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Mike Leara, Chairman

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Meet our Commissioners


Commissioner Mike Leara

Mike Leara, Chairman, (St. Louis) Mike Leara was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended St. Louis Community College at Meramec and Saint Louis University. Mr. Leara spent his early days in the financial services industry with Merrill Lynch in St. Louis and Houston, Texas. In 1995, Mr. Leara joined Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. until becoming an independent advisor and brokerage firm Principal in 1999. Mr. Leara is currently the owner of Gateway Advisors, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisory firm located in St. Louis.

Mr. Leara began his political career as president of the Concord Township Republicans in 1997 and subsequently appointed Committeeman of Concord Township in 2003, re-elected in 2004 and 2008. In 2008 Mr. Leara was also elected to the Missouri House of Representatives. While serving in the Missouri House, he served as Chairman of the House Committee on Pensions, Joint Committee on Pensions and Administration & Accounts Committee. Mr. Leara also served as Vice-Chair of the Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS). Mr. Leara was re-elected in 2010, 2012 and 2014 serving until his retirement in January 2017. Mr. Leara is a member of Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in St. Louis and in his spare time, enjoys restoring muscle cars, motorcycles and military vehicles.


Commissioner Brian Jamison

Brian Jamison, (Columbia) is the manager of the Post Consumer Plastics Division of St. Joseph Plastics. Brian Jamison has served as an appointed member of the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole from 2008 to 2013. Previously, he was deputy director of the Missouri Department of Public Safety for three years, and a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper for 14 years.  Mr. Jamison is married with two children and five grandchildren.   He serves on the board of The Crossing in Columbia, Missouri.


Commissioner D. Finney

Daniel P. Finney III, (St. Louis) is the sole member of the Law office of Daniel P. Finney III in St. Louis.  Mr. Finney’s law practice focuses on the representation of individuals and businesses in litigation involving claims of professional malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, breach of contract, and employment disputes.  Mr. Finney is a former assistant circuit attorney in the City of St. Louis, where he prosecuted felony guns and drug cases.  Mr. Finney has over 12 years of experience representing clients in Missouri and Illinois State Courts, the Court of Appeals for the Eastern District of Missouri, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.  Mr. Finney is a native of St. Louis and a graduate of St. Louis University School of Law.  Mr. Finney serves as a charter board member of Birdies 4 Bipolar. He and his wife have two children.


Commissioner D. Finney

Brandon J.B. Boulware, (Kansas City) is a partner at Boulware Law LLC in Kansas City.  Mr. Boulware represents individuals and corporations – as both plaintiffs and defendants – in business disputes and personal injury matters across the country.  Mr. Boulware has over 15 years of litigation experience in state and federal courts, starting his legal career as a clerk for the Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court.  He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and American University-Washington College of Law.   Mr. Boulware is a trustee of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School.  He and his wife have four children. 


Commissioner D. Finney

Pat Conway, (St. Joseph) is a lifetime resident of St. Joseph, Missouri. He served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 2010-2019 for the 10th District. Mr. Conway was Buchanan County Clerk from 1983-2010.  A Vietnam Veteran, Mr. Conway has served on the Missouri Veterans Commission and is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and several other military and civic organizations. He’s a graduate of Missouri Western State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in social science.