Advisory Board: Emeritus Members
Lynn R. Broeder, a noted community volunteer, is the former Executive Director of Foster Care Coalition of Greater St Louis. She is a founding member and previous Executive Director for the Ecumenical Housing Production Corporation in St. Louis County and was involved with several other organizations including the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy, Reform Organization of Welfare (ROWEL), and Good Neighbors,St. Louis. She has served on the boards of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, and the Small Business Advisory Council of the 12th District Federal Reserve Bank. She holds a BS in Non-Profit Administration from Lindenwood College and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Missouri St. Louis.
James Buford has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis since 1985. Mr. Buford chairs the St. Louis Connectcare Board and serves on the Executive Board of the St. Louis Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Board of Downtown St. Louis Partnership, Fair St. Louis, and the St. Louis Science Center. He is Past Chairman and member of the Grand Center Arts District Board. On the state level, Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan appointed Mr. Buford as secretary of the St. Louis County Board of Elections in 1993. In 2005, Mayor Francis Slay appointed Buford to the St. Louis Public School Board. His numerous awards and honors include the 2005 Mentor St. Louis Award, 1999 Whitney M. Young Award from the Boy Scouts, the 1995 St. Louis Community College Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Brotherhood-Sisterhood Award presented by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Mr. Buford holds a B.A. in Human Services Administration from Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA. He holds honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degrees from Harris-Stowe State College, in 1993; and from the University of Missouri of St. Louis, in 1995; and Webster University, in 2000.
Will Carpenter, PhD, retired from Monsanto in 1992 after 34 years with the company during which he served as head of research and product development and as principal spokesman on environmental issues. Dr. Carpenter is widely regarded for his scientific efforts that have helped feed an ever-growing world population and his long-held sensitivity on the environmental impact of agriculture and chemical use. Dr Carpenter was Chairman of the Board of Agridyne Technologies, INC, and Executive-in-Residence at Mississippi State University after his retirement from Monsanto. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Science Center and the World Agricultural Forum.
Christine Chadwick is the founding Executive Director of FOCUS St. Louis, the region's premiere leadership organization. It is a nonprofit organization that develops and connects leaders from diverse backgrounds, and empowers them to work together to build a thriving St. Louis community. FOCUS programs and initiatives develop and engage leaders from high school students to senior level executives. Chris was named the first Executive Director of the organization following the merger between The Leadership Center of Greater St. Louis and Confluence St. Louis in November of 1996. Prior to joining FOCUS, Chris operated her own company, CALAB Consulting, specializing in Nonprofit Management, Long Range/Strategic Planning, and Workforce Diversity. Chris has received numerous honors and awards. These include being named a "Woman of Achievement" in 1991 for her impressive volunteer service. She was included in Alive Magazine's first "Buzz List" in 2006 comprised of people, places, and ideas that are putting St. Louis on the map. Chris was also named as one of St. Louis' "Most Influential" by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2012.
Kathryn Cramer, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, the author of popular business and personal development books, and founder and CEO of The Cramer Institute in Clayton. She specializes in organizational change consulting, leadership development and executive coaching. A noted keynote speaker and Emmy Award winning filmmaker, Dr. Cramer earned her bachelor's degree from Webster, a master's degree in psychology from De Pauw University and a doctorate in psychology from St. Louis University. She founded the Stress Center at St. Louis University Medical Center and served as its director for nine years.
Robert W. Cranston is the President/CEO of Crancorp Ltd., a St. Louis based investment banking firm involved in mergers and acquisitions on a national level. The firm also secures debt and equity capital for selected clients. Bob serves on the Board of Directors of the James S. McDonnell USO, the Alumni Board of John Burroughs School, the Board of the St. Louis Alumni Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta, and is President of the St. Louis Chapter of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association. He also been active as Chair of the McDonnell Douglas Airshows, Board member of University Club of St. Louis, Board member of the Kidney Foundation, President of the Colgate University Alumni chapter of St. Louis, and Vice President of the Ladue Baseball League.
Michael DeHaven is the Senior Vice President-General Counsel at BJC HealthCare, the largest health care delivery system in the St. Louis area, the 26th largest in the nation and the largest employer in the St. Louis area. A native of Richmond, Indiana, Mr. Dehaven earned his BA (cum laude) from Purdue University in 1972 and his Juris Doctorate from Washington University in 1975. Mr. DeHaven is an experienced attorney through his past employment as a partner at both Bryan Cave and Thompson & Mitchell law firms. He continues to serve the legal community as a member of the American Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, is a member of the Board of Trustees of Webster University and a former member of the Repertory Theater of St. Louis Board of Directors.
