Board & Officers

 Board Members & Appointed Officers

  •     President

  •     Vice President

  •     Secretary

  •     Treasurer

  •     One Board Member from each of the 9 Regions

  •     One Board Member for the “At-Large” Position

  •     Immediate Past President

In addition, several other appointed officers serve at the request of the president.

Position

Name

Agency

E-Mail Address

Year of Apt. / Term (yrs)

President

Christopher Blomgren

Clark County EMD

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Vice-President

Jeff Taylor

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Secretary

Rebecca Estes

Boone County Health Dept.

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Treasurer

Bonnie Witt-Schulte

OEM/911 – City of Monett

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Region A

Troy Armstrong

Johnson County EMA

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 2017 / 3

Region B

John Hark

City of Hannibal EMA

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 2019 / 3

Region C

Anna Taylor

Washington University

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 2019 / 3

Region D

Larry Woods

Springfield-Greene County OEM

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 2017 / 3

Region E

Robbie Myers

Butler County EMA

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Region F

Michelle Kidwell

Callaway County EMD

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Region G

Mark Arnold

Thayer EMA

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 2017 / 3

Region H

Bill Brinton

Buchanan County EMC This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Region I

Brad Woods

Rolla EOC Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

At – Large

Geoff Hinkle

Independence Emergency Preparedness Planner

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Past President

 

 

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President - Christopher Blomgren
Clark County Emergency Management Director

Bio Pending

Vice President - Jeff Taylor
Riverside Assistant Fire Chief - Emergency Management

Bio Pending

Secretary – Rebecca Estes

Boone County Health Department

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Rebecca Estes graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Minor in Psychology and began working in the field of Emergency Management in October 2008.

Rebecca Estes began as a contract employee for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to work in Emergency Human Services in varying capacities including Administrative Manager, Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) Coordinator, and Grant and Budget Administrator from October 2008 until February 2010. In February of 2010 she became a full time SEMA employee and served as an Emergency Human Services Planner. In that role she participated in several statewide plans being drafted or updated including the Joint FEMA VII/State New Madrid Seismic Zone Mass Care and Recovery plan, Mass Care Annex of the State Emergency Operations Plan, and several appendices of the Mass Care Annex. Rebecca also provided support to the Missouri Citizen Corps Council Program, including Citizen Emergency Response Teams (CERT), as well as local COAD and Long Term Recovery Committee (LTRC) development. Ms. Estes had a response role to the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC), including serving in the role of Emergency Human Services Branch Director. Ms. Estes responded to the field several times to help coordinate the delivery of Emergency Human Services, including donations management, Voluntary Agency Coordination, and others several times in Missouri, and was requested through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) to assist in the state of New York following Hurricane Sandy. Ms. Estes participated in the planning of several exercises, including the National Level Exercise 2011, which required her to represent the state of Missouri in National Level Exercise Planning meetings.

In Ms. Estes’ current role that she has held since September of 2014, she is responsible for maintaining the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services Emergency Response Plan. She also represents the department in several meetings, including the Region F Health Care Coalition, Boone County LEPC, and hosts the Columbia/Boone County Health and Medical Emergency Planning Committee. In early 2017 she was part of the planning team for the University of Missouri 3rd MMR Vaccination clinic to help control the outbreak of Mumps. This was held in a Point of Dispensing model.

She is a proud wife to her husband, Ryan Estes, of 10+ years, and a loving mother to their daughter who is an active pre-schooler.

Treasurer – Bonnie Witt-Schulte
OEM/911 – City of Monett

Bonnie Witt-Schulte has been with the City of Monett for 23 years and is the Monett-Lawrence County 911 / Emergency Management Director.

Bonnie is active in the Southwest Missouri Emergency Support Organization (SMESO) and was recently elected as the Vice-President in January 2017.   Bonnie coordinates emergency management activities for the City of Monett and Lawrence County.  She is the Emergency Coordinator for the Lawrence County Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Bonnie also serves as the treasurer for the Missouri Emergency Number Association (MONENA) which involves overseeing the finances of the organization as well as the benevolence fund for the combined 911 associations.   Bonnie was appointed to the Missouri Public Safety Communications Conference Committee and is the head of the registration committee as well as treasurer for the conferences.

