R. Nathan Bess

Nathan Bess
Permit Services & Revenue Manager
Department of Conservation

As the Permit Services & Revenue Manager, Nathan administers the sale and distribution of hunting, fishing, commercial and confined wildlife permits, and oversees revenue collection for the agency. Nathan and his team are dedicated to improving the customer experience by identifying and implementing streamlined processes and improved system functionality the benefits both internal and external users. Nathan has been with the Department for 15 years, and the state for a total of 18 years. In addition to his daily responsibilities, he is also actively involved in the agency’s organizational restructure and strategic planning efforts, performance management program design and implementation, and process improvement initiative. Nathan holds a Master of Business Administration with emphasis in Human Resources and General Management from William Woods University, and is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Leslie Bradley

Leslie Bradley
Director of Federal Programs, Division of Developmental Disabilities
Department of Mental Health

Leslie recently accepted the position of Director of Federal Programs and will fully move to this role effective September 1, 2020. She began working with the Department of Mental Health in 2006 as a Clinical Casework Assistant with Marshall Habilitation Center. She rejoined the state as a Program Specialist with Licensure & Certification in 2011, and became a member of the Federal Programs team in 2016. She recently completed the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training and certification with The Ohio State University. Leslie holds a Master of Science in Social Gerontology from University of Central Missouri.

Craig Crane

Craig Crane
Chief of Custody
Department of Corrections

Greetings, I have been serving with the Missouri Department of Corrections for 12 years. In my current position as the Chief of Custody I am assigned to administrative corrections work and am responsible for keeping the security of the facility viable and up to date. Since joining the corrections team I have been promoted through the Departments Institutional Custody ranks serving as a Corrections Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and Major at Algoa Correctional Center in Jefferson City Missouri.

Marin DeBauch

Marin DeBauch
Program Director
Department of Agriculture

Marin joined the Department of Agriculture in 2013 after practicing veterinary medicine for 2.5 years in a mixed-animal practice. She now serves as the Director of the Meat and Poultry Inspection Program leading a team of food safety auditors, investigators, and inspectors to ensure safe, wholesome meat and poultry products are available for Missouri consumers. Marin is passionate about her role in promoting agriculture through the protection of consumer confidence. Her team licenses and regulates meat and poultry processors which, in turn, helps add value to their products through broadening their market potential. Marin grew up on a small dairy farm in Northeast Missouri where she was active in 4-H and FFA. She earned her Bachelor of Animal Science at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She then attended the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine where she obtained a dual degree in Veterinary Medicine and Public Health.

Samantha Dickey

Samantha Dickey
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development

As the Director of Strategic Initiatives, Samantha sets the vision and strategic direction for the Office of Postsecondary Policy and leads a number of initiatives to improve student’s college experience. She has been with the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development for six years, previously serving in legislative, Human Resources, and project management roles. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Linguistics from Truman State University.

Colleen Foster

Colleen Foster
Director
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

As a Director in the Office of Data System Management, Colleen oversees one of DESE’s most critical applications – ePeGs - a grants management system used by more than one thousand school district and DESE users combined. Colleen and her team interact with six DESE business program areas and a dedicated OA-ITSD team in order to maintain an efficient and productive ePeGs application for all of its users. Colleen is also DESE’s EDFACTS Coordinator; a role responsible for planning efforts and coordinating timely submissions of Missouri’s education data to the U.S. Department of Education. Colleen holds a Bachelors of Arts from Marquette University, and her first “real job” was with DSS, followed by OSCA. After spending almost seven years in the private sector, Colleen returned to the state first with OA and now DESE. She is going on her 22nd year with the state.

Lisa Glasgow

Lisa Glasgow
Director of Project Intake, Project Manager Director
Office of Administration

Lisa joined ITSD in May of 2015, bringing with her 15 years of IT experience in the private sector. In her time with ITSD, she was the Project Manager for multiple projects at the Department of Mental Health before accepting a position in the ITSD Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO). With the EPMO, she provided project training, project oversight, and support to ITSD Project Managers. In January of 2019, she took on the role of Director of Project Intake. The Project Intake Office works with agencies at the beginning of their projects to help recommend the best solutions to meet their business needs. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from James Madison University.

