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The Mental Health Board of Trustees Members

Members of the Clay, Platte, Ray Mental Health Board of Trustees represent all three Northland counties, as well as a wide range of interests and experiences. What they share in common is a passion for helping those with mental illness and their families, while exhibiting careful stewardship of all public resources entrusted to them.

Roger Milton Bruning, Ray County—Roger brings over three decades of experience in education as a high school teacher and coach to his work on the Mental Health Board of Trustees. A Ray County resident, Roger’s community involvement extends beyond the Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Orrick Senior Citizen Housing Board and the Orrick City Council.  Holder of a master’s degree in administration, he enjoys golf, travel, friends and, most of all, his grandsons. He enjoys his service with the Board of Trustees and says it has been a great learning experience about the many mental health agencies and issues that exist.

Sharon Callahan, Clay County, Treasurer—A Clay County resident since 1959, Sharon has been a real estate broker for 40 years. She served on the National Alliance on Mental Illness Kansas City Board of Directors for 12 years and is a founding board member Tri-County Mental Health Services. Sharon enjoys traveling, dancing, sports and time with family. She considers it a privilege to serve on this Mental Health Board of Trustees, values its impact and sees it as a critical component.

Sandra Ferguson, Platte County, Chair—Sandra earned her law degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law. She practices at Ferguson & Ferguson Law, Kansas City.  She is past president of the Clay County Bar Association and a member of the Clay, Platte and Missouri bars. She is past vice chair of the North Kansas City Hospital Board of Trustees and was the City of Parkville Municipal Judge for 25 years. Sandra is a founder of Tri-County Mental Health Services and is a member of Soroptimist International of KC Northland.

Cindy A. Gettel, Platte County—Cindy is an investment advisor who is also active with the Platte Land Trust, as well as the Mental Health Board of Trustees. She considers her volunteer service with the Board an opportunity to represent Northlanders and help those with a mental illness: “I know that the citizens of Platte, Clay and Ray counties are sensitive to the underfunded needs of the mentally ill in their counties and are willing to give to the cause.”

Carolyn Morris, MSW, LCSW, Vice Chair—Worked 30 years for the Missouri Division of Family Services, 20 years as director in Clay County. She later worked 12 years for the Liberty School District as the school based social worker. She has served on the Board of Trustees for 10 years. “I am very proud voters in these three counties approved this levy over 30 years ago. The revenue brought in by this levy has provided a valuable service to children, their families and other adults in this community, making such a big difference in their lives.” In her spare time, she and her husband enjoy helping others and spending time with friends and family, including great grandchildren, nieces and a nephew.

Jacqueline E. Murtha, Clay County – Jackie considers it a privilege to have been appointed to the Board of Trustees by the Commissioners of Clay County. Her goal is to bring awareness and help to people with mental health illness. A member of the Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, she has volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for 17 years. She has been a member of the Liberty Sertoma Club for 27 years and is currently a member of the organization’s board of directors.

John D. Owen, MD, FACEP, FAAFP, Clay County—An emergency department physician, John enjoys spending time with his three grandchildren, flying airplanes and travel. He has volunteered with Angel Flight and the Aeromedical Council for the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). His service on the CPR Board of Trustees is part of that dedication. “I see the difference that mental health care access at an early stage can make a difference in people's lives.”

Beverly Sue Ryan, Clay County – As the Clay County Public Administrator for 30 years, Beverly Sue has lead efforts for compassionate and professional care for those with illness or disability, not only locally but throughout Missouri. Her efforts became a model for many organizations statewide.

Ronald C. Thiewes, Clay County, Assistant Treasurer—Ron is a lawyer and certified public accountant, whose practice concentrates on representing taxpayers. He is the former Chairperson of the Professional Ethics Committee of the Missouri Society of CPAs and is the Mentor Coordinator for the Veterans Court of Clay County Circuit Court. He enjoys gardening, fish and game pursuits. "I am so impressed with the stewardship—the due diligence, scrutiny, review and analysis of expenditures—exercised by the Levy Board over the taxpayer’s funds."

Staff: Haley L. Eisler, Board Administrator

The Clay, Platte, Ray Mental Health Board of Trustees
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