Bob Hardin, president of the Belton Educational Foundation, has added two new trustees to the Foundation’s board, Jacqueline Cook and Gail Worth.
Cook, is a partner at the law firm of Franke Schultz & Mullen, Kansas City where her primary focus is in the areas of civil and complex litigation as well as appellate work. Prior to joining the law firm, she served as the Circuit Judge for Division I from 2001-2012, as well as Presiding Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit, Cass and Johnson Counties. Her duties included handling circuit felony criminal, circuit civil, domestic cases, as well as serving as Juvenile Judge for the 17th Judicial Circuit and Drug Court Judge for Cass County.
Cook resides in Belton with her husband of 30 years, Eldon, and her daughter, Lauren. Her son, Daniel, is a 2007 Belton High School graduate and a 2011 graduate from the University of Missouri, currently attending the University of Iowa Carver Medical School.
Worth is a Belton High School graduate. She grew up working in her father’s motorcycle shop as a teenager. After years of holding various positions within the shop, and working for Harley-Davidson at the corporate offices, she returned as General Manager of the dealership.
Worth purchased the dealership in 2000. Today it is recognized as one of the top dealerships in the country and has been the recipient of a multitude of local and national awards.