JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon today appointed new members to the Committee for Professional Counselors and to the Missouri Real Estate Appraisers Commission. The appointments will be subject to approval by the Missouri Senate.
The Governor has appointed Dr. Regina M. Staves, of Kansas City, to the Committee for Professional Counselors. The committee protects the public from unlicensed, negligent, incompetent, and dishonest mental health services provided by licensees and individuals under supervision for licensure.
Dr. Staves is a licensed professional counselor who previously worked as a hospital therapist at Crittenton Children’s Center in Kansas City and also serves as an associate professor of psychology at Avila University. She also is a board member of the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending Aug. 28, 2016.
The Governor also has appointed Melba J. Curls (D), of Kansas City, to the Missouri Real Estate Appraisers Commission. The commissionlicenses and regulates persons who engage in real estate appraisal business, as set out in statute.
Curls is a former city councilwoman for the City of Kansas City, and formerly represented the 41st District in the Missouri House of Representatives. She has served as a board member of the American Jazz Museum, the DeLaSalle Education Center, the Economic Development Corp. and the Jackson County Board of Domestic Violence Shelters. The Governor has nominated her for a term ending Sept. 12, 2017.