2008 Faculty Affiliates
Judge Patricia Breckenridge
Missouri Supreme Court Judge
Judge Patricia Breckenridge was appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court
in September, 2007. She began her judicial career at the age of 25,
when she was appointed Associate Circuit Judge of Vernon County.
Breckenridge was a member of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western
District, before becoming the third woman on the current Supreme Court,
setting a new record. She earned a B.S. degree and a law degree from
the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a Fellow of the American
Bar Association, and has been the recipient of several awards including
The University of Missouri–Columbia School of Law’s Citation of Merit
in 1996, and The Missouri Bar President’s Award in 1994.
Former Missouri Foundation for Health Board Member
Mikki Brewster was elected to the St. Louis Community College Board of
Trustees in 1993 and served as vice president and president during her
six year tenure on the Board. She has held numerous appointed
positions, and is a founding member (and former chairperson) of the
Board of Directors for the Missouri Foundation for Health.
(D-District 6, Palmyra)
Rep. Rachel Bringer was elected to the House in November 2002. In
addition to her legislative duties, Rep. Bringer is an attorney. She
served as the assistant prosecutor in Marion County from 2000-02 and
was a law clerk for Judge Reinhard with the Missouri Court of Appeals,
Eastern District from 1995-97. A member of the South Union Baptist
Church in Maywood, Rep. Bringer teaches Sunday school and is a pianist.
She is also a member of numerous community organizations. Rep. Bringer
graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. with honors in English from the
University of Missouri-Columbia in 1992 and received her J.D. from the
University of Missouri-Columbia Law School in 1995, where she served as
a member of the Missouri Law Review.
Former Curator, University of Missouri Board of Curators
Connie Burkhardt served on the University of Missouri Board of Curators
from 1999-2005 including a term as Board President. She retired last
fall after 20+ years with Edward Jones where she held leadership roles
in the Product Development and Customer Segments, Market Development
and Banking Services divisions. In 1994, she became the first woman
named to the firm’s Management Committee, a group of nine principals
who served as key advisors to the managing partner. An attorney,
Burkhardt has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the
University of Missouri –St. Louis, and earned her J.D. at the
Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. She is a member
of the board of Alliance Francaise.
Rashda “Sonny” Buttar
Clayton School Board
Rashda (Sonny) Buttar is a graduate of the Institute’s “Pipeline to
Local Office” program. She was the mother of three young children
when she decided to seek election to the Clayton School Board in 2005.
As one of four candidates for three spots, she campaigned hard, taking
advantage of her maternity leave from her work as a corporate attorney.
Now in her second term, she is Vice president of the Board.
Professionally, she is Assistant General Council with Patriot Coal
Corp. and volunteers as a member of the Clayton Sports and Wellness
Missouri Secretary of State
Robin Carnahan was elected as Missouri's 38th Secretary of State in
November, 2004. Prior to running for office, Secretary Carnahan
managed Global Ventures, LLC, a St. Louis-based international trade
consulting firm. She has also served as an executive at the
Export-Import Bank of the United States. During the 1990s, she helped
draft voting laws, train new political leaders and monitor elections
in Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Since then, she has worked in six
countries to promote democracy and free elections. Secretary Carnahan
holds a degree in Economics from William Jewell College, and a law
degree from the University of Virginia Law School, where she served as
Executive Editor of the Virginia Journal of International Law. Today,
Carnahan continues to manage her family's 800 acre farm and Angus
cattle operation outside of Rolla, and run marathons.
(D-District 72, St. Louis County)
Maria Chappelle-Nadal is serving her second term in the Missouri House
where she serves on the Ways and Means Committee, and Special
Committees for Immigration and Senior Citizen Advocacy. In addition to
her legislative duties, Rep. Chappelle-Nadal is a member of Young
Democrats of Missouri, Women in the Neighborhood, the Olive Business
Association, and the Democratic National Committee. Rep.
Chappelle-Nadal began her political career as the public information
officer for Lt. Governor Joe Maxwell and later served as Missouri's
Senior Advocate. In 2002, she was one of 20 national fellows chosen by
the National Organization for Black Elected Legislative/Women
(NOBEL/Women) and the Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP) at
Rutgers University to attend a national program for women in public
policy and politics. Rep. Chappelle-Nadal is a graduate of Georgia
State University in Atlanta, GA.
Missouri State Senator, District 5
Senate Minority Leader Maida Coleman was elected to the Missouri
Senate in a special election in February, 2002. Her district includes
downtown St. Louis and areas south and west. Prior to her election,
Sen. Coleman served just over a year as State Representative for the
63rd District. She was elected Assistant Minority Floor Leader in
November of 2002, and has served as Minority Floor Leader since 2004.
