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Press Release

January 3, 2005

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Dawn GrimsleyWarrensburg, MO (January 3, 2005) -- The American Legion Boys State of Missouri Board of Directors (MBS) today announced Dawn Grimsley has joined the organization as Administrative Assistant. She will be responsible for general correspondence, minutes, database and records management, bookkeeping, as well as facilitating the citizen registration process.

“We are excited to have Dawn aboard and look forward to working with her,” said Craig Ritchie, MBS Director. “Dawn brings a wealth of diversified experience and remarkable passion to this position.”

Grimsley has an extensive background in database management and computer use in addition to excellent communication and people skills. She most recently was a Research Database Manager for the Center for Prostate Disease Research at the Wilford Hall Medical Center located at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Grimsley previously served as a Clinical Research Assistant and as a Unit Clerk for the Cancer Therapy and Research Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Grimsley served in the United States Air Force from 1979 to 1982 where she specialized as a computer programmer. She was responsible for maintaining the computer programs vital for the interpretation of photographs taken during reconnaissance missions over hostile countries and writing conversion program upgrades. During this time, Grimsley held a Top Secret/Specially Compartmented Information security clearance.

“I'm very excited about working with a program as well respected as The American Legion Missouri Boys State program,” Grimsley said. “I look forward to meeting everyone and becoming a part of the 'family' everyone has told me so much about.”

Grimsley recently moved to Missouri with her husband Bruce who is stationed at Whiteman Air Force Base and their two children, Jared (a sophomore) and Jordon (a seventh grader). She also has two grown daughters, Cristy and Katie.
Dawn may be contacted at dgrimsley@moboysstate.org or 1-877-DIAL-MBS.


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