Missouri Mental Health Foundation Adds Three New Board Members

June 20, 2023

The Missouri Mental Health Foundation (MMHF) Board of Directors elected three individuals with diverse professional experiences to begin three-year board terms within the last year.

John Stuckey

John Stuckey is Associate Director of Community Relations at Alkermes. In this role, he develops strategy and communicates with key stakeholders to connect resources and ultimately, make positive contributions to the community, increasing access to care for those impacted by substance use disorder and serious mental illness. 

John is also the founder and previous CEO of ARCHway Institute, a National 501(c)3 non-profit, which originated in Missouri. The organization provides education, peer support, and financial assistance to help both individuals and their families overcome the barriers to achieving long-term recovery. In addition, John worked at Assisted Recovery Centers of America in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and he served as the Executive Director of Recovery House of STL. 

As a person in long-term recovery from opioid use disorder, John utilizes his lived experience to change the stigma related to this disorder and ensure that individuals and families are provided with the opportunity and the necessary resources to reach recovery. John was named Missouri Mental Health Champion in 2020. He has spoken in front of thousands in venues across the country sharing his personal and professional experiences in this field and inspiring and providing the hope that recovery is possible! 

Nancy Pennington

Nancy Pennington serves as the Executive Director/CEO of the Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services (MACDDS).  Prior to this, she worked with the Adair County SB40 Developmental Disability Board in Kirksville, Missouri, serving as the Executive Director and in a variety of volunteer roles with the MACDDS Board of Directors including President-Elect, Treasurer/Secretary and on the Governmental Affairs, Finance, and Conference Committees.  Nancy has over twenty-five years working with various non-profits, previously serving as the Executive Director for the United Way of Adair County/Northeast Missouri, and working with several organizations in the nonprofit field. She received her BS degree in Accounting from Truman State University, earned her certificate in Certified Public Accounting, and is a graduate of the National Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities.  Nancy also currently serves on the Advisory Leadership Team for the Institute of Human Development at the University of Kansas City.  Nancy and her husband also served as foster parents for several children.  Nancy’s strengths include her ability to build relationships and cultivate a positive culture, her knowledge of and experience with local developmental disability services, as well as her sincere dedication to individuals with I/DD, MACDDS and our mission.

Mitchell Woodrum

Mitchell W. Woodrum is an officer in the Army, former commander, and combat veteran. He holds a bachelor’s in political science and master’s in management and leadership. Mitchell has served on several nonprofit boards including the City of Jefferson’s Human Relations and Art Commissions, Jefferson City Arts Foundation, and the Missouri Contemporary Ballet. He currently serves as the board president for the Capitol City Cinema, board of directors for the Historic City of Jefferson Foundation, and board of directors for the Special Learning Center. When not working or volunteering you will likely find Mitchell spending time with their husband Dalton and three dogs at their lake cabin. Mitchell is passionate about spreading awareness on the importance of mental health care accessibility.

“These accomplished individuals bring incredible knowledge and experience in important areas of mental health, including mental illness, developmental/intellectual disabilities, substance use, veterans, and the LGBTQ+ community,” said Executive Director, Katie Andrews.

Welcome, John, Nancy, and Mitchell to the Missouri Mental Health Foundation’s Board of Directors!