St. Louis County Executive Sam Page on Tuesday unveiled his slate of nine candidates for the Board of Freeholders, the politically appointed body that will be tasked with devising changes to the region's government structure over the next year.
Page's roster of appointees features a politically diverse mix of public and private industry leaders, including a few high profile names. Among them: Mark Mantovani, the Ladue businessman who narrowly lost to Steven Stenger in last year's Democratic primary for county executive, and John Nations, the former three-term mayor of Chesterfield who also served 8 years as CEO of Bi-State Development.
“As we face the future, every part of our community must be heard. This talented group will bring different perspectives, life experiences, and professional expertise to the table,” Page said in a news release. “I am confident they are committed to a fair process that empowers the board to think creatively, to listen carefully, and to identify solutions we can all get behind.”
His appointees are:
- Cheryl Milton Roberts, Democrat and senior equal opportunity and diversity practitioner for the Missouri Department of Transportation.
- John Nations, a Republican who in addition to his former roles in Chesterfield and Bi-State is currently chair of the Business Services Group at St. Louis law firm Evans and Dixon LLC.
- Dee Joyner, the politically independent director of Resilient Communities at the Adrian Dominican Sisters and former senior vice president at Commerce Bank. Joyner was chief of staff to former St. Louis County Executive H.C. Milford.
- Mark Mantovani, a Democrat and CEO of St. Louis marketing technology agency Ansira.
- Carol Stroker, a Democrat and member of the Hazelwood City Council who formerly served in the Missouri House of Representatives.
- Jason Wilson, a Democrat, CEO of Northwest Coffee Roasting Co., and member of the Clayton Board of Education.
- Katy Forand, a Republican and president of the board of directors for Lemay Child and Family Center. She also works for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Advantage Realtors.
- Fred Searcy, a Democrat and trustee of Mt. Herald Missionary Baptist Church and director of minority recruitment for Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562.
- Alex Garza, an Independent who is chief medical officer at SSM Health. He previously served associate dean and professor at Saint Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice and as assistant secretary and chief medical officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.