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The 36th Annual YWCA Leader Lunch was held recently at the Union Station Hotel in downtown St. Louis. The event was held to honor outstanding women for their contributions in the workplace and the community before some 900 guests.

 

The the 2016 YWCA Leaders of Distinction are: Maureen Borkowski President, Ameren Transmission Company, Susan Stith Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Giving Express Scripts, Jackie Yoon President, Bank of America St. Louis, Toni Kutchan, Ph.D. Oliver M. Langenberg Distinguished Investigaton Vice President for Research Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Evelyn Rice-Peebles Commissioner of Recreation City of St. Louis, Tamiko Armstead President, Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School, Rebecca Hatter President and CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, Thelma Steward Philanthropist and Community Volunteer, and Ghazala Hayat, M.D. Professor and Director of Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Saint Louis University Medical School.

ronald-henderson_headshotThe board of the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation has elected Ronald Henderson, former City of St. Louis Chief of Police, to serve as a member of the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation Board.

 

“I am deeply committed to the future of the city of St. Louis and firmly believe that education is the cornerstone of any great community,” said Henderson. “The Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation is doing a marvelous job helping underserved families in St. Louis by making a quality elementary education available to them. I’m honored to join the board.”

 

Chief Henderson spent his entire career in law enforcement, retiring as Chief of Police for the City of St. Louis in 2001. Upon retirement he was appointed U.S. Marshall in 2002. Ron serves as President of the St. Elizabeth Mother of John the Baptist Parish Men’s Club, currently serves a member of the Archdiocesan Finance Council, Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, and is past President of Catholic Charities.

 

steven-brown-headshotThe board of the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation has elected Steven Brown, Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Balke Brown Transwestern to serve as a member of the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation Board.

 

“I have seen the value of a quality education in my life and in the lives of my employees,” said Brown. “A quality education can change families for generations, and I look forward to continuing the 24 year tradition of the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation by helping children of the city of St. Louis, especially those in low-income families, receive a quality education in a safe, caring and academically challenging environment.”

 

A native St. Louisan, Steve has been with Balke Brown Transwestern for thirty years where he has sponsored more than $500 million of commercial real estate investment in the region. He is the recent past president of the St. James the Greater School board where he saw the direct benefits of the TTEF mission. Steve and his wife Diane have been married 31 years and have 4 young adult children.

 

Embry Jason Scott (Rose-Hulman) Photo-250x313Jason Scott Embry has been named Director of Advancement at the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation.

 

Embry has 19 years of private college and university leadership experience in fundraising, alumni relations and marketing, primarily in the Midwest and South regions at nationally-ranked institutions. At each of the institutions he has worked, Embry has enhanced and implemented programs that increased alumni participation rates, unrestricted annual gifts and named endowed funds.