Commission Members

The eleven-member commission consists of two members of the Missouri Senate, two members of the Missouri House of Representatives and five members appointed by the governor. The chairman of the Missouri Veterans' Commission or designee and the director of the Department of Economic Development or designee serve ex officio.

Steve Ehrhardt

Steve Ehrhardt - Chairman

Ehrhardt is the President and Owner of Ehrhardt Properties and other related business entities.  He owns, operates, and manages hotels, apartment complexes, and other real estate in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas.  Ehrhardt holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and accounting from the University of Central Missouri.

In addition to his professional duties, Steve is active in many community organizations including Missouri Hotel & Lodging Association, Sustainable Ozarks Partnership, Mid Missouri Chapter Association US Army, IHG Owners Association and the Leonard Wood Institute.  

Steve is active in the Catholic faith.  He has been married to his wife Donna for 30 years and they have one son, Jack.  

Hart Nelson, St. Louis, MO

Hart Nelson
St. Louis, MO

Nelson is the Vice President of Public Policy at the St. Louis Regional Chamber where he works closely with economic development groups and elected officials to grow the region’s economy. A former diplomat and reserve naval officer holding the rank of Lieutenant Commander, Hart and his family moved to Missouri after having served for nearly a decade at a number of U.S. Embassies overseas.

Hart received his Master of Business Administration and Master of Information Management degrees from Washington University. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science and Mass Communications from the University of California at Berkeley. He was awarded the Naval and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and is the recipient of numerous Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from the U.S. State Department.

In addition to his professional duties, Hart is member of the Board of Directors of Citizens for Modern Transit, a member of the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission, and serves on the Planning and Zoning Commission in Brentwood, Missouri. He is married and has three young children.

Royal T. Turner, St. Joseph, MO

Royal T. Turner
St. Joseph, MO

Turner is currently employed as Community Affairs Manager for Kansas City Power and Light Company in St Joseph, Mo. He retired in 2005 from Hausman Metal Works and Roofing Company in St. Joseph after working 35 years in a number of positions from Sheet Metal Worker and Superintendent to Project Manager. He also served two terms as the Presiding Commissioner of Buchanan County, Missouri 2007 through 2014.

Turner served nearly 40 years (1968-2007) with the United States Army in Active and Reserve duty roles, including assignments in both Vietnam and Desert Storm. He retired as Chief Warrant Officer 4 in 2007. Now, Turner is actively involved in the local community, currently serving on the Quality Committee at Mosaic Life Care. Board member of the St Joseph Port Authority, Allocations Committee United Way, member of American Legion Post #359 and President of local chapter of Military Officers Association of America. He is a member of Central Christian Church.

He has been married to wife Karen for 40 years and has two children plus four grandchildren.

Steve Wallach,St. Louis Co., MO

Steve Wallach​​
St. Louis Co., MO

Wallach has over 40 years of experience in the defense, intelligence and civil communities; this includes more than 32 years with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), and he served as the Senior Vice President of National Security Strategy at GeoEye. Currently, Wallach is an independent consultant for National Security activities.

Wallach is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, Webster University, the Armed Forces Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the Senior Acquistion Course of the Defense Acquisition University. He was inducted into the NGA Hall of Fame and received Northwest Missouri State University's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016.

He is married and has two grown children and resides in the Saint Louis County.

Greg Frencken, Windsor, MO

Greg Frencken
Windsor, MO

Frencken is the owner of Frencken Insurance and Financial Services, Inc in Windsor, MO as well as  Jewell Enterprises, LLC, which is involved in commercial property purchasing and leasing. He is a Civic Leader on the Air Force Global Strike Command Commander’s Civic Leader Group and serves on the boards of Whiteman Area Leadership Council and Whiteman Base Community Council. In the past, Frencken served as President of the Whiteman Base Community Council, and he implemented both the Adopt an Airman and Airman Home for the Holidays programs during that time. 

Frencken is a graduate from the University of Missouri where he studied Health Services Management. He lives on a farm with his wife Jessica and his youngest child, and he has three children total. 

Senator Sandy Crawford

Senator Sandy Crawford (R)
MO Senate - District 28
Buffalo, MO

Senator Sandy Crawford represents District 28 in the Missouri Senate, which is comprised of Benton, Cedar, Dallas, Hickory, Laclede, Pettis, Polk and St. Clair counties. Senator Crawford was elected to the Missouri Senate in August of 2017. She served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2010 – 2017.

Prior to becoming a state representative, Sen. Crawford enjoyed a 30-year banking career at O’Bannon Bank in Buffalo.

Senator Crawford is a lifelong resident of Dallas County. She is a 1975 graduate of Buffalo High School. She received her B.S. in Finance from Missouri State University in 1995, and she is a 1998 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.

Senator Crawford is a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lebanon, where she teaches third and fourth-grade girls’ Sunday school classes. Her other memberships include Dallas County Cattlemen, NRA, Farm Bureau, Buffalo FFA Alumni, State Fair Foundation and Lebanon Rotary (honorary member). In addition, Senator Crawford is on the advisory board for Lebanon Technical and Career Center, and the Dallas County Technical Center.

Senator Crawford was born on Oct. 1. She and her husband, John, raise beef cattle near Buffalo where they reside.

Senator Steven Roberts

Senator Steven Roberts (D)
MO Senate - District 5
St. Louis, MO

Senator Steven Roberts was sworn into office on Jan. 6, 2021, to serve the people of the 5th Senatorial District and selected as the Democratic Whip for the Minority Party. He previously served two terms in the Missouri House of Representatives, from 2017 to 2020.

Senator Roberts is a fourth-generation St. Louis native, whose parents and grandparents overcame segregation and discrimination to establish their careers. His mother, Dr. Eva Frazer, became a distinguished doctor and his father a respected attorney, St. Louis Alderman and successful businessman. It is from his parents that he developed a strong sense of civic responsibility and social justice.

Senator Roberts holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Communication Studies from the University of Miami and received his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. While in law school, his experiences included working in the U.S. Congress as a legislative intern; as a certified law clerk with the District Attorney’s Office in the City of Compton, California; and assisting the Counsel to Secure Justice in New Delhi, India, to help victims of violent sexual assault. After graduating law school, he joined AP Wireless Infrastructure Partners, LLC as a member of a team of attorneys responsible for managing over 100 million dollars of company assets. Following the events in Ferguson, Sen. Roberts returned to serve his community as a prosecutor for the City of St. Louis where he participated in over a hundred cases from minor weapons offenses to homicides. In addition to his legislative duties, he is the managing partner of Roberts Law, LLC.

He is a member of the Missouri Bar and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Mound City Bar Association and a founder and former president of the St. Louis chapter of the National Black Prosecutor’s Association.

Senator Roberts currently resides in the City of St. Louis.

Representative Ashley Aune

Representative Ashley Aune (D)
MO House of Representatives - District 014
Kansas City, MO

Representative Ashley Aune, a Democrat, represents Platte and Clay Counties (District 14) in the Missouri House of Representatives. She was elected to her first two-year term in November 2020.

In addition to her legislative duties, Aune is the owner of Propel Creative Studio – a marketing agency in Kansas City. Aune received a bachelors’ degree in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas with a minor in English.

Born in Colorado and raised in Kansas, Aune now lives in the Kansas City Northland with her husband and stepdaughter.

Representative Bill Hardwick

Representative Bill Hardwick (R)
MO House of Representatives - District 122
Waynesville, MO

Bill Hardwick represents part of Pulaski County and Fort Leonard Wood in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two year term in 2020.

Prior to serving in the Missouri Legislature, Representative Hardwick was a supervisory attorney as a Department of the Army civilian, a Special Assistant United States Attorney and served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Pulaski County, Missouri. He was the City Prosecutor for St. Robert, Missouri and taught courses as an adjunct professor in political science, business, philosophy and law. Representative Hardwick also litigated cases in the private sector as an attorney in private practice.

Representative Hardwick served as an enlisted Soldier and officer in the Missouri National Guard and U.S. Army. He led combat patrols in Baghdad, Iraq. He served as an engineer platoon leader and company commander. Representative Hardwick graduated with honors from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College located at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas where he earned a skill identifier as a strategist. He continues to serve in the Missouri Army National Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Born in Rolla, Missouri, Representative Hardwick is a graduate of Dixon High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in Classics from the University of Missouri and Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia, Missouri. He enjoys hunting, fishing, reading and movies. He and his wife, Teresa, reside in Waynesville, Missouri.

