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Jan 2, 2013
Category: General
Posted by: momepa
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Board Members & Appointed Officers

The MEPA Board of Directors consists of the following fifteen members:
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • One Board Member from each of the 9 Troop Regions
  • One Board Member for the "At-Large" Position
  • Immediate Past President

In addition, several other Appointed Officers, whom are not voting Board Members, serve at the pleasure of the President.

 

Position

Name

Agency

E-Mail Address

Acting President

Mike Daniels

Warren County EMA

mdaniels@warrencountymo.org

Vice-President

Pending Appoint.

Pending

Pending

Secretary

Pending Election

Pending

Pending

Treasurer

Les Boatright

Kansas City Power & Light

les.boatright@kcpl.com

Region A

Mike O'Neal 

Platte County EMA 

moneal@plattesheriff.org 

Region B

John Hark

City of Hannibal EMA

jshark203@gmail.com

Region C

Omar Ruiz

City of Arnold PD

orr65@sbcgobal.net

Region D

Larry Woods

Spfld-Greene Co OEM

lwoods@greenecountyoem.org

Region E

Tom Beardslee

Scott County EMA

ema@scottcountymo.com

Region F

Tom White

Cooper County EMA

ema@classicnet.net

Region G

Pending Appoint.

Pending

Pending

Region H

Dennis Johnson

Southern Buchanan Co. LEPC

scbchief@hughes.net

Region I

Pending Election

Pending

Pending

At - Large

Michelle Kidwell

Callaway County EMA

michellekidwell@cceoc.org

Past President

John Hark

City of Hannibal EMA

jshark203@gmail.com

 

Interim President - Mike Daniels

Michael Daniels has been the Emergency Management Agency Director for Warren County since 2002. Michael also serves as the Chairman for the Warren County LEPC.Michael has been a MEPA member since 2003. Michael has been the Region C MEPA Representative since 2005. Michael began is emergency response career as a firefighter in the U.S. Army 1973-1976. Michael was hired by the City of Maplewood Fire Department in St. Louis County in 1977. Where he served as the department's Medical Officer/Firefighter. Michael holds an Associate Degree in Fire Protection Technology from St. Louis Community College/ Forest Park and a liberal arts Degree from St. Louis Community College/Meramec. Michael retired from the Maplewood Fire Department in 2000 after 22 years.Michael currently serves on the Missouri Emergency Management Director's advisory Committee. He also serves as the Chairman for the Region C Homeland Security Oversight Committee (RHSOC). Michael was the recipient of the U.S. Department of Commerce (NOAA)Mark Trail Award.Michael has served as an Alderman for the City of Lake Saint Louis, Director Lake Saint Louis Fire Protection District, Past President Lake Saint Louis Community Association Board of Directors and is a former Board member of the Tri-County YMCA.

Vice President - Pending Appointment

BIO Pending

 

 

  

 

Secretary - Pending Election                                                                

BIO Pending

 

 

 

 

 

Treasurer -  Les Boatright

BIO Pending

 

 

 

 

 

 

Region A - Mike O'Neal

Michael O’Neal is the Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator for the County of Platte, Missouri and has been in the emergency management field for the past ten plus years; Mike is also Deputy Chief of Police for Weatherby Lake Police Department and also does emergency management for this department as well.  Mike has been in law enforcement for twenty five plus years.  Mike began work at Weatherby Lake as a patrol man in 1987 to present and with the Sheriff Office in 1991 to 2000 as a deputy to sergeant in detention and 2002 to present as a deputy working in emergency management

Mike is also a member of the Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee (MEMC) in the K.C. MARC region as well as a member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, a member of the Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) for the Coast Guard for the Port, Lead CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) coordinator for the Northland to include Clay and Platte counties.  He also is the chair of the UASI CERT group which coordinates regional activities with locals CERT Teams.  He is also chair of the PrepareMetroKC (formally known as Safety City) which does outreach with local emergency management and volunteer groups in the MARC region.  

 

Region B - John Hark

John S. Hark currently serves as the City of Hannibal and Marion County Emergency Management Director. He began his career in 1972 as the Assistant Civil Defense Director for the City of Hannibal. He later assumed the title of Emergency Management Director when Civil Defense was transformed into Emergency Management.During John's Emergency Management Director tenure he has been a commissioned Deputy Sheriff in Marion and Ralls Counties, a member of the Marion County LEPC for 20 years and held the position of Chairman for 10 years and co-wrote the first LEPC Plan for Marion County. He has served a MEPA President for 2 terms, is currently serving as Board Member at Large and has been awarded with a lifetime membership for his years of service and dedication in the field, and was chairman of RHSOC, Troop B. John is a BT Planner for Marion and Ralls Counties, Board Chairman of the Northeast Missouri American Red Cross and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army. In 2002 John was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region Seven Director.John currently serves on the Missouri Emergency Management Directors Advisory Commission to the State Emergency Management Agency where he as been appointed Chairman of the Legislative Sub-committee. He is a member of the Credentialing and Certification Sub-committee and a member of the HazMat Alliance Committee. John was most recently appointed to the State Emergency Training Advisory Group by the State Emergency Management Agency.  

