Leadership

Terry Trafton – Kansas City

President, Board of Directors

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!

Mary Parrigon – Joplin

Vice President, Board of Directors

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.

Stacy Welling – Jefferson City

Secretary and Treasurer, Board of Directors

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.

Jonce Chidister – Kennett

Member, Board of Directors

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.

Ladell Flowers – Kansas City

Member, Board of Directors

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.

Wendy Hays – Monroe City

Member, Board of Directors

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.

 

J. Michael Keller – St. Louis

Member, Board of Directors

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.

 

Jane Frances Pfefferkorn — Sikeston

Member, Board of Directors

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.

Clay McGranahan, Jr.

Member, Board of Directors

Clay McGranahan, Jr. is currently the Vice- President of Program Services for the Arc of the Ozarks, a nonprofit agency that provides supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) through Medicaid and government contracts. Clay has been active with the I/DD population and services for the last 20 years on a professional level. Clay and his family reside in Rogersville, Missouri and were introduced to the realm of developmental disabilities as the parents of a son with autism and hearing loss. The dedication of this family has paved the way for a successful model for other individuals and families in recognizing and honoring the aspects of the I/DD world.

Andrew Kleiner

Member, Board of Directors

Andrew Kleiner has been a Columbia Missouri native for over 20 years and has deep roots in the community being a small business owner with Farmers Insurance. He has an extensive background in the arena of entrepreneurship and insurance. Andy is an active member of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and brings a wide knowledge of business, finance, and communication to the board.

Dr. Anne Deaton – Columbia

Emeritus Member, Board of Directors

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.

Debra Walker – Jefferson City

Ex-Officio Member, Board of Directors

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.

Katie Andrews – Joplin

Executive Director, Missouri Mental Health Foundation

Katie joined the Missouri Mental Health Foundation in 2021 as the Associate Director/Marketing Coordinator. Previously, she was with the Department of Mental Health for 10 years frequently working alongside the Foundation on various projects and events including establishing and coordinating the Real Voices, Real Choices Conference. During her tenure at DMH, she helped improve access for Missourians to behavioral healthcare, conducted agency reviews to ensure service delivery systems met the standards and program quality expected of the State of Missouri, and connected justice-involved individuals to specialized programs to reduce (re)incarceration and increase public safety. Katie graduated from Florida State University with a Master of Social Work. She currently lives in Joplin with her fiancé, daughter, and two dogs. When she isn’t keeping busy with her daughter’s softball games, you can find her spending time with her family or reading a book.