Joe Driskill, Missouri Military Advocate

Joe Driskill
Missouri Military Advocate

Joseph L. (Joe) Driskill is the Military Advocate for the State of Missouri. The position was created by legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2015 that established the Office of Military Advocate, an agency charged with the responsibility of coordinating efforts to preserve and enhance Missouri’s military installations and agencies and supporting the success of the state’s defense businesses.  As the Governor’s military affairs representative, the Military Advocate serves as the liaison between state and federal branches of government and provides enhanced communication to Missouri government leaders and installation communities in all efforts to ensure the long term sustainability of the state’s military assets.   

Driskill was nominated to the position by the Governor in April 2016 and confirmed by the Missouri Senate a for a six year term ending in 2022.

In addition to his work at Fort Leonard Wood, Driskill also serves on the board of directors of the Association of Defense Communities (ADC). The ADC is a national organization that unites the diverse interests of communities, state governments, the private sector and all services of the military on issues of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), community-military partnerships, mission growth and sustainment, and support for military families and veterans.  

Paul Kirchoff, Missouri Veterans Commission Executive Director

Paul Kirchhoff
Executive Director, Missouri Veterans Commission

Kirchhoff is a highly-experienced leader with an extensive background in resource management with an emphasis in public service. He formerly served as the Director of Missouri Emergency Response Commission. He also formerly served as the Director of the Missouri National Guard’s Warrior Support Program as well as Director of the Guard’s Missouri Military Funeral Honors Program.

He served 33 years of combined enlisted and commissioned military service, serving both on active duty with the U.S. Army and with the Missouri Army National Guard. Kirchhoff served on combat tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. Duty assignments included: Brigade Administrative Officer, Battalion Operations Officer, Battalion Commander and Regimental Commander.

Kirchhoff’s military schools he attended include: U.S. Army War College; Human Resources Management Qualification Course; Advanced Joint Professional Military Education; Air War College; Army Command & General Staff College; Field Artillery Captains Career Course; Military Intelligence Captains & Transition Career Courses; Combined Arms Staff Services School; Engineer Officer Advanced & Basic Courses; U.S. Army Airborne School; Personnel Actions Specialist Course.

His military awards for service include: Legion of Merit Award; Bronze Star Medal (2nd Award); Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award); Joint Service Commendation Medal; Joint Service Achievement Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal; Achievement Medal (2nd Award); National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award); Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon (One Campaign Star); Iraq Campaign Medal (Two Campaign Stars); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (2nd Award); Humanitarian Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device & Silver Hourglass (2nd Award); Army Service Ribbon; Army; Overseas Service Ribbon; Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon (6th Award); NATO ISAF Ribbon; Missouri Conspicuous Service Medal; Missouri Expeditionary Ribbon; Missouri Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon; Missouri Iraqi Campaign Ribbon; Missouri State Emergency Duty Ribbon; Missouri 20 Year Long Service Ribbon; Florida Meritorious Service Ribbon; Florida Active State Duty Ribbon; Louisiana Emergency Services Ribbon; Valorous Unit Award (2nd Award); Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2nd Award); Combat Action Badge; Parachutist Badge.

Kirchhoff earned M.S. degrees in Management from Webster University and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Kirchhoff is married with two sons. He resides in Jefferson City.

Rob Dixon, Missouri Department of Economic Development

Rob Dixon
Missouri Department of Economic Development

Overseen by the director, the department’s administration is comprised of many units and supports sections including general counsel, financial systems, budget and planning, legislative affairs, marketing/communications, and human resources. These units support the department’s agencies and its overall mission to grow the state of Missouri.

Governor Eric Greitens appointed Rob Dixon as the Acting Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.  His service officially began July 1, 2017. 

Most recently, Rob served as the President/CEO of the Missouri Community College Association.  MCCA is a membership organization for Missouri’s community colleges, providing government advocacy, networking, and education resources for its members.  It is the largest higher education association in the state, with approximately 2,000 members.

Rob also served in a variety of roles at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. His overall responsibilities included leadership and management of staff and programs in economic and workforce development, public affairs, local government policy, communications, community development, and strategic planning.  Rob Dixon also served as the Executive Director of the Hollister Area of Chamber of Commerce.

Rob joined the U.S. Marine Corps after high school, where he served as an intelligence analyst in Afghanistan and Pakistan immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  He was recognized for leadership and performance as a U.S. Marine.  Rob received an honorable discharge as a sergeant after five years in the Marine Corps.

Rob has a Master of Public Administration degree from Missouri State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and an Associate of Arts in Political Science from St. Charles Community College. 

Rob is a native Missourian.  He is married to Melanie Dixon, and they have one son, Eddie.