Our Board

EYC Board Members 2021-2023

BETH SHARPE-VERDUGO | Board Chair

Beth serves as a Wealth Manager for Creative Planning, one of the leading fiduciary wealth advisory & family office firms in the country.  Beth has been in the financial services industry for nearly 24 years. Prior to joining Creative Planning, she led the professional training and practice management divisions for Buckingham Strategic Wealth in St. Louis.

Beth grew up in Elm Grove, Wisconsin and graduated from Indiana University – Bloomington with her Bachelor of Science degree.
She enjoys skiing, sailing and traveling with her husband, four teenagers, Ashley, Andrew, Lauren (an EYC Academy graduate) and Bella, and lab Bentley.

AARON DREW LACEY | Partner & Chair – Higher Education Practice at Thompson Coburn LLP

Aaron is the leader of Thompson Coburn’s Higher Education practice, host of the firm’s popular Higher Education Webinar Series, and editorial director of REGucation, the firm’s higher education law and policy blog. An experienced attorney with time served both as outside and in-house counsel, Aaron’s practice is dedicated entirely to assisting postsecondary institutions to navigate complex legal and regulatory matters. He has specialized, substantive expertise in the array of federal, state, and accrediting agency laws and standards that govern postsecondary institutions, and is a frequent writer and speaker on topics relating to higher education policy and regulation.

JUDITH ANNE BURCKHARDT | PhD, MSN, MAEd RN

Judith is an educator/administrator with extensive leadership and management experience in education and the healthcare industry. Working with U.S. and international students, nurses, and professional organizations, she developed and implemented strategic plans, quality improvement projects and curricula for nursing and allied health educational organizations.

SARA VAUGHN

Sara is a strategic thinker with the ability to translate vague or unorganized ideas into actionable programs with measurable results. As a 15-year veteran in the technology sector, she has applied a data-driven and pragmatic approach in organizations ranging from start-ups to global enterprises. Sara is also the parent of an EYC graduate, 2019 – 2021.

 

MAGGIE MARCRANDER | MD

Maggie has been a Practicing physician for 20 years and is currently the Clinical Vice President of Women’s Services for Mercy East and Mercy Ministry focusing on strategy and development.

She was previously a founding member of private practice based in San Diego, California 2001-2008.

Parent and Professional Advisory Board Members

JACQUELINE WARD – EdD | Co-Founder of EYC Academy Business Owner

(62) Jacqueline Ward, EdD | LinkedIn

Specialties: Positive Learning Communities; equitable data-driven improvement planning, articulation of findings and problem solving, aligning curriculum with outcome targets of NCLB, APR/AYP, and SPP indicators through Understanding by Design principles as learners progress in their P-20 careers. Using technology across instructional & administrative duties, Implement sound fiscal & HR practices, developing job improvements & grant attainment for federal/ state funded programs. Knowledgeable of School Law

CATHERINE BULL HASLER 

(62) Catherine (Bull) Hasler | LinkedIn

Clinical psychologist specializing in assessment and treatment of children, teens, and their families.

SUE CAMPBELL

(62) Sue Campbell | LinkedIn

Retired Special Education Teacher, MEd, SPEd, Admin/

Superintendent

SHONTINA (SHON) ALLEN

(She/Her/Hers)  | MSHRM, SHRM-SCP, CWDP, CMCC

Senior Human Resources Manager at FBMC Benefits Management: Certified Human Resources & Workforce Development Professional, DBA Scholar, Consultant, Writer, Speaker, and Lifelong Learner! PhD candidate at Walden University

Tallahassee Metropolitan Area  

DREW CIEMBRONOWICZ

Director of Sales & Marketing at Associated Couriers, LLC

Greater St. Louis 

KATE BROTHERS | Administrator at Special School District of St. Louis County Barnhart, Missouri, United States 

Kate holds a degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Behavioral Sciences. She also has a Masters in Counseling and holds Missouri certificates for K-6 Principal as well as for K-12 Director of Special Services.

Kate has worked as an Elementary Teacher, School Counselor, Special Education Teacher, Process Coordinator, School Diagnostician, Director of Special Services, and Area Coordinator for Special School District. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Saint Louis University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her specialization is Inclusive Education, Universal Design for Learning, and Behavior Management.

Most recently, Kate has worked with two cohorts from Saudi Arabia at Saint Louis University. These cohorts learned about classroom Inclusion and Universal Design for Learning so that they could take these practices back to their country and implement them within their educational system. She also has four children and one grandchild.

Parent Advisory

AMY CORDES

Non-profit Volunteer and Fundraiser

https://www.linkedin.com/in/amy-cordes-86053331

ELIZABETH POLLNOW

Holloway Woods Family Foundation

 

ABBY GOLDBERG

Educator

 

 

LYNN COULTER | Founder and CEO at Sage Saint Louis, LLC

(62) Lynn Coulter | LinkedIn

Lynn has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, working with organizations such as BJC Health Systems, Washington University School of Medicine, Siteman Cancer Center, Phillips Medical Systems and many other collaborative institutions. With keen understanding of business priorities, operational management, risk management and project management, Lynn founded LemonBeak to focus on delivering efficient, effective solutions to the challenges faced by the Healthcare and Enterprise clients.

 

 

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