David Greenhaw, Ph.D. serves a dual role on the Eden Theological Seminary campus as President and Professor of Preaching and Worship. David is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and has served churches in New York, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Missouri. He did his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas, received a Masters of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Drew University. He is active in the field of preaching and worship, and has published and lectured extensively in this area, including the book Preaching in the Context of Worship. His current research is on the future of American Protestantism's role in forming social, cultural and political institutions.
Phyllis Hamilton is a distinguished international lawyer. Ms. Hamilton was formerly Deputy Secretary
General of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague and an adjunct faculty
member at Webster Leiden. She has also consulted for the College of Arts & Sciences'
Legal Studies and Human Rights programs. She currently consults on procedural issues
for international arbitral tribunals.
Laura Herring is a psychologist and a pioneer in the area of career/life transition support. Herring is founder and president of The IMPACT Group, a career/life transition assistance firm that provides such services as employee, spouse and family relocation transition assistance; outplacement assistance; dependent care information and resources; recruitment support; and career-management consulting. An alumna of Webster, Laura also serves the University as a Trustee and has been very active in St. Louis leadership circles. She is a founding member of the St. Louis Economic Development Council, and the St. Louis Regional Talent Project and volunteers with women's groups such as the National Association of Women Business Owners, Women Presidents' Organization and St. Louis Forum.
John W. Kepler III is an attorney in the Intellectual Practice Group of Gallop, Johnson, and Neuman LC. His practice incorporates all areas of Intellectual Property and Technology Protection Law and he is directly involved with patent and trademark prosecution, transactions, and litigation for his clientele. In addition to his professional legal career, Kepler serves the educational community as an Adjunct Professor at the Washington University School of Law and a frequent guest lecturer at Lindenwood University. He is actively involved in the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the American Intellectual Property Law Association Licensing Executives Society, the Computer Law Association, the Missouri Venture Forum, and the Federal Circuit Bar Association. Kepler Earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University.
Paul Koch is an attorney and Chairman of the Board of Koch Development, a real estate development, management, and investment firm based in Clayton, Missouri. He has served as the Chairman of Advisory Boards for Mark Twain Bank and Mercantile Bank, and has been a Municipal Circuit Court Judge. He has also served as President of the Homebuilders Association of Eastern Missouri and is a member of the NAHB National Board of Directors. He is a past Chairman of the Board of the American Cancer Society, Missouri Division. Mr. Koch holds MBA and Juris Doctor degrees from Washington University, in St. Louis.
Amy Lorenz-Moser '97 is an attorney and partner at Armstrong-Teasdale, LLP where she specializes in complex personal-injury defense, including product liability and toxic tort defense. She is a member of the American Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, Illinois State Bar Association, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the St. Louis County Bar Association. Amy also represents victims of domestic violence on a pro bono basis. Amy began her pro bono work at the University of Missouri Law School's Family Violence Clinic while still a student there, and has continued her service through Legal Advocates for Abused Women, the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Volunteer Lawyer Project and the Missouri Battered Women's Clemency Coalition. Through the Missouri Battered Women's Clemency Coalition, Amy has represented victims of domestic violence who were imprisoned in Missouri for killing their abusers, even though evidence of the abuse was inadmissible at the time of their trials. In October of 2010, through Amy's efforts and the work of the Coalition, two of these women were released from prison after serving 32 years each. In recognition of those efforts, Amy was awarded an Excellence in Pro Bono Work Award from the St. Louis University School of Law, and was named the Missouri Lawyer's Weekly 2010 Lawyer of the Year. Amy graduated with a BA in Political Science from Webster in 1997 and earned her JD from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2000.
Donna K. Martin is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation. With assets of more than $18 billion, Ameren serves approximately 3.2 million electric and natural gas customers in Missouri and Illinois. In May 2002, Donna joined Ameren as Vice President Human Resources. In 2003, she also assumed responsibility for employee communications services. In 2005 she was promoted to Senior Vice President and added corporate communications and labor relations to her responsibilities. She is the first woman in Ameren's 100-plus year history to hold the role of SVP reporting to the CEO. Donna also is a member of Webster University's Board of Trustees and serves on both the Advancement and Student Life Committees. In 2004 Donna was named one of the 25 most influential business women of St. Louis. She has been appointed to serve on the Board of the United Way of Greater St. Louis. She holds a bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Illinois University and a master's of education degree from Northern Illinois University.
