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, Director

Dru Buntin, Director, Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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

Mike Sutherland, Deputy Director

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

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

Hannah Humphrey, Deputy Director

Hannah Humphrey, Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Hannah Humphrey was named Deputy Director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in November 2021.

Timothy "TJ" Graven, Legislative Liaison

TJ Graven, Legislative Liaison

TJ Graven was named Legislative Liaison for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in January 2022.

Jacob Westen, General Counsel

Jacob Westen, General Counsel

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

Connie Patterson, Communications Director

Connie Patterson, Director of Communications

Connie Patterson rejoined the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as the Director of Communications in May 2017.

Susan Bloomer, Deputy Director of Communications

Susan Bloomer, Deputy Director of Communications

Susan Bloomer has served as the department's Deputy Director of Communications since June 2019.

Jennifer Eddy, Director, Division of Administrative Support

Jennifer Eddy, Director of the Division of Administrative Support

Jennifer Eddy has served as Director of the department's 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 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 was named Director of the department's Division of Energy in April 2019.

Emily Wilbur, Deputy Director, Division of Energy

Emily Wilbur, PE, Deputy Director of the Division of Energy

Emily Wilbur, PE, was named Deputy Director of the department's Division of Energy in November 2021.

Kyra Moore, Deputy Director Division of Environmental Quality

Kyra Moore, Director of the Division of Environmental Quality

Kyra Moore was named Director of the department's Division of Environmental Quality in November 2021.

Carey Bridges, Deputy Director, Division of Environmental Quality

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

Carey Bridges, RG, has been serving as a Deputy Director for the department's Division of Environmental Quality since January 2018.

Art Gooding, Deputy Director, Division of Environmental Quality

Art Goodin, Deputy Director of the Division of Environmental Quality

Art Goodin was named a Deputy Director of the department's Division of Environmental Quality in January 2022.

Joe Gillman, Director, Missouri Geological Survey

Joe Gillman, RG, Director of the Missouri Geological Survey

Joe Gillman, RG, became the State Geologist and Director of the department's Missouri Geological Survey in 2008.

Jerry Prewett

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

Jerry Prewett, RG, became the Assistant State Geologist and Deputy Director of the department's Missouri Geological Survey in April 2012.  

Jennifer Hoggatt, Deputy Director, Missouri Geological Survey

Jennifer Hoggatt, Deputy Director of the Missouri Geological Survey

Jennifer Hoggatt was named Deputy Director for the department's Missouri Geological Survey in December 2021.

David Kelly, Deputy Director, Missouri State Parks

David Kelly, Director of Missouri State Parks

David Kelly was named Director of the department's Missouri 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 for the department's Missouri State Parks since August 2020.

Laura Hendrickson, Deputy Director, Missouri State Parks

Laura Hendrickson, Deputy Director of Missouri State Parks

Laura Hendrickson was named Deputy Director of Operations for the department's Missouri State Parks in October 2021.