Cloria served from 2005 to 2010 as Lemay's Republican committeewoman, and from 2010 to 2012 represented South County in the Missouri State House of Representatives. But there’s much more to her story.
Cloria grew up on Hickory Street, a few blocks south of Chouteau, on the near south side of St. Louis. Her parents, who lived in half of a two-family flat, worked union factory jobs. Cloria went to St. Louis public schools, and graduated from McKinley High School.
After high school, Cloria worked her way through St. Louis Community College. She married Frank, who is still her sweetheart, had a daughter, and then worked her way through night school at Washington University. All this time, she had a full-time job in the technology field, at first in an entry level position, but progressing as she obtained more experience in her field.
A bachelor's degree in hand, Cloria went to work at MasterCard as a Systems Analyst in information technology but steadily worked her way up in the organization and retired as a vice president. Along the way, Cloria and Frank moved to South County and put down roots. The family joined St. Johns Evangelical United Church of Christ, and Frank taught elementary school in the Mehlville School District until his retirement.
Information technology, at least at MasterCard, was a 24-by-365 career with a 50 hour week being the norm and always on-call. So between work, family and church, Cloria had very little spare time.
But once she retired, she threw herself into community service with the same energy she had shown at work. She serves on the board of the Lemay Child and Family Center, and volunteers at Monarch and Crisis Aid, two groups who are actively fighting the growing problem of sex trafficking in our region. She serves on the board of StepUp which works to help our youth choose a safe and drug-free environment.
Cloria is also a member of the Affton, Lemay and South County Chambers of Commerce, the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, and a Rotary Club.
Cloria gives her time to the Rotary Club's efforts helping needy elementary school students, organizing the food line at the Lindbergh Craft Fair and helping raise money for various non-profit organizations. She also annually volunteers at the Taste of Lemay.
Cloria also organizes an annual fundraiser where veterans are recognized and a donation is made to a veteran’s organization, including Fisher House, Operation HomeFront, Wounded Warriors and the Jefferson Barracks Food Pantry.