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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

Mary Kullman, J.D.

Finance Chair

SVP, Chief Administrative Officer (R) The Laclede Group (Spire)

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

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

Rachael Wilcox
Director of Social Emotional Learning
Washington School District

Lynn Lowrance, Ph.D.
School Counselor (R)
Community Volunteer

Jennifer McDonnell
Scripps College Board Director
Princeton University Alumni Council

Peggy Barnhart 
Commissioner St. Louis County Board of Elections

Robert Fasoldt
Director of Ticket Sales and Services
St. Louis Cardinals

Tim Fagan


Ernst & Young LLP

Beth Kinzel
SVP, Private Client Wealth Advisor
Commerce Trust Company

Joanne Soudah

Elementary Teacher (R)

University City School Board

Andrea (Andi) 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)

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

Jeff Yorg, J.D.
Associate General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Buckingham Strategic Wealth

Fred Burdell

VP, CIO, Residential

Emerson Electric Corporation

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.
 RISE Coaching & Consulting
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Saint Louis University