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Board and Staff

The volunteer board of directors of The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis sets organizational policy and priorities, secures adequate resources to support the Foundation’s programs, and provides fiduciary oversight for the nonprofit organization.

The Board includes men and women from education, finance, business, public service, communications, public health, law, medicine, and many other facets of community life.

The staff of the Foundation, led by the executive director, are professionals with a wealth of education, training, and experience in nonprofit management.




Leadership Team

Buron Buffkin, President Faith Sandler, Executive Director
Robert Schmalz, Vice-President Karin McElwain-West, External Relations Director
Tom Ruwitch, Vice-President Thurman Young, Program Director
Lauren Nash Ming, Treasurer Teresa Steinkamp, Advising Director
Patty Malashock, Secretary Rob Foley, IT Director
Hardy Washington, Jr., Member-At-Large  



Jacqueline Meaders Booth Karissa Anderson, Manager of Advocacy
James E. Crowe III Beth Andrews, Office Administrator
Kathleen A. Day Tyronica Dowdy, Community Relations Coordinator
Karen O. Drake Catherine Hill, Accountant
Joan Esserman Laura Keeton, Data Support Specialist
Mark Gellman Félipe Martínez, Immigrant Student Advisor
Sid Goldstein Robert Sagastume, Student Advisor
Jennifer A. Haynes Amanda Samuels, Student Advisor
Muhammad Islam Jamie Wilger, Stewardship Coordinator
Ralonda Jasper
Mike Jay


April Mickens Jolly  
Debra Kennard  
Ellen Sheffield Pace  
Minnie Phillips  
Susan Plassmeyer  
Dana L. Romeis  
Lauren Sagel  
James L. Tatum  
Lisa K. Thorp  
Maria Vergara  
Heidi Veron  

Honorary Life Directors

Betsy Douglass  
Joyce Follman  
Linda Goldstein  
Joel Iskiwitch  
Nancy Kalishman  
Lynne Kipnis  
Donna Moog  
Julia Muller  
Estie Pruett  
Audrey Shanfeld  
Barbara Touchette  


Members of our board can access the Board Portal with a valid username and password at the following address: