board of directors

Koby has a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, and is now pursuing a PhD in biophysics from Harvard University. Involved in both political and scientific advocacy, they bring a unique perspective as both politics and STEM disciplines lack gender diversity. As a Missouri resident for 15 years, they’ve watched the state evolve politically, and would like to see it move in a different direction. They believe that promoting and advocating for women in public office is integral to moving our state in a better direction. Ultimately, they believe Missouri M.A.D.E. is the best avenue for this change.

Koby Ljunggren (they/them)

STEM Professional

Aneva Jefferson

(she/her)

Mental health advocate

Aneva was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. She recently graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She will soon begin her master's degree in Community Development and Engagement from Vanderbilt University. She loves children, concerts, cake and mental health advocacy. She is so excited to be a part of the Board of Directors for Missouri M.A.D.E. It is her hope that one day this organization won’t have to focus on getting more women to run for office, but can focus on supporting all the amazing women already in office.

Katie Steele Danner (she/her)

Leadership Executive

Katie Steele Danner is a senior executive and small business owner with four decades of public and private sector experience. The current Executive Director of the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation, Inc., she has dedicated her life to encouraging women leaders. She received her degree in Business Administration and Public Administration from Truman State University. A former member of the Missouri House of Representatives, she has a unique appreciation for the dynamics of strategic, nonpartisan, and bi-partisan partnerships. Her husband, MG (retired) Stephen Danner served as Missouri’s Adjutant General and has recently returned to private law practice following over 40 years in the United States Army. Katie actively supports military families and chaired the Family Advisory Council for the Missouri National Guard for over 10 years and remains active in advocacy for military families. She is a member of the InnovateHER KC Women’s Leadership Alliance, was named to the debut class of Ingram’s Magazine “Fifty Missourians You Should Know” in 2011, was selected as a Kansas City Woman of Distinction in 2012, was honored for her role as a founding board member of Ava’s Grace Scholarship Foundation and was inducted into the Missouri Tourism Hall of Fame for her work developing the state’s tourism strategy that brought in a record number of visitors to Missouri. The Danners have four children and welcomed their eighth grandchild in February. In July they adopted a new dog who was born in Lamar, Missouri. His name is Truman.

Dr. Kimberly Morton (she/her)

Education Advocate

Dr. Kim Morton is the Director of Student Support Services at Washington University in St. Louis. In this role, she provides leadership in developing and implementing services to ensure high-quality, effective experiences for students. Dr. Morton had also served President Obama in the role of Special Assistant, in the Office of Communications and Outreach, External Affairs at the U. S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. She served in the Obama Administration for three and a half years, while also serving as an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia’s Community College, where she taught in the Social Sciences department. Dr. Morton has 16 years of education experience on the middle school, high school, collegiate, non-profit and federal levels. She has a passion of working with underserved and marginalized students, providing academic resources, college access opportunities and assisting students with navigating their path to graduation.

Shae Perry (she/her)

Non-profit worker and radio personality

Shae Perry was born and raised in St. Louis. Shae is a recent UMKC Graduate, who studied Film & Media Arts and was President of K-Roo Radio. In 2017, She launched her own videography and entertainment company titled, “SFTL Entertainment.” In 2019, Shae was awarded UMKC’s Outstanding Senior Award, UMKC’s Leadership Award, and became certified in Radio Marketing. Shae currently is Brand Ambassador of Big Brothers Big Sisters KC, a top non-profit that focuses on mentorship for our KC youth and community engagement. She is also an “On Air Radio Personality” on KPRS Hot 103 Jamz and her entertainment name is Deona HuSTLe. KPRS Hot 103 Jamz is the oldest continually Black family-owned radio station in the United States. Shae has been heavily involved in community events and interviews major celebrities & leaders such as Mayor Quinton Lucas. She has also emcee’d D1 Men’s & Women’s Sports and continues to host events that engage our communities. 

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