Our Board


Meet our board

We’d like to thank our Board Officers and Trustees for their continued support and dedication.


Jeremiah Dellas


Term: July 2013-July 2019
(Chairman 2013-2017)

Education: Educational background in biological sciences and business.

Other: Jeremiah is a former CFO and beach volleyball pro. He spends his spare time serving the community on the board of Kids Rock Cancer, teaching Junior Achievement, and participating in his sons’ scouting programs. Hobbies include producing music and helping create very fast pinewood derby cars. Jeremiah lives in St. Louis with his wife Marjorie and three sons, Spencer, Tyler and Walker.

Shy Patel

Vice Chairman

Term: January 2012-January 2018
(Vice Chairman 2013-2017)

Occupation: General Manager of Brio Tuscan Grille.

Education: Bachelors in Computer Science.

Other: Shy was born and raised in Kenya. He lived in England for several years while in high school. He loves animals and flying.

Craig E. Austin


Term: January 2012-January 2018
(Treasurer 2013-2017)

Occupation: Director, Business Development – Airborne Systems Programs at Terma North America.

Education: B.S. in Finance and Master’s degrees in Business Administration and Economics from
St. Louis University.

Other: Craig and his wife Denise live in St. Louis. He enjoys golf, photography, woodworking and being outdoors. He also enjoys building and racing sports cars with his son Colin.

Janet Conners Langley


Term: September 2014-September 2020 (Secretary 2014-2017)

Occupation: Broker with The Daniel and Henry Co.

Education: Graduate of Louisiana College.

Other: Janet is a native of Lafayette, La. She moved to St. Louis in 1993 and spent the last few decades in the health and hospital industry before going into insurance. She’s licensed in Life, Disability & Health Insurance; Medicare and Medicare Part D; Long-Term Care planning; and Property & Casualty. She recently joined The Daniel and Henry Co., an insurance and risk management firm. Janet has one daughter in college, and loves to cook her Cajun food for them and her friends.


Andrew Baur


Term: April 2015-April 2021

Occupation: Vice President CFO of Gladitood. com, an online platform for goodwill projects around the world to raise funds and rally volunteers. Former banking executive for more than 20 years with Boatmen’s Bank, Southwest Bank and Enterprise Bank.

Education: Washington and Lee University, 1990. BA in History with a minor in Sociology/Anthropology. Salisbury School in Salisbury Connecticut, 1986.

Other: Active in numerous civic and philanthropic causes, including Matthews-Dickey Boys Club and Make a Wish Foundation. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Southwest Bank, Salisbury School, Muny Theater and the St. Louis Zoo.

Julia Brncic


Term: July 2013-July 2019

Occupation: Vice President and Associate General Counsel,
Litigation, at Express Scripts Inc.

Education: B.A. from Purdue University, a J.D. and executive
M.B.A. from Washington University.

Other: Julia and her husband Steven live in University City with their two dogs.

Beth Campbell

Board Trustee

Term: April 2015-April 2021

Occupation: Retired accountant, most recently with SSM Healthcare.

Education: Graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a BSBA in Accounting.

Other: Beth says she is kept very busy as the mother of five active boys between the ages of 29 and 13. She enjoys traveling, scuba diving and trying about any adventure. She has dabbled in sailing, smooth water kayaking, flying and ziplining. She says she plays a little really bad golf, but enjoys doing anything to be outside. Beth is an active volunteer for charities, including Missouri Jaycees, Wentzville Lions, Boy Scouts and Wings of Hope.

Rhiannon E. McKnight


Term: April 2015-April 2021

Occupation: Veterinarian and owner of Vet Stop Animal Clinic P.C.

Education: BS and DVM at the University of Guelph, Canada. Internship in LargeAnimal Medicine and Surgery, University of Georgia.

Other: Rhiannon was born in England and grew up in Canada. She practiced large animal medicine in Georgia for several years before finding her home in Missouri in small animal medicine. She has two children, Raechel and Rhys.

Paola A. Stange


Term: May 2017-May 2023

Occupation: Founder and Attorney at Stange Law Firm, PC (http://www.stangelawfirm.com)

Education: Juris Doctorate, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia.

Other: Mrs. Stange was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She relocated to St. Louis, Missouri in 2007. Mrs. Stange’s dedication to the community includes her service on the Board of Advisors for the Mid-County YMCA and as a Business Leader for Old Newsboys Children’s Charities. Mrs. Stange was recognized by Old Newsboys with the Making a Difference Award (2015) and the Golden Plate Award (2016). She is an adjunct professor at Emory School of law and teaches trial techniques for the school’s trial advocacy program. Paola’s hobbies include horseback riding, yoga, acro-yoga, and finding new adventures.

Virgil VanTrease


Term: August 2013-August 2019

Occupation: President of Eagle Wealth Management, LLC.

Education: B.A. University of Missouri at Columbia.

Other: Board member of the St. Louis Zoo Association. Member of the UMSL World Ecology Center Council. Virgil is a St. Louis native and lives in Ladue with his wife Sandra.

W. Paul Zemitzsch


Term: September 2010-September 2016

Occupation: President of Sequel LLC and founder and President of Explore Green.

Education: Graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

Other: Paul is a collector of contemporary and primitive art. He is also a classically trained chef, expedition mountaineer and outdoor enthusiast. He previously was Director of Policy and Planning for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. He also was an investigative reporter, bureau chief and political columnist for the Globe-Democrat.