Bonnie actively serves her community.  She serves or has served on the Monett Chamber of Commerce, the Barry-Lawrence County United Fund Board, Missouri Women of Today, and the Pierce City R-VI School Board.  Through these various organizations, Bonnie has experience in coordinating activities of an organization as well as ensuring the fiscal soundness of the organization.

Bonnie has been married to her husband Bill for 33 years and has three grown children – Caleb, Si, and Lanese.

Region A – Troy Armstrong
Johnson County Emergency Management

Troy Armstrong was appointed as Interim President of the Missouri Emergency Management Association (MOEMA) in January of 2020 by the MOEMA Board of Directors.
Region B - John Hark
City of Hannibal Emergency Management

John HarkJohn 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 – Anna Taylor
Washington University in St. Louis Emergency Management

Bio Pending

Region D – Larry Woods
Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management

Larry 4.13.pngLarry Woods has been a MOEMA member for over 20 years. In that time he has served as the Region I Board Member, Vice President and Region D Board Member. Currently he is the Region D Board Member and a member of the organization’s Legislative Affairs Committee.

As the Deputy Director for the Springfield-Greene County, Missouri Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Mr. Woods is responsible for the management of the Training and Exercise, and the Municipality Planning programs. He maintains EOC resources and equipment, supervises and instructs OEM personnel and other agencies in incident command and other disaster related subjects. Finally, he maintains an on-going capability to activate, support and manage operations for the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and coordinate disaster recovery operations.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Woods was the Emergency Management Director/911 Coordinator for Laclede County, Missouri. He also served as Chair for the Laclede County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

Bringing over 30-years of public safety experience to the job, he is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT); has served as a commissioned law enforcement officer; firefighter and has extensive experience in public safety dispatch communications. As a disaster volunteer for the American Red Cross, he gained resourceful insight into volunteer management and disaster response.

Mr. Woods holds the credential of Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) through the International Association of Emergency Managers and is actively pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management from American Public University.

Mr. Woods is active in the Southwest Missouri Emergency Support Organization and is a member of the Southwest Missouri Incident Support Team (IST) where he serves as a Plans and Operations Section Chief. He also serves as the Senior Planning Section Chief for the Missouri Disaster Response System (MODRS), a team tasked with medical response to disasters within the State of Missouri. Finally, he serves as a Planning Section Chief on the Incident Response Coordination Team-West (IRCT-W) for the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response-Office of Emergency Management under the Federal Department of Health and Human Services.

Larry and his wife Natalie of 26 years reside in Springfield with their three children.

Region F – Michelle Kidwell
Callaway County Emergency Management Director

Bio Pending

Region G – Mark Arnold

City of Thayer Emergency Management

Picture3 smMark Arnold was born and raised in Republic, MO. After graduating Republic High School in 1977, Mark attended School of the Ozarks where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Arts Education in 1981.  He continued his education by attending Southwest Missouri State University where he received his Master’s Degree in Industrial Technology in 1987.

He started his teaching career at Thayer High School, Thayer, MO in 1981 and taught there until his retirement from teaching in May of 2011.

Mark has served as the Emergency Management Deputy Director for Thayer, Missouri from 1986 through 1989.  He began his (volunteer) firefighting career with the Thayer and Thayer Rural Fire Departments in March of 1988, and has served in the capacity of firefighter, Safety Officer, Training Officer and Assistant Chief.  Mark was appointed Fire Chief of both departments in April 2011.

He is an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Missouri Fire Rescue Training Institute and a Haz-Mat Awareness and Operations Instructor for the Missouri Emergency Response Commission.  He also serves as one of the Training Officers for the Region G HSRT.

He serves as the Vice Chairman of the Howell-Oregon-Carter County LEPD and is the Vice Chairman of the Region G RHSOC.

Region I - Brad Woods
Rolla Emergency Operations Center Director

Bio Pending

Mdaniels2012 smPast 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.

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