Operating Zones

IDA Missouri Operating Zones
IDA Missouri Operating Zones

With the goal of making a “state-wide” chapter, IDA Missouri has subdivided Missouri into operating zones.  Our forward strategy and ongoing operations make every effort to consider each zone.  A key to our success with be recruiting champions for each zone.

Board of Directors

IDA Missouri holds board meetings on the third Thursday of the odd months of each year.  For 2022, the schedule is 1/20, 3/17, 5/19, 7/21, 9/15, 11/17.

Per our operating agreement with International Dark Sky, IDA Missouri Board members serve for a term of three years and cannot serve for more than two (2) consecutive full year terms of office without a break in service of at least one (1) year.  Board terms are divided into three classes which are staggered to expire in different years to help ensure continuity of the Board.  


IDA Missouri has thirteen board members as follows:

Zone 1 - North Region:

Zone 2 - St. Louis Region:

Zone 3 - Southeast Region:

Zone 4 - Lakes Region:

Zone 5 - Kansas City Region:

Zone 6 - Central Region:

  • No representatives.

 ** Also serving as the Executive Director of the Chapter.

Standing Committees

Our chapter has a "Standing Committee" structure to support ongoing board and chapter operations.  Our standing committees is as follows:

  • Executive Committee - Board Officers **
  • Finance Committee - Vice Chair, Treasurer
  • Membership Committee - Rick Yord, Amateur Astronomer
  • Social Media Committee, Ron King, Amateur Astronomer

** Restricted to Board Members

Ad-Hoc Committees

Our chapter uses "Ad-Hoc" committees to accomplish various chapter projects.  Ad-hoc committees are not considered permanent.  Our ad-hoc committees are as follows:

  • Annual Conference, Terrel Gallaway PhD, Missouri State University
  • Dark Sky Citizen Science Program, Don Ficken, Amateur Astronomer
  • St. Louis Lights Out Program, Don Ficken, Amateur Astronomer
  • Post-Boomer Program, Brett Seymoure, Washington University
  • Missouri Dark Skies Map/Photo Program - Bill Neubert, Amateur Astronomer
  • Municipal Program, Dan Duffy, City of Ellisville
  • Parks Program, Matt Kantola, Missouri State Parks - Grand Gulf
  • SQM/Sky Brightness Program - Vayu Gokhale PhD, Truman State University
  • Tourism Program, Trish Erzfeld, Perry County Tourism


Chapter Advisors

Our chapter has access to expertise from IDA Global but we believe it important to draw our experts from Missouri to provide more advice specific to our state.  Accordingly, we are recruiting subject matters experts from around Missouri: