Authority Members

Michael E. Henze – Chair

Michael E. Henze

Mr. Henze, a resident of Osage Beach, is the retired chief executive officer of Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, Mo. He joined the hospital in April 1990, and oversaw a dramatic expansion of services and capital improvements. During his tenure, three major expansion/renovation projects were completed that shaped the current LRHS campus. This included adding a heart program, oncology services and a three-story patient tower to house intensive care, cardiac care and observation units. The clinic system also was developed to improve access to care. Mr. Henze served on the board of the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA), serving as chair of the Board of Trustees (2007), and on multiple MHA board committees, including the Federal Reimbursement Allowance, and Finance and Budget committees. He received MHA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, in 2013 and its Visionary Leadership Award in 2004. He also served as a delegate to the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board and as a member of the board of Healthcare Services Group, a medical malpractice carrier, serving as chair (2005-2008). Originally from Conway, Ark., Henze earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., in 1976, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Arkansas in 1979. He served as controller at Marion County Hospital and Nursing Home in Yellville, Ark., and Hot Spring County Memorial Hospital in Malvern, Ark., before being named administrator of Hot Spring County Memorial in 1981. He joined Lake Regional Health System as CEO in 1990. Mr. Henze and his wife, Gerri, have three children and six grandchildren. They enjoy spending time with their family, fishing the White River in Arkansas and spending time on their farm in Macks Creek, Mo. Term as a Member expires July 30, 2024.

Joseph A. Cavato – Vice Chair

Joseph A. Cavato

Mr. Cavato, a resident of University City, Missouri is the principal and owner of JAC Consulting, LLC, providing consulting and advisory services to local governments, non-profit agencies and real estate development entities. Services include program management, real estate and development planning, project management, financial advisory and intergovernmental relations. In addition to his long professional career in government and finance, Mr. Cavato has been very active in the community as an advisor, volunteer and board member of a number of educational, non-profit, religious and governmental entities. He has served as a board member of Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School, Barat Academy, Beyond Housing, the Missouri Workforce Housing Association and the Saint Louis University Urban Planning and Real Estate Development Program. Term as a Member expired July 30, 2013.

Thomas E. George – Treasurer

Thomas E. George

Mr. George, a resident of St. Louis, Missouri retired as President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local One in St. Louis. Prior to serving as President since 1998 he served various other roles for Local One including Registrar, Instructor, Business Agent, Organizer and as Trustee for several different funds. He is a lifelong Journeyman Wireman. In addition to his professional career, Mr. George was elected to four terms as a Member of the Missouri House of Representatives from the 74th district representing a portion of north St. Louis County. He was Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Labor Committee, Workforce Development and Workplace Safety Committee and the Municipal Corporation Committee. His other committee memberships included Missouri Job Training Legislative Oversight; Local Government; Appropriation – Natural and Economic Resources; Insurance; Communications, Energy and Technology; and Employment Security and Unemployment Benefits Workers Compensation. He has been honored as the Thomas F. Eagleton Grassroots Democrat of the Year. Mr. George also served six years with the 138th Infantry of the Missouri National Guard. Term as a Member expired July 30, 2015.

Sarah R. Maguffee – Member

Sarah R. Maguffee

Sarah R. Maguffee of Columbia, Missouri, is an attorney and clerk to Judge Karen King Mitchell, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. She is a former partner at Husch Blackwell, LLP, in Jefferson City, Missouri, where she practiced law from 1996 to 2009, when she left to become a stay-at-home mother. At Husch, Ms. Maguffee successfully counseled clients from such diverse industries as banking and finance, construction and land development, and manufacturing, regarding federal, state, and local environmental, health, and safety compliance, audits, self-reporting of violations, and enforcement actions. She also advised clients regarding environmental issues that arise in commercial transactions, including real estate deals and bankruptcy. Prior to joining Husch, Ms. Maguffee practiced law in Washington, D.C., where she represented chemical manufacturers and transporters on a variety of legislative, regulatory, and enforcement issues.