A Marceline resident has been appointed by Governor Jay Nixon.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Daniel Yarnell:

Daniel Yarnell

Yarnell runs and operates Toby’s Carnival Company.  “I’m fourth generation in the carnival business.  I’m also one of 99 Level Two Ride Inspectors in the country.  I got appointed to the Board because they were needing another carnival rep for the state of Missouri,” said Yarnell.  

His term will end in April of 2016.

Press Release from the office of Governor Jay Nixon

Jefferson City, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon today announced his appointments to 13 boards and commissions. The appointments will be subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate, with the exception of those to the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the State Rehabilitation Council, and the Missouri Statewide Independent Living Council. The appointees, along with their boards and hometowns, are:

  •  Advisory Commission for Physical Therapists (Donna L. Newman – Kansas City)
  • Amusement Ride Safety Board (Timothy J. Viox – Columbia; Daniel Yarnell – Marceline)
  •  Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board (Mary D. Craig – Green Castle)
  • Labor and Industrial Relations Commission (John J. Larsen Jr. – St. Louis)
  • Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Mary E. Hale – St. Louis; Dr. Jaime Lanois – Springfield; Donna G. Schreiner – Dardenne Prairie; Owen VandeVelde – Kansas City)
  • Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee (Judith Grace O’Connor – St. Charles)
  • Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities (Lisa J. Crandall – Ashland; Wendy D. Davis – Columbia)
  • Missouri Statewide Independent Living Council (Jennifer L. Williams – Couch)
  • State Committee of Marital and Family Therapists (Dr. Craig W. Smith – Eureka)
  • State Highways and Transportation Commission (Kelley M. Martin – Kansas City; Gregg C. Smith – Clinton)
  • State Rehabilitation Council (Daniel R. Cayou – Columbia; Mary D. Stodden – St. Charles)
  • St. Charles County Convention & Sports Facilities Authority (Joseph G. McCulloch – St. Charles)
  • University of Missouri Board of Curators (J. Michael Ponder – Cape Girardeau)

Advisory Commission for Physical Therapists

The Governor has appointed Donna L. Newman, of Kansas City, to the Advisory Commission for Physical Therapists. The Advisory Commission for Physical Therapists was created to guide, advise and make recommendations relevant to the physical therapy profession to the Board of Healing Arts.

Newman is owner/president of Advanced Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab, and also is a member of the Penn Valley Community College Physical Therapy Assistant Advisory Board. She is currently completing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending Oct. 1, 2015.

Amusement Ride Safety Board

The Governor has appointed Timothy J. Viox (I), of Columbia, and Daniel Yarnell (R), of Marceline, to the Amusement Ride Safety Board. The board adopts a code of rules and regulations governing maintenance, testing, operation and inspection of amusement rides, and makes recommendations to the state fire marshal concerning its findings on safety issues related to amusement rides.

A licensed professional engineer, Viox holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science & Technology) and an MBA from Washington University. He provides technical consulting services for the amusement industry; his previous positions include vice president of design and engineering for Sea World in Florida, and corporate director for rides and maintenance for Busch Entertainment Corp. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending Aug. 17, 2016.

Yarnell is the owner of Toby’s Carnival Company Inc., and has held management positions with the company since 1995. He inspects amusement rides for other independent operators, as well as his own. Yarnell is a Level II National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Official, and has performed safety trainings at multiple safety seminars in the U.S. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending April 17, 2016.

Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board

The Governor has appointed Mary D. Craig, of Green Castle, to the Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board. The Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board provides an independent review of child abuse and neglect determinations in instances in which the alleged perpetrator is aggrieved by the decision of the Children’s Division.

Craig is a retired attorney who has practiced in Missouri, Maryland and Virginia, and received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She now is engaged in a small cow/calf operation, and also does volunteer legal services for the city of Green Castle. Craig is a member of the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission and its Land Acquisition Committee. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending April 7, 2016.

Labor and Industrial Relations Commission

The Governor has appointed John J. Larsen Jr. (D), of St. Louis, to the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission. The commission reviews administrative appeals of workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, crime victims’ compensation and tort victims’ compensation cases, and also conducts evidentiary hearings pertaining to prevailing wage objections to the general and annual wage orders.

A graduate of the Saint Louis University School of Law, Larsen has previously served on the Board of Governors of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, and has served as Vice-Chair on the Workers’ Compensation Committee of the Missouri Bar Association. In 2011, he was elected to the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending June 27, 2018.

Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Governor has appointed Mary E. Hale, of St. Louis; Jaime Lanois, of Springfield; Donna G. Schreiner, of Dardenne Prairie; and Owen VandeVelde, of Kansas City, to the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The commission functions as an agency of the state to advocate public policies, regulations, and programs to improve the quality and coordination of existing services for deaf persons, and to promote new services whenever necessary.

Hale is the founder and president of Sight and Sound Impaired of St. Louis. She is a member of Missouri Deaf-Blind Technical Project Advisory Committee; founder and coordinator of Games Accessible for Blindness at the Society for the Blind; and a member of the Hearing Loss Association of Greater St. Louis, the Missouri Council for the Blind and the American Association of the Deaf-Blind’s Ad Hoc Committee. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending March 22, 2015.

Dr. Lanois currently serves as an assistant professor and clinical audiologist for Missouri State University, as well as serving as a clinical audiologist for Cox Health Hospital. She has served as treasurer for the Southwest Missouri Audiology Association, as the director of the Cochlear Implant Program, and as a committee member for the American Academy of Audiology Practices and Standards Board. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending March 22, 2014.

Schreiner is a teacher assistant for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Special School District of St. Louis Countywide. In this position, she demonstrates effective teaching methods to staff members designed to help them enhance their teaching skills and train them to use minimal interventions with students. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending March 22, 2016.

