Anita B. Gorman

“Our goal is to hand down to the next generation a better natural world than we found … We've had superb leadership in the commission and I think in the directorship.”

 Residence: Kansas City

 Political Party: Republican

 Term expires: July 1, 2005

In 1993, Gov. Mel Carnahan appointed Gorman as the first woman to serve on the four-member Missouri Conservation Commission. Now Gorman is wrapping up her second six-year term on the panel.

A prominent civic leader, Gorman, 72, has a bachelor's degree from William Jewell College and a master's degree from Boston University. She also studied at Bryn Mawr College, the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. She has worked as a teacher, an economist with the U.S. Department of Defense and a computer programmer with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Gorman also has served as a commissioner for the Kansas City Board of Parks and Recreation, as a trustee for the National Parks and Recreation Association, and as a member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Cynthia Metcalfe

“When that sales tax was put in place, it was a commitment. And it was made a permanent commitment and put in the constitution because it was about taking conservation beyond fish and game to everyone in the state.”

 Residence: St. Louis

 Political Party: Democrat

 Term expires: July 1, 2007

Metcalfe joined the commission in 2001, appointed by Gov. Bob Holden. She is a freelance writer, master gardener and volunteer for the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Metcalfe, 63, is a graduate of Smith College and a former University City Council member. She serves on the Parks and Recreation Committee of the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Task Force of Missouri and is involved in nature-related groups such as Trailnet and Gateway Parks and Trails 2004.

Stephen C. Bradford

“We're an agency that ought to be held in very high regard for doing what we were supposed to do. It's almost like people are uncomfortable being Number One in something.”

 Residence: Cape Girardeau

 Political Party: Democrat

 Term expires: July 1, 2007

Bradford joined the commission in 2001 as a Holden appointee. He is executive vice president and co-owner of The Pyramid Group Inc. in Cape Girardeau, a company that provides skilled nursing and in-home services to the elderly.

Bradford, a former commissioner of administration for the State of Missouri, is a member of the Conservation Federation of Missouri and also operates several farms.

Bradford, 58, has master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

Lowell Mohler

“We're not Number One in very many things, but I feel strongly that we've got a good (conservation) program. It can be better, we're going to make it better, but I don't think anything's very broke with the Conservation Department.”

 Residence: Jefferson City

 Political Party: Republican

 Term expires: July 1, 2009

Mohler, a Holden appointee, became a commissioner in July 2003. A farmer and native of Oregon County, Mohler served as director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture from 2001 until his appointment to the conservation commission. He also has served as chief administrator of the Missouri Farm Bureau and senior vice president and national board member of Ducks Unlimited. He is a member of the Conservation Federation of Missouri and past chairman of the State Fair Commission.

Mohler, 68, has a bachelor's degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.