Jennifer S. Kovar, Co-Chair
Jennifer Kovar is an Attorney and owner of Kovar Law Firm, LLC, and provides services in estate planning, corporate and real estate law. Ms. Kovar is a Fulbright Scholar and earned a law degree from the University of Tulsa. She is a member of the Missouri Bar and Illinois State Bar association. Ms. Kovar also serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for Confluence Charter Schools and Vice Chair on the Board of the Gateway Business Guild.
Sally Nikolajevich, Co-Chair
Sally Nikolajevich has spent a large part of her career in the field of graphic and exhibit design, working with HOK Architects and as a freelance designer. Since 2002, Ms. Nikolajevich has been co-owner of The Two Sallys, a landscape design firm. She has served on the boards of New City School and the Friends of the Public Library (founding board member and president, 1995-97) and is currently a member of the Forest Park Advisory Board and a commissioner for the Westminster Lake Special Business District.
Lisa Hansen Vice-Chair
Lisa Hansen is a retired United States Air Force officer, serving 25 years in the Air Force and retiring at the rank of Colonel. She has served in many leadership positions at all levels of the Air Force, including Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, in Washington, D.C. Her background is in hospitality and recreation management, beginning with her career in the food service management business. She was also responsible for major event planning for special events and all quality of life and personnel programs for the Air Force community. She has deployed in support of Operations Northern Watch and Iraqi Freedom, and has been stationed in Europe, Asia and all over the United States. Lisa currently volunteers with several local organizations, including Stray Rescue of St. Louis and VFW Post 7710 in New Athens, Illinois.
Melody Walker Secretary
Melody Walker is the economic development reporter for St. Louis Public Radio. Her previous career as a radio reporter and producer included stints in Paris, Chicago and New York where she was the Bureau Chief for the public radio business program Marketplace; more recently she served as director of communications at Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School. Melody recalls her first job at WNYC radio, while in college, involved reporting for a new show called “Senior Edition.” The show covered the active lives of older New Yorkers from Gray Panthers to Broadway actors and social scientists who kept warning about a near future with a huge generation of aging baby boomers and how we must prepare for a society with people living longer, productive lives. That future has arrived and Melody is pleased to be a part of STL Village, dedicated to providing a positive network for older adults to remain connected and involved in a multi-generational community. Melody is the proud mother of two delightful millennials who left the nest in time to make room for her octogenarian mother to move in and enjoy life in the Central West End.
Edmund O. Acosta
Edmund O. Acosta has traveled extensively throughout the world. Raised in a military family, Edmund attended seven different schools during his elementary and high school years. He graduated from Rice University with a degree in History and Economics. He completed his doctoral studies in Economic History at Washington University in St. Louis.
Prior to his career as an economist with the United States Department of Defense, he was a college professor for several years. He presently serves on the Board of Trustees of the University City Public Library. Edmund is a wonderer, eclectic, and curious, and extensively involved in lifelong learning.
Bob is a lifelong resident of St. Louis, growing up in the Walnut Park area and residing in the Central West End for the past forty years. He is proud to call St. Louis home and feels strongly about helping to make our city and community a place where all hearts can be at home. Bob’s first career was in Graphic Arts, working for several advertising agencies in the St. Louis area for 32 years. In that role, Bob worked with many corporations and organizations, listening to their needs and visions; thereby designing and producing print advertising for their product.
When Bob turned 50, he pursued his second career, going back to school, full time, earning a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies (MAPS), from Aquinas Institute of Theology. Upon graduation, Bob became the Chaplain at the Fern & Russell de Greeff Hospice House on the campus of St. Anthony’s Medical Center. At de Greeff, for fourteen years Bob shared the journey of loss with patients and families of all faiths, races, and genders, helping them accept and live through that journey. Bob also facilitated a bi-monthly grief support group. It was in this second career that Bob felt most at home as he served others, providing hope and comfort.
Bob has served on the Board of the Gateway End of Life Coalition and is active in his parish, St. John the Apostle and Evangelist Catholic Church in downtown St. Louis. He has officiated at countless funerals at the request of families and has presented many lectures, workshops, and retreats on loss and end of life.
