Board of Trustees

Alan Breckenridge

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 29 years, and focuses on litigation and dispute resolution for businesses. Alan received a BA 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), live in University City with their three cats and one very large dog. Alan’s son Carter, (class of 2017), is studying mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Between injuries, Alan enjoys playing what the kids call “Old Man Soccer.”

Calea Stovall-Reid
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. Calea serves on the Advisory Board for South City YMCA and is a volunteer 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.

Charlie Daniel
Charlie 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 Prep. Their daughter, Blair (class of 2012), graduated from Wellesley College in 2016, and is currently working for Teach for America. Their son, Chip (class of 2017) is a student at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Dick Brickson
Dick served as a lawyer and executive at The May Department Stores Company and Macy’s for more than 35 years until he retired in 2008. Dick has served on the Crossroads’ Board for more than 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 (class of 1992) went on to earn degrees from Carleton College (BA), from the Culinary Institute of America (AA) and from Rice University (MBA). Jen has worked in the food industry and currently works at Pepsi’s offices in Chicago. Kate (class of 1996) 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 (class of 2000) attended Scripps College, earned a BS 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.

Ellen Rostand
Ellen is an award-winning communications strategist, branding, and marketing expert with more than 25 years of experience working with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in the healthcare and higher education fields. In her role as assistant vice chancellor for university initiatives at Washington University, she leads internal and external communications for transformative projects such as a $250 million capital project that redeveloped 20% of the physical space on the university’s Danforth campus, and MyDay, a $100 million program that will evolve university operations, including the way the university uses data to make decisions. At WashU, she has served as an assistant vice chancellor for public affairs, overseeing marketing communications and brand strategy for the university, and was an assistant dean at the university’s Brown School. Prior to joining WashU, Ellen was a senior vice president in the healthcare practice at FleishmanHillard, an international communications consultancy based in St. Louis. She is the proud parent of two Crossroads students: Jake Finer (class of 2019) and Sam Finer (class of 2022).

Jason Heisserer
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.

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.

Karen Handelman
Karen is the President and Candy Bowl Filler at 501creative, a marketing communications firm she started in 1995 to help nonprofit organizations connect more effectively with their audiences. Originally from St. Louis, Karen received a bachelor of fine arts magna cum laude from the University of Michigan and began her career in downtown Chicago. After five years in the corporate design world and a year volunteering full-time in Georgia and North Carolina with Habitat for Humanity, she founded 501creative. Karen joined the Crossroads board of trustees in 2014 after serving on the marketing and gala committees. Karen also serves on the board of directors of Camp for All Kids and is the co-chair of the Carleton College Parent Advisory Council. Karen and her husband, Marc Hirshman, live in the Central West End. Their daughters Abby (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, cardio tennis, swimming before dawn, home-grown tomatoes, hiking, and most candy.

Kathy Miller
Kathy retired in 2019 as professor of Biology at Washington University. She joined the faculty at Washington University in 1989 after receiving her BA with a major in chemistry from Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) and her PhD in biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her field of research specialization was developmental cell biology. She was active in promoting effective teaching and learning, student participation in research, and curriculum innovation at the undergraduate level. She won several teaching awards and was named a National Academies Teaching Fellow (2009) and a National Academies Teaching Mentor (2011- 2013). She was 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 two fish tanks (with variable numbers of fish). She hopes to enjoy much more travel, cooking, bike riding, walking the dogs, hiking, and gardening now that she has retired.

Meghan Devereaux Baumstark

Meghan graduated from Crossroads in 1989 and 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 at 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 where her husband, Bart, is a partner. They live in University City with their two children. Meghan has volunteered at New City School, Crossroads College Prep and in the Pershing Elementary School garden.

Paula J. Lemerman
Paula serves on the Trustees Committee, which is responsible for Board recruitment, training, and programming, and on the Justice and Equity 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, when she retired. Paula is the mother of two alumni, Rachel (2011) and Micah (2008) Shilcrat. Paula completed the Master Gardener course at the Botanical Gardens this Spring, and volunteers weekly in the Plant Records department. She is also busy managing her own city garden and 122-year old home. 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.

Rachel Boyers
Rachel grew up in a small town outside Pittsburgh. She went to the University of Pittsburgh then moved to Boston while her husband finished school. They got married and immediately moved to St. Louis. She worked in social services until their kids were born, and she has been a stay at home mom since. She has two graduates of Crossroads, Cecilia (class of 2014) and Ivan (class of 2016). Rachel has been a volunteer at Crossroads for 10 years, and she is completely committed to the institution and its mission! Rachel is also a volunteer at St. Patrick’s Center. She and her husband, Zack, live in downtown St. Louis.

Riisa Rawlins-Easley

Riisa has served in leadership positions and as an independent consultant for various nonprofits in the St. Louis Region since relocating to the area in 2004. She has more than 10 years of experience in cultural competence and stigma reduction, integration of primary care and behavioral health, and positive youth development. Riisa currently serves as an Assistant Teaching Professor and Program Coordinator for the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program of the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Riisa received her BA in political science and social work from Loyola University Chicago and her MSW from Washington University in St. Louis. Her daughter, Nadia, is in the Crossroads class of 2022.

Ruby Curry
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.

Stacey Tate
Stacey is the Chief Financial Officer at Triad Bank. She has been with Triad since 2006 when she started as Controller. Prior to joining Triad, Stacey was Controller at Enterprise Bank where she began her career in 1994 as a Financial Analyst. She has been on the financial side of St Louis banking for almost 25 years. Stacey is a 1993 graduate of Webster University with a Master’s Degree in Finance and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Business Management with an emphasis in Accounting. Stacey continued her education when she obtained her MBA from Webster University in 1996. She is also a licensed CPA in the state of Missouri. Stacey has been with her wonderful wife, Judy, since 1994. Their daughter Lauren is in the class of 2022 at Crossroads College Preparatory School. Stacey, Judy, and Lauren live in University City among their family and friends.

Todd Braver
Todd is a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Washington University, where he has been a faculty member since 1998. He was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, grew up in Tempe, Arizona, received his undergraduate education (BS) at University of California-San Diego. He completed his graduate work at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (receiving his PhD there in 1997), before settling down in St. Louis with his wife, colleague, and best friend Deanna Barch. Todd’s specialization is in cognitive neuroscience, a field that integrates psychology and neuroscience in seeking to understand how higher mental processes, like attention, memory, and decision-making emerge from the organization and function of the brain. His research focus is on the brain basis of cognitive control, which relates to our ability to self-regulate our thoughts, actions, and emotions in relationship to internal goals. In addition to his research, he teaches introductory, advanced, and graduate-level courses in cognitive neuroscience, and serves as the coordinator for the undergraduate cognitive neuroscience major. He recently expanded his research and teaching interests to include a focus on mindfulness training and currently teaches a freshman seminar on this topic. Todd and Deanna have two daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth (Lizzie). Rachel graduated from Crossroads in 2017 and is currently a student at Bard College in New York. Lizzie is currently a high schooler at Crossroads (class of 2021). The family serves as Faculty Fellows at Washington University, and together with their dog Guinness and cat Abby live on the university campus in Brookings Residence College. In the little spare time he has, Todd enjoys spending time with his family, training for triathlons, and learning as much as he can about mindfulness through practice and reading.

Vander Corliss
Vander has more than 25 years of experience in finance and operations at not-for-profit institutions. Currently he is the CFO at United Way of Greater St. Louis where he has been employed for 15 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.