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          Board of Directors

Richard D. Lageson, Chairman of the Board, is an attorney with Spencer Fane LLP in their St. Louis office. He graduated from Washington University School of Law in 1975 and has been actively engaged in the practice of law since then. He was associated early in his career with Lewis C. Green as an attorney at Green, Hennings & Henry, and participated with Mr. Green in numerous actions and causes involving protection and promotion of the environment. He is familiar with complex litigation matters and procedures, and strategies employed in litigation. He has served as a member of the Great Rivers for several years, and has also been a member of the Boards of other not-for-profit organizations serving the interests of our area.

   

Joyce Armstrong serves on the board of the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, and on the board of the Consumer Council of Missouri. She has served on the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri, and was appointed in 1999 to serve on the Citizens Advisory Committee for Corrections for the state of Missouri, where she served for many years. Ms. Armstrong was the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri from 1971-1997. In that capacity she served as the organization's chief spokesperson, and has received numerous awards for her service in civil liberties and the humanities. Ms. Armstrong has written on topics concerning juveniles, students’ rights, privacy, civil rights, civil liberties, legislation, and federal and state laws. As adjunct Professor of Political Science she also taught courses on civil liberties at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

   

David Bohm is an experienced litigator, primarily representing clients in employment, trademark, contract litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. He has extensive government relations and administrative law experience, and has litigated claims and advised clients concerning hazardous waste transportation and remediation. Prior to joining Danna McKitrick in 1992, Mr. Bohm served as an Associate St. Louis City Counselor for over six years. He represented the City in a variety of disputes and transactions, drafted state and local legislation, and provided legal counsel concerning the City's environmental compliance and enforcement efforts. He helped establish, and was legal advisor to, the St. Louis City Local Emergency Planning Committee, created pursuant to the Federal Emergency Planning and Right to Know Act. Since joining the Danna McKitrick, Mr. Bohm has drafted several bills which have subsequently been enacted as state statutes including the Missouri Religious Freedom Restoration Act and a law permitting social service agencies to act as guardians for disabled individuals. Mr. Bohm received the Albert “Red” Villa Human Rights Award from the St. Louis Civil Rights Commission in 1992 and the Jurisprudence Award from the Anti-Defamation League in 1994.

    Beatrice Buder Clemens is a C.P.A. in private practice. Before joining the Board of the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center in 2002, Ms. Clemens was on the Board of the Missouri Coalition for the Environment where she held the position of Treasurer for thirteen years. Ms. Clemens was born and raised in St. Louis. Her family frequently visits the Southwest, supporting the Native American people who face forced relocation from their ancestral homes in the Four Corners part of the United States. Ms. Clemens has also been active in the Missouri Votes Conservation Political Action Committee, the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center at UMSL, the Funding Committee of the Board of the Women’s Society of Washington University, the Finance Committee of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, and has acted as Treasurer for a variety of political candidates.
   

Kay Drey has been studying the hazards of nuclear power and radioactive waste since 1974 and has been working toward the shutdown of nuclear power plants and related uranium fuel cycle facilities. Prior to that her primary work was in the field of civil rights. In addition to being a Board member of Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, Ms. Drey is a Board member of Beyond Nuclear (Takoma Park, MD.), and a member of the Advisory Council of The Green Center, a public outdoor education and cultural arts gathering place in University City, MO. Ms. Drey received a B.A. degree in anthropology from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in 1954. She has received a number of awards for her work. Among them are: Elijah P. Lovejoy Award (with her husband, Leo -- 2002); St. Louis Woman of Achievement (1993); Ethical Humanist of the Year (St. Louis Ethical Society, with Leo -- 1983); St. Louis Argus (Distinguished Citizen -- (1976); U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region VII (Environmental Quality -- (1979); St. Louis Council on Environmental Health and Safety (1981); American Jewish Congress, St. Louis (Democracy in Action -- 1976); United Nations Assn., St. Louis (with Leo -- 1995).

