Pat Stidham was born in Longview, Texas in 1954. At the age of five, his family moved to the West Texas town of Kermit. Pat graduated in 1973 before attending Rice University on a football scholarship. He married and welcomed his daughter into the world during his years in college. Pat spent the first 26 years of his career in sales and marketing before making a career switch in 2002 when he decided to earn a Masters in Teaching from CMSU. He has spent the last 12 years as a teacher, which was his first career choice.
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Jasen Ballenger is a wildlife biologist with degrees from Missouri State and Baker Universities. He has varied experience working for the Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and Clay County parks, among others. He is a plant geek and an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, and caring for Ozarks streams.
Larry Franklin has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry and an MBA. He worked for 5 years as an Analytical Chemist before moving into Information Technology. He has worked 30 years in the IT field and 20 years as a database administrator. He was manager over the It department. He spent 12 1/2 years working at Cerner.
Melissa Brown was born in Kansas City, Missouri on May 14, 1970. She lived in the Kansas City area for 18 years until she married her husband, Hollis Brown, and moved to Parris Island, South Carolina. The lived there for 3 years and gave birth to their first son, Hollis, just before returning to Kansas City in 1991. Their second son, Zach, was born in 1995. Melissa spent several years at home with her sons until they entered school. Melissa first joined the Mid-Continent Public Library Claycomo branch in 2001.
Dan Schepis has been conservation agent for the past 3 years. He discovered this position while obtaining his Masters in Biology. Dan finds mixing his love for the outdoors and law enforcement within his job duties each day endlessly rewarding. Although his primary job duties include enforcing the wildlife code of Missouri, he takes great pride in helping the citizens of the state to explore and enjoy Missouri's natural resources.
Morgan Fleming is the owner and operator of Jewelry by Morgan. He is a Kansas City resident and local history buff.
Margaret Pixley James was born March 7, 1927 in La Jolla, CA. She has been active in community service all her life and worked to promote racial harmony. Mrs. James was a school teacher and school board member in Liberty, Missouri. She has also taught Red Cross classes and at 88 is raising a great grandson.
I was born in Liberty in 1989 and have lived in Liberty my whole life. I attended Liberty High School and Iowa State University where I got a degree in Journalism. I have worked at the Liberty Tribune since September 2011. I cover county government, education, and operate our social media accounts. I have had the opportunity to cover a speech by President Obama, breaking news around Kansas City and written several personality profiles.
Eugenie Maynard was born in Minnesota in 1950. She went to school in Moorhead, earning a degree in Accounting. During her school years from 1969-1972 she was only one of two females students in the accounting program. In early 1972 she was the only female on staff during her internship. She held several high-level positions in a field dominated by men, essentially breaking through the glass ceiling. When she started her first job in 1972 she was only one of two women on the professional staff.
Jo Newsom was born in Carrolton, Mo. She was raised on a farm and came to Kansas City to teach where she remains in the Northland.