In preparing for the official launch of our 2016 campaign, we have assembled a coalition of allied individuals and organizations to help support our efforts. Some of those allies have now come together to form our new advisory board.
The advisory board will expand our movement’s credibility and open doors to new constituencies. And, as the name implies, they will also advise us on strategy and tactics as we move forward.
To succeed with such a large undertaking as an initiative campaign, we must have a robust network of allies to stand with us, and our advisory board will provide us their experience and expertise as we reform Missouri’s cannabis laws together. You can see all advisory board members and their biographies below:
Joe Moseley attended Columbia Public Schools and the University of Missouri, receiving a Bachelors Degree in 1971 and a Juris Doctor in 1976. From 1976 to 1978 he served as an Assistant Public Defender in the 13th Judicial Circuit and from 1978 through 1992 was the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney. In 1992, he was elected to the Missouri State Senate and served for four years in that position. He joined Shelter Insurance Companies in August, 1994 and retired in August 2014. He served as Director of Public Relations and Governmental Affairs, Vice President and General Counsel, and for his last 10 years, Vice President of Public Affairs.
Mr. Moseley serves on the boards of directors of Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Pednet Coalition, and The Callaway Bank. He is currently chairing the board of directors of The Roots N Blues Foundation.
He has previously served as President of the MU National Alumni Association, President of Columbia Rotary, President of Tiger Quarterback Club, Chairman of the Board of Regional Economic Development Incorporated, President of the Columbia Public Schools Foundation, President of the Board of Directors of The Intersection (now Boys and Girls Club), President of the Board of Directors of University of Missouri Children’s Hospital, and President of Columbia Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. He has also served on the boards of directors of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Advent Enterprises (now Job Point), Rainbow House Shelter for Abused Children, the Missouri Chapter of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Woodhaven Learning Center, University Hospital Center, Friends of Rusk Rehabilitation Center, the Boone County Family Health Center, and the Columbia Area United Way. He has chaired the Mid-Missouri Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Central Missouri Food Bank Capital Campaign, the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon, the Woodhaven Capital Campaign, the Stephens College Capital Campaign, the Multiple Sclerosis Dinner of Champions, and the capital campaign for the Ronald McDonald House.
Mr. Moseley received the 1997 Distinguished Service Award from the MU Alumni Association, the 1996 Geyer Award for Public Service Award from the University of Missouri, The 1996 Citizen of the Year Award from the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the 1994 Ann Dandurant Award from the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse, the 1993 Commissioner’s Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a Faculty/Alumni Award from the Mizzou Alumni Association in 1989, the Thomas Cochran Award for Outstanding Public Service from the Missouri Bar Association in 1989, and the Hope Chest Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 1988. He also was inducted into the Columbia Public Schools Hall of Leaders in 2008.
Joe is married to Carol Moseley. They have four children, Jerry Brumfield, Craig Brumfield, Elizabeth Wright and Robert Moseley, and seven grandchildren.
Tom Smith is the President and majority partner of Sirius Hospitality LLC, which owns and operates several HuHot Mongolian Grill franchises.
Mr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, with a BA in Computer Science. In 1985 Smith co-founded Datastorm Technologies, Inc., and co-wrote the best selling communication software programs ProComm and ProComm Plus. Smith served as Executive Vice President of Datastorm from its inception until its sale in 1996, when the company had over 350 employees.
An avid home brewer, Smith founded and opened Flat Branch Pub & Brewing in April, 1994, in Columbia, Missouri. Smith continues as President and majority shareholder of the brewery/restaurant, now in its 22nd year of operations.
Active in the community, Smith served for 9 years as a director of First National Bank and Trust of Columbia, Missouri. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Columbia-Northwest, and currently serves as a trustee for the Missouri Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
Smith is an avid traveler and scuba diver.
Chip Sheppard is a shareholder in the Litigation/Dispute Resolution Practice Group of Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C. He concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, business, securities and intellectual property litigation, dispute resolution and transactions.
A substantial portion of Mr. Sheppard’s practice includes securities and other fraud and fiduciary duty related claims, both as an arbitrator and as counsel for the parties. Mr. Sheppard has tried a combined total of more than 50 arbitrations, state and federal trials, both jury and non-jury, in his areas of concentration. Other areas of concentration are various business transactions, acquisitions, real estate development and related litigation and probate litigation.
Mr. Sheppard received his bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University in 1980 and his law degree, as an E. Eugene Mason Endowed Scholar, in 1983 from Southern Methodist University School of Law. He is a past board member and past President of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, current board member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Chairman of the Non-Partisan Court Plan Committee, member of the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar and the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association. In 2005 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Association, an honor bestowed upon less than .5 percent of the Bar and was selected in 2005 and 2006 and again in 2010-2015, to the “Super Lawyer” list by Law & Politics Magazine (top 5% according to peer review). In 2008, he Co-Chaired the Greene Countians for Fair and Impartial Judges Committee which was responsible for bringing the Missouri Court Plan to Greene County, was a finalist for Missouri Lawyer of the Year and received the Missouri Bar Association and Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association President’s Awards in recognition of extraordinary service to those Associations and the legal profession. Finally, he has been named to the “Best Lawyers in America” list by the publication of the same name.