Region C - Omar Ruiz

BIO Pending

 

  

 

 

 

Region D - Larry Woods

Larry Woods is the Deputy Director for the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management (OEM).  He is responsible for overseeing the development and maintenance of City and County emergency operations plans, maintaining resources and equipment, supervising a staff of three OEM operations personnel and maintaining an on-going capability to activate and support the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during disaster response and recovery operations.  Prior to his current position, Woods was the Emergency Management Director/911 Coordinator and LEPC Chair for Laclede County, Missouri.  Larry has been in public safety for over 28 years; he is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and has served as a commissioned law enforcement officer, fire fighter and American Red Cross disaster volunteer.  Larry is a Certified Emergency Manager, Missouri Certified Emergency Manager, Certified Homeland Security Level-III, has been an Adjunct Instructor at Ozarks Technical Community College; is active in the Southwest Missouri Emergency Support Organization, and the Southwest Missouri Incident Support Team (IST) where he serves as an Operations and Planning Section Chief. He also serves as the Planning Section Chief for the Missouri Disaster Response System (MODRS), and the Incident Response Coordination Team - Central   (IRCT-C); a Federal team under the Department of Health and Human Services where he serves as a Planning Analyst.

 

Region E - Tom Beardslee

BIO Pending 

 

 

 


 

Troop F - Tom White

BIO Pending

 

 

 

 

 


 

Troop G - Pending Appointment

BIO Pending 

 

 

 


 

Troop H - Dennis Johnson

Dennis Johnson serves as the Region H MEPA Board member and is the Team Leader for Security and Site Services for Boehringer-Ingelheim in St. Joseph. Dennis is also a Hazmat Captain for the Region H, HSRT; EMT and Fire Chief for the South Central Buchanan County Fire Department; a Licensed Fire Investigator and also serves as the Treasurer for the Buchanan Co. LEPC, Treasurer for the Buchanan Chiefs Association, and a Buchanan Co. Sheriff Reserve Deputy.

  

 

Troop I - Pending Election

BIO Pending

 

 

 

 

 

At Large - Michelle Kidwell

Michelle Kidwell was appointed in 2007 as the Emergency Management Director and Floodplain Administrator for Callaway County, Missouri.  She is also the Emergency Management Director for the City of Fulton.  She is active in many community groups and organizations, and also serves as the counties LEPC Coordinator, CERT Program Administrator, and an alternate on the Region F Regional Homeland Security Oversight Committee (RHSOC).  Michelle sits on the Board of Directors for Kingdom Projects and also holds a seat on the Callaway County 911 Advisory Board.

In 2009, Michelle was recognized by the Missouri Emergency Response Commission for the implementation of a Shelter-In-Place Program developed to teach school age children how to shelter-in-place.

Prior to her employment with Callaway County, Michelle began her career in 1988 in the field of Emergency Communications.  She was the 9-1-1 Director at Miller County, Missouri from  2004 thru 2007.

Past President - John S. Hark

John S. Hark currently serves as the City of Hannibal and Marion County Emergency Management Director. He began his career in 1972 as the Assistant Civil Defense Director for the City of Hannibal. He later assumed the title of Emergency Management Director when Civil Defense was transformed into Emergency Management.During John's Emergency Management Director tenure he has been a commissioned Deputy Sheriff in Marion and Ralls Counties, a member of the Marion County LEPC for 20 years and held the position of Chairman for 10 years and co-wrote the first LEPC Plan for Marion County. He has served a MEPA President for 2 terms, is currently serving as Board Member at Large and has been awarded with a lifetime membership for his years of service and dedication in the field, and was chairman of RHSOC, Troop B. John is a BT Planner for Marion and Ralls Counties, Board Chairman of the Northeast Missouri American Red Cross and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army. In 2002 John was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region Seven Director.John currently serves on the Missouri Emergency Management Directors Advisory Commission to the State Emergency Management Agency where he as been appointed Chairman of the Legislative Sub-committee. He is a member of the Credentialing and Certification Sub-committee and a member of the HazMat Alliance Committee. John was most recently appointed to the State Emergency Training Advisory Group by the State Emergency Management Agency.


APPOINTED OFFICERS

Public Information Officer-Pending Appointment

 

Parliamentarian
Paul R. Thomas, Jr., CEM, MBCP

Paul’s emergency management experience began in 1952 when he joined the Civil Defense Ground Observer Corps in suburban Philadelphia while completing his education as an electrical engineer. Following four years with the US Air Force as supervisor of a digital computer maintenance team, he completed thirty-five years with the IBM Corporation as a management consultant specializing in information architecture and business continuity planning. He also served the city of Kirkwood, Mo. twenty-four years as part-time Emergency Management Director. After retirement from IBM he was elected sixteen years to the board of directors for the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI), a Missouri Nonprofit Corporation, where he chaired the bylaws committee and served as parliamentarian, VP & Treasurer, and Chairman of the Board before retiring.  Paul served as parliamentarian for over a dozen years with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and is well acquainted with Missouri’s nonprofit corporation statute and Robert’s Rules. Paul holds a Lifetime CEM (Certified Emergency Manager from IAEM) and a Master Business Continuity Professional (MBCP) from DRI International. He has been a member of MEPA since 1986.

Historian - Teresa Tost

BIO Pending

 

 

 

 

 

 

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