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St. Louis Red Cross Elects New Members of Board of Directors

Their vast experience will help guide our organization as we continue to push forward in our efforts to build resilient communities.

The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region announces twelve new members of its Board of Directors: Margarita Flores, Susan Ittner, Adella Jones, Maureen Larkins, Jim McGrath, Michael McMillan, Nicole Ringenberg, Jim Schulte, Iris Terolli-Hall, Barbara Turkington, Sherry Ward and Mark Weinheimer.

“The Red Cross is fortunate to have these new members on our Board of Directors,” said Cindy Erickson, CEO of the Greater St. Louis Region. “Their vast experience will help guide our organization as we continue to push forward in our efforts to build resilient communities.”

Margarita Flores, Vice President Community Affairs, Anheuser-Busch, leads the company’s community outreach efforts in the United States, including management of the Anheuser-Busch Foundation. She joined the company in 1996 and most recently served as Senior Director of Community Relations.

Susan Ittner, Senior Principal Consultant, CA Technologies, has more than 30 years of IT experience. Her broad professional experience includes application development, executive management, and technology sales. She earned dual BS degrees in Computer Science and Psychology, graduating magna cum laude from Duke University.

Adella Jones is Director of Marketing and Community Outreach for Home State Health Plan, Centene Corporation’s Missouri subsidiary. Ms. Jones is responsible for increasing brand awareness among medical providers, plan members and health advocates throughout Missouri. Prior to joining Home State, Ms. Jones served as Vice President of Government and Community Affairs for Metro, the public transit agency for the St. Louis region. Ms. Jones graduated from Southern Illinois University and is a member of the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists.

Maureen Larkins, Senior Director, Ascension, leads strategic projects, information management, targeted research and exploration of new business prospects, nationally and internationally. Ms. Larkins recently relocated to St. Louis from New Orleans, where she served as Vice President of Strategic and Community Affairs at the Ascension health ministry in New Orleans. She earned an MBA from the University of New Orleans.

Jim McGrath became President of AAA Missouri in 2013. He had previously served as President of AAA East Central, headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. He has broad range of experience in marketing, finance and public affairs. Mr. McGrath earned a BA in Economics from Columbia University.

Michael McMillan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, oversees the management and strategic growth of the agency throughout St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Clair County. Prior to his position with the Urban League, Mr. McMillan served as the License Collector for the City of St. Louis.

Nicole Ringenberg, Vice President and Controller at Monsanto Company, is an officer and member of the executive team. She has held a variety of leadership roles in both finance and commercial organizations, including Vice President of Finance and Operations for Monsanto’s Global Commercial businesses; Vice President, Asia Pacific and General Auditor. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in International Business from the University of South Carolina.

Jim Schulte, owner of Sand Spring Shooting Academy, is a 41-year veteran of the US Army National Guard. His numerous honors and awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and many more. He remains active as a reserve deputy with the Cole County Sheriff’s Department. Schulte also serves as Board Chairman of the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter.

Iris Terolli-Hall, Olin United Way Board Fellow from Washington University, is working on her Master of Business Administration in Consulting and Marketing. She has a wealth of international experience, working with companies from the U.S. to Belgium and Kosova. Terolli-Hall obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Saint Louis University in 2008.

Barbara Turkington, Assistant Director for Advancement at St. Louis County Library, is a retired officer of the United States Air Force. During her 20 years with the Air Force, she served as an Engineering and Services Officer, serving tours in the United States, Asia and Europe. She retired as lieutenant colonel. Prior to joining the St. Louis County Library, Ms. Turkington was the Executive Director of St. Louis Regional OASIS.

Sherry Ward, Senior Vice President, Corporate Services, Maritz Holdings, Inc., oversees all HR systems and technology purchases; she leads all functional HR areas, including compensation, benefits policies, HRIS and learning platform. Ms. Ward has a BS degree in Actuarial Science from Maryville University and an MBA from Fontbonne University.

Mark Weinheimer, Shareholder, Polsinelli PC, is a member of the Missouri and Illinois bar associations. He has worked with business clients for nearly 30 years over a broad range of issues, transactions and industries. Mr. Weinheimer is also Board Chairman at the American Red Cross Southwestern Illinois Chapter. He has a BS degree from the University of Illinois, and a JD degree from Saint Louis University.

Here is a complete list of the Board of Directors for the Greater St. Louis Region as of July 2014:

  • Eduardo Alves
  • Chief Sales Officer, Vi Jon Laboratories

  • Theresa Beldner
  • Manager, Enterprise Holdings/Crawford Taylor Foundation

  • Mary Jo Blackwood
  • President, Healthsite Associates

  • Scott Caswell
  • CEO, MO-IL Blood Services Region, American Red Cross

  • Dick Clark, Immediate Past Chairman
  • Community Leader & VP/Controller-Executive (retired), Monsanto

  • Jon Dalton
  • Partner, Armstrong Teasdale, LLP

  • Frank Dellaquila, Board Chairman
  • EVP & CFO, Emerson

  • Margarita Flores
  • VP, Community Affairs, Anheuser-Busch

  • Emer OBroin Gunter, Secretary
  • VP, Environmental Safety and Health (retired), Monsanto

  • Kurt Held
  • Sr. VP, Associate Services, CHAN Healthcare Audit Network, LLC

  • Susan Ittner
  • Sr. Principal Consultant, CA Technologies

  • Chief Dennis Jenkerson**
  • Fire Chief, City of St. Louis Fire Department

  • Adella Jones
  • Director of Marketing and Community Outreach, Home State Health Plan/Centene

  • Maureen Larkins
  • Senior Director, Ascension

  • Susan Nestor Levy, Vice Chair
  • Executive VP (retired), Ascension Health Alliance & President & CEO, Ascension Health Global Mission

  • Vivian Luce
  • VP, Business Development, Cejka Search

  • Jim McGrath
  • President, AAA Missouri

  • Michael McMillan
  • President & CEO, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

  • Gordon Myers
  • Regional President, US Bank

  • Dale Peluso
  • Marketing Manager, Barnes-Jewish Hospital

  • Joe Pereles**
  • Vice President, Development & General Counsel, Drury Hotels Company, LLC

  • Tom Reitz
  • VP, Field Operations, The Laclede Group

  • Nicole Ringenberg
  • Vice President/Controller, Monsanto

  • Jim Schulte
  • Owner/Operator, Sand Spring Shooting Academy & Board Chairman, American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter

  • Shelby Shire
  • Sr. Research Strategist, Client & Market Insights, Edward Jones

  • Iris Terolli-Hall
  • Olin United Way Board Fellow, Washington University

  • Barbara Turkington
  • Asst. Director for Advancement, St. Louis County Library

  • Sherry Ward
  • Sr. VP, Corporate Services, Maritz Holdings, Inc.

  • Mark Weinheimer
  • Shareholder, Polsinelli PC & Board Chairman, American Red Cross Southwestern IL Chapter

  • Jim Woodcock
  • Sr. VP & Partner - Sports Business, FleishmanHillard

    ** Honorary Member

    The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is a proud member agency of the United Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.

    About the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region:

    Celebrating 97 years of dedicated service in the region, the American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. Thousands of volunteers and generous donors provide community support services including disaster relief, preparedness efforts, training in lifesaving skills, service to military families and blood services. The Greater St. Louis Region covers St. Louis City, and 66 surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois. All disaster relief services are free. To learn more about the Red Cross and how you can help, contact your local Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit