The Leadership Academy

Leadership is critical to any organization’s success. The State of Missouri is committed to developing the next generation of state government leaders. The Missouri Leadership Academy is an innovative program that brings together emerging leaders from across all 16 executive departments to build new skills and become better leaders. This leadership program incorporates approaches that are proven successful in other high performing organizations in both the public and private sectors.

The Missouri Leadership Academy objectives are:

  • For participants: accelerate their professional growth through individual leadership development, building new skills to lead others, and learning how to drive change
  • For their departments: prepare emerging leaders to take on new responsibilities and roles
  • For the State of Missouri: build a group of emerging leaders with the skills and understanding of how to improve government performance

This program’s foundation is the commitment that through better leadership, the State of Missouri will continue to improve and serve our citizens better. Our citizens expect us to perform as well as any other organization. Working together, we will meet their high expectations.

The State of Missouri will have two classes a year.


Pamela M. Aberle Pamela M. Aberle
Department of Public Safety

Chrissy Bashore Chrissy Bashore
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Dennis Dennis "Andy" Carroll
Department of Conservation

Peter Chari Peter Chari
Department of Revenue

Mei Cheng Mei Cheng
Department of Social Services

Jill Cremer Jill Cremer
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Brent Dixon Brent Dixon
Office of Administration

Molly Eckman Molly Eckman
Department of Mental Health

Alicia Erickson Alicia Erickson
Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development

Claire Eubanks Claire Eubanks
Department of Commerce and Insurance

Jessica Feldmann Jessica Feldmann
Department of Corrections

Richard Ferrari Richard Ferrari
Department of Social Services

Heather Ford Heather Ford
Department of Social Services

Jared Hankinson Jared Hankinson
Office of Governor Michael L. Parson

Zac Jenkins Zac Jenkins
Department of Health and Senior Services

Scott Kaden Scott Kaden
Department of Natural Resources

Amanda Kremer Amanda Kremer
Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Chase Lindley Chase Lindley
Department of Economic Development

Deborah Deborah "Lynn" Mantle
Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Lynn Milberg Lynn Milberg
Department of Natural Resources

Antonio Muhammad Antonio Muhammad
Department of Correction

Ronald Musople Ronald Musople
Department of Commerce and Insurance

Amy Niederhelm Amy Niederhelm
Missouri Department of Transportation

Francis Okafor Francis Okafor
Department of Mental Health

Jessica Owen Jessica Owen
Department of Revenue

Amanda Renn Amanda Renn
Department of Public Safety

Jamie Sanning Jamie Sanning
Department of Commerce and Insurance

Julia Schilpp Julia Schilpp
Missouri Department of Agriculture

Rick Skaggs Rick Skaggs
Department of Corrections

Chad Smith Chad Smith
Department of Conservation

Leah Strid Leah Strid
Office of Administration

Jennifer Terry Jennifer Terry
Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Alex Vivas Alex Vivas
Missouri State Highway Patrol

Katy Werdehausen Katy Werdehausen
Department of Revenue

Shanna West Shanna West
Department of Health and Senior Services

Timothy Wilson Timothy Wilson
Department of Mental Health

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