She sits on a variety of boards, many non-profit, and is a member of
Central Baptist Church in St. Louis. She graduated from Lincoln
University in Jefferson City with a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Director, Department of Health and Senior Services
Jane Drummond became Director of the Department of Health and Senior
Services (DHSS) in November 2006 after serving six months as Governor
Matt Blunt’s Chief Legal Counsel. Prior to that appointment, she
served as the General Counsel for DHSS. Ms Drummond attended the
University of Missouri-Columbia Law School, where she served as the
associate managing editor of the Missouri Law Review. She graduated in
2001 and was awarded Order of the Coif. Prior to her work in state
government, Ms. Drummond was an associate in the Jefferson City office
of Husch & Eppenberger, LLC. She was a member of the firm’s
Health Care and Labor & Employment practice groups. Ms. Drummond is
active in the Missouri Bar and was chosen as a member of the 2005-2006
Leadership Academy. She has chaired the Significant Decisions
Subcommittee of the Bar’s Labor & Employment Committee since 2003.
Louis County Councilwoman (D- District 5)
Wall Fraser was elected to the County Council in November of 2006. Before
her election to the County Council, Councilwoman Fraser represented District
83 in the Missouri House of Representatives. During her tenure in the
legislature, she sponsored and supported legislation that centered on
safeguarding issues of education, children and health care including the
legislation that reauthorized the Children's Health Insurance Program
(CHIPs). She worked passionately and effectively for funding of primary
and secondary education as well as higher education. Prior to entering
politics, Councilwoman Fraser was a teacher for 22 years. She taught at
Mary Institute and Country Day School (MICDS), Francis Howell and Clayton
among others. Councilwoman Fraser entered politics when she was elected
to the University City School Board, where she served four terms, one
as president. She is one of the Missouri Directors for Women in Government
and a board member of the Independence Center. She is a 2002 graduate
of Leadership St. Louis and a 2004 graduate of John F. Kennedy Senior
Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University.
Missouri State Representative, District 60
Rep. Jamilah Nasheed was elected to the House in November 2006, and
represents part of the City of St. Louis. She serves as the
Vice-Chairperson of the Women in the Democratic Caucus and
Vice-Chairperson of the Freshman Democratic Caucus. In addition to her
legislative duties, Rep. Nasheed is a small business owner in St.
Louis City. She is a member of the St. Louis Public Schools Role Model
Program, the African American Heritage Society and the Lexington
Mentor Program. She is also an active member of the St. Louis
Association of Colored Women’s Club. Rep. Nasheed attended Roosevelt
High School in St. Louis. She currently attends Florissant Valley
Community College in Florissant, Missouri.
Communications Manager, Anheuser-Busch
Pier Scott has been a Communications Manager with Anheuser-Busch since
2000. She has more than 15 years of strategic public relations
planning and research experience. Pier was the Community Relations
Coordinator at KSDK-TV News Channel 5 and has also worked in the area
of educational fundraising, serving as the Assistant Area Development
Director for The United Negro College Fund. In April of 2000, she was
appointed by Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan as the Public Member of the
Committee for Professional Counselors. In addition, Pier was a member
of the Missouri Ethics Commission and served as its chair. An alumna of
University of Missouri-Columbia, she is a graduate of Coro Midwestern
Center’s Women in Leadership Program.
Former Meramec Valley School Board Member
A graduate of the Local Pipeline program, Kristina Starr was the top
vote-getter in her race for the Meramec Valley School Board in 2005. It
was her first run for office and she was one of three winners out of a
field of seven to win a three-year term. Kristina resigned her post in
December when she moved out of the district.
President, University of Missouri Board of Curators
Cheryl Walker of St. Louis was appointed to the University of
Missouri Board of Curators by Gov. Bob Holden in 2003, and currently
serves as the Board’s Chair. She is President and General Counsel of
Obasi Enterprises, LLC. She formerly served as a counsel in the St.
Louis office of Bryan Cave LLP, and she remains Of Counsel for the
firm. Curator Walker is a member of the Tower Grove Park Board of
Commissioners and of the boards of The Newberry Group, St. Louis Social
Venture Partners and The United Way of Greater St. Louis. She received a
bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of
Missouri-Rolla in 1986 and a Juris Doctor degree from Washington
University in 1990.
Webster Groves, Mo. & Sue Shear Institute Advisory Board
economist by training, Gerry Welch began her political career in 1994
as a member of the Webster Groves’ City Council. She was elected Mayor
in 1998. Mayor Welch is a past president of the St. Louis County Municipal
League, and represented the League on the East-West Gateway Board of Directors.
She is a founder of Metro Mayors, an organization for mayors of large
cities on both sides of the Mississippi River, and serves on the Sue Shear
Institute Advisory Board.