2019 Speaker Biographies

Dr. Jennifer Baker, PsyD MFT  is a licensed clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Good Dads, a non-profit focused on helping fathers be more engaged with their children. Dr. Baker also served as an associate professor in marriage and family therapy and as the Director of the Murney Clinic, a community mental health clinic, in Springfield.  From 2003-2011 she provided leadership for two large federal grants serving persons living in 29 counties in southwest Missouri. In 2018, she was recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year by Springfield Business Journal. She also launched New Pathways for Good Dads, a program to help under-resourced dads overcome the barriers challenging their ability and opportunity to be good dads.

Seth Bauman serves as the Assistant Deputy Director for the Missouri Family Support Division. Seth helps provide executive leadership for strategic performance, change management, emergency management, privacy/security, customer relations and special projects for the Director’s Office. Prior to FSD, he was appointed the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity (Chief Diversity Officer) for the Missouri Office of Administration and served on the State Personnel Advisory Board. Throughout his career, he has held various roles working with state and local officials to enhance positive outcomes for children, youth and families by reducing social and racial disparities. He is a co-founder of the Cole County Youth Day and active with the Governor’s Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values, Jefferson City Public Schools Equity Council and other City Council Commissions and community activities. He obtained a Master of Public Administration from Mizzou and a B.A. in Religion from Central Methodist University where he was selected the 33rd Annual Gaddis Lecture Speaker and awarded the 2018 Young Alumni Award. Above all, he believes true success is the ability to create opportunity and success for others.

Dee Ann Davis has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Central Missouri. Shas was hired in November of 1987 as a child support enforcement technician in the Rolla FSD office and promoted to a supervisor in 1996.  Dee Ann accepted a position with the MACSS Help Desk in 2013 as a Program Development Specialist working with Managed Reporting, Case Review, and OnBase systems.  In 2014, Dee Ann was promoted and currently serves as the Prosecuting Attorney Liaison and County Reimbursement Manager.

LaCrecia Day, MBA is the Financial Director/Programs Director at IMPACT Family Counseling. She has been with IMPACT for 12 ½ years. She helped start their current Fatherhood Program, UTurn and oversees its day to day operations and staff. She feels that she has been led to the non-profit arena because of her huge desire to help others in any way she can.

Vickie Endicott started her career with FSD in the Child Support office in Jefferson County where she learned a wide variety of skills.  She spent the last 5 years in Jefferson County, as a Financials Specialist and loved it!  Vickie’s favorite aspect of the job is dealing with the clients either in person or by phone. She now works in the Training Unit for Child Support in Jefferson City and her customer service skills are still a huge part of her job! She is very excited about being a speaker at MCSEA’s 40th annual profession training conference!

Michelle Ferguson, M.A., CCJP, GCDF is employed as the DADS MATTER Project Manager with the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette, Incorporated in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

With a history of consistent excellence and extensive experience, Ms. Ferguson is a strategic and highly motivational driver of programs focused on education and training. She has facilitated diverse programs in public service agencies, youth shelters, and educational centers in southwestern Pennsylvania. Career-wide, Ms. Ferguson’s life accomplishments consist of an array of experiences which include nurturing the hearts of economically deprived children, managing the aggressive behavior of troubled adolescents, and providing supportive services for incarcerated at-risk adults. She has made significant contributions that have impacted the lives of many children and adults. Ms. Ferguson’s true passion encompasses motivating and educating people from all walks of life.

Lara Fors is a First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney of Greene County and currently serves as the Director of a multi-county prosecutors’ office in Springfield, MO where the staff judicially establishes and enforces IV-D child support orders in Greene, Christian and Taney counties.  Lara has spent her entire legal career in the IV-D program, and all but six months has been in the state of Missouri.  She has worked in the Kansas City, Jefferson City and Springfield areas.  Before returning to this Office in July 2011, she served as the IV-D Deputy Director of the Missouri Family Support Division.

Lara currently serves on the Honorary Board of the Eastern Regional Interstate Child Support Association (ERICSA) and is a past president of ERICSA (2014) and of Missouri’s state association, MCSEA (2007).  Lara has presented to numerous conferences and events including ERICSA, Western Interstate Child Support Enforcement Council (WICSEC), National Tribal Child Support Association (NTCSA), National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA), Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, the Christian County Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar.  Lara also serves as Treasurer of the Southern Missouri Women Lawyers Association.

Lara has been awarded the Springfield Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Award (2009), the MCSEA Honorary Life Member (2014), and the Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly Women’s Justice Award for Public Service Practitioner of the Year (2016).  Lara received her undergraduate degree at Central Methodist College (now University) in 1992 and received her J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1995.  She is a member of both the Missouri and Kansas Bars.

Charles H. (Chuck) Lonardo is a solo practitioner in Joplin, Missouri.  He earned his Bachelor of Science cum laude in Broadcast Journalism in 1977 and his J.D. in 1981, both from Syracuse University.  He practiced in Providence, Rhode Island for three years before becoming a member of The Missouri Bar in 1984.  He chairs the Find-A-Lawyer Advisory Committee (formerly the Lawyer Referral Service Committee) of The Missouri Bar, and is active in MoBar’s Lawyer Assistance Committee and Family Law Section.

He is also the Municipal Judge in Duenweg, Missouri and a Provisional Municipal Judge in Joplin.  He is on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Municipal and Associate Judges Association (MMACJA).  In his spare time, Chuck is a referee instructor, mentor and assessor for U.S. Soccer and the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA).

Reggie McElhannon assumed the role of Interim Director for the Family Support Division (FSD) of the Missouri Department of Social Services in July of this year. While there are a number of programs within the Division, the primary services include Child Support, Rehabilitation Services for the Blind, and Income Maintenance which is responsible for eligibility determination for a wide array of social service programs, including MO HealthNet and food stamps. Over 2700 team members are working within FSD.

Reggie returned to the Department earlier this year, serving as Assistant Deputy Director until named Interim Director of the Family Support Division. He has previously served as a legislative liaison on MO HealthNet initiatives and as chief of staff for a Missouri state senator and a Texas state representative. His many years in state government has provided him with an understanding of both the legislative and appropriations process.

Having earned a Master of Journalism degree from the University of North Texas, Reggie has many years of executive experience in Communications and Public Relations in settings such as a social service agency and a university.

Having spent his childhood in Alaska and graduating from high school in the Delta of southeast Arkansas, Reggie is grateful for his exposure to diverse life experiences. His upbringing fostered a desire to travel the backroads of America and a love of history. Having visited all 13 of the official presidential libraries and 49 states, he only has Hawaii left to fulfill his childhood dream of traveling to all 50 states. He has lived in Springfield since 2002.

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.

James Murray is a Senior Advisor in the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). As advisor, he develops strategic partnerships to increase OCSE’s positive impacts in the areas of responsible fatherhood and veterans outreach. Before joining OCSE, he was the Director of ACF’s Office of Regional Operations. There he provided executive leadership to ten regional offices on integrating and coordinating cross cutting, human service programs. Before joining ACF, James held positions in the education and non-profit fields, including positions with Early Head Start and the National Fatherhood Initiative. James has a MPA degree and a B.S in Human Development. He is also a prior recipient of the prestigious Judge David Gray Ross Award; as well as a Senior Fellow of the Partnership for Public Service, Excellence in Government program.

Richard (Rick) Pierce graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia with a B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition in 1996 and received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1997 from the University of Missouri-School of Law, Columbia.  Rick has served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Cooper County, Missouri, Prosecuting Attorney’s Office since 1996. Rick started his work in the area of Child Support in 1997 with a division of duties as assistant prosecutor, child support prosecutor, and attorney for the Cooper County Juvenile Office.  In 2000, he became the Administrator of the Boonville Regional Child Support Project working to establish paternity and enforce existing child support orders in the central Missouri Counties of Cooper, Howard, Chariton and Randolph.

Dan Pingelton, Esq. is an attorney in private practice in Columbia, Missouri, concentrating on civil litigation and family law. From 1986 to 1998, he was a contract and part-time staff attorney for the Division of Child Support Enforcement.  He graduated from Arizona State University in 1981 with a degree in Journalism, and received his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1984. Mr. Pingelton wrote the first state-level administrative hearing decision for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to be published in the national Education of the Handicapped Law Reporter. He served for 18 years as a hearing officer pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Some of Dan’s reported cases include Dye v. Missouri Division of Child Support Enforcement, 811 S.W.2d 355 (Mo.banc 1981) [constitutionality of administrative child support enforcement statutes]; Baird v. Baird, 843 S.W.2d 388 (Mo.App.E.D. 1992) [first Missouri case confirming use of a Qualified Domestic Relations Order to seize ERISA retirement funds for child support and maintenance arrears]; McCreary v. McCreary, 954 S.W.2d 433 (Mo.App.W.D. 1997) [multiple issues including proper standard for modification of custody; proper use of remedy of equitable accounting in a fiduciary relationship for child support; mandatory award of attorney fees; and liability for medical expense reimbursement]; and M.D. v. J.J., 30 S.W.3d 215 (Mo.App.W.D. 2000) [established Missouri precedent that an unmarried person can recover damages for negligent transmission of the herpes virus].

Dan has presented continuing legal education seminars for The Missouri Bar as well as child support professionals both in Missouri and throughout the country, including national IV-D law reviews for the NCSEA in 2002 (New Orleans), 2003 (Orlando) and 2004 (Palm Springs). He wrote two chapters for Missouri Family Law, 6th ed., published by the Missouri Bar: Marital Settlement and Separation Agreements and The Division of Child Support Enforcement. He has just completed the seventh edition of both chapters, including an extensive revision of “Family Support Division.” He is a Past President and Honorary Life Member of the Missouri Child Support Enforcement Association.

Jason Sax joined the US Navy out of High School. He served for close to seven years on the USS Fulton out of New London, Connecticut and the USS Blue Ridge out of Yokosuka, Japan. After his medical discharge, he taught conversational English at NOVA to Japanese students in Japan.

In 2004, Jason graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in History. In 2005, he began working with the Department of Social Services as a Youth Specialist for the Division of Youth Services (DYS). Over the next eleven plus years, he worked through the ranks of DYS to the position of Service Coordinator Supervisor over the Cole County Service Coordinator Unit.

Throughout his professional life, Jason has taught, trained and led by example. He endeavors to provide a classroom environment that is engaging and affords the greatest opportunity for learning and the exchanging of ideas. Jason looks forward to meeting and working with you.

Jeffrey Stocks is a Program Specialist with the Federal Office of Child Support (OCSE) out of Kansas City, MO.  He has been with OCSE for 10 years and currently supports Missouri, Iowa, and the Meskwaki Tribe in Iowa.  Prior to joining OCSE, Jeffrey worked in the financial service industry as a programmer and manager.