Board of Directors


Susan Balk



Susan Balk has written for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and Vogue, and is the author of “Fame.” “Vienna’s Conscience: Close-ups and Conversations after Hitler,” was published in 2007, followed by an international exhibit on permanent display at the United Nations Headquarters in Vienna. Susan was literary editor of Playboy. She consulted for TimeWarner, NewsCorp, Disney, Daishinsha (Tokyo) and Groupe L’Express (Paris). She taught at The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.


Page Ashley



Upon retiring from a long career as top executive in the book- publishing business, Page Ashley served as Chairman of the Board of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation in NYC, and as long-time member of the Board of the national “I Have a Dream Foundation.” She currently serves on the Boards of the Bogliasco Foundation’s Liguria Study Center and the Friends of Horticulture at Wave Hill, and Chairs the Education Committee of the Collegiate Chorale.


Debra Kline

Co-Chair, Secretary


Debra Kline co-founded Business Wise Inc. in 1980 with her late husband and business partner, Lyle Leslie. Business Wise offers unique business data on more than 336,000 firms in the research footprint of Georgia Metro, Charlotte, and Dallas/Fort Worth. Business Wise provides the sales and marketing tools to b2b sales and marketing professionals looking to develop new business by phone, email, postal mail or in person.


Kenneth Balk

Co-Chair, Treasurer


Ken Balk founded Kenneth Balk & Associates (KBA), a structural engineering firm and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer for 41 years. In 1999, he founded K.Balk Advisors, LLC to guide clients in developing strategic plans and to establish and monitor processes for the successful and timely delivery of major capital projects. In addition, K.BALK Advisors provides mediation services, executive coaching services, expert testimony and help for troubled projects requiring turn-around expertise.


Tabari Asim Coleman

Board Member


Tabari Coleman has been with the Anti Defamation League since 2002 as a contracted training facilitator. In 2008 he became the Project Director for the A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE ® Institute for Missouri and Southern Illinois.  He is responsible for Echoes and Reflections, the No Place for Hate campaign and the Concepts of Beauty and Bias, a multi-year collaboration with the St. Louis Art Museum.


Tom Goldberg

Board Member


Tom Goldberg is owner and wealth manager at Plancorp, LLC. Goldberg’s expertise is in mergers and acquisitions, where he assists business owners in buying and selling small to mid-size companies. He currently serves on the Olin School of Business Alumni Board, Washington University; is Board Director at the Churchill Center and School; and the Board Chair, Thomas Jefferson School.




Board Member


Lisa D. McLaughlin is an acclaimed lawyer in the fields of estate planning and non-profit law. Ms. McLaughlin is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In the past, she served as Chair of the BAMSL Probate & Trust Committee and Chair of the BAMSL Nonprofit Organizations Committee. She’s been listed in Missouri Kansas Super Lawyers listing both as a top lawyer and in the top “50 Women Lawyers” since 2005 and was listed in Best Lawyers in America (1995-2016).


Kimberly Norwood

Board Member


Kimberly Norwood, Professor of Law at Washington University, received its Distinguished Faculty Award in 2015. She created and teaches a course titled: Implicit Bias in the Law and in the Legal Profession. One of her seminars, Race, Class & Education, involves a combination of judges, lawyers, law students, and high school students working together under a high school to law school pipeline program model. Her books include: Color Matters: Skin Tone Bias & the Myth of a Post-Racial America, and Ferguson’s Fault Lines: The Race Quake that Rocked a Nation.

Moisy Shopper

Board Member


Moisy Shopper is a Faculty Member at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. He is also a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Child Psychiatry at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. In addition he is a private practitioner. Shopper specializes in psychiatry. He has extensive knowledge in child/ adolescent, legal, and forensic issues. He has done extensive work in conflict resolution. He earned a his medical degree from Suny-Health Sciences Center
At Brooklyn.

Mimi Silbert

Board Member


Mimi Silbert is Founder, President & CEO of Delancey Street Foundation, the most successful rehabilitation center in the world. Delancey Street serves ex-felons, prostitutes, substance abusers, and others who have hit bottom but are all now living drug-, crime-, and alcohol-free in six national centers located in New York, Massachusetts, New Mexico, North Carolina, Los Angeles. Delancey Street is headquartered in San Francisco.



Board Member


Hannah Verity serves as the Director of Global Program Development and was chosen for 2016-17 Community Leadership St. Louis Program. Hannah has served as the Director of Global Programs for Webster University’s College of Arts & Sciences as well as the Director of the Unique Global Master of Arts programs.



Board Member

Bryce Krug

Bryce Krug serves as the Fundraising Professional at Washington University in Saint Louis. Bryce has previously worked at the Eden Theological Seminary, Webster University, and the United States Information Agency.



Our Staff

Director of Outreach and Public Relations

Arlen Chaleff

Arlen has applied her expertise in development, marketing and public relations to campaigns for industry and non-profits including: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI St. Louis) where she recently served as its President, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, The French Heritage Society, Logos High School, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, The MUNY, and the Westport Playhouse.




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