Steering Committee Chair/Vice Chair

Chair: Mary Ellison, Springfield-Greene County Health Department

Vice Chair: Lisa Nelson, Freeman Health System


Workgroup Chair, Vice Chair or Co-Chairs


Schools/Childcare Work Group:

Megan Klenke, Missouri Child Care Aware

Denise Strehlow, BJC School Outreach and Youth Development

Coordinator: Cindy DeBlauw, MU HES Extension


Worksites Work Group:

Pat Simmons, Department of Health and Senior Services

Christine Marx, Washington University


Food Systems Work Group:

Mary Ellison, Springfield-Greene County Health Department

Catherine Brown, Freeman Health System

Coordinator: Lorin Fahrmeier, MU HES Extension


Built Environment Work Group:

Meredith Klekotka, Trailnet

Support: Kathy Craig, Department of Health and Senior Services


Messages Work Group:

K.C. Riedel, Learfield Communications

Brenda Maley, Department of Health and Senior Services

Amy Dunaway, MU School of Journalism, Health Communications Research Center


Healthcare Work Group:

Sarah Hampl, Children’s Mercy

Dale Pfaff, HealthCare USA


Policy Work Group:

Dave Zellmer, Center for Health Policy, University of Missouri

Jace Smith, American Heart Association

Patty Miller, Missouri State Alliance of YMCAs


Additional MOCAN Steering Committee Members:

(All chairs/vice chairs/co-chairs above and the following members-at-large)

David Ross, Kansas City Healthy Kids

Katie Duggan, Washington University

Jon Stemmle, University of Missouri, Health Communication Research Center, past chair

Mary Telthorst, Cole County Health Department

Deborah Markenson, Children’s Mercy

Mahree Skala, Missouri Association of Local Public Health Agencies

Jo Britt-Rankin, MU HES Extension

Candy Gabel, MU HES Extension

Coordinator: Donna Mehrle, MU HES Extension

Co-coordinator: Cindy DeBlauw, MU HES Extension