The Department of Health and Senior Services protects and promotes quality of life and health for all Missourians by partnering with other agencies and organizations, developing and implementing programs and systems that provide: information and education, effective regulation and oversight, quality services and surveillance of diseases and conditions. The State Board of Health and Senior Services advise the department director in planning for departmental activities and acts in an advisory capacity regarding rules promulgated by the Department of Health and Senior Services. Board members are appointed by the governor. The director of the department, appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the chief liaison officer of the department for joint efforts with other governmental agencies and with private organizations that conduct or sponsor programs that relate to public health in Missouri.


Nick Ragone
Mr. Ragone, of St. Louis, is Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Ascension, one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health care systems. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.. Mr. Ragone is the author of four books on presidential history and American government. In 2015, he started a nonprofit with the St. Louis Chess Club called Your Move Chess, which funds after-school chess for underserved communities in the St. Louis area.

Dr. Matthew Brandt
Dr. Brandt, of Springfield, is a Physician and EMS Medical Director at CoxHealth. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and went on to get his Medical Degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Brandt is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces.