MAEN Board of Directors

F GoodenPresident: Frances Gooden (Southwest Region)


Over the past 10 years, Frances Gooden, Ed.D. has been the director of Finley River School with the Ozark R-VI school district.  She and her staff worked hard to successfully change the school from a program where students are “sent” to a program where students request to attend. Over the past 10 years, nearly 200 students have graduated from the program The school has become well known in the community by working with other schools and agencies throughout Ozark. Other responsibilities within the district include working with at-risk program initiatives including PBIS and RtI. Prior to working in Ozark, Frances was a special education teacher in Bay Point, CA and Springfield, MO for a total of 9 years before spending 4 years in Springfield as the director of at-risk programs at Parkview High School.
Dr. Gooden is a member of the Missouri and National Associations of Secondary School Principals, Association for Supervision of Curriculum and Development, and National Alternative Education Association.  She received her Ed.D. in educational leadership from St. Louis University with a dissertation studying best practices in alternative education. She also received an Ed.S in Ed. Leadership, M.A. in Special Education, and B.S. in Psychology. Frances is an adjunct professor with Lindenwood University teaching Behavior Management at the Master’s level. This is her third year serving on the MAEN board.
Frances and her husband live on 20 acres outside Fordland, MO with their 3 dogs and numerous cats. Her spare time is spent either running or reading. She has 2 wonderful grown children and 3 brilliant grandsons.

Vice-President: Gaëlle Freer (Southeast Region)

Sec/TrMr. Kellyeasurer: Mike Kelly (Northeast Region)


My name is Michael Kelly and I have been an employee of the Milan C2 School District for the past 12 years. I am the current Missouri Option Coordinator/Alternative Instructor and North East Missouri Alternative Education Network Director. My background in education started when I was 30 years old. I was a non-traditional student. I attended North Central Missouri College in Trenton, Missouri where I received (2) Associate of Applied Science Degrees. One degree was in Agricultural Business and the other in Computer Science. After NCMC I furthered my educational career by attending Northwest Missouri State University where I received (2) Bachelor degrees in Agriculture. One degree is in Agricultural Science and one in Agricultural Education, which I taught for years. After teaching a few years, I decided to expand my horizons and went back to school to receive my Master’s in Administration. I have received (2) Masters Degrees, one in Principal K-8 Administration and one in Principal 9-12 Administration. I was so interested and captivated by the educational administration field that I went ahead and acquired my Specialist Degree in Administration. About 6 years ago I started the process to receive my PHD in Administration, unfortunately, my home burnt down and I had to put that on hold. I am currently looking forward to beginning a new venture as I start working on my PHD, again. Yes, I am a GED to PHD student of education.

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Saint Louis Region 1: Ami Meals (

Saint Louis Region 2: Jeff Cook (

Kansas City Region 1: Joyce Stokes (

Kansas City Region 2: Julie White (

Central Region: Kerry Hesse (


Past President: Anne Wall (Central Region)

Ex-Officio: Linda Washburn from Lee’s Summit

Executive Board Assistant: Monica Shane (


Board Meeting Minutes

january-23rd minutes