Judith Wangerin Meyer, Chair of the Board
Serving as as Chair of the Board and a board member since 2012, Judith has extensive experience in higher education, having served over 20 years as a faculty member, department head, and Associate Provost at the University of Connecticut. She has her PhD from the University of Chicago, her MS from Southern Illinois University and her BA from Concordia Teachers College. More recently, she served as the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs at Fontbonne University. Following a career in higher education, Judith served for seven years as the President of the Lutheran High School Association in St. Louis. She brings experience in obtaining grants and fundraising. Judith resides in St. Louis and is passionate about educational reform and serving urban families.
David Simmons, Vice President
David Simmons is an officer at the law firm of Greensfelder, Hemker, & Gale, P.C., where he is a member of the Litigation practice group. He earned his J.D. from Washington University’s School of Law, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Mr. Simmons brings a legal expertise to the board having practiced law in the St. Louis area for nearly 20 years. Mr. Simmons lives in the South St. Louis County area with his family.
Ronald Richardson, Treasurer
Ronald Edward Richardson, Treasurer of the Board and a board member since 2017, has nearly 10 years of experience in accounting and operations from multiple manufacturing facilities in the Greater St. Louis Area. He has BS in Accounting from the Univeraity of Missouri-St. Louis. Ronald resides in South St. Louis, Bevo Mill Neighborhood, and is passionate about serving urban families and building community. His favorite eatery right now is Taco Circus at Morganford and Schiller; he says be sure to visit as their food is delicious, but their location is changing soon.
Fawad Javed, Secretary
Rev. Dr. Anthony Cook, Board Member
Rev. Dr. Anthony (Tony) Cook is the executive director of United States Ministries for Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM). He provides leadership and operational management of the direction, strategies, and initiatives for the U.S. Ministries Division. Cook brings 22 years in ministry experience to LHM, including 17 years in curriculum design and development, distance curricula, educational technology, and leadership. His background includes serving as a parish pastor and consulting numerous Christian entities on curriculum design and development, distance learning, internet technologies, and sharing the Gospel through various forms of multimedia.
Cook served as Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, specializing in education, pastoral theology plus leadership, and postmodern studies, including courses on preaching to postmoderns, post-liberal theology, and emerging Christianity. He also served as Concordia Seminary’s Director of Curriculum Design and Development. Cook received his Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Louis University and an M.Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
Jeff Craig-Meyer, Board Member
Jeff Craig-Meyer joined the Board in 2018 and previously served in the role of Vice-President. His primary role was establishing the development function through the creation of specific philanthropic funds to support school planting efforts in multiple regions.
He has served in a number of fund development roles at the national level for The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He managed fundraising efforts on behalf of multiple target areas, including the global mission arm, where he led a team of fund development professionals in annually generating $15 million in direct gifts, as well as the regular establishment of planned gifts for the entity. He assisted in a $400 million endowment campaign for the church body’s 10 universities and colleges, oversaw a mission campaign that raised $67 million, and most recently provided direction to a $45 million campaign whose funds would help in the fight to eradicate malaria in Africa.
Craig-Meyer has a degree in political science from the University of Missouri, Columbia, studied at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, and received his Master of Business Administration from Saint Louis University. His extensive community involvement includes serving on a number of local boards in the St. Louis region.
He and his wife, Justine Craig-Meyer, have three sons (Mitchell, Dean, Shaun) and one daughter (Shay), and they attend Historic Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis.
Kathy Kirk, Board Member
Kathy Kirk, Board member since 2019, has extensive experience in marketing, project management, and business development in corporate america, churches, elementary schools, and preschools. She has worked for Oscar Mayer,Kraft Foods, May Co. and Ralston Purina, Third Church in the capacity of Marketing Manager, Finance Manager, and Business Development Manager. She has an undergraduate degree in Finance and Master’s degree in Business and Marketing. She also served four years on the Lutheran High School Association’s Board, and two years on Grace Christian Academy’s board. Kathy resides in St. Louis and she is passionate about every child receiving an exceptional education regardless of social/ economic status.
Lee Harden, Board Member
Patrick Davis, Board Member
The ability to impact lives has always been Patrick’s goal within his professional and neighborhood communities. With over 3 decades of experience within financial services, healthcare and youth development, Patrick has been described as a professional with the ability to provide strong leadership with strategic vision, integrity, creativity and analytical planning.
Based on his experiences of educational access and supportive mentors, Patrick was inspired to join as a Board Member of the EAGLE College Preparatory Schools in the St. Louis region. He agrees with the mission of “working with young scholars, teachers, parents and community to provide a character-forming education with academic excellence in a safe, supportive and loving learning environment.” Since 2005, Patrick has contributed as a co-founder / coach of the St. Louis BlueJAYS Baseball Club. This is a non-profit organization focuses on mentoring youth through sports, especially utilizing baseball as a catalyst for the promotion of 4 key principles: Teamwork, Achievement, Integrity & Leadership.
Patrick is currently serving his community as a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones. In the professional and volunteer non-profit communities, Patrick is driven to do his part in helping others achieve their goals and dreams.