Missouri Women's Council

PO Box 1684
Jefferson City, MO 65102

Phone: (573)-751-0810
Fax: (573)-522-5005

Email: wcouncil@ded.mo.gov
Website: https://ded.mo.gov/content/missouri-womens-council

Director: Kellie Ann Coats

Details on Board or Commission

Authority: RSMo 186.007

Department: Economic Development

Mission: The Missouri Women's Council promotes and increases women's economic and employment opportunities through education and training, occupational mobility, non-traditional careers, and promoting women in small business. Current Focus: Workforce training initiatives within Missouri State Correctional Centers, including educational outreach with employers regarding second chance hiring opportunities for justice-involved individuals.

Function: The Missouri Women's Council promotes and increases women's economic and employment opportunities through education and training; occupational mobility; non-traditional careers; promoting women in small business; access to managerial jobs; and support service for families, such as child care.


Details on Meetings

Number of meetings: 4 meetings

Location of meetings: Rotates

Duration of meetings: 2 hours

Preparation time for meetings: n/a

Total time commitment: 20 hours

Details on Members

Total members: 13

Appointed members: 9

Term length: 4 years

Compensation: Members receive reimbursement for realized and necessary expenses.

Member Requirements: Nine members shall be appointed by the Governor. The remaining four vacancies on the council shall be filled by the general assembly. Two representatives and two senators shall be appointed by their respective bodies in the same manner as members of standing committees are appointed.

Political Requirements: Yes. No more than five of the nine members may be of the same political party as the Governor appointing such members.

Geographic Requirements: Yes. The nine members appointed by the Governor shall be representative of a cross section of the citizenry.

Senate Consent Required: Yes


Vacant Slot
Governor's Appointee 1

Ms. Norma Nisbet(I)
Governor's Appointee 2
St. Louis
Term begins: Dec 14, 2009
Term expires: Dec 6, 2011

Ms. Carolyn Chrisman(R)
Governor's Appointee 3
Term begins: Sep 18, 2019
Term expires: Dec 6, 2022

Ms. Elizabeth Kay Miller(I)
Governor's Appointee 4
Term begins: Oct 27, 2017
Term expires: Dec 6, 2018

Ms. Karen Thornton(R)
Governor's Appointee 5
Sunrise Beach
Term begins: Apr 18, 2008
Term expires: Dec 6, 2009

Ms. Melodee E. Colbert-Kean(D)
Governor's Appointee 6
Term begins: Mar 31, 2010
Term expires: Dec 6, 2011

Vacant Slot
Governor's Appointee 7

Ms. Jacqueline Coleman(D)
Governor's Appointee 8
Jefferson City
Term begins: Mar 9, 2010
Term expires: Dec 6, 2011

Ms. Donayle Whitmore-Smith(D)
Governor's Appointee 9
St. Louis
Term begins: Jan 31, 2006
Term expires: Dec 6, 2008

Representative Cyndi Buchheit-Courtway
Member of the House of Representatives 1
Term begins: Oct 4, 2022

Vacant Slot
Member of the House of Representatives 2

Senator Sandy Crawford
Member of the Senate 1
Term begins: Jan 15, 2019

Senator Karla May
Member of the Senate 2
St Louis
Term begins: Feb 12, 2019