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Parson makes 5 appointments to various boards, commissions


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Today, Governor Mike Parson announced five appointments to various boards and commissions.

Mina Charepoo, of Olivette, was appointed to the Mental Health Commission.

Dr. Charepoo is a certified psychiatrist and assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine. Previously, she served as a psychiatric hospitalist with St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, Illinois, and as a ward psychiatrist for St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Charepoo holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo, New York, and a master’s degree from Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her residency in psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine Barnes Hospital.

Mariann Morgan, of Carthage, was appointed to the Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors.

Ms. Morgan is an attorney with Checkett & Pauly, P.C. in Carthage. She currently serves on the McCune Brooks Healthcare Foundation and the Carthage Community Foundation Board. Ms. Morgan holds a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication from Creighton University in Ohama, Nebraska, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia in Athens.

Patricia Hogan Mort, of Springfield, was appointed to the Mental Health Commission.

Dr. Mort is a certified psychiatrist at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Branson. Previously, she worked at CoxHealth Hospital in Branson and Burrell Behavioral Health in Springfield. Dr. Mort is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in addiction, geriatric, and forensic psychiatry. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the Missouri Psychiatric Physicians Association. Dr. Mort also holds a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and Master of Public Administration in health services from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She completed a residency in psychiatry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and holds a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Ron Richard, of Joplin, was appointed to the Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors.

Mr. Richard is the owner of C & N Bowling Corporation in Joplin. He served in the Missouri Senate from 2010 – 2018, serving as President Pro Tempore from 2015 – 2018. Mr.  Richard also served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2002 – 2010, serving as Speaker of the House from 2009 – 2010 and as Chairman of the Committee on Jobs and Economic Development. He is the only lawmaker in Missouri history to be elected by peers as Speaker of the House and Senate President Pro Tempore. Mr. Richard also formerly served as the Mayor of Joplin from 1994 – 1998. He currently serves on the Connect2Culture Board of Directors in Joplin and as Co-Chair of the Missouri Bicentennial Commission. Mr. Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and a Master of Arts in history from Missouri State University in Springfield.

Rodney Schad, of Versailles, was appointed to the Public Defender Commission.

Mr. Schad has served on the Morgan County Commission since 2013. He previously served as a Missouri State Representative for the 115th District, an owner and manager for a construction company in Versailles, and a teacher at Tri-County Technical School in Eldon. Mr. Schad currently serves on the Quality Industries Sheltered Workshop Board, the Show-Me Christain Youth Home Board, and as a director for CoMo Electric Cooperative and Central Electric Cooperative. Mr. Schad also attended classes at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and the University of Missouri-Columbia.