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Rachana Creeth is Head of School at Chesterfield Day School after having served as the school’s Director of Finance and Operations for three years. Prior to her roles at CDS, Rachana was the business controller at Spartech Corp. and previously held financial leadership positions at Ethicon Endo Surgery and General Electric. She is a graduate of General Electric’s Financial Management Program and Corporate Audit Staff. Rachana has extensive experience in business/financial management, including organizational development and building long-term strategy. She is a certified six sigma black belt.
Nikki Doughty is Chief Operating Officer at City Academy, an independent school in the city of St. Louis that offers scholarship support to 100% of its students. Nikki served as Director of Admissions at the school from 2005 – 2012. Previously she was the Events Coordinator at Churchill School. Nikki has served on the Board of the ACLU of Eastern Missouri. Nikki earned her MSW from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in the spring of 2014. She was a member of the St. Louis Business Journal's "40 Under 40" Class of 2016.
Edes Powell Gilbert began her teaching career in the public elementary schools of Amherst, Massachusetts, moving into independent education through a variety of teaching and administrative positions in schools in the Boston area. She served as Headmistress of Mary Institute, an all-girls’ school in St Louis, for 7 years and was then Head of School at The Spence School in New York City for 15 years. Some of her volunteer work included serving on the Board of Lesley University, including a 4-year term as President; serving on the New York Advisory Board of Teach for America for 10 years and fulfilling leadership roles in several professional, educational associations. Edes served as Acting President of Independent Education Services and was one of the founders of Resource Group 175, an educational consulting firm, of which she was President for 5 years and to which she still belongs.
Sara Goellner received her undergraduate degree and MBA from Washington University in St Louis. She has been employed with World Wide Technology for almost two decades, leading different teams and enterprise wide initiatives. World Wide Technology began as a small technology start up and now is a global systems integrator for Fortune 100 clients. Sara’s roles have included Director of IT Governance and now, Senior Business Development and Marketing Manager, focused on establishing the company as a thought leader in technology and innovation.
Jason Hall is General Counsel and Vice-President of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at the St. Louis Regional Chamber. In this role, he is leading the Chamber’s collaborative work to grow the St. Louis region’s global innovation hub by attracting more entrepreneurs and insuring that the region has the early-stage capital and other tools to support these innovators in pursuing their dreams. Prior to joining the Chamber, Jason served as a member of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s cabinet leading economic development and the Missouri Technology Corporation. Jason began his career in the St. Louis office of Bryan Cave LLP, where he served clients across a range of technology sectors in high-stakes matters. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bates College and Vanderbilt University Law School. In 2015, Jason was recognized as a “40 Under 40” by the St. Louis Business Journal; 100 St. Louisans You Should Know to Succeed in Business by Small Business Monthly; and was included in the inaugural class of the leading 35 “STL Innovators” by Alive Magazine.
Kathryn Love, Board Chair, a graduate of Princeton University and Hastings College of Law, is a partner in the business law section of Bryan Cave LLP. She has served on the Boards of Directors of The Magic House - St. Louis Children's Museum (Chair 2010-12), Forsyth School (Independent school PreK-grade 6), and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri, Barnes Jewish Hospital and the Muny Opera. Kathryn attended a girls’ school from first through twelfth grade and is the mother of three teenage daughters.
Jessica Portis is a Partner and Senior Investment Consultant in Mercer’s Investment business. In this role, she is responsible for advising non-profit clients on asset allocation design, investment manager selection, and strategy implementation. Prior to joining Mercer, Jessica was with Summit Strategies Group for 15 years serving in a number of capacities. Most recently, she was the Director of Consulting and also served as a lead investment consultant to non-profits, corporations, and public pension fund clients. Jessica received her BS in Accounting with honors from the University of Missouri–St. Louis, and she is a CFA charterholder. She is a member of the CFA Institute, the CFA Society of St. Louis, and the NASP (National Association of Securities Professionals). Jessica was previously the chair of the Investment and Audit Committee for the St. Louis Area Foodbank and served on their Board of Directors for six years.
John S. Ross is CEO of Summit Real Estate and Cushman & Wakefield: Gateway Commercial, two St Louis based commercial real estate companies. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors of Parkside Bank & Trust, which he helped found. His philanthropic interests are centered on children and education. He has previously served as President as well as Chair of the Ground Committee of the Churchill Center & School where he helped oversee the development of a 40,000 s.f. school on 12 acres and on the Board of The Magic House during its expansion.
Tim Rowbottom, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB leads Lawrence Group’s higher education practice. Tim joined Lawrence Group in 2003. Since joining the firm, he has focused on academic projects encompassing early childhood programs through complex higher education platforms. He serves as a board member at the Forsyth School and is a past member of the board of Confluence Academy, a charter school in St. Louis. Tim has managed over $350,000M in academic projects encompassing programs ranging from 2,500 s.f. to over 250,000 s.f. He recently completed the design for renovation of Grand Center Arts Academy, a 120,000 s.f. Charter School for the Arts. Tim is currently directing the efforts to restore the 1904 Academic Hall at Southeast Missouri State University and is leading the design of John Burroughs School Performing Arts & Athletic Center.