JEFFERSON CITY –– Last week, Governor Parson announced eight appointments to various boards and commissions.
Kim Bailey, of Raymore, was appointed to the State Board of Education.
Bailey is a licensed therapist and an adjunct professor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Friends University. She has served as president of the Raymore Peculiar School Board and the Raymore Home Educators Association.
Todd Boland, of Villa Ridge, was appointed as the Franklin County First District Commissioner.
Boland is a property manager for Eckelkamp Enterprises. He served as a commissioner for the Franklin County Planning & Zoning Commission and as a councilman for the City of Washington City Council. Boland has been involved with the Elks, Whole Kids Outreach, Harmony House, and the St. Francis Borgia Regional High School Athletic Association.
Don Claycomb, of Linn, was appointed to the State Board of Education.
Claycomb served as president of State Technical College of Missouri from 1993 to 2016. He previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Claycomb holds a Ph.D. in education and a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri-Columbia, as well as a Master of Science degree in education from Northwest Missouri State University.
Gwendolyn Grant, of Kansas City, was appointed to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education.
Grant is the president and CEO of Urban League. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Park University and an M.B.A. from Rockhurst University. Grant is involved with the Urban Neighborhood Initiative Board of Directors, the Kansas City Public Schools Building Corporation Board, and the National Association for Multicultural Education.
John Modest Miles, of Kansas City, was reappointed to the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority.
Miles was first appointed to the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority in 2013. He serves as the pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church. Miles holds a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Baptist College, a master’s degree from Ouachita Baptist University, and a Ph.D. from Central Mississippi College. Miles is involved with the National Baptist Convention, the Mayor’s Violent Crime Commission, and the Kansas City Early Childhood Commission.
Gary Nodler, of Joplin, was appointed to the Coordinating Board for Higher Education.
Nodler served in the Missouri Senate from 2003 to 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Missouri Southern State University. Nodler served in the United States Army and in the Missouri National Guard. He is a member of First United Methodist Church, the American Legion, and the National Rifle Association.
Allen Rowland, of Dexter, was appointed to the Clean Water Commission.
Rowland is a retired farmer. He has served on the Stoddard County Extension Council and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. Rowland is also involved with Missouri Farm Bureau, Stoddard County Farm Bureau, and Missouri Corn Growers Association.
Pat Thomas, of Jefferson City, was reappointed to the Clean Water Commission.
Thomas has served on the Clean Water Commission since 2017. She is the Chief of Staff for State Senator Brian Munzlinger. Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is the treasurer of the Missouri Republican Party State Committee, and she was a 10-year member of 4-H.