2016-2017 Board of Trustees
Zachary Boyers is Chairman and CEO of U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC). Mr. Boyers manages a team of more than 350 people with headquarters in St. Louis, MO and offices in 11 other cities. This team generates and manages equity investments in federal and state tax credit related opportunities and real estate developments throughout the country.
With total assets of more than $20 billion, USBCDC is the nation’s leading investor and lender in affordable housing development, economic and community development, historic preservation and renewable energy. Its team of professionals is expert in Low Income Housing, New Markets, Historic and Solar/Wind tax credit investments and uses these tools to effect positive change for the people and communities most in need. USBCDC is nationally recognized as one of the most pioneering of its kind for its efforts in closing complex and catalytic community and economic development projects with its wide array of partners across the country.
Zack has been employed by U.S. Bank for over 21 years and has broad experience in commercial banking, community development, structured finance, compliance and risk management and direct & fund investments in the Tax Credit arena.
Zack serves on numerous boards, including Forward Through Ferguson, Downtown St. Louis Inc. (past Chair), Crossroads College Preparatory School (current Chair), Invest STL, St. Louis Regional Chamber, Full Circle and has previously served on others including Arch Grants (founder), the National Equity Fund, Beyond Housing, and the St. Louis Public Library.
Zack received his Masters of Business Administration from Washington University in 2001 and received his Bachelors degree with academic honors from Harvard University in 1994.
He and his wife Rachel are Parent of two alums, Cecilia (Class of 2014) and Ivan (Class of 2016), and live in a loft in downtown St. Louis.
Alan is a Partner with the law firm of Polsinelli, PC. He has been practicing law (he hopes to get it right some day) for 27 years, and focuses on litigation and dispute resolution for businesses. Alan received a B.A. from Duke University and his JD from the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Elaine Moss, and their daughter Camden (Class of 2020), exchange-student daughter Lily (Class of 2020), and son Carter (Class of 2017), live in University City with their three cats and one very large dog. Between injuries, Alan enjoys playing what the kids call “Old Man soccer.”
Dick served as a lawyer and executive at The May Department Stores Company and Macy’s for over 35 years, until he retired in 2008. Dick has served on the Crossroads’ Board for over 25 years and served as the Board Chair for 14 years, from 1990 to 2004. He continues to serve on the Crossroads board as well as several other not-for-profit boards. Dick’s three daughters graduated from Crossroads College Preparatory School. Jennifer (’92) went on to earn degrees from Carleton College (BA), from the Culinary Institute of America (AA) and from Rice University (M.BA.). Jen has worked in the food industry and currently works at Pepsi’s offices in Chicago. Kate (’96) attended Oberlin College, earned degrees from Washington University (BA) and from Yale University (a Masters in Public Heath), and served in the Peace Corps. Kate works at a John’s Hopkins affiliate in Washington DC as a public health professional. Evan (’00) attended Scripps College, earned a B.S. degree from Washington University and the Barnes-Jewish Nursing School. Evan works in northern California as a nurse. Dick graduated from Wabash College and Georgetown University Law Center. He and his wife, Marilyn, live in University City.
Vander has over 25 years of experience in finance and operations at not-for-profit institutions. Currently he is the VP of Finance at United Way of Greater St. Louis where he has been employed for 14 years. He received a BA from Trinity College, CT, and a Masters in Accounting from NYU while employed at KPMG. Vander and his wife, Kimberly, live in the Central West End and have two children, Nelson, Class of 2011, and Claire, Class of 2017. He is an active member at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Ruby is a retired educator and administrator from St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley. She received her BSE from Central Missouri State University, in Physical Education/Health, and an MSE from Eastern Illinois University. She is currently a doctoral student with Walden University in Higher Education Leadership. Ruby is the aunt of Terry Watkins, Jr., Class of 2012. Ruby and Terry live in University City.
Charlie has served as Chief Financial Officer of Bakers Footwear Group, Inc. and worked in public accounting for Stone Carlie in St. Louis and Price Waterhouse in Richmond, Virginia and New York City. Prior board experience includes many years at New City School, where he served as Treasurer and Vice President for Finance, and the Preservation Alliance of Virginia, where he served as Treasurer. Charlie took his bachelor’s degree from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. Charlie and his wife, Lenore Albee, live in the City of St. Louis, two blocks from Crossroads College Preparatory School. Their daughter, Blair, graduated from Crossroads College Prep with the Class of 2012, graduated from Wellesley College in 2016, and is currently working for Teach for America. Their son, Chip, attends Crossroads and is a part of the Class of 2017.
Meghan Devereaux Baumstark
Meghan Devereaux-Baumstark graduated from Crossroads College Prep (formerly known as “Crossroads”) in 1989. She went on to earn her BS in Communications from Loyola University, New Orleans in 1993. Meghan returned to St. Louis and worked in public relations before entering Saint Louis University School of Law. Meghan earned her JD in 1997. After clerking for the Honorable James Dowd of the Missouri Appellate Court, Meghan worked as a prosecutor at the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office. Before retiring from law, Meghan worked in private practice at the O’Brien Law Firm. Meghan is married and has two children. Her husband Bart is a partner at the O’Brien Law Firm. Their son Daniel attends Crossroads (Class of 2020). Their daughter Liza is in 6th grade at New City School. The Baumstarks live in University City with their dog, George. Meghan has volunteered at both New City School and Crossroads College Preparatory School. She currently serves on the Crossroads Development Committee.
Nicole currently works as a Talent Acquisition Specialist for Spire (formerly The Laclede Group) and all of its subsidiaries (Missouri, Alabama, and Mississippi markets). She supports and manages talent/recruitment efforts and other HR operational functions. Nicole has worked as a Human Resource and Business professional for over 15 years in a variety of industries; Staffing, Private (Corporate) and Non-Profit industries. Additional involvements have been: Contract Negotiations; Arbitrations; Training & Development; Policy/Procedure Development; and Integration projects. Nicole graduated from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia (HBCU) with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and obtained her MBA from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri. Nicole’s current and past affiliations are with the Human Resource Management Association, Society of Human Resource Management Association, and National Human Resource Association. Outside of work Nicole spends her time vacationing and spending quality time with family and her son Blake who currently attends Crossroads College Preparatory School.
Karen is the President and Candy Bowl Filler at 501creative, a marketing communications firm she founded in 1995 to help nonprofit organizations connect more effectively with their audiences. Originally from St. Louis, Karen studied graphic design at the University of Michigan and began her career in Chicago. After five years in the corporate design world and a year volunteering full-time down south with Habitat for Humanity, Karen founded 501creative. Karen is passionate about diversity issues and summer camp and has been on the board of Camp for All Kids since 2007. She joined the Crossroads board of trustees in 2014 after serving on the marketing committee. Karen and her husband, Marc Hirshman, live in U-City. Their daughters Abby (graduate of the class of 2016) and Emily (class of 2019) could not be more different, yet each has thrived at Crossroads. In her spare time, Karen enjoys campfires, bootcamp, swimming before dawn, home-grown tomatoes and basil, biking trips with coffee stops, Crossroads soccer games and theater productions, and candy (most especially Hot Tamales, Red Hots, Banana Kits, and most chocolate-covered sea salt caramels).
Jason began as the Head of Crossroads College Preparatory school in July 2014. He earned a BS in Secondary Education and English from Southeast Missouri State University and an MA and EdD in Education Leadership from Maryville University in St. Louis. Previous to this appointment, Jason served as a public school educator for 18 years in St. Louis County, seven as a high school English teacher, six as a middle school assistant principal, and five as middle school principal, in the Bayless, Northwest R-1, Parkway, and Webster Groves school districts. Jason has presented at various local, state, and national conferences on topics related to teacher leadership and socially just and equitable schools and has taught for the graduate School of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis where he occasionally serves on dissertation committees for school leaders interested in social justice. Jason lives in the Central West End, enjoys a regular yoga practice, and reads and writes daily.
Mike is a retired educator, having taught just about every social studies course in over 25 years in the classroom. He spent the bulk of his career in the Kirkwood School District and capped off his career with three years at Crossroads. Mike graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in education, then received a Masters in History at St. Louis University and a Masters in Pastoral Studies at Eden Theological Seminary. In his retirement, Mike hopes to devote more time to his hobbies, which include golf, guitar, gardening, kayaking, and reading. He also serves as a volunteer for St. Louis ARC as a coach and is involved in several committees and ministries at his church. Mike and his wife, Julie, live in Kirkwood. They have two grown sons who live in the area with their wives. More importantly, his first granddaughter, Brooke, lives nearby and brings Mike and Julie great delight.
Paula J. Lemerman
Paula serves on the Trustees Committee, which is responsible for Board recruitment, training, and programming, and on the Head’s Evaluation Committee. She has a JD from St. Louis University and a BA in political science and economics from the University of Vermont. Paula served as an Associate County Counselor for St. Louis County from 1984 through March of 2015. The mother of two alumni, Rachel, class of 2011, and Micah, class of 2008, Paula is now retired and busy with her city garden, the garden at Bais Abraham Congregation, and the gardens of a few friends. Paula and her husband, Stewart Shilcrat, live in the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood of St. Louis City with Angelina Johnson and Oliver Wood, their two cats.
Kathy is professor and chair of the Biology Department at Washington University. She joined the faculty at Washington University in 1989. She received her BA with a major in chemistry from Lawrence University and PhD in biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her field of specialization is developmental cell biology. Work in her research lab investigates cell structure and its importance for cell specialization during animal development. She is active in promoting effective teaching and learning, student participation in research, and curriculum innovation at the undergraduate level. She has won several teaching awards and has been named a National Academies Teaching Fellow (2009) and a National Academies Teaching Mentor (2011- 2013). She is the President of an educational non-profit, the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE), an organization that works nationally to improve undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education. Her daughter, Marinda, was a member of the Crossroads College Prep Class of 2012 and graduated from Washington University in 2016. Kathy lives in St. Louis City in the Parkview neighborhood with her husband, Dan Hanson, also a scientist and educator at Washington University, their two dogs, three cats, and three fish tanks. She enjoys travel, cooking, bike riding, walking the dogs, hiking, and gardening.
Henry P. Powers
Henry is the Chief of Business Development and Marketing Director for Valley Insurance Agency Alliance, LLC (VIAA), located in St Louis, Missouri. Charged with building VIAA from scratch in June, 2006, it has grown the alliance to over 100 agencies controlling in excess of $170 million carrier revenue in the property & casualty marketplace. Henry graduated with the class of 2000 from Crossroads College Prep. After high school, he attended Loyola University New Orleans where, in 2004, he graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Marketing and an emphasis in Psychology. Following college, he backpacked 43 countries across 5 continents with money he earned selling educational books door to door in Savannah, GA. In 2006 Henry concluded his travels, returned to St. Louis and assumed the Business Development role for VIAA. He is actively involved in the community and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Crossroads College Prep. When not working, Henry is usually traveling, cooking, renovating city properties, or out on the farm working the cattle.
Calea and her husband, William, are the parents of two Crossroads graduates, Faith, Class of 2012, and Grace, Class of 2013. A 1982 graduate of Howard University, and 1990 graduate of Washington University School of Law, Calea has been an Associate Circuit Judge serving in Missouri’s 22nd Judicial Circuit, since 2003. She is also a part-time adjunct instructor for St. Louis Community College. Calea serves on the Advisory Board for South City YMCA and is a member of the board of directors for the Center for Women in Transition (CWIT). She is also involved with several community service efforts including being a volunteer childcare provider for Almost Home a residential facility for teen moms and their children. She and her family live in the City of St. Louis and are active members of St. John A.M.E. Church.
Heather has 28 years of experience working in the graphic, industrial, and environmental graphic design fields. In 1997, she founded Ten8 Group with a vision of creating a company which would focus on using design to solve problems and build brand identities in a three-dimensional space. She’s designed many themed resort and entertainment venues, including the breezy “city by the sea” feel of The Waterfront at SeaWorld Orlando, the vibrant, board-game-themed Ursa’s Café for Washington University in St. Louis, and the iconic Warner Bros. Movie World in Madrid. Heather has also been involved in several streetscape projects for Cortex Innovation Community, The City of Maplewood, and The Grove. Wayfinding projects include MetroLink the lightrail system in St. Louis, Christmas Mountain Village in Wisconsin, and La Cabana Beach Resort and Casino in Aruba. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design. While a member of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design, Heather served as both regional representative and a member of the Board of Directors. She also served on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation and is a member of Trailnet and the Rails to Trail Conservancy. She enjoys when her daughter Claudia, Crossroads College Prep Class of 2014, and her friends from several Crossroads classes return to St. Louis on college breaks.
Kathie Thomas founded Beyond Concepts, LLC, a boutique innovation consultancy focused on business growth and transformation. She partners with visionary leaders to turn opportunity into value by tackling highly ambiguous challenges. After completing her BFA at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kathie pursued her career as a graphic designer working for May Company, Maritz and FleishmanHillard. Prior to starting Beyond Concepts, Kathie was the Director of Innovation and Senior Partner for FleishmanHillard for ten years, developing proven, proprietary tools and processes to help leaders inject a new level of innovation, creativity and productivity into their teams, unleashing the talent of their organizations. A passionate artist, poet, photographer and gardener, Kathie and her husband, Dale Dietz, live in Chesterfield. Their daughter Monica attended Crossroads College Prep, and Elena, class of 2018, is currently a student at Crossroads.