Governor Eric Greitens appoints five Springfield women to statewide boards

Rosie is excited to celebrate the appointment of several local women to statewide boards and commissions. Governor Eric Greitens recently announced several appointments as part of his commitment to furthering women in Missouri leadership.

Amy Layman was named to the Children's Trust Fund Board, which works to prevent child abuse. Layman is currently a member of the Child Advocacy Center's board of directors.

Jody Austin, a probation officer with the Springfield Municipal Court, was picked for the Missouri Juvenile Justice Advisory Group, which aims to help young people who run afoul of the law. 

Mary Bozarth and Kristen Tuohy were each named to the Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board, which hears appeals from people the state Children's Division has accused of mistreating children.

Bozarth, a Springfield attorney, works as in-house counsel for Little Sunshine's Playhouse and as an adjunct professor of criminology at Missouri State University. She has worked as an assistant attorney general in the Missouri attorney general's consumer protection division.

Tuohy works as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Christian County and has previously worked as a public defender and assistant prosecutor elsewhere in southwest Missouri, including in Greene County. Like Bozarth, she also has spent time working as an assistant attorney general.

Betsy Miller, who runs the 2B Organized space planning firm, was appointed to the Missouri Women's Council, which aims to help women on economic and employment issues. Miller is the founder and president of the Springfield Police Foundation and has worked at numerous local nonprofits.

These appointments come as part of the Governor's recent promise to appoint 25 women in a span of 25 days to honor the 25th anniversary of the Women's Foundation. 

Rachel Anderson