance and participation of other state, federal and local government agencies, a comprehensive program to prepare the state for responding to a major earthquake.
Evans is the county developer and emergency management director for Scott County. The Governor appointed Evans for a term ending July 1, 2012.
Green is an assistant manager at State Farm Insurance, whose responsibilities include strategic planning and response to assist in recovery during catastrophic events in Missouri and four other states. He is a member of the Arkansas Governor's Earthquake Advisory Council and of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. The Governor appointed Green for a term ending July 1, 2012.
The Governor has also appointed the following individuals to positions that do not require Senate confirmation:
Missouri Pet Spay/Neuter Fund Board
The Governor has appointed George W. Harding IV, age 38, of Lee's Summit; and Theresa G. Williams, age 52, of O'Fallon, to the Missouri Pet Spay/Neuter Fund Board. The Board approves grants made from the Missouri Pet Spay/Neuter Fund to humane societies, local municipal animal shelters, and non-profit organizations, solely for the purpose of spaying and neutering dogs and cats in Missouri.
Harding is supervisor of animal control for the city of Lee's Summit and president of the Missouri Animal Control Association. The Governor appointed Harding for a term ending Aug. 8, 2010.
Williams is director of Humane Services for St. Charles County and has worked in animal shelters for more than 30 years. The Governor appointed Williams for a term ending Aug. 8, 2010.