Andrea Bezzant is an educator, community leader and mother. After graduating from the University of Utah she taught Reading, Media Studies and Theater at the junior and high school levels in Utah and California, originating the Reading Recovery program at Menlo-Atherton High School (Atherton, California) and leading the Bennion Junior High School (Salt Lake City, Utah) Academic Team to a National Championship. Andrea also developed the Reading curriculum for SEED School, a residential charter school in Washington DC with a mission to support enduring academic achievement for high-potential youth in troubled communities. Subsequent to teaching full-time, she has volunteered to support reading development for many students. Andrea has served in numerous volunteer positions in other community and religious organizations, including seven years as Co-Director of the St. Louis Crèche and Carols Exhibit and work with 10,000 Villages. In Ladue Schools, she has served as Co-Chair of the Scholastic Book Fair, Co-Director of Math Facts Scholars and as a member of various school committees. Andrea lives in Frontenac, Missouri with her husband and three children, all of whom are in the Ladue School District.
Amy has lived in St. Louis all her life. She holds a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and a B.S. in Communications from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She practiced law for over 24 years with Friedman Weitzman & Friedman, P.C., with her primary practice in the area of family law until she “semi-retired” in 2016. Since 2016, Amy has served on the Ladue Education Foundation communication committee and Co-Chaired the LEF Innovation Celebration in 2018. She has volunteered extensively at Spoede Elementary, including chairing Spoede’s book fair for two years, and at the Ladue Middle School. Amy also previously served as the Treasurer for the City of Frontenac.
Amy lives in Frontenac with her husband, Michael, their daughter Jenna, who attends LHWHS, and their dog Louie.
Gabriela is an agricultural engineer with a degree from State University of Campinas - Unicamp (Brazil, 1990) and a Master’s Degree from Universite de Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc – USTL (France 1992). She has taken a Post-Master-course from Universite Laval (Canada 1996), a Sustainability Specialization from Unicamp (Brazil 2009), an Executive Course on Sustainable Development Diplomacy and International Program on the Management of Sustainability from Wageningen and the Sustainability Challenge Foundation (Netherlands 2011). Gabriela has been with Monsanto since 1996 in increasing roles for commercial business, marketing and strategy. In 2012, when she became Monsanto’s Sustainable Agriculture Global Lead, she and her husband Eric moved to St. Louis with their children Alice, 15 years; Artur, 11 years; and their dog Sherman. Both children are in the Ladue School District.
Archna is a board certified general pediatrician at Children’s Clinic in Ladue and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine. She was raised in Ohio and attended Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio for her undergraduate studies. She completed her medical degree at Washington University and pediatrics residency at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Prior to returning to St. Louis with her family in 2008, she practiced general pediatrics in Massachusetts and Ohio.
Archna and her husband Ryan have 2 children who have attended Ladue Schools since preschool. She has served as a member of the LEF Allocations Committee since 2016. She has also served on the We Stories Board of Directors since 2018. In the past, she has served as treasurer of Old Bonhomme Elementary's PTO. She has also a served as a member of the Executive Council of Washington University Medical Center’s Alumni Association, and also served on Case Western Reserve’s Visiting Scholarship Committee and as an Alumni Admissions Ambassador for the University.
Tracye is a native St. Louisan and a graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School. She earned a B.A. at Howard University, an M.A. at The American University and an M.Phil/Ph.D. (ABD) in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology at The City University of New York Graduate Center. Tracye worked as a strategy consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton (McLean, VA) for over a decade and currently engages in consulting assignments with local organizations such as Wells Fargo Advisors and Monsanto. She and her husband Eric are the owners of a Supercuts franchise in Creve Coeur. Tracye and Eric live in Ladue and have one child in the Ladue School District and a 2013 Ladue Horton Watkins High School graduate.
Sarah moved to St Louis in 2007 after living in Charlotte, NC for nine years. She holds a B.S. in Finance from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She worked in the telecommunication industry for 13 years and ran the sales and marketing team for four years until she “retired” at the end of 2012 to stay home with her family.
Sarah is currently the treasurer of the parent associations at Spoede School and the Fifth Grade Center. She has also served as Secretary and Vice President of Community on Spoede School’s parent association. She has run several fundraisers, including Spoede School’s auction, and she has chaired Spoede’s book fair for five years.
Sarah lives in Creve Coeur with her husband, Aaron and three children, all of whom attend Ladue District schools.
Lolita is a longtime St. Louis resident, and an active volunteer in the community. She has been a member of parent association executive boards at Spoede Elementary School, Ladue Fifth Grade Center, and Ladue Middle School. She currently serves on the Ladue School Board’s Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Committee. Lolita holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Washington University. After working in law firms for more than a decade, she chose to pursue a career in federal public service. Lolita and her husband, Pablo, live in Ladue with their two children, one currently enrolled and one who graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School.
Jocelyn is Ladue School District parent who has been active in the community since moving from Los Angeles in 2007. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in English Literature and is a free-lance writer. She is currently working on her first novel after a twenty-year detour into acting. She helped initiate the Mandarin Language Program for the LEF as well as the LEF Quarterly Newsletter and Passport Night at Reed Elementary.
Amy is a 1989 alumna of Ladue Horton Watkins High School (LHWHS). She graduated with a BA in education from University of Arizona and an MBA with a specialty in finance from Washington University. She was a financial consultant with Arthur Anderson before she “semi-retired” to raise her family. Amy has been the treasurer for the parents associations of Reed School and Ladue Middle School and is currently the treasurer at Ladue High School. She was also a founding board member of the parents association at the Fifth Grade Center. Amy has served on Ladue School District’s Curriculum and Instruction Committee and Math Committee. She lives in Ladue with her husband Burt (LHWHS, class of ’88) and their three children. They have two boys who attend LHWHS and a daughter who attends Lehigh University.
Mike grew up in a rural community north of St. Louis and is a graduate of the Winfield School District. He graduated from Washington University in 1999 with a B.A. in Architecture/Business minor. Mike has worked on numerous large-scale commercial real estate development projects in St. Louis and nationally for The DESCO Group, Trammel Crow and Anheuser Busch, and has a private real estate business. Mike’s wife, Sara, works for World Wide Technology and is on the Board of the Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls. They have two sons and one daughter (Sam, Henry and Lucy) attending Ladue schools, and are active in their school and sports activities. Mike is excited to be serving on the LEF board.
Russ has spent his professional career managing investments for philanthropic organizations, such as universities and charitable foundations. He holds a B.A. degree from DePauw University and an M.B.A. from Washington University.
Russ and his family have lived in the Ladue School District since 2006, and two of his children have since graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School. His third child is currently matriculated at the high school. Having been the product of a public school education, Russ believes in the value of the public education system and that outcomes can be strengthened by involvement from the community.
Charles is a 2002 Ladue Horton Watkins High School graduate, as well as a former educator for the Ladue School District. After graduating from LHWHS, Charles attended the University of Kansas. While there, Charles was selected to attend the Walt Disney World College Program where he was a lifeguard and attended “Disney University,” taking business courses to meet his degree requirements. Charles moved back to St. Louis where he received a Business Administration degree from Missouri Baptist University. Once back in St. Louis, Charles spearheaded the efforts to create the first Ladue Rams Girls Basketball club program and has coached for this program for more than 10 years. For the past 5 years, Charles has worked as a Regional Account Advertising Sales Executive for the St. Louis Post Dispatch/STLtoday.com. Charles is married to his beautiful wife, Alicia, and although they do not have any children, they were able to experience parenthood for 9 months while fostering a newborn and her 1-year-old sister. Charles has remained connected to the Ladue community in many capacities and he is honored and thrilled to be serving on the LEF board.
Mike Minkler is a 1988 graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School. He received his undergraduate degree in Management from Purdue University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and is President and Owner of CMIT Solutions of Clayton, which provides outsourced IT services to businesses. Currently, Mike is President of the Creve Coeur Olivette Chamber of Commerce and immediate Past-President of Project Inc., a Missouri Sheltered Workshop, which provides meaningful work opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities. Mike has coached numerous youth sports teams and has been heavily involved in the Cub Scouts program at Reed School. He and his wife, Reagan (who has been significantly involved in the parent associations at Reed School, FGC, LMS and LHWHS) have four boys attending Ladue Schools. Mike is passionate about the Ladue School District and believes that the LEF plays a vital role in the District's continued success.
Suparba is a versatile woman interested in multiple disciplines, from writing and reading to traveling, dancing and, above all, technology. She is the visionary, founder and president of TymeMachine, a unique technology platform for kids to skyrocket in STEM.
Suparba was Vice President of Technology of Equifax prior to this. She provided strategic leadership to enable technology in business decision making, creating and maintaining a spirit of innovation, and establishing new paradigm of collaboration.
She received a Bachelor's of Architectural Engineering from MNIT, India and a Master's of Computer and Information Science from University of South Alabama. Since then she has spent most of her life working in multiple fortune 500 companies as a technology expert. Suparba also excelled in the Leaders' Edge "Leader by Design" program by providing strategic discussion points on key initiatives.
Suparba has lived in St. Louis since she was married; St. Louis has become a hometown for her and her family. She has a son and a daughter who attend Conway Elementary.
