Board of Trustees

Posted on Thursday May 14, 2020

Board of Trustees

The Platte County Health Department Board of Trustees is an unpaid, elected Board comprised of a Board Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and a Board Member.  Board Members are elected to four-year terms as described in Chapter 205.031 RSMo.  The Board of Trustees is the governing and policy-making body of the Platte County Health Department. The Board sets the direction of the Department and all matters pertaining to disease prevention, promotion, and protection of the lives and health of all Platte County residents and visitors.

A roster of the Board of Trustees and brief bios follow:

Dr. Jackson

Board Chair 

Dr. R. Kent Jackson, DVM
(term expires April, 2024)

Dr. Kent Jackson has lived in Platte County since 1968.  He attended the University of Missouri in Columbia where he obtained his degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1976.  Dr. Jackson owns and operates Jackson Animal Clinic in Platte City.  He has promoted public health as a member of the Health Department's Board of Trustees and through promotion of the health of his veterinary patients.

Dr. Hills

Vice Chair

Dr. Teresa Hills, DDS
(term expires April, 2024)

Dr. Teresa Hills has lived in Platte County for 18 years. She has worked in dentistry her entire adult life and has practiced as a Dentist for 20 years. Prior to becoming a Dentist, Dr. Hills was a Certified Dental Assistant for 5 years and a Registered Dental Hygienist for 8 years  Dr. Hills owns and operates Hills Family Dental in Platte City, where she practices general dentistry. Dr. Hills holds a Missouri Dental License. Public health has always been an area of emphasis in Dr. Hills' career.  She has proudly provided general dentistry services in under-served areas of Missouri for the past 10 years.

Kathy Wright

Kathy Wright, RN BSN
(term expires April, 2023)

Kathy Wright is a Platte County native, having grown up in the house in which she currently lives.  Ms. Wright graduated from Kansas University in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Ms. Wright spent the majority of her Nursing career working in the Emergency Department at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where she served as the Department Manager for 12 years.  In addition to her career at KU, Ms. Wright and her husband operated farms east of Platte City where they raised crops, livestock, and a beautiful family.  Ms. Wright and her family have owned and operated Pumpkins, etc. since 1984 and more recently, Grandma Ding's, a fudge-making company.  Ms. Wright has proudly served on the Board of Trustees for 32 years.    

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Cathy Hill
(term expires April, 2023)

Cathy Hill was born and raised in rural Leavenworth, Kansas.  She moved to Northern Platte County in 1986 after she married her husband Jeff, who is a fifth generation Platte Countian.

Ms. Hill has worked in Healthcare Administration and Management in the Northland for the past 30 years.  The majority of this time has been spent in the Family Practice setting.  Ms. Hill has served as a Manager and Administrator in Home Health and Hospice.  She has served on numerous healthcare boards and committees, including the Medical Group Management Association of Northwest Missouri (MGMA-NWMO) and the Academy of Professional Coders of Kansas City (AAPC of KC).

Ms. Hill recently semi-retired due to family health issues and works on a part-time basis for a Family Practice office in the Northland. Ms. Hill enjoys spending time with her family and friends, participating in both recreational and spectator sports, traveling, and being active in her community.  She is currently serving her 2nd four-year term on the Board of Trustees.

Paula Willmarth

Board Member

Paula Owen Willmarth
(term expires April, 2023)

Paula Owen Willmarth has lived in Platte County since 2014, moving back to the KC area after 40 years in Jefferson City.  In the capital city, Ms. Willmarth worked for the Missouri Department of Social Services and the Department of Mental Health for a combined 30 years. She served as the Director of the Division of Family Services for 4 years and was privileged to attend the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Ms. Willmarth studied Child Welfare at Duke University and at the National Child Welfare Leadership Center at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Ms. Willmarth was appointed by Governor Mel Carnahan as the first Director of the Governor’s Committee on Homelessness.

After retiring from Missouri state government, Ms. Willmarth continued her career in Social Work at the Administration of Children Services in New York City. Ms. Willmarth was Owner and CEO of Paula J. Willmarth Consulting until retiring from that career in 2012.

Ms. Willmarth is a published author, having published “The Road to Recovery”, First Edition April 2002, in conjunction with the University of Missouri, Project Life. "The Road to Recovery" is a guide to life in recovery from mental illness.

Links to meeting agendas and meeting minutes will be posted to this webpage as they become available.  Platte County residents and business owners will be able to email comments and questions to the Board of Trustees through a link below.  Email senders will be asked to provide their names and Platte County residence addresses or Platte County business addresses.

Meeting Agendas

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - Regular Meeting

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - Work Session

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - Work Session

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - Regular Session

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - Special Meeting

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - Special Meeting

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - Regular Meeting

Thursday, July 30, 2020 - Special Meeting

Thursday, August 5, 2020 - Special Meeting

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - Regular Meeting

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - Special Meeting

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - Architect Interviews

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - Regular Meeting

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - Special Meeting - Architect Selection

Monday, October 5, 2020 - Special Meeting

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - Regular Meeting 

Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Responses to Public Comments - May 20 Board Meeting

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Thursday, August 5, 2020

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - To be posted after approval.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - To be posted after approval.
GoToMeeting Recordings

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Tuesday, May 20, 2020

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - via unrecorded Conference Call

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 (20:13 to 49:17 is silent due to Executive Session)

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Thursday, August 5, 2020

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
3F30 Slides are included in the recording before screen-sharing stopped at 32:41.
Hoefer Wysocki Slides - Interview begins at 36:05.
Archimages Slides - Interview begins at 1:28:03.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - Meeting begins at 00:51.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Monday, October 5, 2020

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - Silent during Executive Session from 52:30 to 1:25:35.

Public Comments

Email Comments to the Board of Trustees (Must include name and Platte County residence address or Platte County business address)

Public Comments Received