MSBA Staff

Find phone extensions and emails of the dedicated staff that serve the members of MSBA. For general questions or feedback, email To contact a staff member, call 800-221-6722 followed by the extension when prompted.

Executive Director
Melissa Randol, Esq.
Ext 340

Melissa Randol is executive director of the Missouri School Boards’ Association. She also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the MSBA FutureBuilders Foundation. Melissa earned her Bachelor of Science from Missouri State University in Economics and Accounting and her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has served MSBA since 1994.

Deputy Executive Director
Brent Ghan
Ext 376

Brent Ghan serves as Deputy Executive Director of MSBA. His responsibilities include general oversight of personnel and programs with special emphasis on communications, media relations, and issues management. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, both from the University of Missouri.

Director, Outreach
Shawn Rhoads
Ext 200/401

Shawn Rhoads serves as Director of Outreach for MSBA. His responsibilities focus on member-relations including meeting with local boards of education in their districts. He also provides support for MSBA’s advocacy efforts on the federal level. Shawn is a former state legislator and a former school board member.

Executive Administrative Specialist
Colleen Mahon
Ext 340
Administrative assistance to MSBA Board of Directors, MSBA FutureBuilders


MSBA Headquarters
2100 I-70 Drive Southwest
Columbia, MO 65203
toll free: 800-221-6722
Phone: 573-445-9920
Fax: 573-445-9981

Member Relations Center
200 Madison Street Suite 240
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 573-638-7501
Fax: 573-638-7502

Missouri School Boards’ Association
Phone: 800-221-6722

Only applications for current open positions will be accepted. Applicants are required to submit an application packet consisting of a cover letter, MSBA employment application and resume. Incomplete packets will not be considered. Application documents should be consolidated into one email and sent electronically. You will have the opportunity to attach your resume, cover letter and additional documents if required at the end of the completed job application.

For questions regarding the employment, contact MSBA at 800-221-67222 or email

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Chief Financial Officer
Todd Smith
Ext 310
Manages fiscal resources, accounts, invoices and general business operations

Director, Financial Affairs
Pam Thomas
Ext 307
Human resources and finances operations

Production Coordinator
Betty Rupard
Ext 325
Copy center, office supplies and mailroom

Administrative Specialist
Lezlie Kay
Ext 302
Receptionist, special projects

Associate Executive Director, Advocacy
Mike Reid
Ext 410
Legislative and governmental relations

Senior Administrative Specialist, Advocacy
Beth Stocksick
Ext 411
Administrative assistance for advocacy

Mike Grote
Ext 411
Legislative and governmental relations

MSBA Governmental Relations
200 Madison St. Ste. 320
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Call: 573-638 7501

Associate Executive Director, Leadership Development
Phyllis Barks
Ext 342
Individual and whole board training, strategic planning and board awards

Director, Board Training
Janet Tilley
Ext 379
Individual and whole board training, strategic planning and board awards

Director, Continuous Improvement
Dr. Patty Polster
Ext 315
Individual and whole board training, strategic planning and continuous improvement support

Administrative Assistant
Debby Duermeyer
Ext 329
Assists with training registration, certification credits and award criteria

Associate Executive Director, Center for Education Safety
Gerry Lee
Ext 417

Senior Policy Advisor
Paul Fennewald
Ext 419

Emergency Planning Coordinator
John Warner
Ext 421
Emergency planning assistance and training

Education Safety Coordinator
Amy Kiso
Ext 413
Emergency planning assistance and training

Safety Specialist
Gary Moore
Ext 415
School safety assistance and training

Education Safety Coordinator
Dave Martin
Emergency planning assistance and training

MSBA’s Center for Education Safety
200 Madison St. Ste. 240
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Call: 573-638-7501

Deputy Executive Director
Brent Ghan
Ext 376
Media relations, publications, video production and marketing

Senior Director, Video Production
Blake Godwin
Ext 366
Video production

Director, Video Production
Brett Manie
Ext 305
Video production

Director, Central Database
Eileen Woody
Ext 318
Database management and conference exhibitors

Graphic Designer
Kameron Godsey
Ext 381
Graphic design

Chief Marketing Officer
Kelly Francis
Ext 319
Association Marketing, Conference Logistics and Sponsorships

Director, Business Development
Sharon Horbyk
Ext 373
Associate Member Program and Trade Show Manager

Manager, Conferences & Events
Jaime Fessler
Ext 303

Dr. Kim Ratcliffe
Ext 354
Directs MSBA Medicaid Consortium

Financial Specialist
Darcy Frazee
Ext 354
Administrative support

Senior Director
Collin Swearingen
(573) 673-2013 or (888) 786-0570
School District Administrative Claiming (SDAC) technical support, Direct Services and Transportation Claiming, Hot-line support

Brenda Wright
(660) 651-1534
School District Administrative Claiming (SDAC), Hot-line support, training

Lisa Helm
(573) 795-0510
Direct Services Claiming, Hot-line support, training

Associate Executive Director, Member Relations/School Business Services
Michael Parnell
Ext 331
Superintendent Search, field service administration and business services

Superintendent Search
Sherry Dyke
Ext 308

Associate Executive Director
Kelli Hopkins, Esq.
Ext 345
Legal assistance in school law, policy and personnel

Associate Executive Director, Employment and Labor Relations
Susan Goldammer, Esq.
Ext 355
Legal assistance in school law, policy and personnel

Director, School Laws
Scott Summers, Esq.
Ext 316
Legal assistance in school law, policy and personnel

Staff Attorney
Jordan Dillender, Esq.
Ext 339
Legal assistance in school law, policy and personnel

Director, Full Maintenance
Kathleen Atwood
Ext 346
Coordinates Full Maintenance policy service

Director, Policy Publications
Shannon Beckner
Ext 368
Coordinates policy updates and publications

Senior Editor, Full Maintenance
Kay Marchesi
Ext 323
Full Maintenance policy support

Editor, Full Maintenance
Kathy Fox
Ext 324
Full Maintenance policy support

Editor, Policy Publications
Derek Carls
Ext 337
Production and Editing of Policy Publications and Other Resources

Editor, Full Maintenance
Ted Farnen
Ext 338
Full Maintenance policy support

Editor, Full Maintenance
Katie Westbrook
Ext 383
Full Maintenance policy support

Editor, Basic and Policy Online
Matt O’Brien
Ext 347
Policy Online support

Administrative Assistant
Ellen Baker
Ext 312
Administrative policy assistance

Chief Technology Officer
Michael Grissom
Ext 353
IT and phone systems, network, association websites, A/V meeting support, online learning