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 first Missouri Leadership Academy class started on July 16-17, 2018 and concludes in January 2019. The State of Missouri will have two classes a year.

Class of 2019 - Spring

Melinda Adams Melinda Adams
Department of Corrections

Amber Addison Amber Addison
Office of Administration

Tim Arbeiter Tim Arbeiter
Department of Economic Development

Chris Bramlett Chris Bramlett
Office of Administration

Chris Brewer Chris Brewer
Department of Corrections

Shartina Campbell Shartina Campbell
Department of Social Services

Michelle Creach Michelle Creach
Department of Revenue

Bianca Farr Bianca Farr
Department of Mental Health

Michelle Forneris Michelle Forneris
Department of Transportation

Shawn Gruber Shawn Gruber
Department of Conservation

Matt Killion Matt Killion
Department of Transportation

Alex Kovac Alex Kovac
Department of Natural Resources

Michael Lanahan Michael Lanahan
Department of Economic Development

Brooke Mayfield Brooke Mayfield
Department of Mental Health

David Merchant David Merchant
Department of Insurance, Finance Institutions, and Professional Registration

Janissa Moore Janissa Moore
Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Melissa Skinner Melissa Skinner
Department of Public Safety

Sara Smith Sara Smith
Department of Social Services

Stacia Steinman Stacia Steinman
Department of Public Safety

John Thomas John Thomas
Department of Health and Senior Services

Pam Thomas Pam Thomas
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Jaron Vail Jaron Vail
Department of Higher Education

David Vandergriff David Vandergriff
Department of Corrections

Brooklyn Wasser Brooklyn Wasser
Department of Revenue

Chris Wieberg Chris Wieberg
Department of Natural Resources

Jimmy Williams Jimmy Williams
Department of Agriculture

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