Missy Gelner appointed to Missouri's Statewide Board of Education

We're excited to celebrate the appointment of Missy Gelner to Missouri's Statewide Board of Education. 

Melissa Gelner is a St. Louis native who attended the University of Tulsa and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and dual majors in Marketing and Organizational Management. Melissa began her career in marketing at Noble & Associates, a food marketing agency in Springfield, Missouri. She went on to work for Tyson Foods for 13 years, where she launched many award-winning products with national restaurant chains.

Gelner currently serves as Chief Kinship Officer at Askinosie Chocolate in Springfield, Missouri and is the executive director of Askinosie's Chocolate Universit. In this role, she directs programs in elementary through high-school grades, international sustainable school nutrition programs and other kinship-based initiatives in the local factory community and in cocoa origin communities. Melissa also freelances as a marketing and innovation consultant for food manufacturers and foodservice operators.

Melissa has served as a board member and is a ustaining advisor at the Junior League of Springfield and on committees supporting Isabel’s House, Care to Learn, The Springfield-Greene County Park Board and the YMCA. Melissa and her husband, Brian, have two elementary aged children attending The Summit Preparatory School in Springfield, Missouri, where she has served as an executive committee member of the Board of Trustees. 

"I am honored to serve the administration and state's children on the Board of Education. As a mother of two elementary age children, I hold the value of education in very high regard. I look forward to contributing and supporting a bright future for Missouri's students," Gelner said in response to the appointment made by Governor Eric Greitens.

The Missouri State Board of Education is made up of eight citizens appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. The bodies major duties include setting policy for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, defining academic performance standards for public schools, and submitting annual budget recommendations for education to the Missouri Legislature. 

Rachel Anderson