2007 Faculty Affiliates Bios
Representative (D-District 25, Boone County )
to the House in 2004, Rep. Judy Baker is an Adjunct Professor of Managerial
Economics at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri and a Healthcare Consultant
and President of Cura Healthsystems Solutions. In addition to her legislative
duties, Rep. Baker is a member of the Columbia Kiwanis Club and attends
the First Baptist of Columbia where she is a Deacon. Originally from Chesapeake
, Virginia , Rep. Baker received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Educational
Psychology in 1981 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also
received a Masters Degree in Divinity from Southern Seminary in 1986 and
a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia
in 2002. Rep. Baker lives in Columbia with her husband John. They have
three children: Sarah, Lauren and David.
Mayor, Kansas City, Missouri
Kay Barnes was elected in March 1999 as Kansas City's first woman mayor.
In 1974, she became one of two women on the Jackson County Legislature.
In 1979, she was elected to a four-year term on the City Council. She
also served as chairwoman of the Tax Increment Financing Commission. Kay
helped found the Women's Resource Service at the University of Missouri-Kansas
City and developed multicultural women's speaking panels throughout the
western United States. For 23 years, she was president of Kay Waldo, Inc.,
a human resources development firm specializing in communications, leadership
development, management and supervision, team-building and time and stress
management. She co-hosted and produced a cable television talk show, “Let's
Talk,” focusing on multicultural issues, and co-authored the book
“About Time! A Woman's Guide to Time Management. ”She has
taught college-level classes at UMKC, the University of Kansas and Central
Michigan University. Kay holds a B.S. degree in secondary education from
the University of Kansas and master's degrees in secondary education and
in public administration and organizational behavior from UMKC.
Missouri Foundation for
Health Board of Directors
Mikki Brewster is a past chairperson of the board for the Missouri Foundation
for Health, and has experience as a volunteer for many health-related
organizations throughout the St. Louis area. Brewster is a former licensed
practical nurse who received an MSW from Washington University and has
served as an administrator with the St. Louis Public Schools. She 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 is a breast cancer survivor who chairs the St. Louis
Breast-Cervical Cancer Partnership and works on breast cancer awareness
in the minority community.
Public Safety Director, City of St. Louis
Charles Bryson is the Director of Public Safety for the City of St.
Louis. He was appointed by Mayor Francis Slay in September, 2007 and
supervises the St. Louis Fire Department, the neighborhood
stabilization office, the building division, and two correctional
facilities. Bryson also oversees over 1500 employees within the
department. Before being appointed as the Director of Public Safety,
Bryson was the neighborhood development executive and the deputy chief
Judge, 22nd Judicial Circuit- St. Louis City
Burger was an attorney in private practice when she was appointed Circuit
Judge in 1994. She was educated at Loyola University in Chicago , and
graduated cum laude from St. Louis University Law School in 1976. Burger
served as Legal Officer for the St. Louis Juvenile Court and was an Assistant
Circuit Attorney for the City of St. Louis before becoming a judge. She
was also a Hearing officer for the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners.
Judge Burger is a past president of the Women Lawyer’s Association. She
is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Valuing
Diversity Task Force for Focus St. Louis, and the National Association
of Women Judges.
Counsel, Secretary to the Board at Monsanto
Burson received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan
. He also received an M.A. from Cambridge , and a Juris Doctorate from
Harvard Law School . Mr. Burson worked in private practice as a lawyer
from 1970 until 1988. In 1988 he was appointed Tennessee Attorney General.
During this time he was involved in politics as the Chairman of Al Gore’s
Senatorial campaign and running for a seat in the House of Representatives
in Tennessee . Mr. Burson has appeared before the Supreme Court of the
United States several times. One notable example is Burson v. Freeman
which established a state’s ability to regulate election advertising on
voting day. He also led a formal investigation to establish once and for
all that Elvis Presley is in fact dead. In 1997 Mr. Burson became the
Legal Counsel to Al Gore and in 1999 assumed the position of Chief of
Staff to Al Gore. He retired from his job as general counsel at Monsanto
in St. Louis in 2007. He is the father of 2 daughters.
Clayton School Board
Sonny was a participant in the Pipeline to Local Office program
before being elected to the Clayton School Board in April 2005.
An attorney, Sonny works as in-house counsel for a public company handling
securities and corporate governance issues.
Administrative Law Judge
Carlisle graduated from St. Louis University Evening School of Law
in 1996 while working for the State of Missouri during the day.
She has four children and one grandchild. Ms Carlisle holds a bachelor
and masters degrees in Business Administration from St. Louis University
and Lindenwood College . In 1998 she was appointed by the late Governor
Mel Carnahan as an Associate Administrative Law Judge/Legal Advisor with
the Missouri Dept. of Labor and Industrial Relations, Division of Worker’s
Compensation. She became an Administrative Law Judge for Workers’ Compensation
in 2005. Ms Carlisle has served as a Member at Large for the Women Lawyer’s
Association for two years.
Carnahan became Missouri ’s first woman U.S. Senator
when she was appointed to fill the post following the death of her husband
in 2000. In the Senate, she participated in hearings investigating the
Enron scandal and proposed corporate reforms. She also sought legislation
to aid laid-off workers and the uninsured. Since leaving the Senate in
2002, Carnahan has continued her longtime advocacy for women, children,
education and violence prevention. In 2004 she delivered the keynote address
at the national women's political conference in Pristina, Kosovo. She
holds a degree in business administration from George Washington University
and was the first in her family to graduate from high school and college.
The author of three books, Carnahan continues to write and lecture.
Secretary of State
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.
State Representative,District 72
Making a difference in the lives of Missourians has been a priority for
Maria Chappelle-Nadal since she chose her double major of political science
and sociology at Georgia State University. Maria began her political
career as the public information officer for Lt. Governor Joe Maxwell
and later served as Missouri's Senior Advocate. In November 2004,
she was elected state representative for the 72nd District in St. Louis
County. Maria works for women's issues through the National Coalition
of 100 Black Women and other various groups. She is a member of the Young
Democrats of Missouri and Missourians Against Handgun Violence.
In 2002, Maria was one of twenty 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 for
their first annual national program for women in public policy and politics.
President of Community Investment, United Way of Greater St. Louis
Clay has worked with the United Way of Greater St. Louis since 1984. In
1990, she was appointed Vice President of Allocations/Agency Relations,
managing a department team and over 400 volunteers, annually facilitating
the distribution of over $42 million to support health and human services.
Ms Clay is currently Vice President for Community Investment, responsible
for developing impact initiatives and community partnerships in line with
the United Way ’s strategic vision. From 1997-2004, Ms Clay was elected
to serve on the Edwardsville (IL) School Board. She volunteers with CollegeSummit,
St. Louis Children's Hospital's Healthy Kids at Play Initiative, Parents
As Teachers Advisory Board, and the Susan B. Komen Grants Committee. She
was a participant in Leadership St. Louis and has also volunteered with
the St. Louis Zoo Friends Association. She is a member of St. Peter’s
A. M. E. Church, the NAACP and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Ms Clay attended
Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, obtaining a B. S. in Human
Services and a M. S. in Public Administration. She is the mother 2 boys,
ages 21 and 23.
Intergovernmental Relations Director, St. Louis County
Darin Cline is the Director of Inter-Governmental Affairs for St.
Louis County. Cline joined St. Louis County government in January
2007. He is responsible for the coordination of the County's
governmental relations at the federal, state, and local levels. His
duties as the Director of Inter-Governmental Affairs include the
preparation and execution of the county’s yearly federal and state
legislative packages. He also oversees board and commission
Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District
Cohen received a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors in 1978 from the University
of Michigan and her Juris Doctor in 1982 from the Cornell University School
of Law. Judge Cohen served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Judge Jean
Hamilton, Missouri Court of Appeals and worked in private practice between
1982 and 1997. Judge Cohen served from September 1997 to September 2004
as a Circuit Judge in the 22 nd Judicial Circuit and was appointed to
the Court of Appeals in September 2003. She was retained in office at
the November 2004 general election. Judge Cohen is a member of several
professional organizations, including the Missouri Bar, the Bar Association
of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Women Lawyers' Association of Greater St.
Louis, the National Association of Women Judges, the Supreme Court Civil
Rules Committee, the Chair of the Missouri Board of Certified Court Reporter
Examiners and the Supreme Court Legislative Steering Committee.
Appellate Judicial Commission, & Sue Shear Institute Advisory Board
long time community leader, Milly Cohn has been an officer of the League
of Women Voters and The American Civil Liberties Union. She has been honored
by both groups for her commitment to good government and the Bill of Rights.
In 1994, Governor Carnahan named her as one of two non-lawyer members
of the 22 nd Circuit ( St. Louis City ) Judicial Selection Commission.
Six year later, she was named to the 7-member Appellate Judicial Commission,
which selects a three-member panel of candidates from which the Governor
selects new Appellate and Supreme Court Judges. Ms Cohn also serves as
a member of the Sue Shear Institute Advisory Board and is a Graduate of
Judge, Missouri Court of Appeals-Eastern District
Kathianne Knaup Crane was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals in
July 1990 and served as Chief Judge from 1995-96. Prior to joining the
bench, Judge Crane was an assistant U.S. Attorney in St. Louis and has
also practiced law with a St. Louis law firm. In 1991 and 2001, Judge
Crane was appointed to serve on the judicial panel that resolved state
redistricting issues. She earned her undergraduate degree at Washington
University and graduated cum laude from St. Louis University School of
Law. She also attended the University of Strausborg and served in the
Peace Corps. Judge Crane is a member of the Metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri
and American Bar Associations and the National Association of Women Judges.
In 2006, she received the President’s Award from the Women Lawyer’s Association
of Greater St. Louis.
Shear Fellow, Legislative Assistant to State Rep. Rebecca Payne McClanahan
graduating from Truman State University with her degree in Political Science
in 2005, Vanessa Crawford moved to Washington D.C. where she interned
in Sen. Edward Kennedy’s press office. She then returned to Missouri
to spend the 2006 legislative session working for State Senator Joan Bray.
She then went to work for the Missouri Democratic Party as a field organizer
in northeast Missouri . By the end of the campaign, Ms Crawford
was made Regional GOTV Director and coordinated and executed get-out-the-vote
operations in a fifteen-county region. She now serves as legislative
assistant to State Representative Rebecca Payne McClanahan.
Assistant Circuit Attorney, City of St. Louis
Darst is the First Assistant Circuit Attorney for the St. Louis Circuit
Attorney’s Office. After graduating from Saint Louis University Law School
, Ms. Darst served as a law clerk for the Eighth Circuit Bankruptcy Court.
Ms. Darst has prosecuted more than 70 jury trials involving every class
of felony, including charges of first degree murder, rape, sodomy, white-collar
fraud and serious assaults. Prior to her appointment as First Assistant,
she served as team leader for a felony trial team and supervised the Circuit
Attorney’s Sex Crimes and Family Violence Units. Ms. Darst is a recurring
faculty member for the National District Attorney’s Association at the
National Advocacy Center . Ms. Darst is a member of the Missouri Bar,
the Women Lawyers Association and the Mound City Bar Association. She
is married and has three daughters.
State Senator, District 14
Rita Days was elected to the Missouri State Senate in November, 2002,
and represents the 14th District which includes the University of Missouri-St.
Louis. Sen. Days began her political career as a member of the Normandy
School Board. In November of 1993, she was elected State Representative
of the 71st District. Days served as majority whip from 1996 until
she was term-limited out of the House in 2000. Sen. Days previously
served as executive director of Mid-County Partners for Progress.
She has served as president of the St. Louis Women’s Political Caucus
and serves on many public and non-profit boards. Originally from
Louisiana, Sen. Days attended Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.
Representative (D-District 73, St. Louis County )
Margaret Donnelly was elected to the House in November 2002. In addition
to her legislative duties, Rep. Donnelly is an attorney concentrating
in family and juvenile law. Previously she worked as a school social worker.
She was elected to the Ferguson-Florissant School Board in 1986, where
she served two terms, with one year as president. She also served on the
Board of Commissioners of METRO (Bi-State Development Agency); Regional
Airport Governance Task Force and Beyond Housing (Ecumenical Housing Production
Corporation). Rep. Donnelly chaired the Commission for Abused Women and
Children Shelter, which established the first domestic violence shelter
in St. Louis County . She was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention
in 1996. Rep. Donnelly received a Master’s in Social Work in 1977, and
a Juris Doctorate in 1988, both from St. Louis University .
Department of Health and Senior Services
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.
Attorney, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Family Court Project
DuBois is the managing attorney of the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Family
Court Project, where she represents parents in cases involving allegations
of child abuse or neglect. She received her J.D. from the University
of Arizona College of Law in 1987. Since graduating from law school, Ms
DuBois has represented clients ranging from multi-national financial institutions
to inmates on Arizona ’s death row to homeless mothers. She briefed and
argued felony appeals for six years for the alternative public defender
in Tucson , Arizona . Later, she prosecuted investment fraud cases on
behalf of the state of Arizona , and practiced at Bryan Cave ( St. Louis
) in the securities client service groups before starting the Family
Court Project. In 2005, Ms DuBois received the Women Lawyers' Association
President’s Award for her work with women at risk for losing their children.
Missouri Federation of Young Republicans
Durrwachter graduated in August 2004 with a Bachelor's degree in
Political Science from the Pierre Laclede Honors College at the University
of Missouri-St. Louis.She interned for U.S. Senator Jim Talent and
Congressman Todd Akin, in addition to serving as a Staff Assistant to
Congressman Todd Akin upon graduation. Currently, she is an
assistant in the Legal and Legislative Affairs Department at Enterprise
Rent-A-Car's corporate headquarters in St. Louis. Ms. Durrwachter was
the youngest Missouri delegate elected to the 2004 Republican National
Convention and currently serves as Chair of the Missouri Federation of
Young Republicans. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Missouri
Federation of Republican Women and has volunteered for candidates
at the local, state, and federal level.
Webster Groves City Council
A graduate of the 2005 Pipeline to Politics program, Joan ran
for the Webster Groves City Council in the April 2006 election.
She secured one of the three seats from a field of five candidates in
an all at-large election in the city of more than 23,000 population.
Since 1997, she has been working as an evaluator of school and museum
programs and as a facilitator for nonprofit groups
Representative (R-District 91, St. Louis County )
Kathlyn Fares is serving a third term in the Missouri House and chairs
the appropriations committee for higher education. She has worked in the
family business, Fares Interior Furnishings, which specializes in upholstery
and antique furniture restoration, as well as various other business settings.
Rep. Fares was a secondary school teacher from 1964-1978 in both the Riverview
Gardens and Webster Groves school districts. She is a member of numerous
community organizations and has received several awards for her work in
the legislature. A graduate of Carrollton High School , Rep. Fares attended
Central Methodist College and received a Bachelor of Science in education
from Central Missouri State University .
Louis Metropolitan Police Department
of the senior women in the St. Louis Police Force, Major Filla directs
criminal investigations. She was the first female to be appointed Secretary
to the St. Louis Police Board. Her current responsibilities include serving
as liaison between the police department and the Missouri legislature.
Major Filla holds an annual lunch during Women’s History Month for female
members of the police department, to recognize the contributions of women
on the police force.
U.S. District Magistrate Judge
Fleissig is a United States magistrate judge for the Eastern District
of Missouri. Before her appointment to the bench, Fleissig
was the first woman to hold the post of United States attorney for the
Eastern District of Missouri. As the U.S. attorney, she formed a regional
Computer Crimes Task Force and served a leadership role in numerous community-based
programs focused on reducing violent crime and addressing the issues of
hate crimes and neighborhood revitalization. From 1991 to 1999 Fleissig
served as assistant United States attorney, where she prosecuted criminal
white-collar cases. She was the head of the bankruptcy fraud coordination
group and a member of the National Bankruptcy Fraud Working Group. A practicing
attorney for 20 years, Fleissig graduated magna cum laude in 1976 from
Carleton College and in 1980 from Washington University School of Law,
where she served as a member of the Washington University Law Quarterly
and was elected to the Order of the Coif. She also clerked for U.S.
District Court Judge Edward Filippine.
Louis County Clerk and Administrative Director, St. Louis County Council
Frank began working at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) as a
law student intern. From 1999-2005, she was the director of LSEM’s
St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers Program, and coordinated volunteer staffing
of the civil legal services office in the Family Justice Center in St.
Louis City . In 2006, Ms Frank was a candidate for State Representative
in the 93 rd District: first in a special election in February, and in
the general election in November. She currently works as the St.
Louis County Clerk and Administrative Director for the St. Louis County
Council. Ms Frank is the president of the Bar Association of Metropolitan
St. Louis (BAMSL), is a member and past officer of the Women Lawyer’s
Association of GSL, and holds membership in a number of other legal and
community organizations. She is a 2005 graduate of FOCUS’ Leadership
St. Louis Program and was the recipient of the2005 CORO Community Leadership
Award. Ms Frank earned a B.A. and a J.D. at Washington University
in St. Louis .
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
Jackson County Legislator
A Kansas City native, Theresa was elected to the Jackson
County Legislature in 2006, after attending the Pipeline to Local
Office program in 2005. She is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and holds
an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice from Del Mar College located
in Corpus Christi, Texas and a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from
the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She is currently working
on a Master's Degree in Public Administration through Park University
with emphasis on Government Business Relations and Public Management.
Vice President, Urban Strategies
K. Glassman is Senior Vice President of Urban Strategies where she is
responsible for helping revitalizing communities to develop and implement
economic and human capital strategies and plans. Ms. Glassman formerly
served as CEO of the American Lung Association of Eastern Missouri (ALAEM).
Prior to joining the Lung Association, she worked for many years in local
government as community development administrator, assistant director
of planning and finally deputy city manager of the City of University
City, Missouri. She has also been a teacher of college English in the
U.S. and in Asia and worked as an intern for the Regional Commerce and
Growth Association. Ms. Glassman has served as Chair of the Planning Commission
for the City of University City, Missouri. Susan Glassman received an
M.A. in Urban Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis , an M.A.
in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in English
and Literature and Social Science from the City College of New York.
Director, Citizen’s for Missouri ’s Children
Griffin has been an advocate for children and families both nationally
and in her home state of Missouri for 25 years. She has represented numerous
not-for-profit and public interest organizations in public policy development
on a wide range of issues including health care, early care and education
and child protection. Since 1994 she has served as Executive Director
of Citizens for Missouri ’s Children (CMC), a statewide, not-for-profit
organization supported by foundations, business, private human services
agencies and individuals. CMC’s goal, to safeguard the rights and well-being
of Missouri children, is accomplished by identifying the problems facing
children and advocating with decision-makers for effective solutions.
Ms Griffin currently serves on the Board of Directors of ARCHs and has
served on the Board of Directors of Voices for America ’s Children, the
St. Louis County Housing Authority, Grace Hill Settlement House and on
numerous councils, advisory committees and task forces of government.
District Court Judge
1990, Jean Hamilton has served as a federal judge in the U.S. District
Court, Eastern District of Missouri. She served as chief judge from 1995-2002.
Prior to joining the federal bench, Judge Hamilton was a state appellate
judge for the Missouri Court of Appeals. In addition, she has served as
a circuit judge in the 22 nd Judicial Circuit in St. Louis . Judge Hamilton
began her legal career as an attorney in the Civil Rights Division of
the U.S. Department of Justice. She has also served as Assistant U.S.
Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, and as an attorney for
Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. Judge Hamilton is a member of many
professional organizations, including the Women Lawyers’ Association of
Greater St. Louis, and the National Association of Women Judges. A graduate
of Wellesley College, Judge Hamilton earned an A.B. in History and served
as president of the Wellesley Young Republicans. She earned her J.D. from
Washington University and was a graduate fellow at Yale Law School in
States Attorney, Eastern
District of Missouri
April 24, 2006, Catherine Hanaway as officially sworn-in as the 46th United
States Attorney –the second woman - since 1814 to serve the Eastern District
of Missouri. Prior to being nominated by President Bush to become U.S.
Attorney, Ms. Hanaway was served 3 terms in the Missouri House of Representatives,
representing part of St. Louis County . In 2003, she was elected as the
first woman Speaker of the Missouri House. She ran for Secretary of State
in 2004. Ms. Hanaway was named as one of the Missouri Lawyers of the Year
by Missouri Lawyers Weekly and was recognized as one of the St. Louis
Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” in addition to being named by the Journal
as a “Leader to Watch.” Ms. Hanaway earned her law degree from the
Catholic University of America, where she graduated in the top 10 percent
of her law school class, and worked in the law firm of Peper, Martin,
Jensen, Maichel & Hetlage. She currently resides in Warson Woods with
her husband Christopher, daughter Lucy and son Jack.
Judge, Missouri Court of Appeals-Eastern District
Hoff was appointed to the Court of Appeals on December 15 th , 1995 after
serving as a Circuit Judge in St. Louis for six years. Prior to joining
the bench, she was an assistant public defender in St. Louis City and
was engaged in private practice. She went to the University of Missouri–Columbia
for her B.S. in Education and then received her Juris Doctor at St. Louis
University . She is a member of the Metropolitan St. Louis Bar Association,
Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis, and the National Association
of Women Judges.
Huddleston served as mayor of Greendale , MO from 2003-2007, and was the
first female and first African-American to be elected to this position
in her municipality. She earned a B.A. in Economics at the George
Washington University and a M.A. in Telecommunications Management from
Webster University. A former business executive, Ms. Huddleston
retired in 2000 after a 25 year career with Southwestern Bell .
She is a member of the Catholic Charities Board of Directors and the St.
Louis County Municipal League Program Committee. In the past, she
has served as President of the National Association of Black Telecommunications
Professionals. Monica has been awarded the KPLR-TV St. Louis Community
Leadership Award, the St. Louis Sentinel newspaper Signal Award, and has
been named Volunteer of the Year by the United Negro College Fund.
County Field Coordinator for Congressman Russ Carnahan
Jinkerson is a Congressional Outreach Coordinator for Congressman Russ
Carnahan. In particular, her work focuses on outreach with constituency
groups in the policy areas of health care, education, science and innovation,
women's health, and LGBT advocacy. She also serves as the Congressman's
top advisor on matters as they relate to Jefferson County , Missouri ,
and its constituency, both electoral and legislative. Prior to working
for the Congressman, she was the statewide volunteer coordinator for Claire
McCaskill’s 2004 campaign for Governor. Ms Jinkerson holds an Associate
of Arts degree from Jefferson College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Political Science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis . During
her academic career, she worked as a policy intern for Gloria Steinem's
organization, Choice USA. Currently, she serves on the Jefferson County
Dental Health Partnership, Midwest Model United Nations Executive Board,
and the First Tee of Greater St. Louis/Jefferson County Junior Golf Volunteer
Curator, University of Missouri Board of Curators
August 2005, Maria Kerford was appointed by Governor Matt Blunt as Student
Representative to the University of Missouri Board of Curators. She has
been an active member of the UMSL campus, serving in the UMSL Student
Senate from 2002 to Spring 2005. She has also been a member of the 2002
UMSL Chancellor Search Committee, a New Student Orientation Mentor in
2004 and 2005, and was a member of the University Singers from 2001 to
2003. Ms Kerford graduated from UMSL in December 2005 with a Bachelor’s
degree in English and a certificate from the Pierre Laclede Honors College,
and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy with an emphasis in
Nonprofit Business Management. Ms Kerford was honored as a UMSL Trailblazer
and recognized for her service to the university in 2006. She has volunteered
at Camp Penuel , a rural camp for underprivileged inner-city children,
and is active in her church in St. Louis, Jubilee, where she has taught
children’s church for three years.
Advisor, Career Opportunities Center , University of Missouri– Rolla
native of Rolla, Amy Lewis graduated from Drury University in 2002 with
a degree in Psychology. Before accepting her current position with UMR
as a Career Advisor, Ms Lewis was a Regional Manager for a non-profit
employment agency serving individuals with disabilities. After joining
the University in August of 2006, she received Etiquette and Protocol
training from the The Protocol School of Washington in Washington, DC.
In addition to providing career advising and etiquette training, Ms Lewis
also conducts all alumni Services at the Career Opportunities Center.
Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
A. Lukitsch has served as Executive Director for the St. Louis Chapter
of the National Alliance on Mental Illness since 2003. She has a Masters
Degree in Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri-St.
Louis. As an advocate for positive public policies for people with mental
illness for 13 years, one of her most valued experiences was serving as
a member of the Joint Interim Committee on Mental Health Insurance Availability
appointed by the late Governor Mel Carnahan in 1997. She currently serves
on the Board of Directors for Community Alternatives (a non-profit agency
that serves the homeless); the Behavioral Health Initiative Steering Committee
for the St. Louis Regional Health Commission; and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Community Advisory Board.
Platte County Presiding Commissioner
Platte County Presiding Commissioner Betty Knight was first
elected to office in 1995 and has won reelection for three subsequent
terms. She currently serves as Director of the National Board of Association
of Regional Councils. She is also Past President of the Missouri Association
of Counties and Past Chair of Mid-America Regional Council, an organization
of city and county governments in the Kansas City metropolitan area. In
2002, the Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association selected
Knight as the recipient of the "2002 Excellence in Planning Award.”
Under her leadership, Platte County has completed four comprehensive planning
projects beginning with a 20-year strategic plan that eventually led to
the development of land use, road and bridge and parks/storm water plans.
Washington University School of Law
C.J. Larkin is a lecturer at Washington University School of Law where
she also is affiliated with the university's Alternative Dispute Resolution
Program. She teaches alternative dispute desolution and mediation theory
and practice and is a trainer and mediation supervisor. She directed DARES,
a land use and development mediation service, founded and directed Community
Mediation Services and has worked in intercultural conflict resolution
leadership training. Larkin consults with and provides training for local
immigrant-refugee agencies and in 2004 she was selected as a cultural
competence trainer on Arab, Muslim and Sikh Americans for the U.S. Department
of Justice's Community Relations Services.
of Staff, Missouri Secretary of State’s Office
Mazur is from St. Charles and graduated from UMC.She then went
to George Washington University in Washington, DC, for a graduate Public
Affairs program.While in Washington, Ms. Mazur worked for Missouri Congressman
Ike Skelton and then joined Congressman Dick Gephardt's 2004 Presidential
Campaign as the campaign director in Oklahoma. Following the end of that
campaign, Ms. Mazur joined Robin Carnahan's Secretary of State campaign
staff. Since 2004, she has served as Secretary Carnahan’s Chief of Staff.
McCaskill received both her Undergraduate and Juris Doctorate degrees
from the University of Missouri-Columbia . Following her graduation Senator.
McCaskill spent one year as a law clerk on the Missouri Court of Appeals
for the Western District and then served in the Jackson County prosecutor’s
office. In 1982 Senator McCaskill was elected to represent the Brookside
neighborhood of Kansas City in the Missouri House of Representatives.
Senator McCaskill became the first Missouri State lawmaker to give birth
while in office. In 1990 Senator McCaskill was elected to the Jackson
County Legislature and in 1992 became the first woman to serve as the
Jackson County Prosecutor. In 1998 Senator McCaskill was elected as Missouri
State Auditor, only the second woman to serve in the position. In 2004
she ran for Governor, becoming the first individual in Missouri history
to defeat an incumbent Governor in a primary. Senator McCaskill lost to
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt. In 2006 she was elected to the United States
Senate. Senator McCaskill currently sits on several committees, including
the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Commerce Committee, the
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Senate
Indian Affairs Committee, and the Senate Aging Committee.
Angel McCormick Franks
Director, Office of Supplier and Workforce Diversity for the State of Missouri
Angel McCormick Franks is currently the Director of the Office of
Supplier and Workforce Diversity for the State of Missouri and a member
of Governor Blunt’s senior staff. In this position, she is charged
with promoting a diversified workforce within state government and
assisting women and minorities in developing opportunities to contract
with the state. Angel serves on the state’s Personnel Advisory Board,
State Training Advisory Council, Workforce Diversity Council and
Contract Compliance Council. She received a Bachelor of Science degree
from Fontbonne University and a master’s in Gerontology from Webster
of Governmental Relations, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
McClelland is an active leader in government, politics and her community.
She is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Columbia with a Bachelor’s
degree in Political Science and a Missouri Life Teaching Certificate.
She is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis. Ms McClelland currently serves
as Director of Government Relations for St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Previously, she served as Governor Bob Holden’s Assistant Director of
Legislative Affairs for two years concentrating on education issues. She
served in the Missouri House of Representatives for ten years, and holds
the distinction of succeeding a woman and being succeeded by a woman.
Ms McClelland was also the Director of Secretary of State Roy Blunt’s
Corporation Division Field Office in St. Louis . As an advocate on behalf
of the developmentally disabled, McClelland has worked on the local, state
and national level. She and her husband Alan have lived in Webster Groves
for more than 30 years. They have two adult children, Mike and Karen.
Meyer is a long-time activist for women’s rights and good government.
A Jefferson City , Missouri resident, she and Rep. Sue Shear worked on
legislation together and became good friends during Ms Meyer’s service
to the Bond Administration. She has been a generous supporter of the work
of the Sue Shear Institute for women in Public Life.
at Law and Member, Appellate Judicial Commission
Mogab is a St. Louis attorney with over twenty years of trial and appellate
experience. In 2005 she became the first woman elected by the Bar
Association to serve on the Appellate Judicial Commission. Her many contributions
to the legal profession and the community include service as President
of the Lawyers' Association, Chair of the Workers Compensation Committees
of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Missouri Bar,
governor of Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, President of the
non-profit Kids' Chance, board member of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri,
and speaker for countless legal education seminars. In recognition
of her outstanding achievements and contributions, Ms Mogab received the
Women's Justice Award from the St. Louis Daily Record in 2002. She
is a graduate of Saint Louis University .
Moore is president of Urban Strategies, a not for profit corporation that
develops comprehensive revitalization plans and sustainable implementation
systems for distressed urban core communities. Urban Strategies is a companion
company to the McCormack Baron family of housing development and housing
management companies and, as such, works in partnership with the McCormack
Baron companies’ in 22 locations around the country. Moore formerly served
as the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Missouri Family Investment
Trust and vice president of St. Louis 2004, Inc. She is the former director
of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DOLIR),
where she served as a member of Gov. Mel Carnahan’s cabinet. Prior to
her position at DOLIR, Moore served as an administrative judge with the
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She is a former member and
Vice President of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents.
Moore is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis . She received
her J.D. degree from the School of Law in 1979 and a Bachelor of Arts
Degree in Urban Studies in 1976.
E. Nelson is a St. Louis attorney who practices corporate, business and
real estate law. The first African-American partner in the law firm of
Lashly & Baer, P.C., Ms Nelson formerly served as general counsel
of the St. Louis Development Corporation, the city of St. Louis ' real
estate and economic development agency. She also worked in the state capitol
as legislative director and general counsel to the Speaker of the House
of Representatives. Ms Nelson was appointed to the Board of Police Commissioners
for St. Louis City in February 2002 (earning the title of Colonel), and
served as the Board’s president during her term. She was also appointed
by Governor Holden to serve on the House Reapportionment Committee, which
had the responsibility to redraw the House district lines to balance them
after the 2002 U.S. Census. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Princeton
and earned a Law Degree from the University of Missouri–Columbia.
Shear Fellow, Clerk for the Hon. Mary Rhodes Russell, Missouri Supreme
Hoemann Newell is a law clerk to the Honorable Mary Russell at the Supreme
Court of Missouri. She is a 2000 honors graduate, Phi Beta Kappa, of the
University of Missouri–Columbia with a Degree in Political Science, and
a 2003 graduate of the University of Missouri–Columbia School of Law.
As an undergraduate, Ms Newell completed internships with the joint constituent
services office of Senators Bond and Ashcroft and with the Missouri House
of Representatives. During law school, Ms Newell served as president of
the Women Lawyers’ Association and was a member and Associate Managing
Editor of the Missouri Law Review.
Missouri Coalition for Historic
Preservation and Economic Development
Olmstead is the communications director for the Missouri Coalition for
Historic Preservation and Economic Development, a statewide coalition
of business leaders, developers, and private citizens who work together
to ensure the continued success of the Missouri Historic Tax Credit program.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Olmstead worked for the metropolitan
parks district and also worked at Development Strategies, an urban planning
and economic development firm in St. Louis. Since moving to St. Louis
in 1995, Ms. Olmstead has been actively involved in many community efforts.
She is the founding member of Metropolis St. Louis, a grassroots effort
to attract and retain young people in the City of St. Louis , and is a
past member of Citizens for Modern Transit. Currently, she serves on the
Skinker DeBaliviere Housing Corporation Board. Ms. Olmstead received her
Undergraduate Degree from the University of Michigan and her Master’s
Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Chicago. A
native of Detroit, she has also lived in Washington, DC, Chicago and Boston.
Ms. Olmstead and her spouse have two daughters under the age of four.
Both parents work flexible hours to spend more time with their children.
They reside in the City of St. Louis in the Skinker DeBaliviere neighborhood.
Representative (D-District 59, St. Louis City )
Jeanette Mott Oxford was elected to the House in 2004. She was executive
director of the Reform Organization of Welfare (ROWEL) from 1991-2000
and Grassroots Coordinator for the American Lung Association 2001-04.
In addition to her legislative duties, Rep. Oxford is a member of the
Coalition Against Public Funding for Stadiums, Missourians for Tax Justice,
Women’s Political Caucus of Metro St. Louis, PROMO, and the United Church
of Christ’s Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns.
Throughout her career, Rep. Oxford has received numerous awards and honors.
She received an Associate of Arts degree from Southeastern College in
1974, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Southern Illinois
University-Carbondale in 1986, and a Masters in Divinity from Eden Theological
Seminary in 1989.
Clerk for the Hon. Ronnie White, Missouri Supreme Court
Phillips is currently law clerk for the Honorable Ronnie White, Missouri
Supreme Court. Previously, she practiced in the law firms of Coudert Brothers
in Paris, France, and Bryan Cave in St. Louis, specializing in international
transactions and commercial contracts. She also completed a teaching
fellowship at the University of Missouri–Columbia School of Law where
she served as a supervising attorney in the Family Violence and Child
Protection program. Ms Phillips is former president of the Women Lawyers’
Association of Greater St. Louis. She is also an active member of the
Missouri Bar. Ms Phillips earned her J.D., a B.A. in Sociology, and a
B.E.S. in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of
Judge, 22 nd Judicial Circuit- St. Louis City
Turner Quigless was appointed Circuit Judge in the City of St. Louis in
March, 2003, after over eight years as an associate circuit judge in the
court. She received her Undergraduate Degree from the University of Missouri–Columbia
and her Law Degree from Saint Louis University. Before becoming a judge,
she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri,
an Assistant City Counselor and an Assistant Circuit Attorney for the
City of St. Louis. Her other public service includes working for the Missouri
Public Service Commission as Assistant General Counsel, as well as working
for the Missouri Department of Revenue. She is the mother of a son, Charles,
who was born in 2001.
County Counselor , St. Louis County
Redington is the first woman to hold the job of County Counselor in St.
Louis County . Her appointment to the top legal counsel position in Missouri
’s largest county culminates over 14 years of work within this office.
Ms Redington received her Undergraduate Degree from Bradley University
and her Law Degree at University of Notre Dame. Prior to working for St.
Louis County , she clerked for Federal Judge William Hungate. In 2000
Ms Redington was President of the Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association.
President of Health Policy, Missouri Foundation for Health
Reed joined the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) as senior program
officer in the spring of 2002 and has led the Foundation’s health policy
agenda since 2003. She is currently vice president for health policy.
The MFH health policy area focuses on issues of the uninsured and health
care coverage expansion, health disparities and community-based health
prevention. Previously, Ms Reed carried out health policy research for
The California Endowment, where she was a founding staff member. During
her time in Los Angeles , she also served on the staff of Blue Cross of
California in the corporate benefit area as well as on the staff of the
Whittier Family Foundations. Ms Reed began her work in health related
philanthropy at the HMSA Foundation in Honolulu, Hawaii. She holds a B.A.
in Russian Studies from Colgate University and an M.A. in French Literature
and Civilization from Middlebury College .
Women Lawyer’s Association
Ricci enjoys a civil law practice at Garnholz & Ricci, LC, focusing
primarily on family law, business law, and business litigation.
She received her B.A. from the University of Missouri–Columbia and earned
her J.D. from Rutgers University in 1989, where she was a member and associate
editor of the Law Journal. She was appointed to the University City
City Council last summer, and was elected to a full-term in April 2007.
Ms Ricci has been a community volunteer for many years and serves on the
Board of Dance St. Louis, the Missouri Bar Mentoring Committee, and is
a volunteer for Legal Advocates for Abused Women. She is the
president of the Women Lawyer’s Association of Greater St. Louis.
Robinson has served as press secretary in the office of Gov. Matt Blunt
since March, 2005. She previously worked as Public Information Officer
for the Missouri Department of Revenue and as Public Relations Director
and Legislative Coordinator for the Columbia Board of REALTORS. Before
stepping into the public policy arena, Robinson worked for FOX 4 News
in Fort Myers , Florida . She serves as a Daniel Boone Regional Library
Trustee and is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School
of Journalism. She has been featured as a speaker at the Journalism Education
Association/National Press Association convention. She and her husband
have one son.
Supreme Court Justice
age 36, Judge Mary Rhodes Russell was the youngest person, and only the
third woman, to be appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals in St. Louis
. In December 2004, she was tapped by Governor Holden to become the third
woman appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court. She received her B.S. and
B.A. Summa Cum Laude from Truman State University in 1980. In 1983, she
graduated from law school at the University of Missouri–Columbia. After
serving as a law clerk in the Missouri Supreme Court, she engaged in private
practice in Hannibal , Missouri . Governor Carnahan appointed Judge Russell
to the Court of Appeals in May, 1995, and she served as presiding judge
of the Court in 1999-2000. Judge Russell has served on many state boards
and commissions, including the Board of Governors of Truman State University
and the 1991 Senate Redistricting Commission. She is active in Bar and
Judicial organizations and devotes much time to mentoring young women
interested in the legal field.
Representative (R-District 17, St. Charles County)
Vicki Schneider was elected to the House in November 2002. In addition
to her legislative duties, Rep. Schneider is president of Schneider Properties
and Schneider Custom Homes in O’Fallon. She is also a member of Boys &
Girls Clubs of St. Charles, Cancer Society, Judevine Center for Autism,
Leukemia Society, St. Louis Ambassadors, Home Builders Charitable Foundation
and Assumption Outreach. She was named Woman of the Year in 1996 and 1998
for the Leukemia Society. A 1976 graduate of Fort Zumwalt High School
, Rep. Schneider attended St. Marys College . Born August 12, 1957, Rep.
Schneider lives in O’Fallon with her husband, Michael, and their two children, Bradley
Shear Fellow, President, Women Lawyer’s Association of Mid-Missouri
her graduation from Southwest Missouri State in 2000 and from the University
of Missouri-Columbia Law School in 2003 she spent three years practicing
with Armstrong Teasdale LLP. This last year she joined the Public
School and Education Employees Retirement System of Missouri as in-house
counsel. She is currently licensed to practice in both Missouri
and Illinios. In May of 2004 Kimberly formed the Women Lawyers'
Association of Mid Missouri and served as President. She currently
serves as vice-chair for the Gender and Justice Committee for the Missouri
Bar. She was a 2004-2005 member of the Missouri Bar Leadership Academy
and chaired the Academy's Domestic Violence project.
Department of Agriculture
Smith was appointed Director of Agriculture by Gov. Matt Blunt on May
2, 2007. She is the first woman ever to serve in this position. Prior
to her appointment, Ms. Smith served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in
the Department of Energy’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental
Affairs. She has also worked in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA),
where she served as the Special Assistant to Agriculture Undersecretary
Bill Hawks, and was an agriculture policy advisor for Missouri Senators
Jim Talent and Kit Bond, and Congressman Sam Graves. Ms. Smith received
a B.A. in Agricultural Journalism from the University of Missouri–Columbia.
Missouri State Treasurer
Steelman is a working mom who has dedicated her career to public service.
She was elected Missouri State Treasurer in 2004, after completing two
terms in the Missouri Senate. As a Senator, Treasurer Steelman served
on numerous committees and was chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce
and Environment. Previously, she served as deputy director of the Missouri
Department of Natural Resources – Division of Geology and Land Survey,
as an economist for the Missouri Department of Revenue, and as an adjunct
professor in economics at Lincoln University . In addition, she worked
as Executive Director of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program in Rolla.
Treasurer Steelman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Master
of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
President and CEO of Parents as Teachers National Center
Susan S. Stepleton is currently co-chair of the National
Advisory Committee for Family Support and Family Preservation for the
Child Welfare League of America. She is also active with the St. Louis
Mayor’s Commission on Children, Youth and Families and serves on the
Missouri Coordinating Board for Early Childhood Development. Stepleton
holds three master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in public policy analysis
focusing on nonprofit management and governance. She is a licensed
clinical social worker and a member of the Academy of Certified
Social Workers, and holds a lifetime Missouri Teaching Certificate in
Representative (D-District 64, St. Louis City & County)
to the House in 2004, State Rep. Rachel Storch currently serves as Deputy
Whip for the Democratic Caucus. Following her first year in office, Rep.
Storch was named “Best Local Politician” by the Riverfront Times. She
was also designated as “Up-and-Coming Politician” in St. Louis Magazine’s
2005 A-List Awards. Rep. Storch previously worked for former Senator Jean
Carnahan as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor on the issues
of education, crime and public safety. Before working in politics, she
was a public interest attorney with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
and served for a year after law school as an Americorps* VISTA attorney
at Legal Services. Rep. Storch is a member of the Missouri Bar Association
and the Women Lawyers Association. She received an Undergraduate Degree,
with honors, in American History and Literature from Harvard University
. She received her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis
where she was awarded the Olin Fellowship.
Judge, Missouri Court of Appeals-Eastern District
Sherri Sullivan received a B.A. from the University of Missouri–St. Louis
with a focus in Administration of Justice. She also received a Juris Doctorate
form Saint Louis University . She worked for the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s
Office prior to her appointment as Associate Circuit Judge in March 1989.
In October 1994 she was elevated to Circuit Judge, and in August of 1999
she was appointed to the Court of Appeals. She was retained in 2000. Judge
Sullivan is a member of several professional organizations including the
Metropolitan St. Louis Bar Association, the Women Lawyer’s Association
of Greater St. Louis, and the National Association of Women Judges.
Coordinating Board for Higher Education
Swan currently serves as chair of the Coordinating Board for Higher Education.
She is president and owner of JCS/TEL-LINK, a small wireless communications
company based in Cape Girardeau , Missouri . Ms Swan is involved in numerous
professional organizations as well as community groups. She is a member
of the Board of Directors of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
Chair of the Leadership Council of the NFIB and member of the Education
Council Administrative Committee of the Missouri Chamber. She is committed
to community involvement, and serves on the board of the United Way of
Southeast Missouri, is a member of the Cape Girardeau Planning & Zoning
Commissioner, and holds leadership roles within the Cape Girardeau Chamber
of Commerce. In addition she serves as Lieutenant Governor-elect of District
7 Zonta Club International. Governor Blunt reappointed Ms Swan to serve
a second term on the CBHE in February 2005. She earned an Associate of
Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees in nursing from Southeast Missouri
Sanders Thompson, Ph.D.
Professor, Saint Louis University School of Public Health
Vetta Sanders Thompson is an Associate Professor of Community Health in
Behavioral Science and Health Education at Saint Louis University. Her
primary research interests are in cultural competence and its application
to health and mental health service delivery and the elimination of health
disparities. Dr. Thompson is a licensed clinical psychologist with fifteen
years of licensed practice. She is active in numerous professional associations
including the American Psychological Association, Missouri Psychological
Association, and the Midwest Sociological Society. She has served as a
member of the State Board of Psychology, and is currently an associate
editor for Contemporary Psychology. Dr. Thompson graduated Magna
Cum Laude with a BA in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University.
She earned a Master’s Degree and a PhD in Psychology from Duke University.
Victim Services Unit, St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office
Tofall is the Executive Director of the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Victim
Services Unit and administers direct service programs provided to victims
of crime. Her experience includes child protective services casework,
management of two residential facilities serving individuals with developmental
disabilities, and advocating and assisting crime victims. Ms Tofall is
also a Certified Community Crisis Responder through the National Organization
for Victim Assistance. She served as faculty instructor for the
Missouri State Victim Assistance Academy, is a presenter/trainer on numerous
victim-related topics, and is active in numerous community organizations,
including the St. Louis Family Violence Council and the St. Louis Area
Council on Child Abuse and Neglect. She holds a bachelor’s degree
in public justice from St. Mary’s University of San Antonio, Texas and
earned a Master's in Counseling at UMSL. In addition, Ms Tofall is a graduate
of the FOCUS Leadership St. Louis Class of 2005-06.
Kacie Starr Triplett
City of St. Louis Alderwoman
Kacie Starr Triplett became the youngest member of the St. Louis
Board of Aldermen when she was elected in April 2007 at the age of 26.
A graduate of the Pipeline program, Alderman Triplett worked for U.S.
Rep. Russ Carnahan and former U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt before running
for office herself.
from Shreveport, Louisiana, Kayla Vaughan came to St. Louis to attend
Washington University where she obtained her Undergraduate Degree in History
and J.D. from the law school. She was a staff attorney for the Missouri
Public Interest Group (MoPIRG) following her graduation from law school
and was a partner in the firm Hollander and Vaughan until joining the
staff of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri in 1980. She specialized in
representing low income tenants and homeowners and later undertook representing
clients in domestic relations matters. In 1993 she was appointed to serve
a four-year term as a municipal judge for the city of St. Louis where
she presided over dockets involving building code violations and other
urban environment concerns. Following this term, she returned to Legal
Services of Eastern Missouri as the managing attorney for the Family Law
unity and the Director of the Lasting Solutions Program which represents
victims and survivors of domestic violence in a variety of civil matters.
Ms Vaughan very recently resigned from this position and is presently
very much enjoying a respite from the practice of law. She is the 2007
recipient of the Citizenship Award, presented by the St. Louis Daily Record.
Chief of Staff, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt
Vincent was Governor Matt Blunt’s first female cabinet-level appointee
as the Director of the Department of Revenue. Prior to this appointment,
Director Vincent was the deputy secretary of state for business services.
She had also served as the in-state director for former U.S. Senator John
Ashcroft. Director Vincent received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration
from Lincoln University. Gov. Matt Blunt named her as his chief of staff in November, 2007.
Former Clayton Alderwoman
Bev Wagner was elected to the Clayton Board of Aldermen in a special
election in November, 2001, and served until April, 2007. Alderman
Wagner was a founding member of the Good Neighbor Coalition, an
organization of 15 neighborhoods working together to address common
concerns. She also served on the Housing Council in Clayton
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.
Whitehead led the Missouri Division of Liquor Control as State Supervisor
from June, 1997 until the end of 2000 when she became an associate administrative
law judge for the Division of Worker’s Compensation. In 2006, she joined
a private law practice. Formerly, she was Associate General Counsel for
the St. Louis Housing Authority where she enforced housing regulations.
Ms Whitehead has also worked as a prosecutor in the St. Louis Circuit
Attorney’s Office. Prior to receiving her law degree from Washington University
in 1990, she worked as a social worker in her native New York City where
she developed youth programs that would serve as alternatives to violence,
drugs, and alcohol. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Fordham University
and was president of the Mound City Bar Association, Missouri ’s oldest
African-American lawyers association. She serves on the Board of Governors
for the Missouri Bar (she was one of 33 candidates on the ballot). She
is a member of the Women’s Political Caucus and the Women Lawyer’s Association.
Hope is married and has 2 sons, nearly 10 years apart in age.
and Fellowship Coordinator, University of Missouri–Columbia
Riback Wilson served four terms in the Missouri House and was Sue Shear’s
seat mate. First elected in 1996, she served on seven committees, including
the Budget, Tax Policy, and Appropriations for Health, Mental Health and
Social Services committees. She chaired the Appropriations Committee for
Health and Mental Health for three years and the Children’s Services Commission.
Wilson currently serves as the Service-Learning and Fellowships coordinator
at UMC. She has held local and statewide leadership positions in
arts, service, business, professional and neighborhood organizations and
was a Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda. She has also lived in Indonesia.
Her work in diversity and community development has been recognized with
state and national awards. She earned a B.A. in English from the
University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s Degree in Higher and Adult
Education from the University of Missouri – Columbia
Missouri State Senator
Sen. Yvonne S. Wilson was elected to the Senate in August 2004 following
five years in the Missouri House of Representatives, and now holds a leadership
position as Senate Minority Caucus Secretary. Sen. Wilson represents part
of Jackson County and serves on the Senate Appropriations, Education and
the Health Facilities Review committees. She received a Bachelor of Science
degree in education from Lincoln University, a Master of Arts degree in
sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and an educational
specialist degree in School Administration. Prior to being elected to
the legislature, Sen. Wilson spent 35 years with the Kansas City, Missouri,
School District as a teacher, consultant, principal, and retired from
the position of Director of Elementary Education in 1985. She was the
first African-American to serve as President of the Missouri Association
of Elementary School Principals.
City Bureau Chief, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Young has been a state capital reporter since June 1989. In November 2005,
she became the Jefferson City bureau chief for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
She covers state government including the Legislature, the executive branch
and Supreme Court. She also covers elections and out-state news. Ms. Young
has worked as an assistant professor at University of Missouri-Columbia
School of Journalism and as a writer and editor for the Columbia Missourian
and the Columbia Daily Tribune. She has won a number of awards for work
in her field and is co-editor of "Women on Deadline: A Collection
of America's Best." Ms. Young has a Master's Degree in Journalism
from the University of Missouri–Columbia and a Bachelor's Degree in English
from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. She is married with two children,
ages 15 and 18.
Vice President and General Counsel, McCormack Baron Salazar, Inc.
Hillary Zimmerman is responsible for
coordinating and managing all of the legal work for McCormack Baron Salazar,
Inc., which specializes in the development of low and moderate-income housing.
Prior to joining McCormack Baron in 1984, she was a partner at the St. Louis
law firm of Greenfield & Davidson. She currently serves as an officer
on several community boards, including the Girl Scout Council of Greater
St. Louis, and the Missouri Botanical Garden Subdistrict Commission. A graduate
of the Coro Women in Leadership program, she has served as a mentor for
the Women's Leadership Training Institute at Washington University . Zimmerman
is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Cincinnati , and studied
at The Sorbonne University of Paris. She earned a J.D. from the Georgetown
University Law Center.