Meet Our Staff

Stephanie Cooper, CEO: Primary advocate for the mission, vision, and values of Douglass Community Services. Has extensive background in non-profit management including grant administration, program development, strategic planning, fundraising, board governance, personnel, marketing and financial oversight. Holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Christopher Newport University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis on Policy, Planning and Administration from University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dan Whelan, Finance Director: Responsible for the overall efficient operation of all agency fiscal and accounting procedures in accordance with applicable regulatory guidelines. Over twenty-two years experience in accounting, finance and general management of businesses and nonprofit organizations. Holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from Quincy University.

Julie Mitchell, Human Resources Director: Julie leads the Human Resources department, focusing on agency-wide projects to address current and future workforce needs. Julie has twenty years of experience in workforce development and executive leadership. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and is currently working towards her Master’s degree.

Linda Bleything, Head Start Director: Responsible for the overall operation of thirteen Head Start and Early Head Start Centers in eight counties in Northeast Missouri serving over 530 children. Holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Southwest Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Iowa Wesleyan College, and a Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix.

Stacey Nicholas, Director of Community Outreach Initiatives: Responsible for a variety of programs. Her primary focus is senior adults and volunteers, but her portfolio also includes the Food Pantry, USDA Commodity Distribution, Nifty Thrifty Store, Toys for Tots, USDA Free Summer Lunches, and Super Suppers. Nicholas holds a Masters of Theological Studies from Quincy University and lives in rural Lewis County. She has a particular passion for issues related to food insecurity. In her free time, she volunteers with a dog rescue and has dogs that participate in Barn Hunt.

Jared Moore, Youth Services Director: Jared is the Youth Services Director and oversees the Kids in Motion and Court Appointed Special Advocates programs. He is a Hannibal native and is raising his three kids with his wife, and high school sweetheart, Katrina. Jared studied Music at Hannibal-LaGrange University and earned his BA in 2005. He has served families and youth for the last 15 years in professional ministry in Colorado and Missouri. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, playing board games, and taking really long road trips.

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Mike Blase, Housing Director: Responsible for writing and administering several grants to assist households that are at-risk of homelessness in Marion and Ralls counties. Mike represents Douglass in multiple collaboration efforts with other area agencies to help area clients overcome housing obstacles. After working for the Hannibal Public Schools for 32 years as a teacher, counselor, and coach, Mike has been with Douglass since 2013. Blase holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education in Educational and Counseling Psychology, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia.