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.


Erin Babb Erin Babb
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Crystal Baraboo Crystal Baraboo
Department of Revenue

Robert (Bobby) Baugh Robert (Bobby) Baugh
Department of Social Services

Donna Brake Donna Brake
Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development

Jacob Brooke Jacob Brooke
Office of Administration

Justin Buckler Justin Buckler
Department Of Natural Resources

Jennifer Crader Jennifer Crader
Department of Labor & Industrial Relations (DOLIR)

Jeffrey Collins Jeffrey Collins
Department of Industrial and Labor Relations

Brogan Dinolfo Brogan Dinolfo
Department of Commerce and Insurance

Daniel Epler Daniel Epler
Department of Economic Development

Charlene Fitch Charlene Fitch
Department of Natural Resources

Brad Gerling Brad Gerling
Department of Commerce and Insurance

Tanya Henry Tanya Henry
Department of Health and Senior Services

Lauren Hildreth Lauren Hildreth
Department of Conservation

Kelly Hopper Kelly Hopper
Office of Administration

Kyle Kempker Kyle Kempker
Department of Corrections

Katie Long Katie Long
Department of Health and Senior Services

Kate McKenna-York Kate McKenna-York
Department of Social Services

Mimi Nazu Mimi Nazu
Department of Corrections

Jim Nugent Jim Nugent
Department of Public Safety

Trudy Parkhurst Trudy Parkhurst
Department of Mental Health

Richard Powell Richard Powell
Department of Corrections

Jessica Catron Pugh Jessica Catron Pugh
Department of Public Safety

Elizabeth A. Reed Elizabeth A. Reed
Department of Transportation

Dr. Sarah Reinkemeyer Dr. Sarah Reinkemeyer
Department of Agriculture

Elizabeth Schulte Elizabeth Schulte
Department of Mental Health

Kelli Smith Kelli Smith
Department of Social Services

Ben Terrell Ben Terrell
Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Megan Wadley Megan Wadley
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Josh Ward Josh Ward
Missouri Department of Conservation

Miranda Warren Miranda Warren
Department of Mental Health

Hannah Wilson Hannah Wilson
Department of Revenue

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