Marissa Rosen has been active in the non-profit world for over ten years and currently works with The Trio Foundation as the Assistant to the Executive Director. Most recently, Marissa served as the Development Director at the National Council of Jewish Women – St. Louis Section (NCJW), focusing her work on annual fundraising, special events, grant-writing and program-specific campaigns. She is proud to have helped NCJW grow and expand their fundraising efforts and to showcase thework the organization does in the St. Louis community. Prior to her work in the non-profit world, Marissa worked in the mental health field as both an Employee Assistance Program Consultant and a Case Manager for the chronically mentally ill.
Marissa is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and received her MSW from The Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. She is a dedicated community volunteer and has served on the boards of Congregation Shaare Emeth, the National Council of Jewish Women – St. Louis Section, Shirlee Green Preschool, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Old Bonhomme Elementary School, the Ladue Fifth Grade Center, the Ladue Middle School Parent Association and the Ladue Education Foundation Capital Campaign. She has been married to her husband, Howard, for 16 years and is the proud mother of Joshua and Emily. In her spare time she drives kids (hers and others) to a variety of activities, loves to read, travel, and spend time with friends and family.
Nicola currently works from home and volunteers with various local nonprofits. She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and earned her designation as a Certified Public Accountant in 1999. She moved to Saint Louis and went to work as an auditor at RubinBrown LLP, working mainly with nonprofit and contractor clients. After seven years Nicola then worked at Doorways Housing as a Grants Administrator, managing close to $4 million dollars of federal, state and local grants. Though still a Canadian hockey fan, she happily resides in Saint Louis with her husband, Scott, and their three children.
Ann is an active community member in the Ladue School District, as well as a district parent. She is on the founding board of Nest, an international organization focusing on sustainability in the global workforce. She has an Economics degree from University of Kansas and an Interior Design degree from Maryville University. Ann moved to Washington D.C. after getting her Economics degree in 1993. There, she worked for Starbucks Coffee Company, managing and hiring store staff, training new managers, and serving on the team to open new stores. In 1999, she returned to St. Louis, to get her degree in Interior Design. During this time she worked for Arcturis, assisting designers and architects with client programs, projects, and research. Since 2011, she has been very active as a volunteer and parent association board member at both Reed School and the Fifth Grade Center. Ann lives in Ladue, Missouri with her husband and two children, both of whom attend Ladue District Schools.
Carol Weisman (Ladue ’67) is the president of Board Builders. She is an internationally known speaker, author, trainer and consultant who specializes in volunteerism, fund raising and governance. Carol works primarily in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. She has served on 38 boards and has been president of 7. Carol began her professional career working with street gangs, a marvelous background for working with boards. She found the gangs better organized, with clearer expectations and a solid leadership training program. Although she doesn’t recommend any fund raising that would end in incarceration, the gangs certainly had some “creative” ideas. Carol is the author of 9 books. “Raising Charitable Children” is already in its 3rd printing and was featured in The New York Times, Parade Magazine, and Scholastic Parent and Child. Her newish book, “Transforming Ordinary People into Fundraising Superheroes: Even those who hate to ask,” is about to go into its second printing.She has been married to Frank Robbins for almost 40 years and is the mother of Frank Robbins, a green engineer, Jono Robbins, the new ceramics teacher at Ladue High, and Carol Weisman, who is a nursing student. Carol has 3 grandsons who live in Webster.
Marcus Wilson is the current Executive Director of the Monsanto Family YMCA, located in St. Louis, MO. Mr. Wilson is a resonant leader in the community and has a diverse resume of sports and business experience at high levels. Wilson played professional basketball in 10 countries across Europe, South America and the Middle East, as well as summer stints with 3 NBA teams. From 2013-16, he served on the coaching staff of Saint Louis University’s Men’s Basketball team.
As a young, emerging leader in St. Louis, Wilson has developed collaborations with local universities like Webster, Washington University and SLU to offer tutoring and college mentors to youth in the Monsanto YMCA. Although he has received recognition for his work with youth, Wilson has worked to increase the overall health and wellness of the North St. Louis community by offering a community garden, healthy eating and cooking classes, aerobic and exercise programs for all ages and also revitalized many of the health and wellness programs at the Monsanto YMCA such as the LiveStrong program, Diabetes Prevention Program and Blood Pressure Monitoring Program.
Marcus is the co-chair of the Gateway Region YMCA Diversity & Inclusion committee, and serves on the national Y-USA Multicultural Advisory Committee as well as serving on the Gateway Region YMCA International Committee. He is also on the Executive Board of the non-profit group, The Buddy Fund, as well serving on the Magic House Education Advisory Committee. A graduate of University of Evansville, Mr. Wilson received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing.