Joy Oesterly, Executive Director
Joy has been serving as the Executive Director of Missouri KidsFirst since September 2011. She directs all activities of the statewide organization by providing support and guidance to multiple programs including the Missouri Network of Child Advocacy Centers and Prevent Child Abuse Missouri. Joy joined Missouri KidsFirst in April 2007 as the Prevention Director. She was responsible for community-based education, coordinating and promoting all aspects of Prevent Child Abuse Missouri, and was responsible for increasing public awareness about child abuse and its prevention through community engagement and use of reframing research.
Jessica Seitz, Director of Public Policy
Jessica Seitz joined Missouri KidsFirst as the Director of Public Policy in 2017 after spending more than six years in federal government relations in Washington, DC. She is responsible for providing leadership for the organization’s state and federal policy work and building and maintaining relationships with lawmakers, government agencies and advocacy partners to advance Missouri KidsFirst’s legislative agenda. Prior to joining Missouri KidsFirst, Jessica was the Youth Development Policy Specialist for YMCA of the USA and also served on the government relations team for the National PTA. She began her policy career as a lobbyist for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. Originally from Oklahoma, Jessica lives in St. Louis with her husband Ryan, an attorney and native Missourian. In her free time, she enjoys discussing politics with anyone that will participate and watching as much baseball as possible.
Jennifer Sommerfeld-Sager, SAFE-CARE Program Manager
Jeni joined Missouri KidsFirst as a Program Development Specialist in 2016 and is now the SAFE-CARE Program Manager. She is responsible for all SAFE-CARE program activities including SAFE-CARE contract management, oversight, and program development and promotion. Her passion for child advocacy and protection stems from her belief that power and privilege come with a responsibility to care for those who are vulnerable. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and previously worked as a research technician. Jeni enjoys good food, being active, spending time in nature and good conversation. She lives in Columbia with her husband and three energetic sons.
Rebecca Bax, SAFE-CARE Program Specialist
Rebecca started working at Missouri KidsFirst in February 2018 as the SAFE-CARE Program Specialist and she deeply values the work of Missouri KidsFirst’s programs. As the Program Specialist, she assists the SAFE-CARE Program Manager in coordinating medical-forensic training, tracking provider requirements, maintaining provider records, coordinating the activities of the three medical resource centers, and communicating with active SAFE-CARE providers. Rebecca previously worked in the field of disability advocacy and holds a Master’s degree in History. She’s an avid reader and movie lover.
Board of Directors
- BT Rice
- Jason Call
- Genny Nicholas
- Emmy McCelland
- Rod Chapel
- Jack Jensen
- Steve Renne
- Shann Sievers
- Bryna Edwards
- Brandon Nicklas
- Chris Kelly
- Keith Ray Mackie