Missouri Veterans Commission Commissioners
The Missouri Veterans Commission shall be composed of nine members. Two members shall be members of the senate, one appointed by the president pro tem of the senate and one appointed by the senate minority floor leader, two members shall be members of the house of representatives, one appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives and one appointed by the house minority floor leader, and in appointing such members, preference shall be given to current or former members of the military and their spouses, parents, and children. Members appointed from the house of representatives and the senate shall be appointed for a two-year term or until a successor is appointed and may be reappointed to the commission. Five members, who shall be veterans appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, for a four-year term; except that initial appointments to the commission shall consist of two veterans to serve four-year terms, two veterans to serve three-year terms, and one veteran to serve a two-year term. In addition, the chair of the Missouri military preparedness and enhancement commission or the chair's designee shall be an ex officio member of the commission.
Commission Chair - Kelly McClelland
Kelly McClelland was elected Commission Chair. Mr. McClelland is the owner, president, and CEO of McClelland Law Firm in Liberty. He is an honorably discharged U.S. Army Veteran, who achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel. His service includes time as an A-Team Commander and Battalion Commander (U.S. Army Special Forces), who served in Germany, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Mr. McClelland holds a BA with distinction from William Jewell College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law.
Meredith Knopp - Vice-Chair
Meredith Knopp was elected Vice-Chair. Ms. Knopp, who has been serving as a member of the commission since December 2017, served as a captain in the U.S. Army. She is a member of the Women's Army Corps Veterans Association and the Association of the United States Army. She is a co-founder of HEROES Care, a non-profit that provides support for Veterans and their families. She is the president and CEO of the St. Louis Area Foodbank. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Michigan State University and has studied at Cambridge University.
Tim Smith served as a Sergeant in the United States Army. He is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran. His military awards include: Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (3); the USA/USAF Presidential Unit Citation; the Meritorious Unit Commendation; the National Defense Service Ribbon; the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and the Army Service Ribbon. He is the owner and founder of Patriot Commercial Cleaning. He has been recognized as the Veteran Business Owner of the Year in Missouri and has hired over forty veteran employees. Smith holds a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Missouri - St. Louis and a master's degree in social work from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.
Representative Dave Griffith
Representative Dave Griffith, a Republican, represents Cole County (District 60) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2018.
Prior to his legislative duties, Griffith served as the executive director of the American Red Cross for six years. Griffith also served on the city council for Jefferson City. Prior to that, he spent 23 years working for KRCG TV in a variety of roles ranging from production to account executive.
Griffith served in the U.S. Army 8th Special Forces Group as a Green Beret.
Griffith is a member of the Kiwanis Club, Rotary International, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Easter Seals Association, Red Cross Board of Directors and the Special Olympics. He has been recognized with the Red Cross Heart of a Hero Award and an American Cancer Society Lifetime Achievement Award.
Griffith is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University.
Griffith resides in Jefferson City with his wife, Leigh. They have two children and five grandchildren.
Senator Steven Roberts
Senator Roberts, who represents District 5, in the City of St. Louis, is a fourth-generation St. Louis native and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Communication Studies from the University of Miami and a law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. In addition to his legislative duties, Sen. Roberts serves as a Captain with the Missouri Air National Guard in the JAG Corps. The JAG Corps is an elite group of law professionals who provide a full range of legal services to the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. He is also the managing partner of Roberts Law, LLC.
Senator Rick Brattin
Senator Brattin was elected in 2020 to serve the 31st Senate District. His is a former member of the Missouri House of Representatives and the former Cass County Auditor. Senator Brattin served in the United States Marine Corps for six years.
In addition to his legislative duties, Senator Brattin owns and operates a construction company. He and his wife Athena reside in Harrisonville with their five children.
Representative Robert Sauls
Representative Robert E. Sauls represents the Eastern part of Independence in Jackson County. (District 21) He is a fourth generation resident of Independence, MO and currently lives there with his son, Jackson. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2018. He currently serves on the House Veterans Committee. Representative Sauls also currently serves as the Assistant Staff Judge Advocatee in the USAF Reserves.
Randy Alewel is the CEO of Alewel’s Country Meats, and president of Totally Country Products Incorporated in Warrensburg. He is a retired Brigadier General with the Missouri Army National Guard, and ended his service as the 35th ID Deputy Commanding General – Support. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from the University of Missouri Columbia, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College.
Steve Maples serves as a court security officer for the City of Ozark Municipal Court and as a deputy sheriff in the Reserve Division of the Christian County Sheriff’s Office. Previously, he was the director of the Missouri Veterans Cemetery-Springfield. Mr. Maples is retired a member of the Missouri Army National Guard. After 29 years of service, he retired at the rank of master sergeant. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Restore Hope.