Our Board

 

Meet our board

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

 

ENDANGERED WOLF CENTER – BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Executive Committee:

Rhiannon E. McKnight, Chairman, Veterinarian and Owner, Vet Stop Animal Clinic P.C.

Janet Langley, Vice Chairman, Broker, The Daniel and Henry Co.

Beth Campbell, Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer, Wings of Hope

Sally Kriegel, Secretary, Community Volunteer

 

Trustees:

Andrew Baur, Trustee, President, Gladitood

Marguerite Garrick, Trustee, Community Volunteer and Founding Family Member

Lisa Kelley, Trustee, Executive Director, WildCare Institute, Saint Louis Zoo

Jonathan Losos, Trustee, Director of the Living Earth Collaborative

David Reichert, Trustee, Team Leader Compliance Solutions & Analytics, Edward Jones

Jay Smith, Trustee, Software engineer in Flight Simulation at McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing

Virgil VanTrease, Trustee, President, Eagle Wealth Management, LLC

Chairman Emeritus: Jeremiah Dellas, President, Heirloom Wealth Partners

Officers

Rhiannon E. McKnight

Board Chair

April 2015-Present

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

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

An animal advocate by trade, Rhiannon is a veterinarian and the medical director for Vet Stop Animal Hospitals. Born in England, she grew up in Canada where she received her Bachelor of Science and DVM degrees at the University of Guelph. After an internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia, she stayed in the state to practice large animal medicine for several years before finding her home in Missouri where she practices small animal medicine. Her human family includes two children, Raechel and Rhys.

Janet Conners Langley

Vice Chairman

September 2014-September 2020 (Secretary 2014-2017)

Broker with The Daniel and Henry Co.

Graduate of Louisiana College.

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.

Beth Campbell

Board Trustee

April 2015-April 2021

Retired accountant, most recently with SSM Healthcare.

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

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.

Sally Kriegel

Secretary

May 2017 – May 2023

Sally is the President and Co-Owner of Imagination Toys, where she strives to encourage children to enjoy the outdoors and find wonder in the natural world through play.

Sally and her husband Nick live in Kirkwood, Missouri with their four sons Henry, Gus, Oliver, and Spencer.

 

Trustees

Andrew Baur

Trustee

April 2015-April 2021

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.

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

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.

Marguerite Garrick

Trustee

August 2020 – August 2022

Marguerite was fortunate to grow up at two wonderful zoos where her Dad was the director. She was also able to attend the first meeting of wolf biologists here in St. Louis that her parents organized, and then work as a volunteer feeder during college.

Marguerite graduated from Washington University where she majored in Political Science and a minor in Anthropology.

She worked as a wildlife issues lobbyist in D.C. for 10 years before her first baby girl was born in 1985. Since then she has served on boards and PTPs while raising her daughters.

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.

Dr. Lisa Kelley

Trustee

April 2021-present

Lisa is the Executive Director of the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute, which is the field conservation department of the Zoo. Although a field primatologist by training, Lisa’s interest and devotion is with all wildlife species.

Lisa grew up in Nebraska, but considers Missouri and the St. Louis area her home. While she has a MSc degree from Oxford Brookes University in England, both her A.B. and Ph.D. are from Washington University in St. Louis.

Lisa’s human family includes two daughters, a Great Pyrenees named Isabelle, and a tortoiseshell cat named Spice.

“I am honored to be a member of the Endangered Wolf Center team. The Saint Louis Zoo shares roots with the Center from the establishment of the Center with Marlin Perkins. In addition, the Center is a leader and one of the foremost experts in the care and conservation of wild canids – especially the Mexican grey wolf and the American red wolf. The Center is an asset to the region and a trusted conservation resource and partner.”

Jonathan Losos

Trustee

August 2020 – August 2023

Jonathan is the Director of the Living Earth Collaborative and is the William H. Danforth Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Biology at Washington University in Saint Louis.

He is an internationally renowned scholar in the field of evolutionary biology.

Jonathan was at Washington University from 1992 to 2006 for some of which time he was director of the Tyson Research Center and then moved to Harvard University, where he was the Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America, a professor in organismic and evolutionary biology, and the curator in herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology. He rejoined the Arts & Sciences faculty at Washington University in January 2018.

 

David Reichert

Trustee

Board Trustee (February 2022 – Current)

David works in the Compliance Division at Edward Jones within the analytics and technology teams.

He holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. David is a member of the National Resource Defense Council and National Wildlife Federation

He is an avid sportsman, outdoorsman and is passionate about wildlife and conservation. David and his wife Maureen are from the St. Louis area and have two children, Claire and Connor.

“As someone who spends time fly fishing, hiking and enjoying our public lands, I’ve experienced firsthand the benefits to biodiversity and healthy ecosystems that apex predators like wolves provide. I’m inspired by the conservation work the Endangered Wolf Center does to ensure these species’ survival so they can play their role in sustaining and preserving wild spaces for future generations!”

Jay Smith

Trustee

August 2020 – August 2023

Jay is a software engineer in Flight Simulation at McDonnell-Douglas/Boeing
and holds a BS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

He has been involved with the Endangered Wolf Center since the mid-1990s. Has helped Education lead tours and campfire, Animal Care with general habitat maintenance, and has attended and sponsored many EWC events.

Jay and his wife have named four pups over the years. One Mexican wolf pup that was fostered into a wild pack in Arizona, an African painted dog pup in 2018, and two Mexican wolf pups born in 2021.

Virgil VanTrease

Trustee

August 2013-August 2019

President of Eagle Wealth Management, LLC.

B.A. University of Missouri at Columbia.

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.

Jeremiah Dellas

Chairman Emeritus

July 2013-July 2019
(Chairman 2013-2017)

Educational background in biological sciences and business.

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.