2013-2014 Board Bios

Zack Boyers is Chairman and CEO of U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC). Zack has broad experience in commercial banking, community lending, structured finance and direct & fund investments in the Tax Credit arena. He serves as Director on the Boards of National Equity Fund, RCGA, and serves as Chairman of the Board for The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis. He is also a founding Board member of the Arch Grants organization. Previously, he has been a founding member of the Alliance for Economic Development, and a member of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association’s NMTC Steering Committee and the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition. Zack received his Masters of Business Administration from Washington University and received his Bachelors degree with academic honors from Harvard University. He has been awarded the "30 Under 30" and "40 Under 40" awards given to top performing business leaders in St. Louis. Zack and his wife Rachel live in downtown St. Louis. Their daughter Cecilia, Class of 2014, and their son Ivan, Class of 2016, are students at Crossroads College Preparatory School.

Dick Brickson served as a lawyer and executive at The May Department Stores Company and Macy's for over 35 years, until he retired in 2008. Dick served as the Board Chair of the School for 14 years, from 1990 to 2004, and continues to serve on the Crossroads board as well as several other not-for-profit boards.  Dick's three daughters graduated from Crossroads College Preparatory School. Jennifer ('92) went on to earn degrees from Carleton College (B.A.), from the Culinary Institute of America (A.A.) and from Rice University (M.BA.). Jen works in Tampa, Florida as a consultant in the food industry. Kate ('96) attended Oberlin College, earned degrees from Washington University (B.A.) and from Yale University (a Masters in Public Heath), and served in the Peace Corps. Kate works for an NGOin Arlington, Virginia and Africa as a public health professional. Evan ('00) attended Scripps College, earned a B.S. degree from Washington University and the Barnes-Jewish Nursing School. Evan works in northern California as a nurse. Dick graduated from Wabash College and Georgetown University Law Center. He and his wife, Marilyn, live in University City.

Vander Corliss has over 20 years of experience in finance and operations at not for profit institutions. Currently he is the controller/VP Finance at United Way of Greater St. Louis where he has been employed for 10 years. He received a BA from Trinity College, CT, anda Masters in Accounting from NYU while employed at KPMG. Vander and his wife, Kimberly, live in the Central West End and have two children, Nelson, Class of 2011, and Claire, Class of 2017. He is an active member at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Ruby Curry is Dean of the Business and Human Development division at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley. She has served as an educator, coach, and administrator with the college. Ruby also serves on the Board of Trustees of her church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church Christian Complex. She received her BSE from Central Missouri State University, in Physical Education/Health and a MSE from Eastern Illinois University. Ruby is the aunt of Terry Watkins, Jr., Class of 2013. Ruby and Terry live in University City.

Clark Daggett is the Head of Crossroads College Preparatory School since July 2011. He earned his B.A. in Social and Behavioral Science at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and his Master of Letters at Drew University in Madison, NJ. He served for twenty years at Morristown-Beard School, a co-ed day school with grades 6-12 in Morristown, NJ as Admissions Director, Dean of Students, Development Director, and as a teacher and coach. In 1994 he became Associate Head of Cape Cod Academy, a K-12 independent day school in Osterville, MA. In 2005 he became Head of School at CCA and served in that capacity for five years to complete 17 years of service to the school. He and his wife Claudia live in University City.

Charlie Daniel is Chief Financial Officer of Bakers Footwear Group, Inc. Previously he worked in public accounting for Stone Carlie in St. Louis and Price Waterhouse in Richmond, Virginia and New York City. Prior board experience includes many years at New City School, where he served as Treasurer and Vice President Finance, and the Preservation Alliance of Virginia, where he served as Treasurer. Charlie took his bachelor's degree from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. Charlie and his wife, Lenore Albee, live in the City of St. Louis, two blocks from Crossroads College Preparatory School. Their daughter Blair graduated from Crossroads College Prep with the Class of 2012 and is enrolled at Wellesley College; their son Chip attends Crossroads, Class of 2017.  

Frederick Falker is a Crossroads College Preparatory School parent twice over as the father of alumna Erin ‘06, who is a graduate student in fine arts at Washington University and graduate of Stanford University, and Aja, a Crossroads College Preparatory School alumna of '01 and a graduate of Cornell University. He is the president of Falker Consulting Group, Inc., a human resource development training and consulting firm. Founded in 1988, FCG specializes in the design, development, and delivery of performance management, customer service, and cultural diversity training programs. Fred is also the Director of Workforce Develop and Training for the Saint Louis Zoo. The department is responsible for ensuring that the Zoo’s workforce has the skills, competencies and knowledge needed to generate consistently high levels of organizational performance.  Among the organizations FCG has served are Ralston Purina Company, Tenet Health System, Bethesda Health Group, BJC Health System and others. Fred has an M.A. in psychology from Washington University, where he also earned a B.A. in Psychology in 1973. Fred and his wife Wanda live in the Central West End.  

Sheila Forrest has a B.S. and an MBA in Business Administration. Sheila and her husband Jeff are owners of Afro World Hair and Fashion Company where Sheila is President. She is a member of the Missouri Minority Business Advocacy Commission, Small Business Regulatory Board, and she currently serves on the COCA Board and served on the Board of New City School for six years. Sheila and her husband Jeff reside in Spanish Lake and are the proud parents of three children, Justin, Joshua, and Joye, Class of 2014, at Crossroads College Prep.  