Malaika Horne, Ph.D.,
Malaika Horne is founding director of the UMSL Executive Leadership Consortium – School of Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Last year, she launched a very innovative program for older adults called, Lifelong Learning @ UMSL. Previously she served as a professor at Webster University – School of Communications and Journalism. Before that, she was managing director of Narcotics Service Council. She is also a journalist and academic writer.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis; a master’s degree in Urban Affairs from St. Louis University; a doctorate in public policy studies from St. Louis University and a post-doctorate in psychiatric epidemiology and bio-statistics from Washington University School of Medicine – Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Horne is Curator Emeritus of the University of Missouri System, serving as president in 1997. She has served in many other board capacities, including founding vice chair of ARCHS, co-chair of its Sustainable Neighborhoods, the Urban League Guild, Friends of KWMU Board and board member of Coro Leadership Center of St. Louis and vice president of the Scholarship Foundation.
She currently serves as board member of the Saint Louis Art Museum, immediate past chair of POW (Professional Organization of Women) and a member of Ready Readers, a program that promotes reading to underserved children. She is vice president of Millennium Global Prosperity, a non-profit self-help program that promotes business-based projects throughout Latin American countries and the United States of America. She is vice president of Girlfriends, a venerable African American social/civic organization. A longtime advocate of character education for children, she serves on the national advisory council of Sri Sathya Sai Baba Education in Human Values, a worldwide organization.
She is recipient of the 2001 Women of Achievement Award, 2009 Hellenic Spirit Award and has received numerous other recognitions and awards.
She is married and lives in the Central West End with her husband, Prince A. Wells, III, music professor at SIUE.
Her hobbies are volunteerism, reading, art, music, fashion, interior design, health and fitness, travel in this country as wells as abroad to Africa, Asia, Europe and Central America. In addition, she has an avid interest in being proficient in speaking Spanish.
Nancy Morrow-Howell is on the faculty at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University and holds the Bettie Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professorship. At the Brown School, she teaches graduate courses in gerontology and research. She is also the Director of the Harvey Friedman Center for Aging. Her research interest is the productive engagement of older adults.
Cheryl Roberts Oliver
Cheryl Oliver has been Executive Director of Saint Louis Effort for AIDS (EFA) since September 2007. She is committed to achieving the mission of EFA to provide education on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and comprehensive support services for those affected by the disease. She is currently engaged in facilitating a shift in the lifecycle of the organization to more effectively address the changing needs of its clients.
With over thirty years’ experience as a leader in both the public and private sectors, Oliver’s career included such positions as Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Citicorp Mortgage; principal of Transition Management Group; Director of National Programs for The OASIS Institute; Executive Director, St. Louis Regional OASIS; Vice President of Profit Consultants Group; and Change Master at Crafting Change.
Oliver earned a Certificate in Business Management for Non-Profit Leaders, Washington University Olin School of Business, 2017; is a graduate of the 2012 Johnson and Johnson/UCLA Health Care Executive Program, completed the Health HIV ASO/CBO Leadership Training and Certificate Program in 2015 and is a graduate of the Nonprofit Services Center Women’s Leadership Academy. Additional honors and responsibilities include: Adjunct Faculty at Washington University School of Social Work for ten years; 2011 Purpose Prize Reviewer; 2011 Woman of Worth; and past member of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Forum and Vice President of the Forum’s Member Engagement Committee. A graduate of the University of Utah with both an M.A. and B.A. in English Literature, she is a life-long learner, dedicated to building on strengths and creating dynamic professional and personal transformations.
Anneliese Stoever is the Community Programs Manager for the St Louis Area Agency on Aging and supervises staff, develops programs, monitors services, and leads several community project initiatives. Ms. Stoever has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas and a Masters in Social Work from Washington University. She serves on several boards including SAGE of PROMO Fund, the Breakthrough Coalition, and STL Village. Ms. Stoever has a passion for issues related to aging and disability.
Arthur J. Culbert, Ph.D., Board Member Emeritus
Dr. Culbert, who served as Chair of the STL Village Exploratory Committee, moved to St. Louis from Boston and has resided in the Central West End for the past seven years. Dr. Culbert served for 31 years as a faculty member and dean at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health and holds faculty appointments at the Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice and the University of Missouri School of Health Professions. He also served as founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Literacy Missouri from 2009 to 2011. He is currently Urban Farmer in Residence at New City School, working with students to maintain a community garden.
Gloria C. Gordon, Ph.D., Board Member Emeritus
Dr. Gloria Gordon is a retired psychologist who conducted research on the way occupational stress and shift work affect the health and well-being of hourly workers. Earlier she worked as a McGraw-Hill science textbook editor. She took part in founding the St. Louis Committee for Nuclear Information and the related Baby Tooth Survey. She sparked the STL Village effort in 2011 after learning of the Village movement around the country. She brings to the STL Village Board her experience in social movements plus a passion for empowering people in the second half of life with more options for healthy living, community participation and creativity.