NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF MISSOURI GOVERNOR JAY NIXON
Gov. Nixon makes board and commission appointments
Jefferson City, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today announced his appointments to five boards and commissions. The appointees will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate, with the exception of the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. The appointees, along with their boards and hometowns, are:
Land Reclamation Commission
The Governor has appointed Michael Larsen (D), of Jefferson City, to the Land Reclamation Commission. The commission assures the beneficial restoration of mined lands to protect public health, safety and the environment from the adverse effects of mining.
Larsen, a registered geologist, retired as staff director for the Land Reclamation Commission in 2011. He had held various positions with the Commission for 20 years, and previously worked as an independent consultant to investors in oil exploration, and in management for Universal Coal and Energy Co. He obtained his degree in geology from the University of Missouri. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending Sept. 28, 2017.
Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
The Governor has appointed Cindy McDaniel, of Appleton City, and Daniel A. Statler, of Cape Girardeau, to the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. The council reviews the National Register of Historic Places nominations, reviews and provides advice on the state's Historic Preservation Plan, and provides guidance and advice to the State Historic Preservation Officer.
McDaniel is a licensed practical nurse who currently serves on the Appleton City Quad-Lakes Committee, working with the local Historical Board in saving and maintaining properties in need of care. She also is a member of the St. Clair County Economic Development Committee. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending Nov. 15, 2015.
Statler is an attorney in Cape Girardeau and owns The Statler Law Firm. He has been active in numerous local civic and non-profit groups. Statler obtained his law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending Nov. 15, 2016.
Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority
The Governor has appointed Morris Heitman (R), of Mound City, to the Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority. The authority makes capital available to Missouri farmers, particularly independent producers, agribusinesses and small businesses at competitive interest rates on a scale to make a major impact.
Heitman grows corn and soybeans on his farm in Holt County, and serves on the boards of the Missouri Corn Growers Association and the Corning Levee District. He is a past county director for the Farm Service Agency for Buchanan and Holt counties, and is on the Agriculture Advisory Board for U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending June 30, 2015.
Missouri State Foster Care and Adoption Board
The Governor has appointed Karen J. Anderson, of Hartsburg, Katie Brown, of O’Fallon, Linda Hosman, of Independence, and Michelle Martin, of Florissant, to the Missouri State Foster Care and Adoption Board. The board establishes procedures to review the children’s division policy and provides written opinions and recommendations for changes to the division; provides draft policy suggestions for improvements in foster care or adoption practices; and provides content of in-service training to be provided by the Children’s Division to foster and adoptive parents.
A foster parent for more than 30 years, Anderson is a trainer/assessor for Ellis and Associates. She is a FASD educator and member of the board of directors of the Missouri affiliate of the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending May 31, 2016.
Brown has been a foster parent since March 2008, and has had nearly 40 children in her home for foster care. As a Master Foster Parent, she has taught a number of Specialized Training, Assessment, Resources & Support (STARS) classes. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending May 31, 2016.
Hosman is a licensed medical foster parent and career parent, and also taught STARS and Spaulding classes. She serves as an educational/behavioral consultant for Ozanam Behavior Intervention Support Team, and also was a behavior interventionist/focus room facilitator for the Independence School District from 2000 to 2005. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending May 31, 2016.
Martin is an attorney who serves as the professional development and diversity manager for Thompson Coburn, and has been with the firm since 2001. She obtained her law degree from the Saint Louis University School of Law. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending May 31, 2016.
Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents
The Governor has appointed Donald G. LaFerla (R), of Carthage, to the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents. The six-member Board of Regents appoints the President of the University, employs faculty and staff, and makes budgetary and policy decisions necessary to implement the University's mission.
LaFerla is a retired corporate senior executive from Leggett and Platt. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Southeast Missouri State University and has served on the Southeast Missouri State University Foundation Board and the Missouri Southern State University Foundation Board. LaFerla has held leadership positions for several non-profit and civic boards. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending Jan. 1, 2019.