2014-2015 Board of Trustees
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 the National Equity Fund, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis Streetcar Company 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 Master of Business Administration from Washington University and received his bachelor 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, graduated from Crossroads College Preparatory School in 2014, and their son Ivan, Class of 2016, is currently a student at Crossroads College Prep.
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 has served on the Crossroads' Board for 25 years and served as the Board Chair for 14 years, from 1990 to 2004. He 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 has worked in the food industry and currently works at Walgreen's offices in Chicago. 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 a John's Hopkins affiliate in Washington DC 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 of Finance at United Way of Greater St. Louis where he has been employed for 10 years. He received a BA from Trinity College, CT, and a 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 Interim President 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 an MSE from Eastern Illinois University. Ruby is the aunt of Terry Watkins, Jr., Class of 2013. Ruby and Terry live in University City.
Charlie Daniel has served as Chief Financial Officer of Bakers Footwear Group, Inc. and 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 for 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 and is a part of the Class of 2017.
Sheila Forrest has a BS 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, Founder of Purity 101 forwomenand 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,CrossroadsCollege Prep Class of 2014, and is an active member of Blessed Hope Bible Church.
Patty Hagen is the President of the Technology Entrepreneur Center, Inc., and Executive Director of T-REX in downtown St. Louis. Prior to her current role, she was Vice President and Executive Director for Audubon Missouri, and Founding Executive Director of the Audubon Center at Riverlands. Before that, she served as Associate Provost and Associate Dean at Saint Louis University. She holds a PhD in Public Policy Analysis, and a Masters in Public Administration. In addition to her board role with Crossroads, Patty is a 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, Crossroads Class of 2013, who attends Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Patty and Brad live in the City of St. Louis.
Karen Handelman is the President and Candy Bowl Filler at 501creative, a marketing communications firm she founded in 1994 to help nonprofit organizations connect more effectively with their audiences. Originally from St. Louis, Karen studied graphic design at the University of Michigan and began her career in Chicago. After five years in the corporate design world and a year volunteering full-time down south with Habitat for Humanity, Karen founded 501creative. Karen is passionate about diversity and summer camp and has been on the board of Camp for All Kids since 2007 and on various Crossroads committees since 2010. She lives in University City with husband, Marc Hirshman, and daughters Abby, Class of 2016, and Emily, Class of 2019. In her spare time, Karen enjoys campfires, bootcamp, swimming before dawn, home-grown tomatoes and basil, cycling, coffee, and almost all types of candy.
Jason Heisserer began as the Head of Crossroads College Preparatory school in July 2014. He earned a BS in Secondary Education and English, magna cum laude, from Southeast Missouri State University and an MA and EdD in Education Leadership from Maryville University in St. Louis. Previous to this appointment, Jason served as a public school educator for 18 years in St. Louis County, seven as a high school English teacher, six as a middle school assistant principal, and five as middle school principal, in the Bayless, Northwest R-1, Parkway, and Webster Groves school districts. Jason has presented at various local, state, and national conferences on topics related to teacher leadership and socially just and equitable schools and has taught for the graduate School of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis where he occasionally serves on dissertation committees for school leaders interested in social justice. Jason lives downtown, enjoys a regular yoga practice, and reads and writes daily.
Mike Holley is a retired educator, having taught just about every social studies course in over 25 years in the classroom. He spent the bulk of his career in the Kirkwood School District and capped off his career with three years at Crossroads. Mike graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in education, then receiveda Masters in History at St. Louis University and a Masters in Pastoral Studies at Eden Theological Seminary. In his retirement, Mike hopes to devote more time to his hobbies, which include golf, guitar, gardening, kayaking, and reading. He also serves as a volunteer for St. Louis ARC as a coach and is involved in several committees and ministries at his church. Mike has two grown sons who live in the area, and he and his wife, Julie, live in Kirkwood.
Susan Lanigan was a training consultant to private industry prior to her retirement. She serves on the Green Schools Committee for US Green Building Council - Missouri Gateway Chapter, is the Treasurer of Sustainable St. Louis, and the St. Louis Coordinator for the Pachamama Alliance. 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 and her husband, Ed, live in University City. Their son Eric, Class of ’06, graduated from the University of Puget Sound in December, 2009, and lives in Oakland , CA.
Paula J. Lemerman serves on the Trustees Committee, which is responsible for Board recruitment, training, and programming. She has a JD from St. Louis University and a BA 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. The mother of two alumni, Paula enjoys helping in the Crossroads gardens when time permits. 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, was 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 with Angelina Johnson and Oliver Wood, their two cats.
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.
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 a National Academies Teaching Mentor (2011- 2013). Her daughter, Marinda, was a member of the Crossroads College Prep Class of 2012 and now attends Washington University. Kathy 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 the deputy director for Meds & Food for Kids, a non-profit that produces nutritional supplements to treat malnourished children in Haiti. She holds a BA in Economics from Kalamazoo College and an 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, who is now studying at the University of Toronto, and Matthew Larson, a chess national master, Crossroads Class of 2015. Lauren is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Cameroon). She enjoys commuting and getting around town by bicycle and reading in French.
Henry P. Powers is the Chief of Business Development and Marketing Director for Valley Insurance Agency Alliance, LLC (VIAA), located in Clayton, MO. He was charged with building VIAA, a scratch company, in June, 2006. Henry graduated with the class of 2000 from Crossroads College Prep. After high school, he attended Loyola University New Orleans where, in 2004, he completed a BA in Marketing with an emphasis in Psychology. He graduated Cum Laude. Following college, he backpacked the world with money he earned selling educational books door to door in Savannah, GA. In 2006 Henry concluded his travels, returned to St. Louis and assumed a Business Development role for VIAA. He is actively involved in the community and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Crossroads College Prep. When 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 graduates, Faith, Class of 2012, and Grace, Class of 2013. A graduate of Washington University School of Law, Calea is an Associate Circuit Judge serving inMissouri's 22nd Judicial Circuit. She is also a part-time adjunct instructor for St. Louis Community College. Calea serves on the Advisory Board for South City YMCA,is a volunteer childcare provider and tutor for Almost Home a residential facility for teen moms and their children, and is a volunteer judge for the St. Louis City Public School, Truancy Court program.
Heather Testa has 28 years of experience working in the graphic, industrial, and environmental graphic 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 many themed resort and entertainment venues, including the breezy “city by the sea” feel of The Waterfront at SeaWorld 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 several streetscapeprojects for Cortex innovation community, the City of Maplewood and the Grove. 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.