2014 Election Biographies

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Office of State Deputy

Keith Milson

Keith Milson, 51, began his membership in the Knights of Columbus by joining Council 10136 in 1992. He became a member of the St. Louis 4th Degree Assembly #565 in March 1997.  Keith and his wife Jody have five children and five grandchildren.

 Keith has been taken on many leadership roles in his council having held the offices of Grand Knight, Financial Secretary, Treasurer and Recorder. As Grand Knight he guided the council to two Star Council Awards. He has also served his council as Membership Director, Youth Director and Newsletter Editor.

Keith has also been a very active Fourth Degree member of St. Louis Assembly #565. He has been an Honor Guard member for years and served the Assembly as Faithful Navigator, Captain, Pilot, Outer Sentinel, Inner Sentinel, and Trustee.

Keith has served with distinction on the Missouri State Council Knights of Columbus in the following positions: District Deputy for five years; State Youth Activities Director, State Community Activities Director and State Membership Director for two year each. Keith was elected and has served the State Council the last four years as State Secretary.

Keith has served his parish in many capacities over the years including Minister of Hospitality, Men’s Club, Activities Association Board Member, Parish Facilities Planning Committee, CYC coach for soccer, baseball and basketball, and head CYC basketball official.

He is very active in the community having served with many organizations including Missouri State High School Activities Association,  Charter Representative for Boy Scout Troop 662, Committee Member for Cub Scout Pack 662, St. Louis Officials Association, Engineers' Club of St. Louis, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is a past President and Board Member of the Bryan Mueckl Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

Keith is currently serving on National Board of Visitors of the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and on the Special Olympics of Missouri Training For Life Campus Steering Committee.

Keith is a licensed Geologist, having graduated with a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University and post graduate work in Environmental Science from Southern Illinois University. He began his career with Campbell Design Engineering Group in St. Louis and has spent the last 26 years as an engineer with the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. In 2005 he was recognized by the Mechanical Contractor Association of Missouri with their Project of the Year Award for work at the District’s Lemay Treatment Plant facility.




Office of State Secretary


tn61 4ee7dec249762Joe Rosenthal was born and raised in Litchfield, IL. After graduating Litchfield Senior High School in 1973 he went onto college. During his time at St. Louis College of Pharmacy he met his wife to be, Beverly Bladen. Bev and Joe married in 1977 while both were still attending college. Joe graduated in 1978 with a BS in Pharmacy with Bev graduating in 1979. They have one daughter Angela, Son-in-Law Brian and a granddaughter Annabel, Age 3.

Joe started his Pharmacy career at West Pine Pharmacy in St. Louis. After one year he left to go to work at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis. In 1989 he moved to Branson to begin work at Skaggs Community Medical Center. While at Skaggs he was named employee of the year in 1992. Besides the daily workload of the hospital pharmacy Joe worked on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, the Infectious Disease Committee and as a Consultant to the Skilled Nursing Facility. During his time at Skaggs Joe also conducted a monthly program for the Cardiac Rehab Center, discussing medication therapy. Joe has received a Certificate in Diabetic Education. Joe now works for Christian Health Care in Springfield where he works as Pharmacist in Charge for Regional Pharmacy. Regional Pharmacy provides pharmaceutical services for the 13 Nursing Facilities owned by the company.

Joe joined the Knights of Columbus in 1989 in Litchfield, IL at Council 699. It was after moving to Branson and transferring to Our Lady of the Lake Council 6470 in Branson that Joe became active in the Knights of Columbus. In 1991 Joe was asked to be Youth Director. Joe developed the Breakfast with St. Nicholas which brought the children of the parish together with their families for a breakfast and to hear the story of St. Nicholas. In 1992 Joe was elected Deputy Grand Knight and served for 2 years. He was elected Grand Knight in 1994 which he served for 2 years. He has also served his Council as Financial Secretary for 13 years.

Joe joined Our Lady of Perpetual Help Assembly 2121 where he served as Faithful Navigator, Pilot and Captain for two years each. He then served for Faithful Comptroller for 6 years.

In 1998 State Deputy Tony Braun asked Joe to become a District Deputy for District 16 and again in 1999. In 2000 Joe was asked by State Deputy Robert Jecklin to serve again as District Deputy. During all three years Joe received the Outstanding District Deputy Award. In 2001 State Deputy Jecklin asked Joe and Bev to serve as Ladies Auxiliary Chair-couple. In 2002 State Deputy Jim Doggendorf saw a quality in Joe and appointed him State Youth Activities Director for 2 years. Joe has served each State Deputy since as a State Director; State Deputy Ron Wood for 2 years as Community Activities Director; State Deputy Mick Gilliam for 2 years as the MR Promotion Director; State Deputy Greg Stratman for 1 year as Family Activities Directory and 1 year as RIB Promotion Director, then 2 years for State Deputy John Appelbaum as Membership Director. During this time the highly successful Bishop Blast was developed and during its first year a record was set for the most new members brought in Missouri in a single month—319. In 2012 State Deputy Brad Grill asked Joe to serve as the General Program Director for 2 years.

