Board of Directors – Missouri Mental Health Foundation

Alan Baumgartner

Alan Baumgartner owns and operates Baumgartners Furniture, a family-owned business founded in 1949 in Auxvasse, Missouri. Mr. Baumgartner has a family member with developmental disabilities and has been a tireless advocate for many years. He has served on the Missouri Mental Health Commission, as well as many other boards and committees related to developmental disabilities.

Kathy A. Carter

Kathy A. Carter served as the president/CEO of the Missouri Coalition of Community Mental Health Centers (MCCMHC) for 26 years until her retirement in December 2005. She also served as director of public affairs for the Missouri Association for Mental Health and president of the Jasper County Mental Health Association in Carthage, Missouri.  An active volunteer on behalf of people with mental illness, Carter is the recipient of numerous honors, including state and national Mental Health Volunteer of the Year, as well as Lifetime Achievement Awards from various advocacy and service organizations.   She is also currently serving as a member of the Missouri Mental Health Commission.

Dr. Anne Deaton

Dr. Anne Deaton’s background relates to persons coping with physical, mental, and cognitive limitations; it includes service as Director of the Division for Developmental Disabilities (2000-2004),  Deputy Director of the Missouri Division of Aging; faculty in Human Development and Family Studies at MU; and Assistant Director of the Center for Gerontology at Virginia Tech.  Anne advocates on behalf of Autism services, student mental health, early childhood education, and women’s leadership. Anne enjoys adjunct faculty status in the Sinclair School of Nursing, the College of Education and the College of Human Environmental Sciences at MU.

Ladell Flowers

Ladell Flowers has more than 38 years of faith-based counseling, correctional counseling, and administration experience.  He is the Executive Director of Dismas House of Kansas City, Inc. where he has provided oversight to its residential and outpatient programs since 1977.  Ladell currently chairs the Missouri State Advisory Council for Substance Abuse for the Missouri Department of Mental Health.  In addition, he chairs the Kansas City Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery Support Coalition.  Ladell has also served on other boards and committees to aid his community.

Wendy Hays

Wendy Hays became the Executive Director of Learning Opportunities, Quality Works (LOQW), Inc. in 1987.  LOQW is a leader in providing community skills training, employment services, and service coordination in northeast Missouri.  In 1997, she also assumed the role of Administrative Agent of the Macon county Senate Bill 40 Board, committed to providing quality services to Macon county residents.  Her prior experience includes working for both Kirksville and Hannibal Regional Centers as a Recreational Therapist and Service Coordinator.  Wendy is active in her community enhancing services available to individuals residing in northeast Missouri.

J. Michael Keller

Mike Keller served as the Executive Director of Independence Center, a leading Clubhouse model program for adults with mental illness, until his retirement in 2016.. He has twenty years experience at non-profit management and leadership, having previously served for ten years as President of St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, and three as Vice President – Marketing of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association.

Mary Parrigon

Mary Parrigon has worked for the Ozark Center in Joplin, Missouri for over 25 years, currently serving as the Chief Operations Officer.  She previously served as the CFO, Director of Administrative Support Services, and an accountant.  She obtained her Certified Public Accountant in 1988.;  She also holds the position as Chairman of Executive Committee with the Missouri Coalition of Community Behavioral Healthcare, Treasurer and Board Member of the Alliance of Southwest Missouri in Joplin, Healthcare Financial Management Association Member, Institute of Management Accountants member, and Extraordinary Minister and Trainer at St. Mary’s Church.  In 2002, she was the recipient of the American Business Woman Association – Woman of the Year.

Terry Trafton

Terry Trafton  MS, LPC, NCC, ACHE, currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for CommCare.  CommCARE is a not-for-profit behavioral health management organization that works in collaboration with Community Behavioral Health Centers and other providers to continually improve access to affordable, high quality, and effective behavioral health services.

Known in the healthcare field in the Kansas City area, Trafton has over 25 years of experience in healthcare settings including behavioral health, community and hospital healthcare. Trafton worked for Two Rivers Behavioral Health System of UHS Inc. in 2016 as Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director.  For 19 years, he worked at Truman Medical Centers’ Behavioral Health Division and including eight years as an Administrator.  Trafton holds a National Certification and License as a Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri with a Master’s degree from Avila University. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Trafton is civically active in Kansas City area and Missouri for many years, serving as a Resilient KC Ambassador for Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and on Boards of Directors as the Past Chair of the Greater Lee’s Summit Healthcare Foundation joining the board in 2012, Vice Chair on the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City’s Community Advisory Council, Vice Chair on the Missouri Mental Health Foundation and the Chair of the Legislative Committee of the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce.


Stacy Welling

Stacy Welling started out her career after college in the radio industry where she was the Promotions Director for a seven station radio group in the Jefferson City-Columbia market.  In 2003, Stacy moved to Rockford, IL where she worked as the Marketing Director for Illinois Largest Music Festival outside Chicago.  Stacy relocated to Jefferson City, Missouri to join her family business, Whaleys Pharmacy, in 2005 where she is now the President and part-owner of the company.  Stacy is responsible for marketing, public relations, recruiting, training, human resources and the day-to-day operations of the company.  Stacy has served on the Jefferson City Area YMCA Board for the past 6 years and served as Chairman in 2011.  She was the 2012 American Heart Association Heart Ball Chair helping to raise over $150,000 for heart research and education.  Stacy is also a member of the Circle of Red and serves on committees for March of Dimes, Heart Walk and many other organizations.

Debra Walker

Debra Walker is with the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Mental Health (DMH). She is the DMH Liaison to the Missouri Mental Health Foundation and serves on the board as an ex-officio member. Her previous work experience includes Broadcasting, Public Relations, Media and Communications, Marketing and Event Planning.

Patty Henry

Patty Henry serves as the Executive Director of the Missouri Mental Health Foundation. She previously worked for the State of Missouri for 31 years before her retirement in 2007. During her tenure with the State, she worked for the Department of Mental Health for 28 years, serving as the Deputy Director (Administration), Department Budget Director and budget analyst. Before joining the Foundation in 2011, she worked with APS Healthcare, as a Disease Management Coordinator, and the Missouri Institute of Mental Health, as their Business Manager.