Roseann Bentley

Roseann Bentley

Greene County Commissioner, Greene County

Roseann Bentley served in the Missouri State Senate for eight years, the maximum allowed under term limits.  She served from 1995 to 2003 and was the first  woman elected to the State Senate from Southwest Missouri.  She was also the first woman asked to serve on the Senate Finance committee which handled the 19 billion dollar state budget.  Prior to her service in the Senate, she served on the Springfield  school  board, the Missouri State Board of Education and the National Association of State Boards of Education.  She served as president of all three.  While serving at the national level she was honored to be asked to meet with President George H. W. Bush to consult about the National Education Goals.  Roseann has served as chairman of many local boards including the United Way of the Ozarks, the Community Foundation and the Mayor’s Commission for Children and  presently chairs the Community Partnership of the Ozarks.  She is now serving on two statewide boards–the FACT board (Families and Children Together) and the Coordinating Board for Early Childhood.  Among her many awards she is very proud of receiving the Springfieldian award in 2003.  She has received the state-wide Hero for Kids award, the International Junior League award, the life-time achievement award from the Missouri Arts Council and most recently  the Missouri Woman of Distinction award.  She presently serves as a Greene County Commissioner.