In 2000 Joe served as Chairman for the State Bowling Tournament which was held in Branson that year. In 2001 Harry Lee Beste asked Joe to host the Sporting Clay Tournament. From 2001 to 2010 Joe served as Chairman for the Sporting Clay Tournament. It was during this time that Joe developed his enthusiasm for the shooting sports. The Knights of Columbus Sporting Clay tournament during these 10 years grew to the largest charity shoot in Southwest Missouri. Joe also worked on other charity shoots from local events to large regional events including the Louise Mandrell Celebrity Shoot.

Joe belongs to Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Branson. He has served as Eucharist Minister and a RCIA Committee Member and sponsor. Joe was elected to serve on the Parish Council during the building of the new Worship Space. During his the tenure on Parish Council he was asked to become a member of the Building Committee. It was an honor to be at the dedication our new House of Worship that Thanksgiving Weekend and to know I was a part of that building process. Joe has also served on the Parish Activity Committee. He has been involved with the Men's Group and presented a lecture on gun safety.

During his time in the Knights of Columbus Joe believes he has become a better husband, father, person and leader.




Office of State Treasurer


GraysonMikeMike Grayson is a Charter Member of Fr. Stratman Council 11882 and life-long member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Park Hills. He is a resident of the small town of Desloge, in Saint Francois County Missouri.

As a youth, Mike was an altar server and attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the parish sponsored Boy Scout troop. Mike and his wife Gwen were married at Immaculate Conception in 1978. They have been married for 34 years and have one son, Douglas. Mike attended Mineral Area College and received an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. Mike has a 30 year career with Wal-Mart Corporation, and he is currently a department manager.

Mike joined the Order as a member of St. Francois County Council #1088 in 1993, and he received the Second and Third Degrees shortly thereafter. Mike served as Grand Knight of his current council from 1997-1999. During his successful tenure as Grand Knight, the Council received two Columbian Awards, one Founders Award, and one Fr. McGivney Award. During that time the Council also achieved the “Highest Dollars per Member” twice for the State M.R. Drive.

Mike joined Cardinal Glennon Assembly #567 when he received his Fourth Degree in 1996 and served as Faithful Navigator from 2003-2005. During his term as Faithful Navigator, the Assembly had the record for largest number of new members at one time in March of 2004 with 52 new members taking their Fourth Degree.

State Deputy Tony Braun recognized Mike’s abilities and appointed him District Deputy #43 in 1999 for two years. In 2001 State Deputy Robert Jecklin also recognized his talent and reappointed Mike for another two years. In 2003 State Deputy Jim Doggendorf reappointed Mike for a third time as District Deputy. Mike ultimately served as DD for a total of five years, earning four Outstanding District Deputy Awards and one Star District in the process.

State Deputy Ron Wood recognized Mike’s leadership and appointed him to serve the State Council as the Legislative/Adopt-A-Highway Chairman in 2004.  State Deputy Mick Gilliam reappointed Mike in 2006 to a third year of overseeing this program. During his term Mike was able to compile a full listing of all councils participating in the program, what sections of roadways where being cared for and the total mileage adopted by the Knights being cleaned. Mike helped to facilitate new councils becoming active with the state and local highway department programs. Until Mike took on this program no such detailed coordination had occurred and it really paid off as the number of new councils participating in the program jumped dramatically.

In 2007 State Deputy Mick Gilliam appointed Mike as the Respect Life Chairman. With the guidance of Keith Milson, who was the Community Activities Director at the time, Mike initiated the P.A.L. (Protecting All Life) Program. The program, instituted in the midst of the Amendment 2 campaign, was an instant success as it recognized those who actively participate in raising awareness that all life is a precious gift from God.

State Deputy Greg Stratman appointed Mike as Membership Chairman - South East, in 2009. During that year the State of Missouri earned the Circle of Honor Award for membership growth by Supreme Council, the last year that the Missouri State Council won this prestigious award.

In 2010 State Deputy Greg Stratman recognized Mike’s unique leadership and appointed him the State Family Activities Director. State Deputy John Appelbaum reappointed Mike to the same position in 2011. During his three years as State Family Life Director Mike upgraded many of the programs including the first “Family Day at the “ZOU” football game at Missouri University at Columbia.

State Deputy Brad Grill appointed Mike the State Council Activities Director in 2012. Under his leadership the State Council enjoyed many successful events and the sense of Fraternity in the Council Activities programs were very evident.

With his breadth and depth of experience, his proven leadership, his dedication to our Order and our Brother Knights, Mike Grayson is well prepared to further serve our State Council in the position of State Treasurer.




Office of State Advocate

JamesBaldwinJames B. Baldwin, Jr. was received into the Catholic Church on December 10, 2000.  February 10, 2003 he became a member of the Knights of Columbus.  He took his first, second and third on the same day.  He is a member of Fr. Robert J. Arnold Council 10690 of Rich Fountain.  November 22, 2003 he became a 4th degree member with the Assemble Msgr. Ralph Kutz, #2811 in Westphalia.

As a member of Council 10690 he performed the duties of Program Director, Deputy Grand Knight and Grand Knight.  While GK the Council received the Star Council award.  He personally received the Shining Armor Award.  As a 4th degree member he has held the office of Pilot.  He also joined the Honor Guard and was selected as Commander.

In 2008 he was appointed District Deputy for District #52 by then State Deputy Greg Stratman. .  In 2009 he was appointed as a delegate to the 127th Supreme Convention that was held in Phoenix, AZ.

He is a member of the Certified First Degree Team , a member of the Central District Second Degree Team and served on the old Third Degree Team.

He is a member of the Pro-Life Committee of the Jefferson City Diocese for the Westphalia Deanery.

Graduated from Virginia University in 1962.  After a brief internship with the family law firm he went into the military.  He spent three tours of duty in Vietnam.  In 1971 through the military he used the law degree in military affairs.  In 1976 he joined the Department of Justice

He and his wife Joan are member of St. Alexander’s Church in Belle.  Jim served seven years on the Parish Council and six of them as president.  He is the Parish Administrator.  Both are extra ordinary Communion Ministers and take Communion to some homebound member every week.  Joan is Treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary of the 4th Degree.



Office of State Warden


KenDudzikKen Dudzik was born and raised in Chicago, is an Army veteran and earned a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois. He married Ruthie in 1967 and they have three married children and five grandchildren. He worked primarily in manufacturing and engineering management for 36 years. In 1998 he moved to Monett, MO to join Miracle Recreation Equipment Co. as plant manager and retired in 2003. He joined the Knights of Columbus in 2000, achieved Star Council as Grand Knight of Monett Council #1075, Outstanding District Deputy in 2005-2006 and was Faithful Navigator of Joplin Assembly #578 where he is currently Purser and Commander of the Color Guard. He was a member of the 3rd Degree Team and serves on the Monett 1st Degree Team. During the last 5 years he has been an active state chairman of the Membership, Vocation and Legislative committees. He is a very proud member of the great Missouri Jurisdiction of the Knights of Columbus.



Office of Columbian Charities - Delegate at Large

HarryBesteHarry Lee Beste joined the Knights on December 1, 1982, and since that time has service his Council, Assembly, or the State Council as an officer of Chairman. He has held many of the Council offices culminating in his election to serve as Fr. Berten's Council #1927 Grand Knight for the 1985-1986 and 1986-1987 Fraternal years. His service in his council has not gone unrecognized as he has received the honor of Knight of the Year from his council twice in 1984 and again in 1996. Harry joined the Fourth Degree on March 1, 1987 and has received the Award of Merit, as well as serving the Assembly in the Honor Guard. Harry served Msgr. Hildner Assembly as Faithful Navigator for the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 Fraternal years. Not content to just serve his council, Harry is a member of the Father Seisl Council #1121 First Degree team.

Harry's involvement on the State Council started with being named District Deputy in 1992. Harry served in that capacity from 1992-1996 under Past State Deputies William Kirchner and Charlie Bernskoetter. Harry received the honor of Outstanding District Deputy and the Star District award for the 1995-1996 Fraternal year. Also in 1996, Harry along with General Agent Robert King started the Father Wenceslaus Klaric Council #11656 in New Melle. Harry was a Delegate of our jurisduction to the 1997 Supreme Convention in Montreal, Canada. Harry has remained involved with the State Council Chairmanships Prison Concern, State Athletics, and most recently on the Membership team as Parish Roundtable Chairman.

Harry has worked in the automotive industry as a technician and managing a service station. Harry attended St. Gertrude's School and is a 1974 Graduate of Washington High School.