Jessica Seitz, Interim Executive Director

Jessica Seitz stepped in as Interim Executive Director of Missouri KidsFirst in May 2021. She first joined Missouri KidsFirst as the Director of Public Policy in 2017 after spending more than six years in federal government relations in Washington, DC. As Policy Director, she is responsible for providing leadership for the organization’s state and federal advocacy work and building and maintaining relationships with lawmakers, government agencies and 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 and is currently completing a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 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.

Rebecca Bax, SAFE-CARE Program Manager

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. Now as Program Manager, she coordinates all of the Network’s medical-forensic trainings, tracks provider requirements, maintains provider records, coordinates the activities of the three medical resource centers, and communicates 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.

Deirdea Mason, Program Assistant

Deirdea joined Missouri KidsFirst as the Program Assistant in the spring of 2020.  She assists the SAFE-CARE Program Manager and Training & Education Program Manager in providing training and support to the CAC staff, medical providers and other professionals providing services to reported victims of child abuse and neglect in Missouri.  Deirdea previously worked for the Department of Social Services and The Missouri Bar.  She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Board of Directors

  • Harold Bland, M.D., F.A.A.P.
  • Rod Chapel
  • Bryna Edwards
  • Jack Jensen
  • Chris Kelly
  • Emmy McClelland
  • Keith Ray Mackie
  • Genny Nicholas
  • Brandon Nicklas
  • Jessica Pabst
  • Steven Renne
  • B. T. Rice

For immediate help, please call Missouri’s Statewide Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-800-392-3738

Missouri KidsFirst is not a 24-hour service provider and does not provide crisis services.

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