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Missouri CAN Member of the Month - Darin Preis

Darin Preis, Executive Director, Central Missouri Community Action, has worked on early childhood and poverty issues since 1994. Mr. Preis led the Missouri Head Start-State Collaboration Office from 1999 to 2005. Since October 2005 he has been the Executive Director of Central Missouri Community Action. He is currently serving a third term on the Columbia Missouri Board of Education, Chairs the Missouri Foundation for Health Board of Directors, and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council for the Boone County Cradle to Career Alliance. He is also a past-President of the PedNet Coalition in Columbia, MO. Career and volunteer commitments all revolve around economic stability, health, and education but his fifteen year old son Hayden keeps him focused on what is really important.

Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP)
Bachelors of Science – English/Communications (BS)
Masters of Public Administration (MPA)

Current Professional Position
Executive Director, Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA)

Previous Notable Professional Positions
Director, Missouri Head Start State Collaboration Office
Assistant, Director, Missouri Head Start State Collaboration Office
Resource Development Specialist, Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation
Sergeant, 459th Transportation Unit, U.S. Army Reserves

Current and Previous Volunteer Positions
Boone County Cradle to Career Alliance, Executive Leadership Council member
Co-Chair, Columbia Public Schools High School Boundary Selection Committee
Co-Chair, Columbia Chamber of Commerce Education Committee
Missouri Foundation for Health – Board Member, Vice-Chair, Chair
PedNet Board Member, elected Board Treasurer 2008, Vice-President 2010, President 2012
Missouri Community Action Network – Board Member
Missouri Community Action Director’s Association - Treasurer
Boone County Coordinating Board for Early Childhood, Board Member
Columbia, MO Board of Education 2005-2008 and 2012 to current
Association for the Education of Young Children – Missouri, past Board Member
Boone County Community Partnership, past Board Member
First Chance for Children, Board Advisor

Your local Missouri CAN Chapter is busy developing some new and exciting ways to celebrate and reward you, the Missouri CAN Member and/or CMCA employee that does tremendously important work here at our agency. Below are explanations of what is coming down the pipeline from your Missouri CAN Chapter, as well as reminders of ongoing activities.

1) New Missouri CAN Member Benfits

In addition to the individual member benefits Missouri CAN members currently enjoy, new membership benefits have been approved. These new benefits include:

  • 10% tuition discount for all classes at Columbia College - including undergraduate and graduate - in seat and online
  • Discounts on Silver Dollar City Season Passes and Showboat Branson Bell Cruise tickets
  • Discounts on Worlds of Fun e-tickets
  • Discounts on Six Flags, St Louis Main Gate fees

These benefits are in addition to the advocacy efforts, quarterly newsletters and training benefits already provided to Missouri CAN members!

At the annual conference in May, Missouri CAN will report the agency with the largest numerical increase in membership and the agency with the largest percentage increase in membership!

2) Missouri CAN Member of the Month

We will continue to randomly draw a Missouri CAN member for our Missouri CAN Member of the Month. This person's picture and autobiography will be featured on our agency website and Brag Board at Central. He or she will also receive our traveling trophy, as well as other goodies.

Remember, funds raised by the local chapter go to support our national partners and their fight to protect the work and funding for all community action programs.

If you have any additional questions please contact one of your Missouri CAN Officers; Evan Melkersman, Emily Young, Brittany Hotmer, or Kristina Shackelford.

The Missouri Community Action Network makes sure your interests are represented at the Capitol. With approximately 100 different associations representing everything from dump truck drivers to corn growers to dentists, can you afford to be left out?

  • Missouri CAN represents 19 Community Action Agencies at the state level. Every day.
  • Missouri CAN is your link (and community action's) to the state legislature and government agencies through lobbying, information and education.
  • Missouri CAN is a collective voice, speaking to Missouri's decision-makers about the needs of low-income families and your efforts to meet those needs.
  • Missouri CAN is 1,800 members - represented by a 20-member elected board of directors and served by a staff of nine.

  • Goal 1: Lobbying - To expand and strengthen Missouri CAN's lobbying capacity at both state and local government levels.
    Goal 2: Membership - To expand and strengthen Missouri CAN's base of support in the Missouri CAA world.
    Goal 3: Training & Technical Assistance - To expand and strengthen Missouri CAN's training and technical assistance activities.
    Goal 4: Communications - To expand and strengthen all aspects of communication both within the Missouri CAA network and with the public.
    Goal 5: Resources - To expand and strengthen Missouri CAN's funding base.

    What does Missouri CAN do for me?

    ...ensures that Missouri Senators and Representatives know about the need for the job that you do and how you serve the needs of the low-income families in their areas.

    ...informs CAA's of important national developments that are critical to local programs.

    ...stays informed of proposed legislation that will affect CAA's and their programs as well as opportunities for new funding possibilities.

    ...keeps its members aware of what's going on around the state in community action through annual reports, newsletters, legislative updates and Missouri CAN web page.

    ...maintains positive relationships with State department officials (funding sources). These relationships are critical to the development of new programs.

    ...does what you don't have time to do because you're out doing your job...makes sure that programs exist to meet the needs of low-income families.

    ...maintains a presence in Jefferson City because decisions are made there every day that could affect you and your job.

Staff may download the Community Action employee enrollment form. Be sure to fill out the form completely and turn it in to the Human Resources Department.

Not a Community Action employee? No problem. You may become a Missouri CAN supporter by downloading the Missouri CAN Supporter form.