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CharacterPlus Board

Our Executive Committee
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Eric Fencl, J.D.
Board Chairman
Chief Administrative Officer &
General Counsel / 
Build-A-Bear Workshop

Stephen "Steve" Seele, J.D.
Board Vice Chairman
Chief Counsel (retired)
Boeing Military Aircraft

Marvin Anderson
Board Secretary
Senior Vice President
Bank of America US Trust

Linda McKay
Programming Chair
Founding Executive Director 

Linda Matkowski
Development Chair
Chief Financial Officer
Champaign IL Unit 4 Schools

Tyler Dunaway
Engagement Chair
SVP Private Client Advisor 

Bank of America

Tim Fagan

Finance Chair


Ernst & Young LLP

Veronica F. McDonnell
Immediate Past Chair
Registered Dietitian, Private Practice  
Founder, Friends of CharacterPlus

William "Chip" Schafer III
Marketing Chair
Former President
Lion Forge Labs (R)

Our Board of Directors

David Alexander 
Co-Founder & Marketing Director
Social Origin, llc

Roxanna Mechem, Ed.S. 

Assistant Superintendent Maplewood Richmond Heights School District

Robert Fasoldt

Director of Ticket Sales and Services

St. Louis Cardinals

Melinda Bier, Ph.D.
University of Missouri - St. Louis
Co-Director Center for Character & Citizenship
CharacterPlus Scholar Advisor

Lynn Lowrance, Ph.D.

School Counselor (R)S

Community Volunteer

Mary Kullman, J.D.
SVP, Chief Administrative Officer (R) The Laclede Group (Spire)

Jennifer McDonnell
Scripps College Board Director
Princeton University Alumni Council

Peggy Barnhart 

Commissioner St. Louis County Board of Elections

Pamela Howlett, J.D.
Senior Assistant General Counsel
Regulatory, Public & Gov Affairs Bayer

Joanne Soudah

Elementary Teacher (R)

University City School Board

Andrea Harpring

Director of Engagement and Learning

Nine Network of Public Media

Keith Marty, Ph.D.


Parkway School District

Barb Wilkinson

Community Volunteer

ATT/SBC VP (retired)

Lindsay Conley


Director BKD

Fred Burdell

VP, CIO, Residential

Emerson Electric Corporation

Jacqueline French, J.D.
Senior Director Insurance, Litigation & Claims
Ameren Services

Chris Curtis
Owner, Midwest Graduation Products

Marvin Berkowitz, Ph.D.
University of Missouri - St. Louis
Co-Director, The Center for Character & Citizenship

Inaugural Sanford N. McDonnell Professor of Character Education
University of Missouri Thomas Jefferson Scholar
Founder, Center for Addiction and Behavioral Health Research
CharacterPlus Scholar Advisor

Karen Hall, Ed.D.
Office of Quality Schools
Department of Elementary and
Secondary Education

Jeff Yorg
Associate General Counsel & 
Chief Compliance Officer

Buckingham Strategic