Board Members

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Dr. David McGehee

Superintendent

Dr. David McGehee began serving as R-7 School District superintendent in July 2006. He previously served as superintendent of the Raymore-Peculiar School District, as superintendent of the Sparta R-III School District, as high school principal in Sparta, as a middle-school science teacher and coach in Logan-Rogersville School District and as a science/physical-education teacher and coach in the Drexel R-IV School District. In 2013, Dr. McGehee was named Missouri Superintendent of the Year by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA). He was also selected New Superintendent of the Year by MASA in 2000 and received the Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award from eSchool News in 2011. Dr. McGehee serves on the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Economic Development Council, the Greater Lee’s Summit Healthcare Foundation and the Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City. He is also currently serving on the Governing Board of the American Association of School Administrators.

Dr. McGehee has worked in education since 1987 and as a public education administrator since 1995. He earned his doctorate in education leadership from St. Louis University, his specialist’s degree in superintendent leadership from Missouri State University, his master’s degree in secondary administration from Missouri State University and his bachelor’s degree in physical education and science education from Missouri Valley College.

Dr. McGehee and his wife, Andrea, have two daughters, Laura, a senior, and Megan, a 2012 R-7 graduate. The family lives in Lee’s Summit.

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Ron Baker

President

Ron Baker was elected to the Board of Education in April 2009, is currently serving as president and previously served as vice president. He retired in 2001 after working for 36 years in the R-7 School District. During his career, he taught science at the high-school and middle-school levels, served as the district’s first secondary science department chairperson and the first R-7 energy manager.

Mr. Baker was named Teacher of the Year at the Lee’s Summit Junior High School and served on the Executive Board of the Science Teachers of Missouri. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Central Missouri, his master’s degree in biology from UCM and has completed 45 post-graduate hours.

A Lee’s Summit resident, Mr. Baker is an active member of Lee’s Summit Baptist Temple and belongs to the Lee’s Summit Rotary Club. His two sons attended R-7 schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, both graduating from Lee’s Summit High School. He has one grandson who attends R-7 schools.

Mr. Baker is married to Serece Baker, a retired R-7 science teacher. They enjoy traveling, reading, golf and lake activities as well as live theatre.

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Terri Harmon

Vice President

Terri Harmon was elected to the R-7 Board of Education in April 2011. She has served on the R-7 Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) and on the CAC Steering Committee and has recently held leadership positions with the Pleasant Lea Elementary PTA and the Lee’s Summit R-7 Building Our Future Committee.

Mrs. Harmon earned her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in business administration and economics from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., and is a graduate of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions program.

She joined Best Buy as one of the original employees in the company’s 13th store. She moved to the Kansas City metropolitan area with Best Buy in 1987, managing multiple store locations in the Midwest as well as serving as a district operations administrator for a five-state region. Mrs. Harmon transferred her operational experience to the not-for-profit industry, joining the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City when it opened in 1999. As the council’s chief operating officer, she helped manage the financial, strategic and programmatic growth of this regional not-for-profit organization, including the development of a community-based arts funding program, the ArtsKC Fund.

After a decade with the Arts Council, Mrs. Harmon opened myVP, llc, a consulting practice that combines her passion for operational excellence with her interest in small and growth-oriented businesses. She helps her clients bring efficiency to their operations and integrate technology to make their businesses more successful. Mrs. Harmon and her husband, Mike, have two daughters – class of 2020 and 2024. She enjoys spending time with her family, golfing and gardening.

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Bill Baird

Member

Bill Baird was elected to the Board of Education in April 2014. He has been active in numerous community and school district organizations, including serving on the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation Board of Directors for eight years. His volunteer roles within the Educational Foundation have included leading the Development Committee as chairman for six years, chairing Taste of Lee’s Summit for three years and serving on the Foundation’s Executive Committee for five years. Mr. Baird has assisted the Foundation in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for R-7 schools in the area of instructional technology, such as Chromebooks and audio enhancements, as well as for PEAK Grants for classroom innovations. He has also volunteered many hours within R-7 schools, assisting with athletic programs, booster clubs and the R-7 Partners In Education program.

Within the community, Mr. Baird was 2012 president of the Heartland Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for the Board of Realtors, served on the Heartland MLS Executive Leadership Committee and on the 2012 Board of Directors for the Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors. An active member of the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce, he was named 2013 Lee’s Summit Chamber Board Member of the Year and received the 2007 Lee’s Summit Res in Motus Business of the Year Award.

