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Governor Jay Nixon recently presented a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month in Missouri.  Over thirty individuals joined the Governor in his Capitol office for the ceremony including Representatives from the Missouri House, division directors, child advocates, board members, service providers and children.  Many individuals present were members of the Missouri Prevention Partners (MPP) Coalition, a consortium of agencies, organizations and individuals who provide leadership to reduce child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and communities.

Pictured L to R (front row) –
Kirk Schreiber, CTF
Rachel Boudreau, Alliance of SW Missouri
Lynn Main, Jefferson Co. Community Partnership
Rep Jill Schupp, Dist. 82, Creve Coeur, CTF Board
Tom Vansaghi with Jack & Ben Vansaghi, CTF Board Chair
Governor Jay Nixon
Rebecca Gordon, The Rebecca Gordon Group
Laura Malzner, CTF
Jessica Chambers, Barceda Families
Emily van Schenkhof, Missouri KidsFirst
(second row) –
Robbin Kimbell, Legislative Assistant
William Holcomb, Ph.D., Behavioral Health Concepts
Rep Brent Lasater, Dist. 53, Independence
Mabeline Woods, Pemiscot Co. Initiative Network
Kari Clements, Alliance of SW Missouri
Beverly Wilburn, Pemiscot Co. Initiative Network
Jason Lamb, Office of Prosecution Services
Kim Sukany, Barceda Families
Vicky Scott, Dept. of Public Safety
Maureen Hill, STAT, Dept. of Social Services
Emily Smith, Office of Administration
(Back row) –
Rodney Jones, STAT, Dept. of Social Services
Lisa Lloyd, Behavioral Health Concepts
Paula Cunningham, CTF
Emerson “Skip” McGuire, STAT, Dept. of Social Services
Ken Bopp, Ph.D., Univ. of Missouri
Pablo Araujo, Missouri KidsFirst
Jamie Myers, Prevention Consultants of Missouri
Kelly Schultz, Office of Child Advocate
Mary List, Dept. of Health & Senior Services
Connie Berhorst, Dept. of Public Safety