Melba R. Moore is currently the Commissioner of Health for the City of St. Louis Department of Health. She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from Webster University and a Master of Science (MS) degree in Health Management from Lindenwood University. She has a certificate of completion in Management from the John F. Kennedy School of Government for State and Local Executives and has been approved by the Public Health Practitioner Certification Board as a Certified Public Health Administrator.In addition, Commissioner Moore was the recipient of 2009 Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Services. She has taught a course entitled, "Investment in Success" to undergraduate students at Sanford Brown Business College. She serves on the Board's of Director's: FAIR Foundation-Liver Disease; St. Louis Connect Care; Community Wellness Project; and The Ethic Project. She served on the Regional Health Commission Board from 2000-2003. In 2007, Ms. Moore visited New Dehli, India where she was one of twenty delegates representing the American Public Health Association/the People to People International Program on an educational tour of the Medical Care and Public Health system.
Kathryn Nelson was a longtime program officer with the Danforth Foundation and is well known throughout
St. Louis' educational community as an advocate for children and families. Until her
death in 2006, she provided leadership and assistance in the growth of many regional
organizations, including Parents as Teachers, Doorways, the Girl Scout Council, the
St. Louis Public Library Board, and the St. Louis 2004 project. Ms. Nelson passed
away in 2006.
Robert Porter JD, MBA is the President, Programs and Services and Chief Strategy Officer for SSM Health Care St. Louis, an integrated health care network with seven hospitals and a revenue base of $1.7 billion. In addition to overseeing strategy development, planning and communications, Mr. Porter is responsible for the network's 285 person medical group, ambulatory operations, and managed care initiatives. Over the last four years he also served as project director for the development of a replacement hospital for one of SSM's older facilities, with the goal to design the "hospital of the future.Robert Porter has spent over 25 years in senior health care leadership positions serving at various times as chief strategy officer, chief operating officer, and chief executive officer.His career in Catholic health care has reflected his personal, passionate commitment to Catholic social teaching as it is expressed in the health care ministry. He has written and spoken extensively about spirituality, leadership, and innovation.
Jane M. Robert serves as President of Renaissance Française – USA, a national Delegation charged by Renaissance Française in France with the mission of encouraging the appreciation of French language and cultures, principally through the awarding of medals as established in France in 1916. A new initiative includes serving on the founding Board of the St. Louis Language Immersion Schools in the city of St. Louis, with the target languages of French or Spanish. Ms. Robert received her Master's degree in French Language and Literature from Missouri University at Columbia, Missouri, in 1973, her Diplôme de langue et de civilization from la Sorbonne in Paris in 1968 and her BA in French Language and Literature from Webster University in St. Louis in 1969. Her career included teaching French at all levels from elementary through university as well as sponsoring many student exchanges and other educational activities. The Federation of Alliances Françaises – USA selected Ms. Robert to receive The Charbonnier Award in 2006. The city of St. Louis and St. Louis County, as well as Webster University, have honored Ms. Robert for active leadership in St. Louis, including naming her Global Ambassador by the World Trade Center – St. Louis in 2008. In 2007, the French government awarded her its highest distinction: the French Legion of Honor. L'Ordre des Palmes Académiques bestowed knighthood on Robert in 1998; in May 2012, she was made an officer in the organization. Jane and Bruce Robert received the gold medal of La Renaissance Française in October 2011 during a ceremony at the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie in Paris. The medal recognizes "eminent and exceptional service" in the promotion of French culture. In December 2010, Ms. Robert and her husband, Bruce, established the Jane M. and Bruce P. Robert Professorship in French and Francophone Studies with a $1 million gift to Webster University. It is the first endowed professorship in the university's history. Jane and Bruce Robert have a grown son, Patrick, all living in St. Louis.
Geetha Rao Sant retired in 2011 from The Stolar Partnership LLP, where she was a partner and co-chair
of corporate development. Her practice areas included corporate law, executive compensation,
intellectual property, and securities.Geetha is currently serving her second term
as board chair of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri;
she also serves as vice chair of the MICDS board of trustees.