VandeVelde is a product design engineer at Acceleroptics, a division of H.E. Willis. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University, and is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Executive MBA program. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending March 22, 2015.

Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee

The Governor has appointed Judith Grace O’Connor (D), of St. Charles, to the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee. The committee’s mission is cost containment through health cost management, assurance of community need and the prevention of unnecessary duplication of health care services. Certificate of Need is based on a goal of public accountability through review of proposed health care services, value promotion, and negotiation among competing interests.

O’Connor served as a State Representative from 1971 to 1992. She was the chairman of the Public Health and Safety Committee, and a member of the Judiciary Committee, the Budget Committee on Health and Safety, and the Governors Committee on Higher Education. She also served as the finance manager for the Pattonville Bridgeton Terrace Fire Protection District from 1998 to 2006. The Governor appointed her for a term ending Jan. 1, 2015.

Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities

The Governor has appointed Lisa J. Crandall, of Ashland; and Wendy D. Davis, of Columbia, to the Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities. The Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities works to assist communities in their efforts to include all people in every aspect of life; it also plans and advocates for individuals with developmental disabilities in order to enhance their opportunity for increased self determination, independence, productivity and integration and inclusion into the community.

For the past nine years, Crandall has worked for the Department of Health and Senior Services, and currently is chief of the Bureau of Special Health Care Needs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Columbia College. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending June 30, 2014.

Since 2010, Davis has served as Director of the Central Regional Office for the Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities. In that position, she provides leadership and support for 13 counties in the central Missouri area for families, consumers, providers, SB 40 Boards, and other partners. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending June 30, 2015.

Missouri Statewide Independent Living Council

The Governor has appointed Jennifer L. Williams, of Couch, to the Missouri Statewide Independent Living Council. The council develops and submits the state of Missouri’s plan required by the Rehabilitation Act, the federal legislation that authorizes the formula grant programs of vocational rehabilitation, supported employment, independent living, and client assistance. The council also will monitor, review, and evaluate the implementation of the State plan.

Williams is a 2013 graduate of Missouri State University, with a degree in general business. She has been active in her church and in helping to coach youth sports. The Governor has appointed her for a term ending Oct. 29, 2014.

State Committee of Marital and Family Therapists

The Governor has appointed Dr. Craig W. Smith (I), of Eureka, to the State Committee of Marital and Family Therapists. The State Committee of Marital and Family Therapists protects the public from unlicensed, negligent, incompetent, and dishonest mental health services provided by licensees and individuals under supervision for licensure. The state committee enforces licensure standards through the implementation of legislative and administrative regulations and provides guidance to supervisors and applicants for licensure to insure compliance with Missouri law and regulations.

Dr. Smith is a professor of counseling and family therapy, as well as the chair of the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy, at Saint Louis University, where he also serves as a professor of Family and Community Medicine. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending Jan. 26, 2016.

State Highways and Transportation Commission

The Governor has appointed Kelley M. Martin (R), of Kansas City; and Gregg C. Smith (D), of Clinton, to the State Highways and Transportation Commission. The Commission works to preserve, enhance, and support the state’s transportation system. The commission makes and tracks transportation policy and has authority over all state transportation programs and facilities, as provided by law, including bridges, highways, aviation, railroads, public transportation, ports, and waterborne commerce.

Martin is the founder and managing principal of Martin Financial Group LLC, an investment firm in Kansas City. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics and a master’s degree in geophysical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science & Technology). Martin serves on several civic, charitable and economic development boards in the Kansas City area. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending March 1, 2019.

Smith is the owner and president of Gregg Smith Ford Lincoln Inc, as well as Quad Lakes Enterprise, which does business as Wilder RV. A member of the Clinton City Council for six years, Smith currently serves as vice chairman for the Golden Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation Board and has been a member of the board since 2008. The Governor has appointed him for a term ending March 1, 2019.

State Rehabilitation Council

The Governor has appointed Daniel R. Cayou, of Columbia; and re-appointed Mary D. Stodden, of St. Charles, to the State Rehabilitation Council. The council reviews, analyzes, and advises the Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation regarding its performance on such issues as eligibility, services provided to consumers, and any other functions affecting persons with disabilities.

Cayou is an attorney with Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services, where he handles litigation for the rights of the disabled. He obtained both his law and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri. The Governor has appointed Cayou for a term ending March 11, 2015.

Stodden has served as the librarian at St. Charles High School since 1988, and has served on the Rehabilitation Council since 2007. She earned her master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Missouri. The Governor has re-appointed her for a term ending March 11, 2016.

St. Charles County Convention & Sports Facilities Authority

The Governor has re-appointed Joseph G. McCulloch (D), of St. Charles, to the St. Charles County Convention & Sports Facilities Authority.

A retired St. Louis police officer and a former county councilman from St. Charles County, McCulloch is an attorney with the firm of Todt, Ryan & McCulluch. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Webster University and his law degree from the Saint Louis University School of Law. The Governor has re-appointed him for a term ending April 27, 2017.

University of Missouri Board of Curators

The Governor has appointed J. Michael Ponder (D), of Cape Girardeau, to the University of Missouri Board of Curators. The University of Missouri Board of Curators oversees the operation of the four-campus University of Missouri System. Among other things, the board sets fees, determines admissions requirements, grants degrees, enters into contracts, approves all property transactions, issues bonds, and hires the President of the University.

Ponder is a 1990 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law and obtained his bachelor’s degree from Central Methodist University in Fayette. He is a partner in the Cape Girardeau law firm of Cook, Barkett, Ponder and Wolz. Ponder has been active with the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce and the local United Way, as well as the Cape Riverfront Market Steering Committee. The Governor has appointed Ponder for a term ending Jan. 1, 2019.