• Elected Board Governance

    Monday, November 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs, Esq. , Executive Strategic Advisor in Equity Programming at National School Boards Association

    Melissa K. Randol, Esq., Executive Director, Missouri School Boards Association and Chief Executive Officer at MSBA Future Builders Foundation

    Janet Tilley, Director of Board Development at Missouri School Boards Association


    About the Speakers:

    Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs serves as the Executive Strategic Advisor in Equity Programming for the National School Boards’ Association in Washington, D.C. She is an attorney, a Licensed Consultant by Maryland Nonprofits Standards for Excellence Institute, and a trained Mediator by the American Arbitration Association.

    Ms. Jacobs has over 25 years in public service working with urban education systems, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and labor unions. She has served as Chair of one of the largest school districts in the United States, President of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education, Chair of the National School Boards’ Council of Urban Boards of Education, and as a Chief Negotiator in labor relations and other contractual matters.

    Ms. Jacobs is known for her effectiveness in bringing divergent stakeholders to the table to tackle contentious, yet necessary issues with the focus on developing effective communications strategies and strong professional relationships. Throughout her distinguished legal and public service career, Ms. Jacobs has continued to fight for the right of every child to have access to equitable educational opportunities.

    Melissa Randol currently serves as the Executive Director of the Missouri School Boards' Association and the Chief Executive Officer of the MSBA Future Builders Foundation. Ms. Randol is a school law attorney and executive with over 23 years of experience advocating on behalf of public school children in Missouri. In addition, she is a wife and mother, with five grown children who are all graduates of Missouri’s public schools.

    Prior to being named the Executive Director for the Missouri School Boards’ Association in 2015, Ms. Randol served the association for over 20 years in various roles, including General Counsel, Deputy Executive Director and Associate Executive Director of Governmental Relations.

    Ms. Randol serves the education community in a number of roles, including Immediate Past Chair of the Missouri Education Roundtable, officer of the Missouri Securities Investment Program, Missouri Bar Committee Chair, Co-Chair of Local Leaders Partnership, Executive Director Central Region Liaison to the National School Boards Association and a member of the National School Boards Action Center’s Advisory Committee.

    Ms. Randol earned her Bachelor of Science from Missouri State University in Economics and Accounting and her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

    Janet Tilley has served in public education for nearly 40 years as a teacher, administrator, consultant and trainer. She joined the Missouri School Boards’ Association in 2013 as the Director of Board Development and assists in providing the state mandated training for all public school board members in Missouri. In addition, Ms. Tilley has worked extensively with the boards of the St. Joseph and Kansas City Public School districts in implementing research-based governance practices, as well as an evidence-based superintendent evaluation process.

    Ms. Tilley began her career in education at Lincoln University as a writing tutor in the Center for Academic Enrichment. She spent 30 years with the Columbia Public Schools as a high school English teacher and K-12 Language Arts Coordinator. After retiring from public education, Ms. Tilley worked as a national literacy consultant in Michigan, Illinois and Ohio. She also served as a literacy consultant for six elementary schools in Kansas City as a part of a federal School Improvement Grant.

    Janet holds National Board Certification as a teacher and has been recognized for her contributions in the areas of literacy. She earned a Bachelor of Education in English and Speech and Theater from Missouri State University and a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri, Columbia.


  • Vashon High School (Directions)
    3035 Cass Ave
    St. Louis, MO 63106

    • Parking is free on the Vashon parking lot (enter on Cass).
    • This location is handicap-accessable.
    • Complimentary child-care is available on-site.
    • An interpreter will translate for the hearing-impaired.

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