Sylvia Harper began her career in Social Services in 1994 upon leaving the private sector where she was employed by various manufacturing companies as an Accountant and Credit Manager. She worked in the St. Charles County child support office as a technician, then a Parents Fair Share case manager until being promoted to supervisor in 1998. She supervised every function in the office at one time or another. Sylvia retired from FSD in 2010 when her husband, Len, took a buy-out retirement from General Motors Wentzville. Sylvia was Vice President of MCSEA at that time and has continued in that position. Besides working with MCSEA, Sylvia loves doing charity work and is active in a social sorority.
Sylvia and Len have two sons, Matt Harper, Director of Information Security for Devon Energy in Oklahoma City and Brad Harper, Vice President of Post Foods. They have 3 granddaughters and a 3-year old grandson.
Angela “Angie” Johnston joined the US Army out of high school; on active duty six years (1986-1992) serving with Finance and Accounting Unit(s) at: Fort Lewis [9th Finance, Tacoma WA], V Corp [5th Finance, Darmstadt FRG] and Fort Bragg [82nd Finance, Fayetteville NC]. After leaving the military, she married her high school sweetheart Terry Johnston and moved to his family farm in rural Memphis Missouri. She took an Office Manager position in a Credit Union, in Keokuk Iowa. She later began her career with the Department of Social Services in January 1995; she works for Child Support in Financials/Hearings. Angie, also, works part-time for Scotland County Hospital two nights per week. Angie is a member of the American Legion, Beta Sigma Phi, CWA Local #6355, MLICA Auxiliary, Scotland County Farm Bureau and a Charter Member of The Women’s Memorial Foundation; she is a former 4-H Project Leader and Girl Scout Troop Leader. She initially joined MCSEA in 1995 and is now serving as the MCSEA Region IV Director. Angie is married and has two adult daughters; Kirsten, CSWI Children’s Division and Kylee, Student/Ag Science Major at WIU/Western Illinois University.
Doris “Dori” Moore is the Administrative Assistant at the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney Child Support Enforcement Unit where she is responsible for establishing paternity, child support orders and pay status probation appearances.
In 1987, Dori graduated from Bryan Institute, receiving her training as a Registered Medical Assistant and working as a Phlebotomy Technician. In 1995 she completed classes to receive her license as an EMT. Dori worked for over 17 years in the medical field and in 2002 decided to give it up to be a stay home mom. Not wanting to go back into the medical field, she started working for the Prosecuting Attorney in Montgomery County as a Restitution/Bad Check Clerk and in 2010 she began working for Audrain County PA in Child Support Enforcement. Little did she know it would be a career change that would open up a new and exciting world of challenges on a daily basis.
Dori has been trained in every function offered in child support. She was instrumental in making it possible for her office to be able to attend the Missouri Child Support Enforcement Association conference and went to her first MCSEA conference in 2011. She was impressed with the amount of educational sessions available to workers in the field. As time went on she become more involved and was asked to fill the position of Region X Director, which she currently holds. She has played a key role in organizing and presenting the MCSEA conference the past 3 years.
Dori has been married to Jeff Moore for 23 years and they have a son Kelby who keeps them busy with all his 4-H and FFA activities. They live on a small farm in the Central Eastern part of Missouri, raising and showing rabbits and goats. Dori held 5th place in national standings with her Red New Zealand rabbits. They have a family business, selling rabbit and cavy (also known as a guinea pig) supplies that keeps them traveling and vending all over the U.S. She holds leadership positions in the Missouri State Rabbit Producers, Central Eastern Missouri Rabbit Breeders Association, Californian Rabbit Specialty Club and American Federation of New Zealand Rabbit Breeders. She is the 4-H leader for the Coon Creek Cronies 4-H club, she is active in 4-H Council and her community. When Dori isn’t busy running around like a chicken with her head cut off, she likes to do crafts, camp, deer hunt and spend time with family and friends.
Kerensa Morrow-Kempf began working with the Department of Social Services in February 1999. She promoted from Clerk Typist II to Child Support Technician six months later. She worked as a specialist for eight years. Her experience as a specialist prepared her for her current position as Training Technician II. Her experience in the field of Child Support includes, but is not limited to, one year as a Medical Support Enforcement Technician, Enforcement Specialist and Financial Specialist before becoming a Training Technician. At the end of 2000, she left FSD for six weeks to work for the United States Postal Service. There, she learned that “money isn’t everything,” and she truly enjoys working with and helping people. Her goal as a trainer is to help you, help others. She joined the board of MCSEA because she is passionate about the child support program and the opportunity to make learning enjoyable.
Donna Jo Prather-Rhoads graduated in 1992 from Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minors in Sociology and Vocal Performance. Following graduation, Donna continued to manage a local restaurant and catering business in Ashland Mo that she co-owned with her mother, Susi Clayton. In 1999 she accepted a position as a Child Support Caseworker in the Columbia Child Support office and continued to work both jobs until the restaurant sold in April 2002. For the majority of her time as a specialist, Donna worked in financials and her love of that work led her to accept a position with the Financial Resolutions Section in Nov 2015 where she remained until August 2016 when she accepted a position with the Child Support Outreach Unit. She considers herself blessed to have been afforded the opportunity to use her customer service and casework skills working toward expanding the reach of the Child Support Program in new and exciting ways.Donna fell in love with MCSEA at her first conference in 2000. Since then she has served on several committees, as the Region X director, and on the Executive Board. She has remarked more than once that her work with MCSEA representing the hard working child support professionals of the State of MO has been one of her greatest joys and honors.
Donna is married to Kenneth Rhoads, who also began his career as a child support technician in the downtown Kansas City Child Support office. He now works for the Office of Administration as the Team Lead over the MACSS Unit so, he never really got away from child support and wouldn’t want to! Together they went on to have two beautiful and brilliant daughters, Isabella and Adeline. Donna loves to read, cook, entertain, and spend time with family and friends. When Adeline was asked at school what her mom did at work she responded, “she loves the children of the state of MO as much as she loves me so she works every day to make sure they are taken care of.”
Donald Stream worked for the Division of Child Support over 25 years in Enforcement and Financials before retiring. Donald has run his own accounting firm for over 50 years. He served in the United States Navy from 1967-1971. He’s been a dedicated MCSEA treasurer for over 10 years.
Linda Carey is a Child Support Enforcement Specialist in the St Louis County Page office working with the Intergovernmental caseload. She has previously worked in the MACSS office, FRS, Jefferson City Interstate office and Foster Care unit. She has been employed with the State of Missouri for 22+ years. Linda and her husband Lance enjoy traveling, riding roller coasters, and spending time with their children and grandchildren. Linda has attended several MCSEA conferences throughout the years and is looking forward to being able to continue to serve as the MCSEA Region Director for St Louis County, St Charles County, Pike County, Lincoln County, and Warren County.
Michael Couts, Sr.
Marla Knutson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Math from Southeast Missouri State University. She was hired in February 1999 as a child support enforcement technician in the Caruthersville office. She worked with the Parent’s Fair Share program, transferred to IM, and then left state employment for 3 years. She returned to the state as a child support specialist on the financial team in 2008. In 2011 she was promoted to supervisor and currently supervises the financial/case assessment team and two medical specialists.
Constance “Coni” Morris grew up in St. Francois County. She has lived in Missouri all her life. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State with a BSW in 1990. She worked with persons with disabilities prior to starting with child support in September, 1998. Coni currently works in the Jefferson County office. She has been the Region IX Director since 2009. Coni enjoys family history, spending time with family and friends, and fishing.
Richard “Rick” Pierce
Steve Tucker has been the MCSEA Region VIII Director since March 2016. Steve started his career with Family Support Division (FSD) on 1 February 1993 as a Locate Tech and started attending MCSEA conferences in 1994. Over the years leading to his retirement in 2017 he worked in the Central Locate Unit for over 24 years. Steve also worked with the Staff Council, was the Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System (MULES) Terminal Agency Coordinator, the Missouri Veterans and Military point of contact with the Federal Office of Child Support, did the Work Flow CAT 1 Locate training to every office in Missouri. Steve has been a presenter at the MCSEA Training Conference many times to do follow up training for LOCATE.
Prior to coming to work with FSD Steve worked for 14 months with the Missouri Department of Corrections at the Missouri State Penitentiary.
Prior to working for the state of Missouri, Steve spent over 20 years serving our country in the U.S. ARMY holding many different positions. These consisted of a Field Wireman, Pole Lineman, Antenna Man, Dial Central Office Repairman, and ARMY Recruiter. These jobs took Steve and his family to Germany, Japan, and many different states here in the US.