L-A-D Foundation Board of Directors - 2016-2017
Leon Cambre - Retired Supervisor, Mark Twain National Forest, 1979-1986. Leon received his degree in forest management from Mississippi State University in 1958. He began his career working as an assistant district ranger with the U.S. Forest Service in Mississippi, and then as a forest entomologist for eight southeastern states. After serving as district ranger for the Ouachita National Forest and deputy forest supervisor for the Daniel Boone National Forest, Leon became the supervisor of the Mark Twain National Forest in 1979.
Susan Flader (Vice-President) — Professor of History Emerita, University of Missouri-Columbia. Susan earned her PhD from Stanford in 1971 and has taught courses in U.S. western and environmental history, world environmental history, and the history of Missouri. She has authored many articles and six books, including co-authoring and editing Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites – Exploring Our Legacy.
Wayne Goode (Treasurer) — Retired, member of the Missouri General Assembly. Wayne served in the Missouri House 1962-1984 and in the Missouri Senate from 1984-2000. His 42 years of public service includes sponsoring legislation that established the University of Missouri at St. Louis, sponsoring the state's first hazardous waste law, and authoring the Omnibus Mental Health bill. He has long been involved with environmental nonprofits, including the Great Rivers Environmental Law Firm, The Nature Conservancy, the Sierra Club, and the Audubon Society.
Ted Heisel (Secretary) — Former Executive Director of the Ozark Regional Land Trust. Ted received his law degree from Harvard University. In 1999, he took a job with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, and then served as Executive Director of the Coalition from 2003 to 2006. Ted joined Ozark Regional Land Trust in January 2008, and taught Natural Resources Law at the Washington University School of Law. He now operates a family farm outside St. Louis.
Roger Hershey – Special Counsel/former Vice President & General Counsel, Trustee, and Board Chair, Park University, Parkville, MO. Law degrees (J.D. 1970/L.L.M. 1976), UMKC Law School. Founding shareholder/president K.C. MO real estate law firm, King Hershey, P.C. Former estate/financial planner, UMB Bank, K.C. MO. Serve(s)(ed) on boards/committees of Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, The Sierra Club Foundation, Indy Energy, Independence MO Park Commission, Sierra Club & numerous other political, civic, environmental and nonprofit groups.
John Karel (President) — Retired, Director of Tower Grove Park, St. Louis, MO. John is a 1974 graduate of the University of Missouri, with a Master of Science degree in wildlife. He served with Missouri State Parks from 1976-1985, and as State Parks Director from 1979-1985. From 1987 to 2015, John served as Director of Tower Grove Park. He is co-author of the recently published Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites – Exploring Our Legacy, as he was for the first edition in 1992.
Steve Mahfood – President, Mahfood Associates, LLC. Steve served as Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources from 1998 to 2005. In 2005 Steve established a company to advise government agencies and non-profits in areas of natural resources, parks, and environmental management, and renewable energy. Steve graduated from Yale University's Environmental and Management Leadership Program.
Josh Reeves – Director of Facilities, Ozark Medical Center, West Plains. Josh graduated in 2005 from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He returned to the Ozarks to live, was founder of the J.E. Reeves Company, with experience in construction and operations on park and recreation lands. He has served on a variety of other boards including the Mountain View Community Betterment Foundation, the Missouri Parks Association, and the Ozark Riverways Foundation.
Rick Thom – Rick retired from the Missouri Department of Conservation after serving from 1978-2006 as Natural Areas Coordinator, then Assistant Chief of the Natural History Division, and then as Wildlife Diversity Chief. He served as Executive Director of the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation from 2007 to 2013. Rick graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master of Science degree in forestry in 1973.