Lisa Hansen Co-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.
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.
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 for 32 years, working for several advertising agencies in the St. Louis area designing and producing print advertising for a variety of organizations. When Bob turned 50, he pursued his second career by earning a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies 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 where for fourteen years he 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.
J. Mike Keller
Mike Keller retired in 2016 after serving 12 years as executive director of Independence Center, a leading Clubhouse model program for adults with mental illness serving more than 215 members daily and 1600 individuals each year. His 35 years of experience in nonprofit management and leadership includes ten years as president of St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf and three years as vice president of marketing for the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association. Mike is a past chair of the Missouri Mental Health Foundation, a member of the advocacy committee of Mental Health America, and has served in leadership and board roles for many other mental health advocacy and nonprofit health and community service organizations in St. Louis. Mike is currently an active volunteer with Boys Hope Girls Hope, the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Healing Action, and St. Louis Effort for AIDS. He chairs the advisory board of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps and serves on the boards of Illuman International and Bethesda Healthcare. A native of Wichita, Kansas, Mike has a B.A. in English from Newman University and a master’s degree in educational administration from St. Louis University. He and his wife Patty have six grown children and ten grandchildren.
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.
Keith Oexeman’s career has mainly been focused on CPA and accounting roles with Deloitte, the Ralston Purina Company and Wells Fargo Advisors in St. Louis. He has also been committed to serving the community with advisory board memberships with Saint Louis Effort for Aids, the Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin, the St. Louis Regional Crime Commission and the SIU Carbondale School of Accountancy. Keith has lived in the Central West End with his three children for 11 years and his hobbies include his children’s sports and activities, volunteerism and the arts.
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.
Carroll Rodriguez is retired from a career in the field of aging including 25 years with the Alzheimer’s Association where she served as the chief operating office_ r and senior vice president of public policy. With a strong belief in the power of grassroots advocacy, she advanced legislation at the state and federal level with a focus on equitable access to care and support as well as research funding. Currently, she serves in an appointed position with the St. Louis County Older Adults Commission and is an active member of the Spirit of St. Louis Women’s Fund. She has a degree in social work from Florida State University.
Dan Rosenthal has an architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University and has been an architect for over 36 years, most recently as principal and market leader of housing at BatesForum. Previously, Dan was director of housing and director of architecture for Integrated Services at Lawrence Group for 20 years. Projects included student housing at Washington University in St. Louis and Southeast Missouri State University, condominiums and apartments in downtown St. Louis, and senior care facilities including Covenant Place II in Creve Coeur, MO, The Sarah Community in Bridgeton, MO, Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, Active Senior Housing in Golden, CO, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) for the Stratford Companies and master planning for Discovery Communities in Florida. Additional past clients include D.R. Horton (DHI Communities), St. Andrews Resources for Seniors System, and Cardinal Ritter Senior Services. Dan places a high-value on sustainable design and has worked extensively in modular construction, panelization and recycled shipping container-based building, which included stores for Starbucks. He is committed to continuing to expand his expertise and knowledge related to habitation design and trends. He is especially interested in improving the lives of older adults through sensitive design solutions for healthy, socially engaged, and intellectually stimulating communities and is proud to serve on the St. Louis County Older Adults Commission.
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.
Tyler Troutman, chief operating officer at St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System, is a seasoned healthcare executive who has spent his 24-year career serving seniors and their families. He has experience providing administrative direction and coordination of multiple independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities while ensuring that operational objectives and results are achieved in accordance with organizational vision for growth and quality. Tyler has earned a reputation for his ability to execute strategies that enhance the resident experience, establish organizational consistency, improve quality and engage staff. Prior to rejoining St. Andrew’s in 2016, Tyler served as chief operating officer of a healthcare organization in New Orleans, Louisiana where he helped grow the number of assisted living and independent living communities from five to thirteen. This experience came after serving St. Andrews Resources for Seniors for 11 years in various capacities including executive director of Brooking Park and The Willows. Tyler earned his undergraduate degree in corporate finance and investment management from the University of Alabama before going on to graduate with a Master of Healthcare Administration from Tulane University. He has served on numerous boards including LeadingAge Missouri (chairman 2010-2011), St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Louisiana Assisted Living Association.
Dr. Monique M. Williams
Dr. Williams is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in biology and French, MD degree and Master of Science in clinical investigation. She completed her residency and fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University, she joined the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in 2004, serving as assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science, clinician at the Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC), and director of the Knight ADRC’s African American Outreach Satellite until 2012. At Texas Tech University Health Science Center, she served as associate professor and interim chief of the Division of Geriatrics in the department of internal medicine, and as the director of geriatric outreach and education at the Texas Tech Garrison Institute on Aging. Her research focuses on minority aging and health, Alzheimer’s disease, ethical issues in research and health disparities across the lifespan.
Upon returning to St. Louis in 2014, Dr. Williams was medical director for VITAS Healthcare Saint Louis until 2018. She is currently a primary care physician at BJC Medical Group and involved in community, clergy, and health professional education and outreach. She is a member of the National Institute on Aging Health Disparities Resource Person Network and was appointed to the Gerontological Society of America Biological Sciences Executive Committee and Task Force on Minority Issues in Gerontology. Dr. Williams is also a member of the National Medical Association (NMA) and the Mound City Medical Forum (Missouri chapter of NMA), serving as program chair for Mound City Medical Program from 2010-2012, 2014-2015, and elected president of Mound City Medical Forum in 2016.
Sally Nikolajevich, Board Member Emeritus
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.