Laci Haymart

Laci Haymart
Business Tax Correspondence and Local Tax Manager
Department of Revenue

As the Business Tax Correspondence and Local Tax Manager, Laci manages the sales, use, and withholding tax correspondence sections whom review and respond to business tax customer inquiries. She also oversees the monthly sales and use tax distributions to local jurisdictions. She has been with the Missouri Department of Revenue for 7 years. Laci is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt professional.

Kimberly Hubbard-Stewart

Kimberly Hubbard-Stewart
Regional Administrator
Department of Corrections

I have worked for the Department of Corrections, Division of Probation and Parole, for 22 years. I currently hold the position of Regional Administrator for the Western Region. In this position, my role is to provide oversight of the operations of all district offices in the Region. This includes building relations with all relevant criminal justice areas and agencies across the region, collaborating with various resource partners to develop effective program services, contract management, budget management, policy and procedure management/development, resource allocations, and budget administration. During my years of service, I have held the positions of Field Probation and Parole Officer, Field Unit Supervisor, and District Administrator. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree from Jackson State University, Jackson, MS. and Graduate Studies in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling.

Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson
Program Specialist
Department of Social Services

As a Program Specialist I am a liaison for the Family Support Division, Alan is responsible for overseeing one of the contracts for the Family Support Division. Alan has been with the Department of Social Services since 2015. Alan has a Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism. He recently completed the Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt training/certification with The Ohio State University. He is also a member of the Department’s Operational Excellence Team.

Shelle Jacobs

Shelle Jacobs
Community and Economic Development Manager
Department of Economic Development

As a Community and Economic Development Manager for Missouri One Start, Shelle provides workforce training solutions and recruitment assistance to new and existing Missouri businesses. Shelle has specialized in workforce development and industry support for more than 10 years and understands the unique challenges faced by employers. Her goal is to help these employers strengthen their workforce, work safely, and maximize productivity.

Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones
Manager of Trauma Informed Treatment
Department of Mental Health

Rachel serves as Manager of Trauma Informed Treatment for the Division of Behavioral Health, Department of Mental Health. In her current role, she provides trauma informed training, consultation and technical assistance with various projects to further implement trauma-informed knowledge, practices and treatment. Additionally, she assists the Office of Disaster Services in state-wide response through the Missouri Crisis Counseling Program. Prior to this, she worked as Regional Director of Youth Services in a Certified Community Behavioral Health Organization. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and received Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Minor Degree in Black Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Educational, School and Counseling Psychology from University of Missouri-Columbia.

Chenae Marble

Chenae Marble
Supervising Research/Data Analyst
Department of Revenue

Chenae has worked for the Department of Revenue, Compliance and Investigation Bureau (CIB) for three years. As the Supervising Research/Data Analyst, she oversees the data collection, case closure, grant processing, and statistical analysis for the bureau as well as working closely with the bureau’s Special Agents to compile evidence for criminal cases and civil assessments. Chenae’s recent focus has been creating interactive agency dashboards to better showcase the work CIB does for the citizens of Missouri. She has a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and holds a Masters of Communication, Training and Development from Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri.

Amber McKenzie

Amber McKenzie
Behavioral Health Service Professional
Department of Social Services

I research policies, rules, and regulations as it relates to improving the delivery and coordination of behavioral health services for MO HealthNet members. Currently, I am a project leader for a behavioral health project that will assist in promoting enhanced care management for foster care children and youth. I hold a license in professional counseling (LPC), and my prior experiences include academic advising, mental health counselor/ outpatient clinician, and behavioral health research.

Shasta Miller

Shasta Miller
Southeast Field Support Manager, Children's Division
Department of Social Services

Shasta is a southeast regional Field Support Manager with the Department of Social Services, Children’s Division. As a Field Support Manager, Shasta is responsible for direct supervision of Circuit Managers who provide oversight in policy, practice and procedure in the areas of Child Abuse/Neglect, Foster Care and Resource Families. Shasta also manages and leads the Quality Assurance Unit in the Southeast region, which promotes evidence base practice using statistics to effectively implement plans for improvement while collaborating with local and regional stakeholders. She works closely with her regional team and leads practice model initiatives, Policy interpretation, program improvements, state/regional continuous improvement efforts and much more. Shasta has been with the Children’s Division for 12 years and started her role as a Field Support Manager in November 2018 in the Southeast Region. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology and graduated from Cornell College, Iowa in 2005.

Stephanie Newton

Stephanie Newton
Regulatory Auditor Supervisor
Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Stephanie joined the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations with the Division of Employment Security in 2011. As the Benefit Accuracy Measurement (BAM) Unit Supervisor, she ensures that the BAM unit meets Federal and State performance measures while auditing the accuracy of paid and denied Unemployment Insurance claims. She plans and assigns audits, technically advises and trains, reviews audit findings, provides feedback for process enhancement to leadership, and participates in regional USDOL performance reviews of BAM audits. Stephanie has additionally worked as a Claims Specialist and UI Auditor, has certified in UI Fraud Investigations with the NASWA UI Integrity Center, attended the 2019 Missouri Continuous Improvement Summit, participates in the DOLIR Mentor/Mentee program, is a member of the DOLIR Internal workgroup, served as a Change Agent during the UI system modernization, and served in the establishment of the DOLIR Wellness Committee. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion and Interiors Merchanding from Harding University.

Charles Norris

Charles Norris
Apprenticeship Coordinator
Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development

Charles joined the Missouri Apprenticeship team in March 2019 and serves an Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development and works to help Missourians find pathways to higher education, meaningful careers, and hope using a time tested successful model and that is Apprenticeships. Charles spent 20 years serving in the US Navy as an aircraft mechanic, and Navy Instructor/Master Training Specialist. Charles holds a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management-Small Business from DeVry University and a Master of Science in Education-Learning Design and Technology from Purdue University.

Chris Parr

Chris Parr
CJIS Program Manager
Department of Public Safety

Chris Parr is a CJIS Program Manager for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, overseeing the statewide training program for National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System (MULES) user certification as well as the System Access Integrity Unit which works with user provisioning and record quality checking. Chris lives in Jefferson City with his wife Katy and enjoys travel and working as a semi-professional musician in his spare time.

Adam Perkins

Adam Perkins
Laboratory Supervisor
Department of Health and Senior Services

Adam has been with the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) since 2009 and is currently the Laboratory Supervisor for the Tuberculosis Section within the Microbiology Unit at the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory (MSPHL). Adam administers the laboratory component of the TB Elimination and Laboratory Cooperative Grant and supervises all of the testing involved in identifying TB within patient specimens as well as providing drug susceptibility information to the DHSS TB Program and local public health agencies. Outside of day-to-day laboratory work, Adam is highly involved with continuous improvement efforts both at the MSPHL through the Workforce Survey SCOPE team and his department as a whole through the DHSS Lean Six Sigma Team. He graduated from Clemson University in 2003 with a B.S. in Microbiology, received graduate course education through the Medical Microbiology and Immunology PhD Program at the University of Missouri through 2008 and recently added his Lean Green Belt certification from Dartmouth University in 2019.

Lisa Potter

Lisa Potter
Private Land Programs Supervisor
Department of Conservation

As the Private Land Programs Supervisor and Farm Bill Coordinator, Lisa develops and administers conservation programs to assist Missouri landowners in reaching their conservation objectives. She works as a liaison between the Department and USDA to aid in the development of technical standards and policies that support implementation of fish, forest, and wildlife habitat conservation across the state. Lisa has been with the Department for 13 years and has also served as an Area Biologist and Private Land Technical Assistance Biologist. She received a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from Kansas State University and a Master of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Iowa State University.

Megan Rogers

Megan Rogers
Cooperative Marketing Manager
Department of Economic Development

Megan Rogers is Missouri, born and bred. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Columbia College and a Masters of Business Administration from William Woods University. Megan has been with the Missouri Department of Economic Development since 2008 and worked for seven years with the Division of Workforce Development before joining the Division of Tourism in 2015. Her position as Cooperative Marketing Manager allows her to work with Destination Marketing Organizations on funding opportunities for their marketing efforts both inside and outside of the state. She also enjoys the ‘other duties as assigned’ when called upon to plan events like regional meetings and the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism.

Vince Rost

Vince Rost
Probation and Parole District Administrator
Department of Corrections

Vince serves as the Probation and Parole District Administrator for Cole, Moniteau, and Osage Counties managing resources and programs directed at impacting community safety by assisting offenders to be more productive as Missouri citizens. He has been with the Department of Corrections for 7 years serving in field supervision offices in Columbia, Fulton, and Jefferson City. Academic work includes Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/History from Columbia College, a Master of Arts in Human Resources Development from Webster University, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Columbia College. Vince spent 20 years of active duty enlisted service in the United States Navy employed in a variety of capacities such as ordnance/weapons specialties, training and recruiting duties, anti-terrorism, anti-piracy operations, and an amphibious deployment as a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) Craft-master.