Thomas F. Schlafly is the president and majority owner of The Saint Louis Brewery, Inc., which brews Schlafly Beer and operates The Schlafly Tap Room in Downtown St. Louis and Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. He is also a lawyer with the firm Thompson Coburn LLP. He serves on the Legg Mason Partners Equity Board, which oversees 48 mutual funds and on the board of directors of Citizens National Bank of Greater St. Louis. Mr. Schlfly currently serves on the board of directors of the St. Louis Public Library and is the chair of the St. Louis Public Library Foundation. He is a trustee of the St. Louis Art Museum and a member of the board of directors of the St. Louis Public Schools Foundation. Mr. Schlafly received his A.B. from Georgetown University in 1970 and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1977. He and his wife, Ulrike, live in the Central West End.
Deborah Schneider is the co-founder and Vice President of Gelfman-Schneider Literary Agents, Inc. in New York. In this capacity she is known as a hardworking champion for the more than 100 writers she represents-a client list that includes such prominent authors as Jeffrey Deaver, Carolyn Hart, Barbara D'Amato, and Marilyn Wallace. A native of Chicago, Deborah earned her undergraduate degree from Webster's Philosophy Department, and has been recognized as a notable alumna of Webster. The mother of two, Schneider also finds time to serve on the Board of Directors of the Association of Authors Representatives and care for her rescued greyhounds.
Julian Seeherman is the former Chairman of the Board of Venture Stores. Prior to becoming Chairman
of the Board, Mr. Seeherman held various top executive positions with Venture. He
has served on the boards of many local organizations, including the Boy Scouts, Junior
Achievement, Civic Progress, Jewish Community Center Association, Jewish Hospital,
and Greenfield Industries, Inc. and is involved in many other charitable and business
organizations in the St. Louis area.
Stellie Siteman is co-founder and Artistic Director of Max & Louie Productions, a St. Louis-based
theater company specializing in productions which tackle bold issues with humor. An
accomplished actress, singer, and comedienne herself, she has appeared recently in The New Century and as Ann Landers in The Lady with All the Answers. Her 25 years of experience encompasses urban arts education, directing, acting and
producing regionally as well as nationally. She earned her BA in Theater from Webster
University in 1974.
Kathleen Thimsen, RN, MSN, WOCN is a leader in her chosen field of wound and ostomy care. She developed and managed a multi-state wound care clinical practice, has developed proprietary software for managing patient care, has conducted research on wound care, and has published numerous articles in the field. She has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally. She is an alumna of Webster University's Bachelor and Master's degree programs in Nursing. Ms.Thimsen is a Fellow of the Mid-American Regional Public Health Institute from the University Of Illinois School Of Public Health. She serves on the International Association of Forensic Nurses Ethics committee and is a 30-year member of the Wound, Ostomy Continence Nurses Society and of Sigma Theta Tau. She also coordinates an annual medical/nursing mission project on the Amazon River in Colombia, South America. Kathi is on the faculty at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing and is enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Johns Hopkins University.
Jacqueline Grennan Wexler,Ph.D. was an alumna, a former Sister of Loretto and a former President of Webster University. Renowned for her innovative approaches to education, especially experiential education, she served as President of Hunter College (NY), as President of the World Organization of Christians and Jews, and as a longtime Director of United Technologies. She was also an emeritus Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wexler passed away in 2012.
Al Wiman recently retired from the St. Louis Science Center, where he was Vice President, Public Understanding of Science. The former Vice President for University Communications at Webster University, he also has worked as a reporter at KSDK-TV and KMOV-TV in St. Louis as well as radio and television stations in Los Angeles and Tallahassee, Florida. Wiman's career honors and awards include three Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and two Golden Globe awards from the Southern California Radio/TV News Association.
The Honorable Harriett F. Woods was a noted journalist, public servant, educator, and advocate for women. After a career in print and televised journalism, she served the State of Missouri as a State Senator. When she was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1984, she became the first woman to win statewide office in Missouri. After she retired from political office in 1998, Woods became a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and served as the president of the Institute for Policy Leadership at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. From 1991-1996, she served as President of the National Women's Political Caucus. Woods was a frequent lecturer and had been prolific in the media since her retirement both as a commentator on KWMU and as a writer. Her works included the book Stepping Up to Power: The Political Journey of American Women. Lieutenant Governor Woods passed away in 2007.