Leadership

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President Nimrod Chapel, Jr. is an experienced trial attorney with over a decade of practice ranging from work in law firms to state government and covering a wide range of legal issues. Nimrod was responsible for a broad array of complex litigation regarding enforcement of civil rights, discrimination, consumer protection, and wage and hour and accessibility laws throughout Missouri.

Nimrod received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Oklahoma State University, his law degree from Tulane University and his Masters in Tax from Washington University in St. Louis.

Nimrod is an active member of the Missouri Bar, currently serving on the Board of Governors for the Western District.  He also serves on the boards of and is involved with numerous community not-for-profit groups, civic and professional organizations.

As president of the Missouri State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Nimrod is committed to moving equality forward for every Missouri family.

 

Secretary

Mary Ann Grayson

Mary Ann Grayson has served as the secretary of the NAACP Kansas City, MO Branch since 1999.  In this capacity, she manages the branch office, processes memberships and integrates the work of the organization through its twenty-one standing committees. Grayson is currently a member of the National Resolutions Committee.  She also works as the Finance Assistant at the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners. Grayson played a major role in hosting the National NAACP Convention in Kansas City; the City of Kanas City recognized her efforts. Grayson retired as a customer sales & service manager from NWBell/AT&T after 30 years of service in 1998.  If elected, Grayson plans to improve communication between the state conference and local units and make sure that minutes are properly sent to units prior to quarterly meetings.

 

Treasurer

Glenn Bonner

Glenn Bonner has been an active member of the NAACP for over 15 years. He is a graduate of Lincoln University. He is a licensed realtor, and serves on the Missouri Association of Realtors Professional Standards Board. Glenn serves as his local Branch’s Labor Committee Chair, where he also serves as First Vice President. Glenn is active with Big Brothers Big Sisters and is a strong advocate for community-based mentorship. If elected, Glenn plans to bring financial accountability to the State Conference, establish a functioning finance committee, develop a budget, and distribute monthly financial reports with details on expenditures and deposits. Bonner also plans to be held accountable for the use of state assessments collected from units.

 

1st Vice President 

Steve Ricard

Steve Ricard has been an active member of the NAACP for over 20 years. Steve served a member of the National Youth Work Committee for over 10 years and has served as the Youth Advisor for the Kansas City Youth Council for over 15 years. Steve was elected to the National Board of Directors in 2014. Steve has a deep passion for youth activism, and if elected plans to work to build youth units across the state and reestablish the State Youth and College Division. Steve is a member of the Raytown Human Relations Commission and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. If elected Steve will remain committed to improving the tarnished reputation of the Missouri State Conference by being dedicated, trustworthy and ethical.

 

2nd Vice President 

Rose Mary Johnson is a retired educator. Johnson served as a elementary school teacher and principal for nearly 30 years in the St. Louis Public School District. She is also a veteran, where she served with the U.S Army Reserves as a Master Sergeant. Johnson holds degrees from Webster University and the University of Missouri St. Louis. Johnson has been involved with the NAACP for nearly ten years where she works with her branch’s civic engagement committee to educate and register voters. Johnson is a member and former President of the Jennings school District Board of Education in St. Louis, Mo. She plans to bring more inclusion and transparency to the state conference and plans to work hard to begin addressing education inequity across the state.