The Board includes a number of high-level management representatives from Missouri's most progressive and successful companies.

Executive Team

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Mardy Leathers

Executive Director

 

Dr. Mardy L. Leathers was appointed to serve as the Director of the Missouri Office of Workforce Development in October 2017. Dr. Leathers serves as Executive Director of Missouri's State Workforce Development Board, Director of Apprenticeship Missouri, and oversees Missouri's Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Programs. Leathers holds a BS from Southeast Missouri State University, a MBA from William Woods University, and a Doctor of Management from Webster University. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors to the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, Vice Chair of the National Governors' Association State Workforce Director, and Co-Chair of Governor Parson's Supply Chain Management Task Force.

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Leonard P. Toenjes

Board Chair

 

Mr. Leonard "Len" Toenjes was appointed to serve on the State Workforce Development Board in April 2008 and serves as the Board Chair. Mr. Toenjes is the President of AGC in Missouri. Mr. Toenjes is a Certified Association Executive by the American Society of Association Executives. He serves as a trustee on the AGC of America Education and Research Foundation; an appointee to the Missouri State Board of Mediation; Chairman of St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District Rate Commission; board member of Citizens for Modern Transit; and an executive committee member of Missourians for Transportation Investment.

 

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Cara Canon

Vice Chair

ProEnergy

 

Ms. Cara Canon was appointed to serve on the State Workforce Development Board in March 2010. Ms. Canon is the Principal of ProEnergy. Ms. Canon serves on several boards focusing on higher education, community wellness, and workforce development. Her passion is developing and enhancing Christian philanthropic programs serving the underprivileged both domestically and abroad.

 

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Garland Barton

Executive Team Member

 

Mr. Garland Barton was appointed to serve on the State Workforce Development Board in March 2010. Mr. Baton is the Corporate Education and Business Engagement representative with Missouri State University in West Plains. Mr. Barton has worked in various human resources positions. In 2019 he formed Show Me Workforce Solutions, which provides consulting to area business in employment, workforce development, and training.

 

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Celeste Cramer

Executive Team Member

Cox Health

 

Ms. Celeste Cramer was appointed to serve on the State Workforce Development Board in December 2020. Ms. Cramer is the System Director of Recruitment and Retention with Cox Health. Ms. Cramer holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Evangel University, a Master of Science in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas, and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management. She is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional. She serves on the Leadership Springfield Board of Directors, and is the Vice Chair of the GO CAPS Board of Directors.

 

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Virgil White

Executive Team Member

Evergy

 

Mr. Virgil White III was appointed to serve on the State Workforce Development Board in December 2020. Mr. White is the Senior Customer Solutions Management with Evergy. Mr. White holds a Department of Labor Approved Apprenticeship as a Journeyman Lineman Splicer, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Morehead State University. He is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Missouri.

 

Elected Officials

 

Michael L. Parson

Governor of Missouri

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Denny Hoskins

Missouri Senate

 

Senator Denny Hoskins was appointed to serve on the State Workforce Development Board in January 2021. Sen. Hoskins represents District 21 in the Missouri State. Sen. Hoskins holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Central Missouri. He has served in the Missouri Army National Guard. He is a member of the American Institute of CPA's and the Holden and Warrensburg Chambers of Commerce.

 

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Jeff Coleman

Missouri House of Representatives

 

Representative Jeff Coleman was appointed to serve on the State Workforce Development Board in July 2020. Rep. Coleman represents District 32 in the Missouri House of Representatives. Rep. Coleman attended Graceland University. He has served on the Grain Valley Board of Alderman, the Grain Valley Industrial Department Corporation, and the Grain Valley Industrial Development Committee. He is a former president of the Grain Valley Chamber of Commerce.

 

Business & Industry Leaders

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Greta Bax

Missouri AFL-CIO, Jefferson City

 

Ms. Greta Bax was appointed to serve on the State Workforce Development Board in October 2019. Ms. Bax joined the MO AFF-CIO in 2018, and helped create Missouri Works, a not-for-profit that focuses on providing workforce development activities by eliminating employment barriers. Ms. Bax holds a Bachelor of Arts from Drury University and a Master of Public Affairs and Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri. She is a member in good standing with the Missouri Bar and has previously worked in the Missouri House of Representatives and Missouri Senate as legislative director and chief of staff.

 

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Tony Bryan

Cyber Up

 

Mr. Tony Bryan was appointed to serve on the State Workforce Development Board in December 2020. Mr. Bryan is the Executive Director of CyberUp. Mr. Bryan honorably served in the United States Army for 9 years. During that time, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Business from Columbia College and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University. He serves as a board member for TechSTL, Sparrow's Nest Maternity Home, and the Vetwork. He is a 2014 graduate odd the Vision of St. Charles County Leadership Class.

 

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Don Cook

Capital International Communications, Manchester

 

Dr. Don Cook was appointed to serve on the State Workforce Development Board in March 2010. Dr. Cook is the CEO, President, and owner of Capital International Communications. Dr. Cook holds a Doctorate in Education from St. Louis University. He has served on the Lincoln University Board of Curators, Parkway School District Board of Education, and the Webster University Community Music School Board.

 

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Stephanie Garrett

NUCOR

 

Ms. Stephanie Garrett was appointed to serve on the State Workforce Development Board in January 2020. Garret is the Controller with NUCOR Steel in Sedalia, Mo. Ms. Garrett has a Bachelors and Graduate degree in Accounting from Murray State University.

 

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Gary Jungermann

Presiding Commisisoner, Callaway County

 

Mr. Gary Jungermann was appointed to serve on the State Workforce Development Board in December 2020. Mr. Jungermann is the Presiding Commissioner with the Callaway County Commission. He has previously served on the South Callaway County School Board. He was named the 2021 Commissioner of the Year by the County Commissioners association of Missouri.

 

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Gregg Roberts

Hillyard Industries

 

Mr. Gregg Roberts was appointed to serve on the State Workforce Development Board in December 2020. Mr. White is the Vice President of Human Resources and Employee Development with Hillyard Inc. and Hillyard Industries, Inc. Mr. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Management from Friends University. He serves on the Northwest Region Workforce Development Board, the Society of Human Resource Management, and the Human Resource Management Association of Northwest Missouri, where he has served as president, vice president and a member of their State Council.

 

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LeRoy Stromberg

Alberici Constructors, Inc., St. Louis

 

Mr. LeRoy Stromberg, Jr. was appointed to serve on the State Workforce Development Board in March 2010. Mr. Stromberg is the Senior Advisor with Alberici Group Inc. Mr. Stromberg holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management / Construction from Missouri State University. He serves on the Civil Industry and Advisory Board, Parks College of Engineering, Aviation & Technology through St. Louis University as well as the Society of Military Engineers and the Consulting Constructors' Council of America.

 

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Jill Williams

Missouri Hospital Association

 

Ms. Jill Williams was appointed to serve on the State Workforce Development Board in December 2020. Ms. Williams is the Vice President of Workforce Initiatives with the Missouri Hospital Association. Ms. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Master's degree in education with an emphasis in career and technical education. She serves on the Missouri Business & Industry Council and the Missouri Healthcare Workforce Coalition.

 

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Dan Atwill, Presiding Commissioner, County of Boone - Columbia

Herb Dankert, Jarden Plastic Solutions, Springfield

Astra Ferris, Barton County Chamber of Commerce

Todd Spencer, Owner / Operator, Independent Drivers Association, Oak Grove

Josh Tennison, Tennison HR Consulting, LLC

Department Liaisons

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Anna Hui

Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

 

Anna Hui serves as the State Board Representative for the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Ms. Hui is the Director at the Department. Ms. Hui holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois-Urbana, a Master’s of Science in Management and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus. She holds a Juris Doctorate in Employment and Immigration Law from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. She has served as chair of the Show Me Recovery Task Force, a Committee Member for the Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building, and served as Past Board Chairperson and President for the National Association of State Workforce Agencies.

 

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Maggie Kost

Department of Economic Development

 

Ms. Maggie Kost serves as the State Board Representative for the Department of Economic Development. Ms. Kost is the Acting Director with the Department. Ms. Kost holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She is a graduate of Leadership Missouri and an alumni of AmeriCorps St. Louis.

 

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Margie Vandeven

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

 

Dr. Margie Vandeven serves as the State Board Representative for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Dr. Vandeven is the Commissioner of the Department. Dr. Vandeven holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Missouri State University and a Master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Loyola University Maryland. She received a doctorate of philosophy in educational leadership from Saint Louis University. She has been recognized by Missouri State University as a distinguished alumna.

 

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Dr. Chris Clause

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

 

Dr. Chris Clause serves as the State Board Representative for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Vocational Rehabilitation. Dr. Clause is the Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Adult Learning and Rehabilitation. Dr. Clause holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University-Bloomington and a Master’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Missouri. He received a Doctorate of Philosophy in public affairs from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a past President of the Missouri Rehabilitation Association.

 

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John Thomas

Department of Health and Senior Services

 

Mr. John Thomas serves as the State Board Representative for the Department of Health and Senior Services. Mr. Thomas serves as the Chief People Officer for the Department. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Evangel University and a Master of Arts degree focused in Organizational Leadership from Hannibal-LaGrange University. He is a Certified Practitioner for Strengthscope.

 

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Leroy Wade

Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development