Patty Hagen is the Vice President and Executive Director for Audubon Missouri, and Executive Director of the Audubon Center at Riverlands. Prior to her current role, she served as Associate Provost and Associate Dean at Saint Louis University. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis, and an MPA in Public Administration. In addition to her board role with Crossroads, Patty is a current member of the boards of the Shaw Nature Reserve, the Meeting of the Rivers Foundation, and the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center Scientific Board at the University of Missouri. She and her husband, Brad, are the parents of Connor, Class of 2013, at Crossroads College Prep. Patty and her husband live in St. Louis City.

Susan Lanigan is the Chair of the Board of Trustees.  Susan was a training consultant to private industry prior to her retirement. She is currently the Green Schools Advocate for US Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter’s Green Schools Committee and Treasurer of Sustainable St. Louis. Susan is a CPA and holds a Masters Degree in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University and a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Susan, her husband Ed, and their son Eric live in University City. Eric, Class of ’06, graduated from the University of Puget Sound in December 2009.

Paula J. Lemerman serves on the Trustees Committee, which is responsible for Board recruitment, training, and programming. She has a J. D. from St. Louis University and a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Vermont. Paula has served as an Associate County Counselor for St. Louis County since 1984, and currently represents the County Assessor and Collector in real estate and personal property valuation appeals. Paula also serves on the Board of Trustees of her congregation, Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel. The mother of 2 alumni, Paula enjoys helping in the rain garden. Rachel, Class of 2011, is attending Barnard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary’s undergraduate school, List College, in NYC, while her brother, Micah, Class of 2008, has been a student at Columbia University and List College. Paula and her husband Stewart Shilcrat live in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood of St. Louis City.


Barbara Little is a pension consultant with Aon Consulting. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a BS in Mathematics. Barbara has served Crossroads College Prep as Co-chair of the Gala Committee, Chairman of the Finance Committee, a member of the Head’s Advisory Committee and Board Treasurer. Barbara and her husband, Mont Little, have two children, Elle, and Nicolas, Class of 2010, at Crossroads College Prep.

Kathy Miller is professor and chair of the Biology Department at Washington University. She joined the faculty at Washington University in 1989. She received her BA with a major in chemistry from Lawrence University and PhD in biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her field of specialization is developmental cell biology. Work in her research lab investigates cell structure and its importance for cell specialization during animal development. She is active in promoting teaching reform, student participation in research, and curriculum innovation at the undergraduate level. She has won several teaching awards and has been named a National Academies Teaching Fellow (2009) and National Academies Teaching Mentor (2011, 2012). Her daughter Marinda was a member of the Crossroads College Prep Class of 2012 and now attends Washington University. She lives in St. Louis City in the Parkview neighborhood with her husband, Dan Hanson, also a scientist and educator at Washington University, their two dogs, three cats, and three fish tanks. She enjoys cooking, bike, riding, walking the dogs, hiking, and gardening.

Lauren Plummer is in Strategic Planning at Wells Fargo Advisors.  She holds a B.A. in Economics from Kalamazoo College, and a MBA in Finance from Case Western Reserve University.  She and her husband, Tom Larson, have lived in St. Louis, in the Central West End, since 1993.  They are the parents of two Crossroads College Prep students, Andrea Larson, Class of 2012, and Matthew Larson, Class of 2015.  Lauren is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Cameroon), and is currently the president of the Westminster Place Association Board of Trustees.  She enjoys commuting and getting around town by bicycle and reading in French.

Henry Powers is a class of 2000 Crossroads College Prep Alumni. After high school he attended Loyola University New Orleans where in 2004 he completed a BA in Marketing with an emphasis in Psychology. Following college, Henry traveled the world with money he saved from a year of bartending and a summer of selling educational books door-to-door in Savanna, Georgia; all experiences that have shaped him considerably. In 2006 Henry ended his travels, returned to St. Louis and assumed a Business Development role for a scratch company that has been fortunate enough to thrive in spite of the struggling economy. When he is not working, Henry is usually traveling, cooking, or out on the farm working on one of his many projects.

Calea Stovall-Reid and her husband William are the parents of two Crossroads students, Faith, Class of 2012 and Grace, Class of 2013. Calea is an Associate Circuit Judge for the state of Missouri, and a graduate of Washington University School of Law. She is also a part-time adjunct instructor for St. Louis Community College. Calea serves on the Advisory Board for South City YMCA, and she is a volunteer childcare provider for Almost Home.

Heather Testa has 23 years of experience working in the graphic, industrial, and environmental design fields. In 1997, she founded Ten8 Group with a vision of creating a company which would focus on using design to solve problems and build brand identities in a three-dimensional space.   She’s designed themed entertainment venues around the world, including the breezy “city by the sea” feel of The Waterfront at Sea World Orlando, the vibrant, board-game-themed Ursa’s Café for Washington University in St. Louis, and the iconic Warner Bros. Movie World in Madrid.  Heather has also been involved in projects such as the National Park Service’s Gateway Arch Tram Queue Experience, the Penguin and Puffin Coast at the St. Louis Zoo, and other various projects.  She graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design. While a member of the Society of Environmental Graphic Design, Heather served as both regional representative and a member of the Board of Directors. She also served on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation and is a member of Trailnet and the Rails to Trail Conservancy.  She lives in the City with her daughter Claudia, Crossroads College Prep Class of 2014.

Rob Wild is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Students and Dean of the First Year Center at Washington University. In this capacity he oversees all new student orientation programs, Cornerstone (the Center for Advanced Learning), and various other projects for the Vice Chancellor for Students.
Rob served as the Assistant to Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton from 2007-2013. In this role, he served as the Chancellor’s chief of staff, overseeing the administrative functions of the Office of the Chancellor, handling inquiries related to University business, and participating in numerous University initiatives.
Rob is an alum of Teach For America, serving as a middle school science teacher in New York City from 1993 to 1995. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and African & African American Studies from Washington University, a Master of Science Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.