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

Faith Sandler
Executive Director

Karin McElwain-West
External Relations Director

Thurman Young
Program Director

Catherine Hill

Teresa Stock Steinkamp
Advising Director

Robert Foley
Director of Planning & Technology

Karissa Anderson
Advocacy Director


Beth Andrews
Office Administrator

Kimberly Howse

Laura Keeton
Data Support Specialist

Félipe Martínez
Senior Student Advisor

Dominesha Newton
Student Advisor

Robert Sagastume
Student Advisor

Cortasha Thomas
Program Coordinator

Jamie Wilger
Stewardship Coordinator



Buron Buffkin, President
Lauren Nash Ming, Vice-President
Tom Ruwitch, Vice-President
Heidi Veron, Vice-President

April Mickens Jolly, Treasurer
Bob Schmalz, Secretary
James Tatum, Member-At-Large


Azmy Azmy
Gerald Axelbaum
Jacqueline Meaders Booth
James E. Crowe III
Matt Dace
Karen O. Drake
Bill Eastman
Joan Esserman
Clayton Evans
Sid Goldstein
Jennifer A. Haynes

Muhammad Islam
Ralonda Jasper
Debra Kennard
Lainie Neiman
Jill Nowak
Susan Plassmeyer
Dana L. Romeis
Lauren Sagel
Maria Vergara
Beth-Anne Yakubu

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: