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

Teresa Steinkamp
Advising Director

Rob Foley
Director of Planning & Technology

Karissa Anderson
Advocacy Director


Beth Andrews
Office Administrator

Catherine Hill

Laura Keeton
Data Support Specialist

Félipe Martínez
Immigrant Student Advisor

Dominesha Newton
Student Advisor

Robert Sagastume
Student Advisor

Amanda Samuels
Student Advisor

Cortasha Thomas
Program Coordinator

Jamie Wilger
Stewardship Coordinator



Buron Buffkin, President
Robert Schmalz, Vice-President
Tom Ruwitch, Vice-President

April Mickens Jolly, Treasurer
Patty Malashock, Secretary
Lauren Nash Ming, Member-At-Large


Jacqueline Meaders Booth
James E. Crowe III
Matt Dace
Kathleen A. Day
Karen O. Drake
Joan Esserman
Clayton Evans
Sid Goldstein
Jennifer A. Haynes
Muhammad Islam
Ralonda Jasper

Mike Jay
Debra Kennard
Lainie Neiman
Susan Plassmeyer
Dana L. Romeis
Lauren Sagel
James L. Tatum
Lisa K. Thorp
Maria Vergara
Heidi Veron
Hardy Washington, Jr.

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: