About Us

Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty is a non profit organization dedicated to ending the use of the death penalty in the state of Missouri.

Contact us

Staci Pratt – Executive Director
Esmie Tseng – Administrative Assistant
MADP, 6320 Brookside Plaza, #185, Kansas City MO 64113

Meet our Board

Rita Linhardt, Chair
Rita is a Senior Staff Associate with Missouri Catholic Conference, and is a founding member of MADP.
Cyndy Short, Vice Chair
Cyndy Short graduated from Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers’ College in 1994.  Since 1997, she has been a TLC faculty member and trains lawyers and judges around the country.
Denise Carpenter, Secretary
Rob Schaeffer CPA, Treasurer
Rob is a Certified Public Accountant from Springfield. He also obtained a law degree from the University of Missouri.
Rev. Dr. Cathleen Burnett
Cathleen is Professor Emerita at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.  One of her publications is a 2002 book entitled “Justice Denied: Clemency Appeals in Death Penalty Cases” about the first 50 Missouri executions.  She is ordained a deacon in the United Methodist Church and in 1996 she witnessed the Missouri execution of Jeff Sloan.
Nimrod Chapel, Jr.
Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould
Hedy Harden, Affiliate Representative, Missouri CURE
Hedy founded Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE) in 1990. She is graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Fr. Paul Jones
Paul Jones is Resident Director of the Hermitage Spiritual Retreat Center on Lake Pomme de Terre in Southern Missouri. He is a theologian, author and social activist, having taught at Yale, Princeton, and Saint Paul School of Theology. A former United Methodist clergy, he is now a Family Brother of Assumption Abbey (Trappist) and a Roman Catholic priest.
Wiley Miller, Affiliate Representative, Mid-MO Fellowship of Reconciliation
Wiley represents the Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation for the MADP Board. He is also an active member of the Columbia Chapter of MADP.
Dr. Margaret Phillips, retired Foreign Language faculty, UMSL
Beginning with the anti-Vietnam War protests and civil rights demonstrations in the ’60s, margaret moved into the crime/punishment issues, trying to find a way to make a difference. She has served  on the Board as well as the St. Louis chapter since 1989.  Margaret recently retired from teaching Latin, Greek, and Greek civilization at UMSL.
Edward (Bob) Ronan, Kansas City Chapter Leader
Bob is a retired engineer, with a PhD from MST. Active in the KC Section.
Zenobia Thompson
Zenobia is a retired nurse who has been active in social justice causes for over 30 years. She is involved with, among others, ‘Jobs for Justice’ and the Organization for Black Struggle.
Gabino Zavala
Donna Walmsley, Springfield Chapter Leader
Donna is a former high school teacher who is concerned about human rights issues.

Meet our Staff

Staci Pratt,  MADP Executive Director

Esmie Tseng, MADP Admin.

Edward Norton, MADP Admin.

Kate Siska, Special Projects Coordinator

Josh  Schisler, Legislative Consultant & Religious and Conservative Outreach