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Former Southeast MO State president appointed to Mental Health Commission

(Source: Southeast Missouri State University) (Source: Southeast Missouri State University)

Gov. Jay Nixon announced his appointments to the Mental Health Commission and the Missouri Board of Occupational Therapy.

The appointments require Missouri Senate confirmation.

Dr. Kenneth W. Dobbins, of Lake St. Louis, and Dr. Karl Wilson, of St. Louis, were appointed to the Mental Health Commission.

The commission appoints the director of the Missouri Department of Mental Health and assists the director in establishing, maintaining and reviewing plans, practices, rules and regulations, facilities, programs and services operated, funded  or licensed by the department.

Dr. Dobbins is the president emeritus of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau and served as the university president from 1999 to 2015.

The governor appointed him for a term ending June 28, 2019.

Dr. Wilson is a clinical psychologist who retired in 2012 after 33 years as president and CEO of Crider Health Center, a safety net community health and mental health center serving Franklin, Lincoln, St. Charles and Warren counties. He also taught at Washington University for 38 years.

The governor appointed him for a term ending June 28, 2018.

Appointments to the Missouri Board of Occupational Therapy are Jeanenne M. Dallas, of Maplewood, and Heather A. Koch, of Columbia. The board protects Missourians through the licensing of occupational therapists and assistants, and also investigates complaints against licensees.

Dallas is a certified occupational therapist and an instructor in the Occupational Therapy and Neurology programs at Washington University School of Medicine.

The governor appointed her for a term ending Dec. 11, 2015.

Koch is a registered occupational therapist with Rusk Rehabilitation Center in Columbia. She serves on the board of the Missouri Occupational Therapy Association and is a past member of the board for the occupational therapy program at St. Charles Community College.

Koch was appointed for a term ending Dec. 11, 2016.

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