BOARD OF TRUSTEES - BIOGRAPHIES
BRUCE HOLT -
Bruce is a retired construction worker, and for the last 20 years has been involved in government at the local and state level. He is currently an instructor for The National Building Trades Academy teaching Government Affairs. His family has a long Military history from the Civil War to Desert Storm. His father was an Army Veteran of WWII, and spent the last 14 months of his life at the MVH, where he was very happy. Bruce was so touched by the care and consideration given the MVH residents by the Staff, he felt the need to give something back to the MVH. Bruce said, “They treated my dad, and my family like their family, and that meant everything to us.”
ROSEMARIE W. HAUCK- Vice President
Rosemarie has had a very full life, both professionally, and through various volunteer endeavors. While working in her 40 year career at McDonnell Douglas/Boeing Corporation she served on the Board of Directors for the Sumner HS Alumni Association as Director and Treasurer, and on the STL Chapter of the Amelia Earhart Society. She volunteered with the Boeing Women In Leadership Society, Women in Aviation International, and the Boeing Black Engineer Association. Rosemarie has also served our veterans through the American Legion Auxiliary (Past National Chaplain; currently serving on the National Future Focus Committee and Budget/Audit Committee Chairman), American Legion Auxiliary St. Louis Veterans Home Representative, St. Louis Convention and Visitors Center Ambassador, and as Chaplain for the St. Louis INTERVETS Committee and the USO at St. Louis Airport. She served her church as Financial Secretary and as Vice Chairman on its Board of Trustees. Both her and husband Joel bring veteran knowledge with them through their volunteer service to the Missouri Veterans Home.
Linda retired from AT&T after a 27-year career in Finance. She has served as treasurer of a non-profit organization and is currently on the board of St. Stanislaus Museum. She became an AT&T Pioneer volunteer at the Missouri Veterans Home in 2011 because she wanted to thank our Veterans for their service. Linda also volunteers at the St. Louis Zoo and supports local children’s agencies. She lives in Florissant with her partner Kris and their 3 dogs.
KATHLEEN DITCH -
Kathleen retired from Community Living Ins. who serve people with disabilities in achieving their highest potential. She has worked in Employment Services, Residential, and as a Recreational Specialist. She currently serves as Missouri 9th District President of the VFW Auxiliary, Missouri Department Hospital Chairperson, and VAVS Representative for John Cochran. She holds office as Secretary for the Military of the Order Auxiliary as well as the Military of the Order Auxiliary Grand Chaplain. Kathleen proudly serves as Missouri American Veterans Auxiliary 2nd Vice President. They all have one thing in common "Putting our Veterans First".
Denny Knobel is a retired Machinist-A Inspector worker from McDonald Douglas/Boeing/GKN. He worked in the same building and same area for all three different companies. He made parts for the F/A-18 Hornets, F-15 Eagle, AV-8B Harrier, T-45 trainer, B-1 bomber, Harpoon missile, C-17 transport, AH-64 Apache Long Bow, the V-22 Osprey, and F-22 Raptor. When GKN took over they did not have support of Fire and medical like MDC and Boeing, so Denny became an inspector and First Responder. This meant doing general first aid, using the AED and oxygen administration. He also volunteers with CERT (Citizen Emergency Response Team). When he retired his wife Billie, who was already a member of VFW 3944 Ladies Auxiliary, asked him to join her at the MVH calling Bingo for the residents. Denny really enjoyed doing that, so he signed up to volunteer for outings with the vets also. It is an honor and a privilege for him to be with those who have taken care of him for so long, and who have given us the freedoms we enjoy in this country.
LON LOWREY -
Lon is a retired pharmacist with 21 years of State Governmental Affairs experience. He is married to Cher Lowrey, and together they volunteer at the St. Louis Veterans Home, as well as the USO of Missouri, Meals on Wheels, and CHAMP Assistance Dogs programs. Their dedication to the veterans is evidenced through six years of service at bingo games, Friday happy hours, outdoor extravaganza events, and driving to sporting events and activities. Lon has served on the USO of Missouri Advisory Board, CHAMP Assistance Dogs Board and MO Rx Commission, and is extremely familiar with the responsibilities and processes required to make the STLVHAL operate smoothly.
PAM McNICHOLAS -
Pam retired from AT&T after working 30 years in the IT department. During that time she served as a board member on several non-profit organizations, supporting both veterans and children's causes. She became a volunteer at the Missouri Veterans Home - St. Louis in 2010 when her grandfather (a WWII vet) moved in. Pam currently resides in Lincoln County with her husband Dan and four nephews. She and her family have organized an annual trivia night to benefit Missouri Veterans Home for eight years.
GEORGE NEWELL -
George is a retired vocational agriculture teacher with over 30 years of experience. He served as an officer in the US Army assigned in Republic of South Vietnam (1969-70) as an Infantry Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Company Commander with the rank of First Lieutenant. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, and Service Medals for his service in Vietnam. Since 1993 he has served in leadership positions at the local, state, and national level to include: Chair, Missouri Association of Veterans Organizations (MAVO); Post and District Commander, VFW; and Chapter and State President, and Vice Chair, National Agent Orange Committee ,Vietnam Veterans of America. He has held many more additional Officer and Chairman positions while advocating for veterans and veterans legislation. He will continue to support the veterans at the St. Louis Veterans Home as he has for the past 25 years.
PAUL SCHMIDT -
Paul served as a Combat Medic in the United States Army. He has been a Legacy Life member of the VFW for 12 years, the Past Commander for 4 years, overseeing the day to day operations of a 1000 member Post. He currently serves as trustee of District 9 VFW overseeing 21 Posts. Paul is also VFW Department of Missouri Chairman of Homeless Veterans. He is a life member and Commander of the Military Order of the Cooties and a life Member of the Vietnam Veterans of America. He works every day helping Veterans in Need, assisting with filing claims for disability, and finding help with jobs and housing, average 20 hours a week.
ROSEMARY WOOD -
Rosemary received her BS degree in Administration of Justice, and her MA in Management. She used these qualifications in her employment with St. Louis County Department of Corrections. Using the experience obtained here, she and her husband opened a business creating an agency providing counseling and court services to the St. Louis area. After selling the successful business to her employees, Rosemary concentrated on donating her services to the VFW 3944 Auxiliary. During her volunteer work here she held various offices and served on several committees. She is currently Hospital Chairman at the St. Louis Veterans Home, and also VA Veterans Representative at the STL Veterans Home for the Missouri VFW Auxiliary.
BILL YOUNG -
Bill has over 35 years of diverse experience in financial service and management, which includes financial analysis and administration, and corporate and community leadership. He most recently served as the Interim CEO for the Annie Malone Children and Family Services St. Louis, MO, responsible for the organization’s daily activities, and all business of the Agency. Here he interacted with multiple media sources, negotiated contract extensions, and opened up seven new funding opportunities. As President and CEO of an equity management firm servicing public and corporate pension funds, he was responsible for leading the day-to-day operations, and served as Chief Investment Officer for $150 million in Large and Small Cap Equity assets. He is very competent with compliance and regulatory issues including Securities and Exchange Commission examinations. Bill has made a career in financial management by serving as a financial consultant, investment banker, and senior marketing analyst for a Fortune 500 investment company. He supports his local community by serving on five different Boards.
MARLON LEE -
Marlon has been a seasoned Community Advocate and Organizer in St. Louis, MO since 2003 garnering the trust and appreciation of its citizens by being transparent and solution driven. The events in Ferguson, MO in August of 2014 took his community efforts to the next level, being named the Director of Community Organizing with the Urban League of St. Louis to facilitate their ground campaign to bring healing and dialogue to the region. His compassion for people inspires him to thrive in the area of connecting services and resources to those that need them while exposing others to ways in becoming more engaged in the joys of giving back. Marlon is currently a Healthcare Marketer where he not only provides aid to those that are experiencing health challenges, but has transformed his role to also accommodate grassroots community engagement supporting neighborhood groups both financially and through volunteer hours.