McCain General Election Campaign Organization, Missouri
updated March 3, 2009

McCain-Palin 2008
Regional Headquarters: 2775 86th St  |  Urbandale, IA 50322
Regional Campaign Manager (Midwest - IL, IA, MO) Gentry Collins
State director on Mitt Romney's Iowa caucus campaign.  Political director at the Republican Governors Association in the 2006 cycle; also did consulting for the Commonwealth PAC and the Massachusetts Republican State Congressional Committee.  Deputy chairman/executive director of the Iowa Republican Party in 2004.  Managed Doug Gross' 2002 campaign for governor.  Ran for State House, 1998.  B.A. in political science from Iowa State University in Ames, 1998.

Local Office
: 921 Fee Fee Road  |  Maryland Heights, MO 63043  (314) 667-4411
Missouri State Director Dave Hageman
(announced June 6, 2008)  Missouri executive director of Victory Enterprises, Inc., a campaign consulting firm (he is based in Ellisville; firm, founded by Steve Grubbs, headquartered in Davenport, IA) Executive director of the Missouri House Republican Campaign Committee, 2003-07.  Bachelor's degree in business from Lincoln University.

Victory 2008  2015 Missouri Blvd.  |  Jefferson City, MO 65102
Victory 72 Hour Director Chuck Poplstein
Worked on Rudy Giuliani's South Carolina primary campaign.  Southeast Missouri field director on Sen. Jim Talent's 2006 re-election campaign.  A legislative liaison for the Missouri Department of Higher Education.  Served on the Missouri Victory staff in 2006.  Bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, 2006.

Election Day Operations Coordinator Patrick Ishmael
Law student at Saint Louis University.

Victory Coalitions Coordinators
Amy Blair
Mike Hafner
Jake Black

Advisor Gregg Keller
Vice President of Total Spectrum/Steve Gordon and Associates, a public affairs/government relations firm.  National coalitions director on Romney for President.  Campaign manager for Sen. Jim Talent's unsuccessful re-election bid in 2006.  State director for Sen. Jim Talent.  Missouri communications director on Bush-Cheney '04, then finished the campaign as Election Day coordinator in New Hampshire.  Keller's first position in politics was as travel aide to then-Congressman Jim Talent in his successful 2002 Senate election campaign against Jean Carnahan in Missouri; following the campaign he served as Talent's political director.  Financial analyst in Boston.  B.A. in English literature from Florida State University, 1999.  Clayton, MO native.

Victory Offices
Missouri Victory Headquarters - 2015 Missouri Blvd., Jefferson City, MO 65102    Contact: Katie MorrisDan McNeill

St. Louis - 921 Fee Fee Rd., Maryland Heights, MO 63043    Contact: Lane Koch

STL Collar Counties (Franklin County) - 1202 West 5th Street, Washington, MO 63090    Contact: Robbie Brouk

Southeast - 400 Broadway, Suite 501, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701    Contact: Bethany Boller

Southwest - 333 Park Central East, Ste. 826, Springfield, MO 65806    Contact: Jake Ketzner 

Kansas City - 3600 Noland Rd., Suite D & E, Independence, MO 64055    Contact: Sammy PanettiereAmy Blair 

St. Charles - 3960 Mexico Road, St. Peters, MO 63376    Contact: Kali Dean

Columbia (Mid-Missouri) - 1301 Vandiver, Suite P, Columbia, MO 65202    Contact: Marcus Bowen 

Joplin - 2639 E. 32nd St., Ste. C,  Joplin, MO     Contact: Rachel Bunning 

Northwest - 2601 Frederick, St. Joseph, MO 64506    Contact: Aaron Catron

Poplar Bluff Area - 1908A Greenwood Drive, Poplar Bluff, MO

more offices
Christian County - 809 North Main Street, Nixa, MO    Contact: Natalie Whitaker

Johnson County - 705 Burkharth Road, Warrensburg, MO    Contact: Samantha Hill

Polk County -810 East Aldrich, Bolivar, MO    Contact: Ivry Karmitros

Platte County - 6720 NW Tower Drive, Platte Woods, MO    Contact: Andrea Plunkett

Missouri Republican Party  |  204 E. Dunklin Avenue  |  Jefferson City, MO 65101   573-636-3146  >
Doug Russell
(elected July 16, 2005)  From Lebanon.  Appointed to the University of Missouri Board of Curators in 2005 by Gov. Matt Blunt.  President of the Durham Company, manufacturer of electrical enclosures, with operations in Lebanon, MO and Houston, MO; President of GEC Durham Industries, Inc., manufacturer of instrument transformers, with operations in New Bedford, MA.  B.S. degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Executive Director
Jared Craighead
(since Dec. 2005)  Previously deputy chief of staff for public and federal affairs to Gov. Matt Blunt.  Worked at Cassidy & Associates, the Washington, DC lobbying firm.  Director-regulatory compliance at SBC Telecommunications, Inc. Special assistant to chief deputy whip Congressman Roy Blunt.

Comptroller Emily Kliethermes, CPA
(also in 2004)

Director of Communications Tina Hervey
(announced Aprl 2008)  Most recently, Hervey was the Deputy Director of Regional Services at the U.S. Department of Education.  She worked for former Attorney General Ashcroft at The Ashcroft Group, LLC., where she traveled with him on his book tour, and served as primary media contact.  She has also worked in the Office of the Press Secretary and Office of Public Liaison at The White House.  Hervey started her career in Washington working for Sen. Sam Brownback (KS).  Graduate of Albion College; pursuing a Masters degree in political management at The George Washington University. 

Director of Grassroots Development Mika Schrimpf
(also in 2004)  Director of sales at TKB Enterprises, Inc., 1996-Jan. 2002.

Director of Information Technology Jason Black
(also in 2004)

Deputy Director of Information Technology, Webmaster Sheldon Slade
(also in 2004)

Executive Assistant Alyssa Bruemmer

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