Mr. Baird has earned bachelor’s degrees in business and psychology from Baker University. He is the owner of Baird Group Real Estate and has owned several additional companies within Lee’s Summit, including One Stop Handyman Shop and Infinity Realty.

A Lee’s Summit resident, he is married to Hillory Baird, and they have two children who attend R-7 schools – Bailey, Class of 2015, and Grant, Class of 2018. His hobbies include sports and athletics – coaching, competing and watching – as well as collecting items associated with the inspirational movie “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

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Phyllis Balagna

Member

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.

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Patti Buie

Member

Patti Buie was elected to the Board of Education in 2000. She served for three years as Board president and also served as Board vice-president. Patti is a homemaker and active community volunteer. She previously worked as an R-7 School District substitute teacher and in medical transcription.

Mrs. Buie earned her bachelor’s degree in child and family development/early childhood education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her master’s in guidance and counseling from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has served as PTA president at Hazel Grove Elementary, as co-chairperson of the R-7 School District’s 1996 Proposition C levy campaign committee, as co-chairperson of the 1998 bond committee and as co-chairperson of the 1996 and 1998 Lee’s Summit Kids Voting Steering Committees. In addition, Mrs. Buie has served as a member of four R-7 PTA organizations, the Lee’s Summit North High School Music Parents, the LSN Academic Support League, the 1996 R-7 Superintendent Selection Committee, the R-7 Character Education Team and the R-7 Health and Safety Team. She is a regular classroom volunteer and has been active in the Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church where she has taught and directed Vacation Bible School, served on a number of church committees, been a youth ministry sponsor and served as accompanist for the children’s choir. She has also received the Missouri PTA Life Membership Award.

Mrs. Buie and her husband, Steve, have two children, Cameron, a 2002 graduate of LSNHS, and Alana, a 2005 graduate of LSNHS.

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Chris Storms

Member

Chris Storms was elected to the R-7 Board of Education in April 2011. Before joining the Board, he served on the R-7 Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) for six years, including three years on the CAC Steering Committee. In addition, he has served on other school district teams such as the All-Day Kindergarten Study Team and the R-7 Building Our Future Committee, a group he co-chaired in 2009-10.

Within the community, Mr. Storms has served as a volunteer and committee member for Boy Scout Troop 262, is a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, a Board member for the Lee’s Summit Lacrosse League, a member of the Lee’s Summit Rotary Club, a charter member of the Summit Pointe Elementary PTA and has served as team manager for eight years within the Lee’s Summit Baseball Association. During the 2009-10 school year, he served as chairperson for the Lee’s Summit Coalition for Excellence in Education.

Mr. Storms earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from the University of Central Missouri. He works as a national account manager for Niscayah, Inc.

His family includes his wife, Audra, a third-grade teacher at Summit Pointe Elementary, and his two sons – Alec, a senior at Lee’s Summit West High School, and Austin, a sophomore at Lee’s Summit West High School. He enjoys watching his sons’ sports, boating, wakeboarding, traveling, reading and running.

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Bob White

Member

Bob White became a member of the Board of Education in April 2013. Within the community, he has served as president of the Lee’s Summit Symphony, director for the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation, as a member and education key-performance area chairperson for the City of Lee’s Summit 360 initiative and as a board member for both the Lee’s Summit United Methodist Church and Lee’s Summit Christian Church.

Mr. White retired from the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District in 2007 after a 33-year career. Within R-7, he worked as director at Summit Technology Academy, as assistant principal at Pleasant Middle School and Lee’s Summit High School and as a language arts teacher. As a teacher in Lee’s Summit, he participated in the development of the Program for Students At Risk, Summit Ridge Academy and Summit Technology Academy. After his retirement from Lee’s Summit R-7, he also worked for one year as interim director of the Herndon Career Center in Raytown.

In addition to his career in education, Mr. White served for three years active duty in the United States Navy, finishing his career as a lieutenant. While attached to the USS Ranger, he served as educational services and executive division officer. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a specialist’s degree in administration/secondary school principalship from the University of Central Missouri.

A Lee’s Summit resident, he has been married for 42 years to Candy White, a retired R-7 teacher. They have a son, Kevin White, a special-education teacher at LSHS; a daughter-in-law, Mitch White, a substitute aide; granddaughter, Abby, eighth-grader at Pleasant Middle School; and grandson, Hendrix, who will begin kindergarten in fall 2014.

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