Advisory Board: Past Members

Susan BalkKenneth Balk founded the architectural engineering firm, Kenneth Balk & Associates, in 1959, and served as its president and CEO until 2000. After selling KBA, he founded K.Balk Advisors, which guides clients in developing strategic plans; sets up appropriate processes for their successful and timely delivery of major capital projects; and assists them in troubled projects that require turn-around expertise. Ken served the Home Builders' Association of Greater St. Louis as Director and Vice-President and was Director and President of the Home Owners Warranty Council. He is a past Treasurer of the Consulting Engineers Council of Missouri. Through his association with the St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association, Ken was appointed to a Special Task Force to investigate highway funding for the State of Missouri. He has served as Chairman of the Mass Transit & Railroads Committee, Chairman of its Transportation Subcommittee, and was Chairman of the Board of the Missouri Transportation & Development Council, District 6. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Registered Professional Engineer, and a member of the Missouri and National Society of Professional Engineers. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.

Susan BalkSusan Margolis Balk moved to St Louis in 2004. She is a writer, editor, professor and media consultant. Susan has written for Rolling Stone, Vogue, Ms, Playboy and the New York Times Magazine among others and authored the well-received book, Fame. For nine years, she was New York literary editor of Playboy Magazine. She then founded Deep Content Solutions to advise print and internet companies including TimeWarner, Newscorp, Disney, Daishinsha (Tokyo) and Groupe L'Express (Paris). She taught journalistic entrepreneuring and literary journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, writing and poetry at San Francisco State University and English and Psychology at Pierce College in Athens, Greece. Susan speaks and lectures on the subjects of deep content, creative entrepreneuring, and the psychology of fame. She has worked closely with Delancy Street Foundation, the hugely successful rehabilitation center in San Francisco, since it was founded in 1971, implementing and teaching in a full-blown academic program which has led a number of Delancy Street residents to earn bachelor's degrees from Golden Gate University and San Francisco State University.

Betty BirneyBetty Birney is an award-winning children’s author and TV writer. She wrote her first “book” at the age of seven, and with encouragement from her family, she kept writing, eventually turning a childhood passion into a successful life-long career. Betty graduated from the Affton School District and went on to attend Webster College (now Webster University), earning a degree in English. She moved to Southern California, working at Disneyland in the advertising department and eventually writing and producing television and radio commercials and theatrical trailers at Disney Studio in Burbank. Betty is the recipient of a Writer’s Guild of America Award and three Humanitas Prizes, as well as a Daytime Emmy Award and a Christopher Award. Her most well-known works are the Humphrey series of children’s books, the Madeline children’s TV series, and the made-for-tv family movie Mary Christmas.

BroederLynn 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 BufordJames 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.

Robert CalcaterraRobert J. Calcaterra, DSc, is a principal of Startup Midwest Management where he has been co-founded three start up companies. Calcaterra retired in 2008 as president and CEO of the Nidus Center for Scientific Enterprise, a non-profit plant and life sciences incubator, where he worked with over 20 client companies involved in plant and life sciences providing the companies with access to capital and helping them raise more than $140 million. Prior to his tenure at Nidus Dr. Calcaterra was president, founder and chief executive officer of the Arizona Technology Incubator (ATI) and the Boulder Technology Incubator (BTI). His career includes management positions with Monsanto, Coors, and Amoco and he also taught graduate courses in entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado, Arizona State University and Washington University. A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Calcaterra earned bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Nebraska and a doctorate in the same field from Washington University and later completed Harvard University's Industrial Research Institute Executive Management Seminar.

Will CarpenterWill 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.

Chris ChadwickChristine 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.

Brian ClevingerBrian Clevinger, Ph.D. is managing director of Prolog Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm focusing on life science start-ups in the Missouri region.  Prolog has raised over $120M in three funds and has invested in over 35 health care companies, 16 of which were in St. Louis at the time of funding. Prior to Prolog, Dr. Clevinger was CEO of Megan Health, a vaccine company focused on food safety vaccines. He serves on the Board of the Center for Emerging Technologies, St. Louis Academy of Science, The Family Resource Center and a number of life science start-up companies. Dr. Clevinger holds a doctorate degree in immunology from Indiana University and was a post-doctoral fellow and tenured faculty member at Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

Kathryn CramerKathryn 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. CranstonRobert 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 DeHavenMichael 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 GreenhawDavid 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 HamiltonPhyllis 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 HerringLaura 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.

KelleyPatti Kelly has served as the Vice President of Nursing/Chief Nursing Officer for SSM St. Mary's Health Center located in Richmond Heights, Missouri since 2008. She has progressively been promoted into more challenging leadership roles throughout her career culminating in her current role at SSM SMHC. Ms. Kelley was a presenter at the 2011 AONE Annual Conference in Boston and the September 2013 Best Practices in Patient-Centered Care Conference at the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality in Maryland. She has also been recognized by St. Louis Magazine as the recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Nursing Award in the Management/Nurse Executive/Clinical Leader category where she received a perfect score from the judges related to her work at SMHC during the year the hospital was without a president. Most recently, she was one of only 42 semi-finalists across the country for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellowship (ENF) 2012. Ms. Kelley is also active in the community and has been involved with the YWCA's Circle of Women Luncheon for the past four years and is a past examiner for the Excellence in Missouri Foundation. In 2011 she was appointed by the County Executive to the Board of the St. Louis County Children's Service Fund which administers and expends the funds generated by a tax that provides just under $40 million annually to local agencies providing mental health services to children in the county. Ms. Kelley received her ADN from St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley in 1986 and went on to earn her BSN and MSN through Webster University in St. Louis.      

John W. Kepler IIIJohn 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 KochPaul 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.

Lorenz-MoserAmy 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.

MartinDonna 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. MooreMelba 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 NelsonKathryn 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 PorterRobert 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.

RavenPeter Raven, PhD, is Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden and one of the world's leading botanists and advocates of conservation and biodiversity. He is past President and Chairman of the Board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Chairman of the National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration, and Chair of the Division of Earth and Life Studies of the National Research Council, which includes biology, chemistry, and geology. Described by TIME magazine as a "Hero for the Planet," Dr. Raven champions research around the world to preserve endangered plants and is a leading advocate for a sustainable environment. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious International Prize for Biology from the government of Japan; Environmental Prize of the Institute de la Vie; Volvo Environment Prize; the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and the Sasakawa Environment Prize. He is a member of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology and in 2001 he received the National Medal of Science, the highest award for scientific accomplishment in the United States. Dr. Raven is Co-editor of the Flora of China, a joint Chinese-American project that is leading to a contemporary account on all the plants of China. He has written numerous books and publications, both popular and scientific, including Biology of Plants (co-authored with Ray Evert and Susan Eichhorn), the internationally best-selling textbook in botany, and Environment, a leading textbook on the environment. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1960 after completing his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley. He has received honorary degrees from universities throughout the world.

Geetha Rao Sant

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. SchaflyThomas 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 SchneiderDeborah 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.

Mary Anne SedeyMary Anne Sedey is a nationally recognized employment attorney. Her practice is devoted exclusively to representing employees in work-related disputes. Ms. Sedey has been recognized every year since 1993 as one of The Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers named her the best Labor and Employment Lawyer in St. Louis for 2010. For more than ten years St. Louis Magazine has named her to its Best Lawyers list. In August, 2007 Human Resource Executive magazine called her one of The Top 10 Plaintiffs Attorneys to Fear the Most. Ms. Sedey was President of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), the national professional organization for the 3000 lawyers who represent employees in employment and civil rights disputes, from 1995 to 1998. She served on NELA's Board for  twelve years, and founded its St. Louis chapter. She was appointed a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 1996 and served two terms on the Executive Board of the College. Ms. Sedey is the immediate past-president of Workplace Fairness, a not-for-profit organization created to provide information, education and assistance to workers and their advoates and to promote public policies that advance employee rights.

Julian SeehermanJulian 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.

SitemanStellie 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.


ThimsenKathleen 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 WexlerJacqueline 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 WimanAl 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

Harriet F. WoodsThe 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

Mary Ann WyrschMary Ann Wyrsch is a former President and Executive Director of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund and a former United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees. Prior to her U.N. appointment, she served for over two decades in a variety of senior executive positions in the U.S. government.  In 2009, Mary Ann returned to government service at the Department of Labor to assist with Recovery Act implementation, serving as a Senior Advisor and Associate Deputy Secretary for Management before retiring again in 2012. Ms. Wyrsch is currently engaged in a variety of volunteer activities, chief among them service on Audit Advisory Committees of United Nations agencies.   She is currently a a member of the Committees of both the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund, (UNFPA). Wyrsch holds a master’s degree in history from Georgetown University as well as a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Webster University in 1965.  In 2012 Webster awarded Ms. Wyrsch an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. 


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