President, Terry Trafton – Kansas City
Terry Trafton MS, LPC, NCC, ACHE, serves as President/CEO of CommCARE Behavioral Health, a network of community Behavioral Healthcare providers in Missouri working to help people access quality behavioral healthcare. CommCARE operates FirstStepforHELP.com or 1-888-279-8188 for quality mental health and substance use screenings and referrals for services to partner organizations. Trafton also serves as President/CEO of the subsidiary, Alternatives EAP, which partners with Employers to provide employee wellness services. Trafton has over 25 years of experience in healthcare settings including behavioral health, community and hospital healthcare. Treatment Works, Recovery is Possible, & Help is only a call away!
Vice President, Mary Parrigon – Joplin
Mary Parrigon, CPA, is the Chief Operating Officer at Ozark Center, a not for profit, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic in Southwest Missouri. She has 29 years of experience working with the 600 employees of Ozark Center to serve individuals diagnosed with mental illness, substance use disorders and/or developmental disabilities. She currently serves on several committees of the Missouri Coalition of Community Behavioral Healthcare and previously served for eight years on the Board of the Alliance of Southwest Missouri.
Secretary-Treasurer, Stacy Welling – Jefferson City
Stacy Welling started her career in the radio industry where she was the Promotions Director for a seven- station radio group in the Jefferson City-Columbia market. In 2005, she relocated to Jefferson City to join her family business, Whaley’s Pharmacy, where she now serves as the President and part-owner of the company. She has been involved with many community organizations and events including the Jefferson City Area YMCA Board, the American Heart Association Heart Ball, the Circle of Red and the March of Dimes.
Director, Alan Baumgartner – Auxvasse
Alan Baumgartner owns and operates Baumgartner’s Furniture, a family-owned business founded in 1949 in Auxvasse Missouri. He is a former member and chair of the Missouri Mental Health Commission. He has been a tireless advocate for persons living with a developmental disability for many years. He has served on numerous boards and committees to raise awareness and understanding of developmental disabilities.
Director, Jonce Chidister – Kennett
Jonce Chidister is an attorney and current Partner with the Dalton, Mowrer, and Chidister, LLP. He previously served as the Dunklin County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, an attorney for the Dunklin County Juvenile Ofce, and worked with the Missouri Public Defender’s Office, 35th Judicial District as an Assistant Public Defender. He also represents the interests of children in child abuse and neglect cases as a Guardian Ad Litem, serves as the current Board President for the Cotton Boll Sheltered Workshop/Cotton Boll Handicapped Housing Group Home and serves as the Board Vice-President for the Bootheel Youth Museum.
Director, Ladell Flowers – Kansas City
Ladell Flowers has more than 40 years of faith-based counseling, correctional counseling and administration experience. He serves as the Executive Director of the Dismas House of Kansas City, Inc., where he has provided oversight to its residential and outpatient programs since 1977. He is a past Chairman of the Missouri State Advisory Council, the Kansas City Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery Support Coalition, as well as serving on other boards and committees to aid his community.
Director, Wendy Hays – Monroe City
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. She also assumed the role of Administrative Agent of the Macon County Senate Bill 40 Board in 1997, providing quality services to Macon County residents. Previously, she worked for both Kirksville and Hannibal Regional Centers.
Director, J. Michael Keller – St. Louis
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.
Director, Jane Frances Pfefferkorn — Sikeston
JANE PFEFFERKORN, B.S., CCJP, MRSS, MATS, CRPR has spent the past 23 plus years creating and building a faith-based recovery network in Southeast Missouri. In 2005 Mission Missouri was credentialed by the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) as a Recovery Support Services Provider and Access Site for the Access to Recovery Federal SAMHSA program. The agency is also certified by DMH to provide outpatient counseling for substance use disorders. In 2017 Mission Missouri received designation as a Certified Recovery Support Services Provider, the recently approved designation through the DMH Certification Standards. In 2018 Mission Missouri was awarded the designation as the Southeast Access Site for the Recovery Support Services funding through DMH. Jane serves on the Missouri Credentialing Board and the boards of the Missouri Recovery Network and the Missouri Mental Health Foundation. She currently serves as Secretary of the Missouri Coalition of Recovery Support Providers and is the chair of the coalition’s Housing Task Force.
Emeritus Board Director, Dr. Anne Deaton – Columbia
Dr. Anne Deaton’s background relates to persons coping with physical, mental, and cognitive limitations. It includes service as Director of the DMH 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. She advocates on behalf of Autism services, student mental health, early childhood education, and women’s leadership.
Ex-Officio Director, Debra Walker – Jefferson City
Debra Walker currently serves as the Acting Deputy Director with the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH). In addition, she serves as the Director of the Office of Public & Legislative Affairs. 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.
Executive Director, Connie Cunningham – Jefferson City
Connie Cunningham serves as the Executive Director of the Missouri Mental Health Foundation. Her extensive professional career has been focused in health and human services, serving as the President/CEO of the United Way of Central Missouri, Executive Director of St. Louis County Children’s Services Fund, and as the Executive Director of the Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities. She has also provided consultation to various nonprofits with board development, organizational structure and operations. She currently serves on the board for the Missouri Foundation for Health.