Community Advisory Council

The 13-member Community Advisory Council serves as a liaison between Missouri’s communities and the MFH Board of Directors.  CAC representatives help ensure MFH’s Board has a deeper understanding of how its grants are impacting communities and what health concerns need to be addressed.  The CAC also oversees the recruitment of highly qualified candidates interested in serving on the CAC and MFH Board.

The CAC is committed to diversity in its membership, to reflect the entire MFH region, the broad scope of MFH’s funding, and the challenges of urban, suburban and rural communities.  The CAC also conducts several outreach meetings each year to gather information, and publishes reports to build greater understanding of the health challenges Missouri faces and how progress can be made.

Maureen Bressett, RPH, MSHA

MFH Region: Southeast

Term: 2012–2015 

Maureen “Mo” Bressett is a clinical pharmacist with the Tertiary Care Academic Medical Center of the Harry S.Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia. She is highly experienced in the pharmaceutical industry and gained expertise as a medical science liaison in New Jersey and California before coming to Missouri. Bressett received her bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from University of North Carolina and her master of science in health administration from the University of Colorado. She was appointed to the Community Advisory Committee in 2007.

Alfreda Brown, MA

MFH Region: St. Louis Metro

Term: 2013–2016

Alfreda Brown is Director and Project Manager for Diversity at Saint Louis Regional Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) at Washington University in St. Louis. Her board memberships have included service with the St. Charles Lwanga Center and the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences.

Jim Brown

MFH Region: St. Louis Metro

Term: 2011–2014

Jim Brown served as a business representative, assistant directing business representative and director of International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 9 in St. Louis. He’s also served as delegate, secretary-treasurer and president of the Missouri State Council of Machinists, chairman of District 9 Machinist Tool and Die Makers Joint Apprentice Committee and as president of the Machinists International Tool and Die Conference. From 2003 until his retirement in 2006, he was general vice president of the IAM Midwest Territory. Additionally, Brown served on the executive board of both the AFL-CIO and United Way of Greater St. Louis. Brown was appointed to the Community Advisory Committee in 2008.

Linda Collins-Shaw

MFH Region: St. Louis Metro

Term: 2012–2015

Linda Collins-Shaw is an independent Resource and Event Consultant. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Washington University. She formerly served as an English as a Second Language Teacher with the University City School District.  Previously. she was an Information & Correspondence Specialist for the Department of Social Services. She volunteers with the Lutheran & Family Children's Services, Missouri Humanities Council and Circle of Support for Survivors.

Janet Gooch, PhD

Vice-Chairperson

MFH Region: Northeast

Term: 2012–2014

Janet Gooch, a licensed speech-language pathologist, is dean of the School of Health Sciences and Education at Truman State University, Kirksville. She is a former chair of the Communication Disorders Department at Truman, and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses as a professor there.  She has lectured and written extensively on professional training, screening and treatment related to speech and language disorders, and was vice president of legislative affairs for the Missouri Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Gooch holds multiple degrees in speech pathology – a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas; master’s degree from Kent State University; and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University.  She has served on the board of the Kirksville R-III School District and the provost search committee for Truman State.  Gooch joined the Community Advisory Council in 2012.

John Hickey

MFH Region: St. Louis Metro

Term: 2012–2014

John Hickey is the Missouri Chapter Director for the Sierra Club, the nation‘s largest grassroots environmental organization. John is a native St. Louisan who has worked as a community organizer for over thirty years, working with a range of organizations that advocate for greater healthcare access for low-income people and for cleaner air and water to promote public health. John earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and is the proud father of two sons.

Deborah Kiel, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC

MFH Region: St. Louis Metro

Term: 2013–2016

Deborah Kiel, a public health nurse clinical specialist, is director of graduate nursing programs at Lindenwood University School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. Her academic and practice experience includes health policy, public health administration and maternal and child health. Deborah’s teaching interests include community health nursing, leadership, management, health policy and maternal and child health. Her research focus is on reducing our community’s unacceptably high rates of infant mortality by improving the health of women before during and after pregnancy. Deborah’s current work examines how women’s individual health behaviors, health care delivery systems and health policy interact to influence birth outcomes. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in nursing, and a PhD in Public Health Studies from St. Louis University. Deborah joined the Community Advisory Council in 2013.

K. Brooks Miller, Jr., MA

MFH Region: Southwest

Term: 2012–2015

Brooks Miller, president and chief executive officer of Jordan Valley Community Health Center, which provides medical and dental health services in southwest Missouri. He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration, and a master’s degree in education administration, both from Truman State University. He has served on the boards of organizations including City Utilities of Springfield, Isabel’s House, and the Springfield Regional Health Commission.

Joe Pierle, MPA

MFH Region: Central

Term: 2012–2015

Joseph E. Pierle, MPA, is a native St. Louisan. He was appointed chief executive officer of the Missouri Primary Care Association in April 1999. Prior to this appointment, he worked for United States Senator Christopher S. Bond in Washington D.C., serving as an advisor on issues concerning health, children, the elderly, and veterans. Mr. Pierle has shared his experience as a member of the National Advisory Committee on the National Health Service Corps, Missouri Coalition for Oral Health Access, and as a board member of the National Association of Community Health Centers. He is currently the board chair of the Central Missouri Chapter of the March of Dimes, a member of Missouri MO HealthNet Oversight Committee, MO HealthNet QI Council, Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and Health, Community Advisory Board to the UMKC School of Dentistry, and Community Advisory Committee to the Missouri Foundation for Health. Mr. Pierle received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kansas and a Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. He also received a certificate from the UCLA Anderson School of Management for completing a health care executive program.He has been honored by the March of Dimes for his work promoting healthier babies, the National Association of Children’s Hospitals for child advocacy efforts, and by the National Association of Community Health Centers for Exceptional Service on behalf of community health.

Sharon Rohrbach, RN

MFH Region: Saint Louis Metro

Term: 2011–2014

Sharon Rohrbach, RN, of St. Louis, retired in 2008 as chief executive officer of the Nurses for Newborns Foundation, which she co-founded in 1991. She worked as a pediatric critical care nurse before establishing Nurses for Newborns, which offers in-home nurse visits for low-income and uninsured mothers and babies. Rohrbach now provides services to nonprofits through Dynamic Change, a consulting business.

Dennis Tesreau

Chairperson

MFH Region: St. Louis Metro

Term: 2013–2016

Upon Dennis Tesreau’s arrival at the Wegmann Law Firm in 1976, he gained experience in a variety of areas of the law, including municipal and government law, personal injury, employment law, and real estate. In particular, he has established an expertise in workers’ compensation law, representing both employers and employees. In recent years, Tesreau has nurtured a growing municipal practice, providing governmental bodies with solid legal advice and representation regarding employment practices and statutory procedures, as well as a vast list of other legal questions which are presented to governmental bodies. He was appointed to the Community Advisory Committee in 2005.