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Board of Directors

President Rick Gans

Director Rick Gans served on the Board from February 1998 to April 2011, prior to his return in April 2015. His areas of expertise include data and radio communications, real estate, personnel, legal and construction. Director Gans oversaw the real estate acquisition and construction of the current House #4 located at Olive and White Road, the acquisition of land for the future House #6 in Wildwood and the construction of the current Central County Emergency 911 facility that dispatches for Monarch and most St. Louis County fire districts and departments.

Director Gans serves as the Monarch representative on the Central County Emergency 911 Board of Directors and formerly chaired this Board for more than five years. He is credited for leading the technology upgrade to pinpoint the location of emergencies in the District, whether called in from a home, business or cellular phone.

Director Gans owns a business in the City of Chesterfield, and has lived in Chesterfield since 1988 with his wife.

Secretary Jane Cunningham

Director Jane Cunningham was elected to the Board of the Monarch Fire Protection District in 2013. Prior to her public service on the Fire Board, Senator Jane Cunningham represented the 7th Senatorial District in West and Northwest St. Louis County. She was Chairwoman of the Senate General Laws Committee. From 2001-2009, Cunningham was the State Representative from the 86th House District (R-Chesterfield) and served as the Chairwoman of the House Education Committee.

At a national level, Senator Cunningham was Chairwoman of the Education Task Force, and served on the Board of Directors of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the largest voluntary organization of legislators and business leaders in the country.

Senator Cunningham’s work has been recognized with the following awards:

• George W. Parker Legislator of the Year Award in 2011
• Best Elected Official by the readers of West News magazine
• St. Louis Business Journal Legislator of the Year Award
• St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association Statesman Award.
• The National Leaders in Learning Award, presented by Cable in the Classroom, which recognizes the most innovative education policy makers in the country.

Director Cunningham received her Bachelor of Science in business administration, with an emphasis in economics and marketing from Florida State University. She is married to Gary Cunningham, a former presidential appointee, who served in the U.S. Department of Justice and as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2004-2009. They have two grown sons: Bret, an owner of BestFit Mobile and Austin Management Partners in Texas, and Scott, an officer in the U.S. Navy.

Treasurer Robin Harris

Director Robin Harris is a Captain at a major airline and a U.S. Navy veteran where he received basic fire fighting training. A former state law enforcement officer, he has been trained as a Red Cross First Aid Instructor and a Search & Recovery Diver. He was also a volunteer for a Rescue Team in Cape Girardeau County where he learned to rappel; later becoming a rappelling instructor for the Boy Scouts. Director Harris served as Training Officer while in the U.S. Navy tracking multi-year budgets and training cycles for a 300 man aviation squadron. He is currently working with the Air Line Pilots’ Association National Security Committee which deals with all aspects of aviation security and first responder actions during man-caused disasters.

Director Harris has lived in the City of Chesterfield for nearly ten years with his wife of over 30 years and his son.