Ms. Jackie Hamilton:
Jackie Hamilton is the Chief Development Officer for Beyond Housing, a Community Development Organization. Before joining Beyond Housing, Jackie worked as the Director of Development at Eden Theological Seminary. Jackie has her MBA from Lindenwood University and BSBA from the University of Missouri –St Louis. She served 8 years on Planned Parenthood’s Development Committee, and is currently serving as the Vice Chair of Leadership and Governance as well as one of the founders of the Women’s Leadership Circle. She leads a Bible study fellowship for 8 and 9 year olds and attends – St. Louis Family Church
Rev. Richard Ellerbrake:
Richard (Dick) Ellerbrake is the President Emeritus – Deaconess Health System in St. Louis and is the founder in 1989 of Deaconess Parish Nurse Ministries LLC, the successor organization of Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries. Dick has his Masters in Health Care Management from Washington University, and a Masters in Divinity from Eden Seminary. He serves as the chair of the board for Donate Life Foundation of Mid-America Transplant Services in St. Louis, the chair for the board for Institute for Research and Education in Family Medicine, and the chair for board of Cape Albeon, Inc. He is the President of Old Enterprise Foundation in Lebanon, IL. He is the President of Greater St. Louis Health Foundation. He is a member of number of boards: Citizens for Smart Growth, Uplands Village and Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. Dick is married to Joann and attends O’Fallon UCC in O’Fallon, IL. He shares his time between Uplands Retirement in Sparta, TN and Old Enterprise Farms in Lebanon, IL.
Board Chairman, Rev. Marc Smith, Ph.D.:
Marc Smith is Vicar at Ascension Episcopal Church in Northwoods, MO. Marc has a BS from the University of Missouri and a M.Div. from the Lutheran School of Theology. He has a Ph.D. from St. Louis University and a certificate in Anglican Studies – Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Marc had a 35 year academic medicine and health care executive career before becoming an Episcopal priest. He has been on multiple local, regional and national health care boards and commissions. He has published over 60 articles on health planning, policy and clinical medicine topics. He has received awards for teaching, research and distinguished service. He has been married to Mary E. Lee since 1977. He enjoys fly-fishing, woodworking, classical music, reading, cooking, politics and Missouri football.
Rev. Dr. Dan Handschy, Ph.D.:
Daniel Handschy is the Rector at Church of the Advent Episcopal Church in Crestwood, MO. He has a BA in Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a M. Div. from Harvard Divinity School. He has a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from St. Louis University. He is the Dean and Instructor at the Episcopal School of Ministry and an adjunct professor at Eden Seminary where he teaches Christian Ethics and is the head of the Episcopal House of Studies. He has published scholarly articles and done numerous presentations, centering on various aspects of the ministry. He is active through the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, serving in various capacities. He is married to Shelley Palumbo. He enjoys exploring new models of faith community nursing. He is the current chair of the Board for Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries.
Mr. John O’Shaughnessy
John O’Shaughnessy is a retired healthcare executive. He has served as President of a homeowner’s association in Bluesprings, MO and has served on several board of directors including the Missouri Hospital Association, Children’s Trust Fund Missouri, ans Patient Care Review Organization, John is also a volunteer with the St. Vincent DePaul Society. John has his Masters degree from St. Louis University and holds a Life Fellow ACHE. John is an accomplished writer with published articles on mergers, rural hospital affiliations and physician owned specialty hospitals and surgery centers. John is married to Barbara and attends St. Joseph’s Church in Clayton, MO. They have three grown children and nine grandchildren.
Ms. Jeanie M. Frazee:
Jeanie Frazee is a Certified Public Accountant and currently is the Board Treasurer at Grace Hill Health Centers. Jeanie has previously served as Board Chair for Episcopal City Mission. She received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University. She completed a MBA at Washington University and also earned a Masters of Accounting and Graduate Certification in Taxation from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. She received the Samual U. Rodgers Achievement Award in October of 2010 from the Missouri Primary Care Association.
Mr. David Shanks
David Shanks is a corporate environmental lawyer at Boeing in St. Louis. He also serves as adjunct faculty at Saint Louis University. He received as B.S and a Masters degree from Colorado State University in forest management. He completed a J.D. at Saint Louis University Law School and a LLM at Vermont Law School. David has served on the St. Louis Air Quality Advisory Committee; the St. Louis Chamber Green Business Challenge, the Regulatory environmental Group for Missouri and on the Executive Committee of the Missouri Energy Plan Steering Committee. He is also an musician and plays at Bethel United Church of Christ in Cahokia, IL. David is married to Rev. Carol Shanks and they have one son, Jonathan.
Mr. William Schoenhard
William Schoenhard is retired healthcare executive who has served in a variety of senior executive positions with Deaconess Hospital, SSM Health Care and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. He received as B.S in public administration from the University of Missouri and a Master of Health Administration degree from Washington University William has served on the board of directors for Gene Slay’s Boys’ Club of St. Louis. He has be awarded the Gold Medal Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives; the Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri Hospital Association and the Exemplary Service Award from St. Louis University School of Public Health.. He is a former U.S. Navy officer who served in the Philippines and in Vietnam.
Ms. Sharon Neumeister
Sharon Neumeister is a registered nurse who has a B.S. in Nursing and Masters degrees in Human Resourcing Development and Marketing. She is currently the Regional Director, Community Health and Access at Mercy Hospital.
She has served on the SL Regional Health Commission-Provider Services Advisory Board, Catholic Charities Advocacy Council and as an Alive and Well Ambassador. She has received the Helping Hand Award, Joined in Ministry Community Partnership Award, FOCUS St. Louis “What’s Right with the Region” award, and Mercy Service. She is committed to personal service, advocacy and leadership to improve the health and quality of life of low income and minority populations.
She is a member of Saint Roch Catholic Church.
Rev. Cannon John W. Kilgore, MD
Rev Canon John W Kilgore is a retired physician (Cardiologist) and Physician Executive for SSM Health Care System. He holds a BA in Biological, MSPH in Public Health, and an MD from the University of Missouri. He also has a Diploma in Anglican Studies from General Theological Seminary in New York City. He is currently an Episcopal Priest on staff at Christ Church Cathedral serving a variety of parishes in the United States and Europe. He has served as a board member for Care and Counseling and has held multiple leadership positions as SSM Heath Care. He has also served Director Confluence: A Center for Spirituality, Board of Trustees American Friends of the Anglican Centre in Rome (International Position) and the Order of St. John Vice Chancellor for Community (International Philanthropy). He has been listed in St. Louis Magazine’s Best Physicians for multiple years and has also be nationally recognized for excellence in cardiology health care system performance.
Mr. James A Schmerold
James Schmerold is the owner of Schmerold Computer Systems, a Company that specialized in helping small to medium size businesses and non-profits with the computer/technology needs. Mr. Schmerold attended the College of DuPage, Mi-Tech and Novell CNE. He has taught at Sanford Brown and ITT. Civic leadership includes serving as Recording Secretary of the Hampton Chippewa Business Association and as Assistant Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of St. Joan of Arc, Catholic Church.
Mr. Schmerold is married to his wife Lisa and they have a son, Aaron.
Rev Douglas Anders
Douglas Anders is retired clergy with standing in the United Church of Christ. In the past 35 years he has served three local churches for a total of 26 years, with the past nine years as Conference Minister of the South Central Conference of the United Church of Christ (Texas-Louisiana-Biloxi, MS). He is currently Acting Conference Minister of the Illinois South Conference.
Rev Anders serves on the Board of Directors of the Normandy Kiwanis Clubs. He has been attending monthly meetings of the Bel-Nor City Council and is considering running for a seat of the Board of Alderpersons in the April 2016 election. Rev Anders has a B.S in Business Administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. He also has a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in 2015. He is a certified Pastor Care Specialist from Care & Counseling of St. Louis.
Rev. Anders is single with three brothers, a sister and his mother who all live in the metro St. Louis Area.
Ms. Mary Lazare
Mary Lazare is Vice President of Home & Community Based Services for Lutheran Senoir Services and is responsible for home health, hospice, private duty, living safe technologies, parish nursing, and serveral outreach senior service programs.
Early in her areer, MNs. Lazare served as Executive Director of the Jewish Center for Aged, a 276 bed skilled nursing facility, developing adult day centers, a transitional living program for developmentally disabled seniors, and medical services program in conjunction with Washington University Medical School. She then served as Vice President of Senior Services and Home Care Services for BJC HealthCare overseeing a CCRC and six skilled facilities in addition to home health, hospice, private duty and DME.
Ms. Lazare also served in roles as Ascension Health as Senior Director in Advocacy, Vice President Communith Health Centers and Vice President Long Term Care. She hold a Masters degree in Gerontology and a Masters degree in Business Management.
Ms. Lazare has held offices as chair of the American College of Health Care Administrators, Missouri Association of Homes for Aging (now Leading Age Missouri). And the Missouri Nursing Facility Agent Corporation. She is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis class of 2000 and currently serves on the board of the Mid East Area Agency of Aging Foundation and the Daughters of Charity Foundation-St. Louis.
Rev. Donna Smith-Pupillo, Executive Director:
Donna Smith-Pupillo is the Executive Director of Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries. She was the Executive Director of Deaconess Parish Nurse Ministries, LLC of Deaconess Foundation since 2010. She has a diploma in Nursing from Deaconess School of Nursing in 1976 and Bachelors in Nursing Science from the University of Missouri – St Louis in 1983. She received a M.Div. from Eden Seminary in 1993. She is an ordained UCC minister, and served as pastor of Friedens Chapel UCC from 1993 until its closure in 2010. She is an active member of Health Ministries Association, the St. Louis Mental Health Collaborative and the chair of the Outreach Committee of the St. Louis Association of the UCC. She is a member of the UCC Parish nurse Leadership Team. She has taught a variety of classes in churches on health and wellness topics. She is a certified educator in Foundations for Faith Community Nursing and has taught continuing education classes for faith community nurses. She worked as a registered nurse in a variety of settings and roles, including the management of home health and behavioral health units. She is a life-long resident of Florissant, MO and a divorced mother of three grown children. She volunteers for the Neighborhood Houses in their Girls Night Out program, cooking twice a month. Her hobbies include reading, gardening and sustainable living, and exercise (she is an avid cycler and swimmer).
Rev. Libby Feagans- King, Director of Program Outcomes:
Libby Feagans-King is the Assistant to the Executive Director for Deaconess Faith Community Nurse Ministries. She is graduate of the University of Illinois – Springfield with a BA in Management. She has her Masters in Divinity in 2013 from Eden Seminary. She is serving part time at Bethel UCC in Cahokia, where her primary responsibility is developing, maintaining and pastoring the on-line ministry “Living Well of Bethel”. She has worked at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL as an Application Analyst. She has extensive experience with database applications and has created several expert systems that simplified data collection for nurses and physicians. She lives in Columbia IL with her wife, Jane Feagans-King.
Stephanie Batson, Development Associate
Stephanie graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she earned her bachelor degree in communication with an emphasis in marketing. She received a graduate teaching assistantship and earned her master degree at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She has worked within advertising, communication, editing, and fundraising job functions at non-profits in the St. Louis area. Her experience building relationships, writing and editing, and planning events will add to the development role. She is married to her college sweetheart and she has two sons. Her hobbies include taking care of the boys, reading, volunteering with the women’s ministry at her church, and serving others.