Board Officers

  • President

    Denise FredrickDr. Denise Fredrick is a science education consultant. She earned her doctoral degree at Saint Louis University in Educational Leadership and completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees in secondary education at Missouri State University. 

    Elected to the board in 2011, her current term expires in 2023.


  • Vice President

    MaryamDr. Maryam Mohammadkhani is a retired pathologist.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree from University of California Irvine, and her Medical Doctoral degree from University of Southern California School of Medicine.  She trained and practiced in the Harvard medical system in Boston before joining Cox Health in 2001.  

    Elected to the board in 2021, her current term expires in 2024.

Board Members

  • Kelly ByrneMr. Kelly Byrne is a SPS graduate of Kickapoo High School and earned a degree in business marketing from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. He is principal and managing partner of the Say You Can companies which specializes in real estate investment and development. 

    Elected to the board in 2022, his current term expires in 2025.

  • Scott CriseMr. Scott Crise attended college at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma, where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in both Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering.  He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Chicago. Scott has worked at Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. (AECI) for over 20 years and currently serves as Manager of Technical Services. 

    Elected to the board in 2021, his current term expires in 2024.

  • Danielle KincaidMs. Danielle Kincaid received her Juris Doctorate from Creighton University School of Law and her master and bachelor degrees from Missouri State University. Danielle is currently a partner with the Elder Law Group.

    Elected to the board in 2021, her current term expires in 2024.

  • Steve MakowskiMr. Steve Makoski attended University of Phoenix where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management (BSBM). A retired veteran of the United States Navy of 20 years as Chief Petty Officer (AMECAW) and Director of Aircraft Maintenance. Steve currently serves as Director of Compliance for Rapid Robert’s Incorporated and continues as a Springfield Businessman of twenty-five years.

    Elected to the board in 2022, his current term expires in 2025.

  • Shurita Thomas-TateDr. Shurita Thomas-Tate is an associate professor at Missouri State University.  She is a member of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department.  

    Thomas-Tate obtained her bachelor's degree in speech language pathology from Southern University in Louisiana and master's and doctorate in speech language pathology from Ohio State University.

    Elected to the board in 2020, her current term expires in 2023.

Last Modified on August 18, 2022