A Lake Winnebago resident, Ms. Balagna has lived in the Lee’s Summit community her entire life. She became a member of the Board of Education in April 2012. Ms. Balagna is a graduate of Lee’s Summit High School and a graduate of University of Central Missouri. She taught English and theatre arts for five years, with two of those at LSHS. In 1989, she became a Lee’s Summit business owner, and for the past 24 years has owned Steppin’ Out – The Studio. In 2011, the Chamber of Commerce recognized her as the Res in Motus Small Business of the Year, and she was also awarded the Volunteer of the Year. She is actively involved with the Chamber Education Committee, and serves on the Teacher of the Year/Excellence in Teaching Award Selection Committee. In addition, she serves on the Chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee, and travels to Jefferson City and Washington, D.C. each year to meet with government officials.
Within the community, Ms. Balagna is involved with many organizations: Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation Advisory Board, R-7 Business Roundtable, R-7 Citizens’ Advisory Committee, Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, Noon Rotary Club and Lee’s Summit Character Council. In 2011, she was awarded the “Whatever It Takes Award” from Lee’s Summit CARES. She donates much of her time to many local events, middle school physical education classes, Brownie troops, school theatre and music programs, and fundraising events. Nationally, she serves as judge for many talent competitions, and is one of 12 teachers throughout the country invited to serve as an Ambassador at the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City.
Ms. Balagna has two daughters, Jennifer, age 30, and Jill, age 28, both graduates of Lee’s Summit High School. Her parents also graduated from Lee’s Summit High School, and in the fall of 2014, her grandson Brody will be the fourth generation entering R-7 schools. In spring 2013, Ms. Balagna was inducted into the Lee’s Summit High School Hall of Fame. In her spare time, she enjoys golfing, boating, traveling and spending time with friends and family.