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.


Austin M. Albert Austin M. Albert
Department of Economic Development

Krista Allison Krista Allison
Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Angela Anderson Angela Anderson
Office of Administration, Information Technology Services Division (ITSD)

Kalee Baker Kalee Baker
Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC)

Eric Bernskoetter Eric Bernskoetter
Department of Transportation

Taylor Brune Taylor Brune
Department of Transportation

Alicia Carpenter Alicia Carpenter
Department of Revenue

Justin Clutter Justin Clutter
Department of Social Services, MO HealthNet Division

Heather Cofer Heather Cofer
Department of Corrections

Caitlin Cruz Caitlin Cruz
Department of Conservation

Daniel Dahler Daniel Dahler
Department of Natural Resources

Todd Fleharty Todd Fleharty
Department of Corrections

Dawn Fredrickson Dawn Fredrickson
Department of Natural Resources/Missouri State Parks

Katie Hansen Katie Hansen
Department of Commerce and Insurance

Umo Ironbar-Brandt Umo Ironbar-Brandt
Department of Social Services

Jason Isabelle Jason Isabelle
Department of Conservation

Andrea Kimball Andrea Kimball
Department of Mental Health

Jon Nelson Jon Nelson
Department of Transportation

Leah Norment Leah Norment
Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development

Heather Osborne Heather Osborne
Department of Mental Health

EeJuan Riddle EeJuan Riddle
Department of Mental Health

Evan Rodriguez Evan Rodriguez
Governor’s Office

Tim Roling Tim Roling
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Jesse Rollins Jesse Rollins
Office of Administration

Mindy Rustemeyer Mindy Rustemeyer
Department of Health and Senior Services

Pam Sandbothe Pam Sandbothe
Department of Health and Senior Services

Scott Schlueter Scott Schlueter
Department of Public Safety

Eddie Sherman Eddie Sherman
Department of Corrections

Robbie Sterner Robbie Sterner
Department of Public Safety

Kayla Ueligger Kayla Ueligger
Department of Social Services

Dawn Wall Dawn Wall
Department of Agriculture

Grant Wheeler Grant Wheeler
Department of Public Safety/Division of Fire Safety

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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