Executive Board

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President

Sandi Gildehaus

Sandi has been an active member of MCCA for 20 years and has served on competition and all state-committees. Sandi held an At-Large executive board position for 6 years before running for president in 2022.  Sandi was the St. Louis Competition director for 12 years and the State competition director for 1 year. Sandi coached cheer at St Francis Borgia for 19 years—in that time won 10 State Championships, 1 Game Day State Championship, and was a Finalist in 2022 at UCA Nationals.  Sandi was voted coach of the year in 2011, and is also a member of USA cheer.  Sandi was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2021 as a cheer coach.    

term expires March 2024

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Vice President

Billy Hoskins

Billy has been coaching for 20 years. Billy served as coach of the Southeast Missouri State University cheer program for five years. Billy holds 5 state championships and 1 national championship. Currently, Billy is the head coach at Kelly High School. 

term expires March 2023

Secretary

Rachael Larsen

term expires March 2024

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Treasurer

Sarah Otto

Sarah Otto is in her third year as MCCA Treasurer.  Sarah is a high school counselor and head cheer coach at Union High School in Union, MO. Upon graduation, Sarah moved into a coaching position and took the first Lindenwood All Girl team to Nationals, where they advanced to finals and placed in the top ten.

 

Sarah began coaching again in 2015 at Union High School.  Since then, Union has earned seven Regional Championships, three State Championships and one NCA National Championship.  Sarah also coached her first year of All Star cheerleading this year with Power Athletix- Passion- Senior Level 4 team. 

term expires March 2023

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At-Large

Kristine Hayes

Kristine is starting her 7th year as head coach at Rock Bridge and 14th year coaching cheer. Kristine has coached Jr high, All Star, special needs and now high school.  All 3 of Kristine's kids have been cheering for 11 years.  Kristine loves watching the athletes grow their skills and the look on their face when it finally clicks on how to do something. 

term expires March 2024

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At-Large

Abbey Gradle

Abbey Gradle is the head coach at Marquette High School where she also teaches photography.  Over the last 13 years of coaching, her team has won 10 Regional Championships, 3 State Championships, 1 Band Chant Game Day Title, and was a Finalist in 2019 & 2022 at the UCA National Competition.  Abbey has served on the MSHSAA Spirit Advisory Committee as the St. Louis Cheer Representative from 2017-2021.  Starting this upcoming season, she will assist MSHSAA as a Cheer Rules Interpreter.  Abbey has been a member of MCCA since 2009 and is looking forward to continuing to organize the All-State nomination process as an At-Large Board Member. 

term expires March 2023

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Laura Sasser

Laura Sasser is beginning her third year on the MCCA board. She holds a Bachelor of science from Illinois State University. Laura was a NCA instructor for 5 years, has served 10 years as the head coach at Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia, and  20 years of coaching in Illinois, Texas and the All-star world prior to coaching at Tolton.

Laura is married to Jeff Sasser, has 2 daughters, Caroline, a graduate student at St Louis University and Kate, a sophomore at the University of Missouri.

term expires March 2023

Board of Directors

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STL Regional

Competition Director

Casey Cowsert

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KC Regional

Competition Director

Morgan Padilla

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Conference Director

Competition Director

Jenn Newman

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Education Director

Kristine Hayes

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All-State Director

Newsletter Director

Abbey Gradel

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Scholarship Director

Barb Hodges

Membership/Marketing Director

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Laura Sasser

Trustees

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Past President

Tom Reynolds (2018-2022)

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Past President

Suzy Thompson (1988-2018)

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Past Co-President

Nancy Allen (1988-1989)

 

committees

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competition committee

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Delta
Putnam County

East Prairie
Macon

Smithville
Union

Platte County
Farmington

Northwest
Blue Springs South

Timberland
Kickapoo

education committee

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Penney
Marceline




Kirksville

Poplar Bluff
Liberty-Wentzville

Northwest
Ozark
 

membership/marketing committee

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Lynn Cantrell

Kasha Oetinger

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Hartville

Odessa


 
 

conference committee

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Marceline
Putnam County 

Blair Oaks



Poplar Bluff

Northwest

 
 

all-state committee

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Hartville

Centralia

Smithville



Timberland