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Gov. Nixon makes board and commission appointments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today announced his appointments to six boards and commissions. The appointees will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate. The appointees, along with their boards and hometowns, are:

  • Air Conservation Commission (Jack Baker – Butler; Douglas B. Drysdale – St. Albans; Mark S. Garnett – West Plains; Dr. John R. (Jack) Jones – Columbia)
  • Interior Design Commission (Jane E. Walton – Kansas City)
  • Missouri State University Board of Governors (Gabriel E. Gore – St. Louis)
  • Missouri Veterans’ Commission (Scott Englund – Jefferson City)
  • State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts (Dr. Sarah M. Martin-Anderson – Kansas City)
  • State Committee for Social Workers (Justin M. Bennett – Leadington; Frances L. Klahr – Jefferson City; Rachell M. LaRose – Holt; Tjitske G. Tubbergen-Maglio – Kirksville)

Air Conservation Commission

The Governor has reappointed Jack Baker (D), of Butler; and Mark S. Garnett (D), of West Plains, and appointed Douglas B. Drysdale (I), of St. Albans; and Dr. John R. (Jack) Jones (D), of Columbia, to the Air Conservation Commission.

The primary duty of the commission is to carry out the Missouri Air Conservation Law. Among its duties are the adoption, amendment and rescission of rules; making decisions on appeals from enforcement orders and permit conditions; beginning legal actions to compel compliance with rules; assigning duties to local air pollution control agencies; listing regions as attainment (when air quality in an area meets all standards) or non-attainment areas (if air monitors detect too much of a pollutant) based on the National Ambient (outdoor) Air Quality Standards; and approving overall plans for meeting the national standards in listed non-attainment areas.

Baker is a cattleman who was first appointed to the Air Conservation Commission in 2002 and has served as chairman and vice-chairman of the committee. He is the vice-president of the state board for the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives and has served on several cattle-related boards. Baker has received several awards and honors for his Angus cattle. The Governor has re-appointed him for a term ending Oct. 14, 2017.

Drysdale operates a St. Louis law firm whose areas of legal emphasis include energy, environmental and regulatory matters. He has represented some of the world’s largest energy companies and has briefed the U.S. Embassy in London and advised the European Climate Exchange. Drysdale obtained his bachelor’s degree in economics from Saint Louis University, his law degree from Notre Dame University, and his advanced law degree with an emphasis on comparative energy and environmental law from the Notre Dame London Law Centre. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending Oct. 14, 2017.

Garnett operates a tree and cattle farm with his wife near West Plains. He is the president of Garnett Wood Products Co., and has been with the company since 1978. Garnett is a past president of the Missouri Forest Products Association and has served on the board of directors for the West Plains Chamber of Commerce, the development board of Missouri State University – West Plains, as well as several other industry boards. The Governor has re-appointed him for a term ending Oct. 14, 2018.

Dr. Jones is a curators’ professor emeritus of limnology for the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri and Chairman of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences; he has been affiliated with the university since 1975.  He has won numerous awards for his research work on limnology and has edited several professional publications in the field. The Governor has appointed Dr. Jones for a term ending Oct. 14, 2019.

Interior Design Council

The Governor has appointed Jane E. Walton, of Kansas City, to the Interior Design Council. The mission of the council is to ensure that individuals seeking the title of registered interior designer in Missouri meet the educational and experience qualifications for licensure, and to verify maintenance of this competency through ongoing continuing education.

Walton is the president and founder of Jane Walton Consulting, which serves clients in the industries of architecture and engineering, IT, performing arts, not-for-profit social services and financial services, among others. She previously was human resources director for HNTB Companies, and has 25 years of experience in human resources and consulting. The Governor has appointed Walton for a term endingApril 6, 2019.

Missouri State University Board of Governors

The Governor has appointed Gabriel E. Gore (D), of St. Louis, to the Missouri State University Board of Governors.  The Board of Governors possesses full power and authority to adopt all needful rules and regulations for the guidance and supervision of the university.

Gore is a Missouri State University graduate who obtained his law degree from the University of Chicago. He is a partner with the St. Louis law firm of Dowd Bennett LLP and a former assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. From 1999 to 2000, Gore served as an assistant special counsel for the John C. Danforth Office of Special Counsel. In 2014, Gov. Nixon appointed him to serve on the Ferguson Commission. Gore also has served on the board of directors of the St. Louis Public Library and the KIPP St. Louis Charter School. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending Jan. 1, 2021.

Missouri Veterans Commission

The Governor has re-appointed Scott Englund, of Jefferson City, to the Missouri Veterans Commission. The commission provides a safe, comfortable environment for residents of veterans’ homes that is conducive to personal dignity and that rehabilitates to maximum attainable levels; through effective federal and state partnerships, provides timely and compassionate benefit services to veterans and dependents; and provides honorable resting places for deceased veterans through a system of state veterans’ cemeteries.

Englund is a retired major in the Missouri Army National Guard who was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. An accounting graduate of Lincoln University, he is currently an audit manager for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Englund also is president of the Missouri National Guard Foundation. The Governor has re-appointed him for a term ending Nov. 2, 2017.

State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts

The Governor has appointed Sarah M. Martin-Anderson (I), of Kansas City, to the State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts. The board registers, licenses, and regulates all physicians and surgeons in the state. In addition, the board is also responsible for all physical therapists, speech pathologists, audiologists, physician assistants, clinical perfusionists, physical therapist assistants, anesthesiologist assistants, and athletic trainers. Members review and act on issues of discipline, licensure, rules and regulations, legislation and other business. The board has the power to revoke, suspend, deny, probate and reinstate licenses.

Dr. Martin-Anderson is an assistant professor of health services administration for the Department of Public Affairs at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She obtained her doctorate in public policy from the University of California – Berkeley. She also is a research analyst for the University of California, San Francisco Department of Pediatrics and Neonatology and has published several academic papers on neonatal nutrition. The Governor has appointed Dr. Martin-Anderson for a term ending Sept. 3, 2018.

State Committee for Social Workers

The Governor has appointed Justin M. Bennett, of LeadingtonFrances L. Klahr, of Jefferson CityRachell M. LaRose, of Holt; and Tjitske (Tish) G. Tubbergen-Maglio, of Kirksville, to the State Committee for Social Workers.  The State Committee for Social Workers protects Missourians through the licensing of licensed clinical social workers and baccalaureate social workers and assessing their competence to practice, and investigates all complaints against its licensees in a fair and equitable manner.

Bennett is a licensed clinical social worker who obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He is a forensic case monitor for the Missouri Department of Mental Health in Farmington, and previously was a clinical casework practitioner and a unit program supervisor for the department. The Governor has appointed Bennett for a term ending Oct. 23, 2019.

Klahr worked for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources from 1998 to 2012 and helped establish the Natural Resource Damage Program under the Superfund section of the department’s Hazardous Waste Program. Prior to that, she was a performance auditor for the Missouri Committee on Legislative Research, and a budget and finance planner for the Missouri Department of Social Services. Klahr holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending Oct. 23, 2017.

LaRose is a licensed social worker who served as a social worker and volunteer coordinator for Aseracare Hospice. During her career in hospice, child care and foster care, she has been involved in family, group and individual counseling, and has extensive social work case management experience. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending Oct. 23, 2019.

Tubbergen-Maglio is licensed clinical social worker who obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Missouri. She works in private practice and also serves as clinical coordinator of the Intensive CPRC Program and as a qualified mental health professional at Preferred Family Healthcare in Kirksville. Tubbergen-Maglio has worked in social work and counseling in Kirksville for 20 years. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending Oct. 23, 2017.