Our Board

The Almost Home Board is a critical part of our team and the members invest in our moms by providing guidance, accountability, and oversight to our program. Interested in joining our Board? Let’s talk.

Executive Committee:

  • Melissa Taylor (President)
  • Nancy Wolfberg (Treasurer) – TierPoint LLC

Board Members:

  • Jeanice Baker – Monsanto Company
  • Maryann Copenhaver – Mercy Technology Services
  • Robert Hagen – Hagen Properties
  • Matthew Rossiter – Rossiter & Boock, LLC
  • Michael Stewart – Charter Communications
  • Melissa Taylor
  • Lakesha Robinson – LMR Enterprise LLC
  • Marlon Lee – REACH LTC
  • Rozetta M. Irons – Independent Contractor
  • Wanda Pelloquin – Edward Jones
  • Sue Engelhardt – Honorary Member

Board Membership FAQs

Board of Directors Membership

What are the qualifications to be a Board member?

Board members must be at least 18 years old. It is also important that a Board member have the skills, time, and network of contacts to support the agency in achieving its goals and mission.

How many people are on the Board?

The by-laws allow for up to 25 members on the Board. Membership is typically between 15-20 people.

How long do Board members serve?

Board members may serve three consecutive 2-year term limits and then are required to rotate off the Board for one year.

How frequently does the Board meet?

The full Board meets six times a year on the second Wednesday of the following months: February, April, June, August, October, and December. The meetings are usually held from 5:30-7:30 pm at Almost Home, 3200 St. Vincent Ave. St. Louis, MO 63104.

Are there any other Board meetings that members are required to attend?

The Board has two retreats each year – one in February or March and one in September. These retreats are held on Saturdays from 8 am – noon.

Will I have to fundraise or donate money to serve on the Board?

One of the key functions of Board members is to first demonstrate their commitment to the agency’s mission by making a personal contribution. Although Board members may contribute based on their personal capabilities, everyone is asked to make a commitment to get/give donations.

How do Board members help the agency fundraise?

Some Board members help by connecting the staff with potential donors and grant opportunities. Board members are also actively involved in securing event sponsorships, auction items, and inviting guests to agency events. This is critical in helping the agency obtain the resources it needs to empower young moms to become self-sufficient.

What are the Board committees and how do I become involved?

The Board has four standing committees – Executive, Board Development & Nominating, Quality Improvement and Finance. There are ad hoc committees for the Golf Tournament and other events. All committees are open to community members and non-Board members, with the exception of the Executive and Board Development & Nominating Committees. (See Committee Descriptions for more info.)

When do Board committees meet?

Meeting dates and times vary depending on each committee; however, most committees meet in the off months of Board meetings – January, March, May, July, September and November. The Finance Committee typically meets every month, although half of the meetings may be via conference call. Other committees also sometimes meet via conference calls.

When are new Board members selected to serve?

The Board is always actively recruiting and connecting with potential Board members but only vote in new members at the August Board meeting. Prospective members are encouraged to get involved with the agency or attend events prior to joining the Board.

Does the Board have a diverse group of members?

Yes, Almost Home strives for diversity in its Board membership and welcomes people from various industries, skillsets, age ranges, backgrounds, and ethnicities.

What if I’ve never served on a Board?

No problem. All new Board members are matched with a mentor who helps them understand how the Board operates. The Board focuses on developing all of its members to improve their ability to provide effective governance and oversight.

What should I do if I’m interested in learning more about Board membership?

To learn more about Almost Home and the opportunities to serve on the Board or a Board committee please contact the Executive Director, Rhonda Gray at 314-771-4663 x404. You can also contact her online.