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Our People

Grand Center Inc. / Our People

Board of Directors

We have a tremendous Board of Directors mixed with members of the St. Louis community and individuals who have a deep passion for the District's success. All of whom are an integral part of allowing us to achieve our mission.

Lisa Baudendistel-Suntrup
Partner/Broker
Meridian Management

Marie-Hélène Bernard
President and CEO
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

Paul DeMerath
Executive Director
Scottish Rite Cathedral Preservation Association

Jason Hall
CEO
Greater St. Louis Inc.

Nancy Hawes
Managing Shareholder
The Hawes Firm P.C

Jeffery Kelley
CEO
Chameleon Integrated Services

Missy Kelley
Senior Vice President
Greater St. Louis Inc.

Ken Kranzberg
Chairman
TricorBraun, Inc.

Don Lents
Sr. Partner and Chair Emeritus
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Michael Lewis, Ph.D.,
Associate Provost, Faculty Affairs and Development
SLU

Lisa Melandri
Director
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Peter Palermo
Executive Director
The Sheldon Arts Foundation

Emily Rauh Pulitzer
Founder
Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Kathleen Ratcliffe
President
Explore Saint Louis

Evans Richardson
Retired Director Government Operations
The Boeing Company

Steven M. Scott
MPH, FACHE, President
SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

Amy Shaw
President & CEO
Nine Network

Tommy Simons
Pastor
Third Baptist Church

Cara Starke
Director
Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Donald Suggs
President & Publisher
St. Louis American

Milton Wilkins
Associate
Dowd Bennett

Richard Winter
President
Garden View Care Centers

John Wolf
Vice President of Theatre Operations
Fox Associates

John Wuest
President and CEO
St. Louis Equity Fund, Inc

Our Team

Our team is made up of an extraordinary group of people who strive to put our core purpose and values into action through their individual and collective work.

Rich Simmons
Executive Director
rich@grandcenter.org
314-289-1504

Akyra Davis
Executive Assistant
akyra@grandcenter.org
314-289-1512

Kim Stelzer
Finance & Operations Director
kim@grandcenter.org
314-289-1514

Liz Mayer
Marketing & Communications Manager
liz@grandcenter.org
314-289-1508

Sara Pool
Development Manager
sara@grandcenter.org
314-289-1506

Will Strang
Community Engagement Manager
will@grandcenter.org
314-289-1510