The Missouri Department of Natural Resources protects our air, land, water, and mineral resources; preserves our unique natural and historic places; and provides recreational and learning opportunities; while promoting the environmentally sound and energy-efficient operations of businesses, communities, agriculture, and industry for the benefit of all Missourians. The department was created under state reorganization on July 1, 1974. 

Dru Buntin Acting Director

Dru Buntin, Director, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Dru Buntin was named director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in August 2021.

Katie Jo Wheeler Deputy Director

Katie Jo Wheeler, Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Katie Jo Wheeler is currently serving as Deputy Director for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Mike Sutherland Director of Missouri State Parks

Mike Sutherland, Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Mike Sutherland was appointed Deputy Director for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in September 2021.

Rich Germinder, Director, Policy and Legislative Affairs

Rich Germinder, Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs

Rich Germinder joined the Department of Natural Resources as the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs in 2017.

Jacob Westen - General Counsel

Jacob Westen, General Counsel

Jacob Westen was appointed as the General Counsel for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in March 2021.

Rebecca McKinstry, Deputy General Counsel

Rebecca McKinstry, Deputy General Counsel

Rebecca McKinstry was named as the department's Deputy General Counsel in March 2021.

Connie Patterson, Communications Director

Connie Patterson, Director of Communications

Connie Patterson joined the Department of Natural Resources as communications director in May 2017.

Susan Bloomer, Deputy Director of Communications

Susan Bloomer, Deputy Director of Communications

Susan Bloomer has served as deputy director of communications for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources since 2019.

Jennifer Eddy, Director, Division of Administrative Support

Jennifer Eddy, Director of the Division of Administrative Support

Jennifer Eddy has been serving as the division director of the Division of Administrative Support since April 2019.

Darcy Bybee, Deputy Director, Division of Administrative Support

Darcy Bybee, Deputy Director of the Division of Administrative Support

Darcy Bybee was named Deputy Division Director of the department's Division of Administrative Support in May 2021.

Craig Redmon, Director, Division of Energy

Craig Redmon, Director of the Division of Energy

Craig Redmon currently serves as Director of the Division of Energy at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Barb Meisenheimer, Deputy Director, Division of Energy

Barbara Meisenheimer, Deputy Director of the Division of Energy

Barbara Meisenheimer has served with the Division of Energy since October, 2014. She became the Deputy Director in June, 2019.

Ed Galbraith, Director of the Division of Environmental Quality

Ed Galbraith, Director of the Division of Environmental Quality

Ed Galbraith was appointed the Director of the Division of Environmental Quality for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources on May 29, 2017.

Kyra Moore, Deputy Director Division of Environmental Quality

Kyra Moore, Deputy Director of the Division of Environmental Quality

Kyra Moore is a deputy director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Environmental Quality. She has worked for the Department of Natural Resources since 1999.

Carey Bridges, Deputy Director Division of Environmental Quality

Carey Bridges, RG, Deputy Director of the Division of Environmental Quality

Carey Bridges, RG, is a deputy director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Division of Environmental Quality.

Joe Gillman, Director, Missouri Geological Survey

Joe Gillman, RG, Director of the Missouri Geological Survey

Joe Gillman, RG, became director of the department's Missouri Geological Survey and state geologist in 2008.

Jerry Prewett

Jerry Prewett, RG, Deputy Director of the Missouri Geological Survey

Jerry Prewett, RG, became deputy director and assistant state geologist of the department's Missouri Geological Survey in 2012.

David Kelly, Deputy Director, Missouri State Parks

David Kelly, Director of Missouri State Parks

David Kelly was appointed Director for the Division of State Parks in September 2021.

Brian Stith, Deputy Director of Missouri State Parks

Brian Stith, Deputy Director of Missouri State Parks

Brian Stith has served as Deputy Director of Resources since August 2020.

Vacant, Deputy Director of Missouri State Parks

This position is currently vacant.