NWMO Regional Council Staff
The Council should be staffed by professionals, with compensation the responsibility of member governments. Regional Council of Governments personnel should be, in name, fact, and practice, employees of the local governments they serve. The Regional Council of Governments’ executive director should be directly responsible to the Council’s governing body. A Council executive director, or any other member of the Regional Council of Governments’ staff, should not be directly or indirectly, an employee of the state or federal governments. This same principle applies to any regional board or agency which serves local governments.
Joined the NWMORCOG in December 1988. Her experience with the agency has included general secretarial duties and the administration of various grants funded through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the past 26 years.
Born and raised in Nodaway County, Alice has developed lasting ties to local communities and its residents over the years. She has also graduated at Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in Bachelor of Science: Accounting. Alice worked with NWMORCOG from 2003-2010 and has recently returned since 2017.
Economic Development Planner/One-Stop Operator
Mrs. Mildward joined the Regional Council in September 1998. Kim previously worked as the Functional Leader of the Missouri Job Center and recently transitioned into her current role as Economic Development Planner. Mrs. Mildward coordinates with Economic Developers in the RCOG’s 5-county region, along with county and city officials to aide in the recruitment and retention of businesses in the region.
Amy Dowis joined the Regional Council in August of 2014 as a Career Counselor in the Job Center. Amy now serves as the Regional Planner for the Regional Council where she works mostly with MoDOT and other transportation planning programs. Amy has a degree in Health Care Administration.
Steve Houts joined the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments team in the fall of 2016. His duties include assisting the Executive Director and other staff members in carrying out research with analysis, organization, communication, and administrative support. Originally from the Rock Port area, Steve taught math and science at the Maryville Middle School for over 20 years. He has BS and MS degrees in education from Northwest Missouri State University.
Community and Environmental Planner
Cassie Hasekamp joined the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments in November of 2017. Her duties include hazard mitigation planning and solid waste management. Cassie received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Emergency & Disaster Management from Northwest Missouri State University in the spring of 2018.
Title I WIOA Program Director
Rita attended Wayne State College in Wayne, NE and transferred to Northwest Missouri State University where she graduated with a B.S. in Psychology/Sociology Comprehensive. Rita Wallinga joined the Regional Council on March 16, 2018 as Workforce Development Director. Her duties include managing the Missouri Job Center, the WIOA Adult, Dislocated, and Youth programs, and referring qualified candidates to employers for their open positions. Rita previously has worked as an Employer Development Specialist for Ability KC, Resource Room Coordinator for the Missouri Career Center, and a Social Service Director for Beverly Living Center.
Denise attended Northwest Missouri Community College where she graduated with an Associate of Science degree in Medical Office Assisting. Denise joined the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments in August of 2019. Her duties include assisting customers in the Missouri Job Center Resource Room and coordinating various Youth programs. Denise worked 16 years at Mosaic Life Care Cancer Center in St. Joseph.