Mr. Sheppard is a former arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, New York Stock Exchange, and has served as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (f/k/a NASD) since 2000.
Mr. Sheppard’s community involvement includes serving as a Trustee and Vice-Chair of the Ozarks Technical Community College, former Vice-Chair of the OTC Foundation Board, a director of Hickory Hills Country Club (2003-2013) and member of the Chamber of Commerce Governmental Relations Legislative Policy, Voice of Business and Emerging Issues Committees. He also served as an Elder at the First and Calvary Presbyterian Church and on various committees. Mr. Sheppard has also served on the Board of Directors for Leadership Springfield and the Housing Authority of Springfield and other community non-profits.
In 2014, Mr. Sheppard represented Show-Me Cannabis in Reynolds, et al. v. City of Springfield, et al. pursuing claims against the City of Springfield and its City Council Members for the unconstitutional violation of Plaintiffs’ civil rights arising from the alleged conspiracy of the Defendants to prevent a city ballot issue asking voters to approve the lowering of penalties and expungement for marijuana possession offenses.
Sarah Rossi joined the ACLU of Missouri in September of 2014 as the Director of Advocacy and Policy. She is responsible for advancing the organization’s policy agenda by planning and implementing legislative and advocacy campaigns, analyzing and drafting policy proposals, lobbying state and local policymakers, preparing and presenting testimony, building coalitions and engaging ACLU supporters.
Prior to joining the ACLU of Missouri, Sarah served as the Legal and Public Policy Director for the Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV) for three years. In this capacity, she participated in multiple state-wide coalitions in support of LGBT equality, women’s rights and immigrants’ rights. Through this cross-coalition work, she planned and facilitated community-based meetings, lobbied at the federal, state, and local levels and trained multiple organizations on the complexities of constitutional-level issues. Through these strategic partnerships, she helped usher in the passage of local LGBT non-discrimination ordinances, the removal of Montana’s anti-sodomy law, the inclusion of LGBT couples in Montana’s domestic violence statute and the pushing back of countless anti-choice measures.
In addition to her public policy background, Sarah brings with her a wealth of experience in offering direct community support. From 2010 to 2014, she provided pro-bono family law services to LGBT Montanans in Missoula, Helena, and Bozeman. As a member of the Peace Corps from 2005 to 2007, she worked as a Community Health and Development Educator in Gambia, West Africa where she co-founded the Gambia LGBT group and designed and implemented a community-based radio program promoting women’s empowerment, girl’s education and sexual health.
Sarah earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana School of Law where she received the Burton K. Wheeler Award for personal integrity, courage and independent thought. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Colorado in Denver.
Larry (Tony) Kirk
Larry Kirk is the chief of police for a small municipality in eastern Missouri. He previously served as a chief of police in Illinois. Since 1993, he has worked in patrol, special crimes units, gang suppression, two jurisdictional narcotics task forces, and in a college police department. He has been recognized for his work in drug and gang investigations by the DEA, Gulf States High Intensity Trafficking Area (HIDTA), Department of the Air Force, and the Department of Justice.
Larry was originally working toward a degree in journalism when an elective course in criminal justice changed his career path. “Law enforcement seemed like the best way to help my community,” he says. After 20 years in law enforcement, he realized that prohibition had dented neither demand nor supply of drugs, and he started to question whether drug policies were helping communities.
“Drug prohibition creates a criminal atmosphere with a war over territory and product,” he explains. “Ending prohibition would bring the ability to properly regulate and monitor a drug trade that occurs in the dark now. It would free the law enforcement officers of this country to target violent crimes and take the money out of the hands of criminal organizations.”
Larry, who has never used drugs and does not even use caffeine, tobacco or alcohol, is particularly bothered by the recent militarization of police departments. “The idea that we are now a ‘paramilitary’ organization has been detrimental to our profession,” he says. “We have killed innocent people in a rush to keep the ‘war on drugs’ going. We are now making more and more violent confrontations with our fellow citizens and even the most common citizen now fears us.”
Larry holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Mississippi and Charter Oak State College in Connecticut and a graduate degree in liberal studies in criminal justice from Fort Hays State University. In addition to his position as police chief, he is a certified police academy instructor and has served locally as an adjunct faculty member.
Darla Templeton, MEd, is in her 34th year as Chief Executive Officer of the Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri & Kansas (EFMK). Under her leadership EFMK was named the first ever Affiliate of the Year by the national Epilepsy Foundation. She was named the Executive of the Year the following year. Darla was the first executive director to have a seat on the national Epilepsy Foundation board. She has served on many national, state and local boards spiriting the cause for people with epilepsy.
Sergeant Gary Wiegert retired from the St. Louis Police Department after serving 17 years as a patrolman and 18 years as a Sergeant. Gary was assigned to the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th districts and the Public Housing Unit. He is a graduate of the Greater Saint Louis Police Academy and holds a B.S. from Southeast Missouri State University and a M.A. from Lindenwood University.
Sgt. Wiegert was President of the St. Louis Police Officer’s Association for six years and an executive board member for 12 years, having won seven elections. Gary learned and honed his communication skills hosting a radio talk show on WGNU for 6 years. He worked secondary jobs providing private security for the St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Governor George Bush, GCI Security and as an investigator for the St. Louis Public Schools.
Gary is a registered lobbyist for Show-Me Cannabis and the St. Louis Tea Party and worked as a political consultant on the Spooner for Senate and Stream for County Supervisor campaigns. He also served as the spokesman on the No on Prop A (local control) and No on Prop P (arch tax) referendums.
Alex Lange is a union representative for United Food & Commercial Workers Local 655. Alex has lived in Missouri his whole life and currently resides in South Saint Louis County. He started his career with Schnucks in 2010. While employed with Schnucks, Alex had an opportunity to work on OurWalmart, a national program to help Walmart associates gain a voice on the job site. Later, he led the OurWalmart campaign in St Louis. While working with Local 655 he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from University Missouri- St. Louis in 2012. Upon graduation, he was hired by UFCW Local 655 to become a full-time organizer on October 1, 2012. Alex served as the General Election Chairperson for the Local’s Officer Elections. Lange currently is a delegate to the St. Louis Labor Council and an alternate trustee on the UFCW Local 655 Pension Fund.
Commander Thomas W. Mundell is a former member of the United States Army. He served two combat tours in Vietnam as an Aero Scout Gunner on Hunter/Killer Assault Teams. While performing Search and Destroy operations throughout the world, he was shot down 11 times and rendered over 164 Enemy Combatants harmless during his Military and Civilian career.
His military decorations include the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Bronze Star Medal for Valor, Air Medal for Valor, Army Commendation Medal for Valor, four Purple Hearts, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and many others.
He served with the 135th Assault Helicopter Company, 335th Assault Helicopter Company, A Trp, 2/17 Cav, 101st Airborne Division and the 10th Special Forces Group during his military career. Since his military career, he served with numerous Department of Defense and Civilian Companies in Iran, Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan, Africa, and South America. He was also an Attack Helicopter Senior Technical Instructor for Bell Helicopter International.
Returning to St. Louis, he transitioned to McDonnell Douglas and became a Senior Product Service Training Instructor on the F-15 and F-18 Fighter Aircraft. Later he became CEO of Tactical Self-Defense and Aviation Systems. He is presently the Past State Commander, for the Department of Missouri, Veterans of Foreign Wars and just recently elected as the Vice Chairman of MAVO, the Military Association of Veteran Organizations.
Representative Brandon Ellington represents District 22, part of Jackson County, in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was first elected to the House in a special election in November 2011.
Rep. Ellington is a 1999 graduate of Paseo High School in Kansas City. He also attended Penn Valley University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Ellington has been active in public service since childhood, and has been officially community organizing since the age of nineteen. He has been working with food pantries, starting neighborhood clean up programs, mentorship programs, elderly assist programs, community outreach programs, and coaching youth in basketball. He is the cofounder of Voices of the People and serves as president of I Am My Brother’s Keeper.
Ellington is dedicated to being an advocate for the underprivileged and disenfranchised.
Dr. Debra Mardis was born in Omaha, Nebraska. The daughter of an Air Force captain and a school teacher, Debra had the opportunity to live and learn in many different states and countries during her childhood. She has studied and served medical missions in the Middle East, Europe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and the Philippines. After completing her undergraduate training at Hamline University, Debra continued her medical education at Des Moines University. Dr. Mardis has also obtained her Master’s of Business Administration and has worked both in private practice and for the Veteran’s Administration. A devoted mother of four children, Debra is committed to improving the quality of pediatric healthcare regionally and nationally. Dr. Mardis is fighting for the rights of epileptic patients to have access to CBD oil from cannabis and for Missouri farmers to have the right to grow industrial hemp.
Ray Hartmann is a panelist on the PBS television program “Donnybrook” for more than 25 years, the founder and former publisher of the Riverfront Times newspaper, former President of the ACLU of Eastern Missouri, and served for an unprecedented two terms as editor of The Maneater, the University of Missouri at Columbia’s student paper.