   

Wayne Goode served 22 years in the House of Representatives before being elected to the Senate in1984. A Democrat, he represented the 13th Senatorial District in St. Louis County until his retirement inJanuary, 2005. Between 1995 and 2000, Senator Goode was Vice Chair and then Chair of the SenateAppropriations Committee. He sponsored the legislation recreating the original State Capital Commission, and chaired the Second State Capitol Commission for its first 15 years(SSCC), which was established to preserve and expand the public’s knowledge of and interest in theMissouri State Capitol. He sponsored the state’s first hazardous waste law in 1977. He has alsosuccessfully sponsored legislation in the areas of groundwater protection, drinking water standards,cleaning up waste disposal sites and requiring that State agencies monitor radiation use and wastedisposal more closely. Before his time in the legislature, Mr. Goode served at the rank of Lieutenant in the Army Artillery at FortSill, and was promoted to Captain while in the reserves in 1967. He was employed by Be-Mac TransportCo., Inc. in 1960 and continued after leaving active duty, becoming vice-president and treasurer. In 1973he founded Peterbilt of Saint Louis, a heavy duty truck and transportation equipment company. He also serves on a number of boards including as treasurer of the L-A-D Foundation, vice chairman of the Missouri Historical Society, Chairman of the University of Missouri Board of Curators, Treasurer and Chairman of the Missouri Foundation for Health, and president of Trailnet. In 1963, he married Jane Margaret Bell, and they have two children: Peter Wayne III and Jennifer Jacquelyn. 

    Cynthia Holmes, a graduate of Washington University School of Law, is engaged in the general practiceof law in St. Louis and has litigated matters in both state and federal courts. She has served as BoardMember of the St. Louis Bar Foundation, and on the Board of Governors of Bar Association of MetropolisSt. Louis, chairing BAMSL’s Bench Bar Conference, Speaker’s Bureau and Trial Practice Institute, andhas received its Award of Merit and Award of Achievement. Ms. Holmes has served as a condemnation commissioner by appointment of the St. Louis County Circuit Court, and has served on the Clayton Missouri Futures Committee. Past national board service includesAmericans United for Separation of Church and State (serving as Vice President) and Baptist JointCommittee for religions liberty in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the cabinet of the InterfaithPartnership (and is a past chair), and serves on the Steering Committee of the Jobs with Justice,Worker’s Rights Board. She has been an instructor with St. Louis Community College and has testified on issues beforeMissouri Legislative committees and presented programs for the Jewish Community Relations Council,Anti-Defamation League, NCJW, Cooperating School Districts and on KWMU radio and Fox 2 television.

    Ron Kucera taught physical geography at Schoolcraft College in Michigan, served as a teaching fellow atthe University of Michigan, and as a visiting professor at the University of Missouri.In 1976, Mr. Kucera joined the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as a Planner, where he wasshortly thereafter appointed to serve as Deputy Director for Operations for the Department. From then and until 2005, he served at the Department Deputy Director level for five other Governors of the State ofMissouri and was personally involved in the management of the agency. Mr. Kucera worked extensively with citizen, state and national environmental groups to establish the KatyTrail and to assist in land acquisition for public agencies. He led the effort in coordinating with several non-governmental organizations to acquire the 1,100 acres that forms the point at the confluence of theMissouri and Mississippi Rivers. This land is now part of the Missouri State Park System and will berestored to a high quality floodplain wetland. He conceived and pushed to secure the creation of theMissouri State Parks Foundation, which is now in existence. He continues to work closely with National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, and SierraClub in efforts to stop proposed out-of-basin diversion projects on the Upper Missouri River. Theseprojects would adversely impact the Missouri River ecosystem by permanently moving water out of theMissouri River Basin and into the Hudson Bay Basin. He conceived and secured, through working withinDNR and the Governor’s Office, a Memorandum of Agreement between the Governor of Missouri and thePremier of the Province of Manitoba to create a coalition that will share critical information and coordinateefforts to stop these and other proposed out-of-basin diversions where the diverted water would flow intoCanada’s Hudson Bay Basin. Mr. Kucera lives with his wife, Summer Allen, in southern Boone County, Missouri.

    Matthew Patrick McCauley retired in 2002 from GenAmerica Financial as Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel. He was also Vice-President, Secretary, General Counsel, and Director in some instances, of a large number of subsidiaries and affiliated companies. Mr. McCauley is also retired from Galen Insurance Company and Galen Insurance Management Company, Inc., where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. After law school Mr. McCauley was an Africa-Asia Public Service Fellow assigned to the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia. From 1968 to 1972 he served as the Assistant Dean of the University of Michigan Law School. His past board affiliations include the University City Planning Commission, University City Children’s Center, the Harvard Club of St. Louis, and U City in Bloom.

    Ken Midkiff has served as special assistant to the Illinois State Superintendent of Education, president of the Illinois Planning Commission for Services to Children, chair of the South Table Rock Association and as commissioner of the Boone County Parks and Recreation board. For several years, he owned the Tavern Creek Canoe Company. He has served on various boards and commissions at the federal and state level. He served as a member of the Boone County Planning Commission, was a columnist for the Columbia Daily Tribune, and was the Director of the national Sierra Club’s Clean Water Campaign for four years. He is currently the Vice Chair of the City of Columbia’s Energy and Environment Commission and a writer for the Daily Kos (a national news organization). He is an avid canoe enthusiast, camper, backpacker and traveler. He and his wife Julianne have two children and two grandchildren.

    Cathy Kovarik Primm retired from the State of Missouri, Department of Natural Resources in 2006 assenior computer specialist. She also worked at General American Life Insurance Company for roughly 18 years, ending her career there as Programming Manager. Over the years, she has served on a number ofboards including Big Brothers, Big Sisters of South Central Missouri, Ozark Rivers Audubon, Arts Rolla,and the Area IV Foster Care Youth Advisory Board. She is currently on the regional Sierra Club board in Springfield, Missouri. Ms. Primm hasalso volunteered for many community organizations including KMST Public Radio in Rolla and KZGM inCabool, the Russell House Shelter for Abused Women in Rolla and the Rolla Public Schools.

    John Rava has been an active member of the St. Louis community for over 40 years. Professionally, he has worked in private legal practice, specializing in corporate and real estate law, first with Stolar, Kuhlmann and then with Husch & Eppenberger, LLC. He is currently Of Counsel with Husch. He has been politically active for over 40 years, currently serving as Treasurer of the Hadley Township Democratic PAC. He has been an active participant in all but one Democratic Presidential Campaign since 1960, and has been a delegate to State Democratic Conventions and to the National Democratic Convention. He was part of the legal team that worked to keep the polls open after hundreds of voters were denied a chance to vote in the City of St. Louis in the November 2000 general election. Mr. Rava also has a long history of involvement in local affairs in University City. He was one of the founders and then President of University City Residential Service and served a term as a member of the University City Human Relations Commission. He recently served on a joint Mayor- School Board task force, which was formed to bring together different governmental entities and citizen perspectives on broad community-wide issues. Mr. Rava served on the Board and as president of the Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts and the Board of the St. Louis Law Library Association. He served a four year term on the Missouri Bar Association Disciplinary Panel, appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court. He is a long-time member of the ACLU, and is a member of the Sierra Club and the Nature Conservancy. He feels a particular affinity for the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center mission, having had the privilege of sharing the Noonday Club Wednesday table with Lew Green for over 20 years. He is a graduate of MICDS, Harvard College (1958), the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (1960), and the Harvard Law School (1963). An enthusiast of the outdoors, and of Missouri’s natural resources, he enjoys canoeing Ozark streams and hiking Missouri trails. He and his wife Susan have taken numerous hiking trips, including to the Canadian Rockies, the Grand Tetons, the Colorado Rockies, the Arizona high desert, the Cascades, and the French Alps. He lives in University City with his wife, Susan, and their Bassett Hound, Rufus. They have three children and six grandchildren.

    Sandy Rothschild came to St. Louis from a small town in New York in 1963 to attend Washington University, where he received a Liberal Arts degree in 1967 and an MBA in 1971. He managed his friend Steve Vossmeyer’s successful campaign for state representative in 1972 and was active in organizing other political and issue races for the next several years, with a high success rate (over 80%). In 1976 the St. Louis Home Builders Associate hired him to start their government affairs department. His work to eliminate inequitable assessment practices in St. Louis County led to new homeowners receiving reductions at the Board of Equalization, making new homes more affordable to approximately 25,000 homeowners, and winning Mr. Rothschild a consumer protection award from the National Association of Homebuilders. He next worked with homebuilder J. David Casually to strategize a lawsuit which the Missouri Supreme Court used to force the first statewide reassessment (Cassilly v. Riney). That decision led to property tax reform and a constitutional amendment. Mr. Rothschild went on to form Sandy Rothschild & Associates, Inc. in 1985. Over the next ten years the firm won five unanimous cases in the Missouri Supreme Court, most significantly a change in the residential property definition, widening it to include all apartments and nursing homes. Mr. Rothschild holds the title of Missouri Growth Association (MGA) Executive Vice President Emeritus. MGA is a group of commercial property owners, managers, and developers that helped successfully oppose an MSD rate increase. That case was argued by the late Lewis Green, who then worked with Mr. Rothschild to organize a class action lawsuit that resulted in the return of more than $30M of overcharges to MSD’s ratepayers (Ring et al. v. MSD). Since retiring, Mr. Rothschild has volunteered in various capacities at Washington University, including as a member of the Eliot Society and the Alumni Board of Governors. One of his proudest achievements is his service on behalf of the Parkview subdivision, where he served as an Agent (and at sometimes President) on the subdivision’s governing body, the Parkview Agents. His years of work to maintain green space and get an assessment increase passed resulted in a park being named in his honor (Rothschild Park). Mr. Rothschild and his wife Sue reside in Richmond Heights.

    Tom (Yusha) Sager has been an advocate for peace, justice and the environment for over half a century. Since his retirement from the computer science department at University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology) he has worked extensively as a volunteer. He is secretary-treasurer of Citizens for the Preservation of Buehler Park (CPBP) http://buehlerpark.org. Buehler Park was almost sold to commercial interests by the City of Rolla. But, Great Rivers, representing CPBP and eight citizens including Mr. Sager, won an injunction against the City of Rolla in a landmark decision, in which for the first time since 1910, the courts ruled that citizens have standing to sue to maintain the use of public property. Since then, Mr. Sager and others have been busy planting trees and beautifying the park. Mr. Sager is part of a small group which maintains weekly vigils for Peace in front of the Rolla Post Office and has worked extensively with the Veterans for Peace Iraq War Project providing potable water to communities in Iraq for over 15 years. He likes to read to young children and maintains a website at htttp://tomsager.org.

    Ben Senturia has proven himself an outstanding leader within the environmental community. He is the former Executive Director of the St. Louis Committee for Environmental Information and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment. In addition, he was on the national staff of the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign and an organizational development trainer with the DC-based Institute for Conservation Leadership. He was a founding member of the national Clean Election Campaign, co-founder of Missouri Votes Conservation, and was president of St. Louis-based Center for Active Citizenship. Today Mr. Senturia is a retired and spends his time volunteering with Great Rivers, the University City Action Network, and working on a variety of environmental and social justice causes.

   

James J. Wilson is a partner in the law firm of Berg, Borgmann, Wilson, & Wolk. Mr. Wilson also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. Louis University from 1994 to 2001. From 1982 to 1993, he was the City Counselor of the City of St. Louis. Mr. Wilson is a member of Missouri Bar and Federal Bar, and has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Missouri Supreme Court, and the appellate courts of Missouri. He is the author of a treatise on Land Use in Russia and Federated Republics. In May 2002, he was a University Lecturer in the Ukraine for Global Volunteers--an affiliate of the United Nations.

     
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