board of directors
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)
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 at the Tribute to Success: A Celebration of Women in 2016 for her role as a founding board member of Ava’s Grace Scholarship Foundation (advocating for and raising monies for social justice and paths to education for children of incarcerated parents), 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.
Koby Ljunggren (they/them)
Koby has a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, and will soon begin 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.