Karen Rouse

Karen Rouse
Regional Director
Department of Natural Resources

Karen serves as Kansas City Regional Office Director in the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Environmental Quality. She manages a team of 36 who monitor and provide assistance for environmental compliance over a 19 county area. Karen began her career with the Department of Natural Resources in 1998 as an inspector in the Southeast Regional Office. During her career with the Department, Karen also spent 18 years with the Water Resources Center working interstate water management issues. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Resource Ecology from the University of Michigan – Flint, and a Masters of Arts in Geography from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Zachary Russell

Zachary Russell
Senior Program Specialist
Office of Administration

I currently work for the Office of Administration, Facilities Management Design and Construction (OA-FMDC) as a Senior Program Specialist dealing with the Long Range Capital Improvement Plan, tracking the State’s Capital Assets and working with Budget & Planning to complete the preparations for the Governor’s recommendations for House Bills 18 & 19. Prior to my current role, I worked as an Energy Management Coordinator, Project Manager and CADD Manager all with OA-FMDC. I have been with the State for nearly 16 years and have a Bachelors of Applied Science in Business Management from Central Methodist University, along with an Associates of Applied Science in Design Drafting from State Technical College of Missouri.

Curt Stokes

Curt Stokes
Chief Deputy Counsel
Missouri Public Service Commission

Curt serves as the Chief Deputy Counsel for the Staff Division of the Missouri Public Service Commission, managing a team of ten staff attorneys, developing and presenting training in litigation skills, and managing a docket of cases involving Missouri’s regulated public utilities. He previously served as a litigation attorney for the Public Service Commission, as a staff attorney for the Missouri Ethics Commission, and as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with a minor in statistics from Truman State University.

Mike Strong

Mike Strong
Facilities Director
Department of Corrections

Mike joined the Missouri Department of Corrections team 21 years ago and currently serves as the Facilities Director in the Central Office Construction Unit. In this role, he is responsible for managing the Department’s capital improvement projects and six-year capital improvement plan. Mike leads the Construction Unit team, the Heavy Equipment/Construction crew, and the Cook Chill Maintenance team. Mike and his teams work directly with institutions across the state on in-house construction projects, utility reduction measures, and maintenance issues. Prior to his current position, Mike held the Energy Management Coordinator position at Central Office, and multiple maintenance positions in four separate Correctional facilities.

Lisa Stuecken

Lisa Stuecken
Budget Director
Department of Natural Resources

Lisa serves as the Budget Program Director for the Department of Natural Resources. She and her team collaborate and oversee the development of the department's annual operating, capital improvement, and real estate budgets, and provide analysis, guidance, and recommendations to division and program staff and management on a variety of budget and funding issues. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Lincoln University. She began her full-time career in the program in 2000 as a Budget Analyst, and was promoted to the director position in December, 2016.

Amanda Wilbers

Amanda Wilbers
Operational Excellence Leader
Department of Public Safety

I currently serve as the Operational Excellence Leader for the Department of Public Safety. My position provides the opportunity for me to be involved with the department’s dashboards, strategic initiatives, and continuous improvement efforts. I started my career with the State of Missouri in the Department of Social Services in May 2012. In April 2018, I joined the Department of Public Safety in a position that allowed me to help monitor one of the largest grants SEMA receives, the Emergency Management Performance Grant. More recently, I have been heavily involved with the response to COVID-19, which includes distribution plans of Personal Protective Equipment to our state’s first responders and other state agencies. I hold a Bachelors of Social Work from Missouri State University.

Jennifer Wyble

Jennifer Wyble
Quality Enhancement Lead
Department of Mental Health

I currently work for the MO Department of Mental Health / DD Division at the Kansas City Regional Office as a Quality Enhancement Lead. I supervise a team of Quality Enhancement Nurses and Quality Enhancement Specialists with a focus on health, safety, rights, quality of services, tracking/trending and data analysis. I have 26 years of experience with the DD Division / Kansas City Regional Office. Overall, I have 42 years of experience working with, supporting and advocating for people with disabilities. In addition this includes 25 years of management and supervisory experience and 30 years of my experience includes providing training, coaching / mentoring and consultation.