Dave Hilliard — President/CEO
President since 1975, Dave Hilliard works with the Wyman Board of Trustees and executive staff to define and achieve the agency vision, mission and strategic goals, which has resulted in establishing the agency as a recognized national expert in teen leadership and development, especially for adolescents living in impoverished circumstances. Since 2000, Hilliard has led Wyman through a transition from being a regional direct service program provider for a few thousand St Louis area youth to the creation of a network of national partners supporting the replication of Wyman’s evidence based programs in 34 states and the District of Columbia reaching upwards of 40,000 youth annually.
Hilliard currently serves on: the Executive Advisory Board of the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University; the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis; The College of Education Leadership Council at the University of Missouri St Louis, the Advisory Board of the Non-Profit Management and Leadership Program at the University of Missouri St Louis; City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s Commission on Children Youth and Families; the Steering Committee of St Louis Graduates, Regional College Access Project; The Nine Network/PBS American Graduate Steering Committee; and the Regional Youth Violence Task Force.
Recent recognitions include Doctorate of Humane Letters, honoris causa from the University of Missouri and induction into the Smurfit-Stone Entrepreneurial Alumni Hall of Fame at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University. Additional recognitions include awards from: The American Camping Association; Kiwanis International; St. Louis County; The Progressive Youth Center; Commerce Bank/William T. Kemper Foundation’s Community Service Award; FOCUS St. Louis’ What’s Right with the Region; and the McDonnell Douglas Crystal Vision Award.
Hilliard has a degree in Psychology from Saint Louis University and has done graduate level work in business, psychology and counseling. He holds certificates in: The Administration of Voluntary Agencies from the United Way; Grantsmanship and Fundraising from the Grantsmanship Center of San Francisco; and The Neighborhood Leaders Program of the Coro Foundation. He is a member of FOCUS St. Louis and has completed its core leadership program.
Claire Wyneken – Sr. Vice President & Chief of Staff
Claire leads and facilitates the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) to ensure organizational alignment and success in meeting the opportunities and challenges before us. As Chief of Staff, she is the coordinator of all Wyman functions and the organizational glue for the agency, that is — by nature of its aspirations for teens – in a continual state of growth and change.
Claire Wyneken joined Wyman in 1987, and has dedicated her professional career to youth development and expanding quality services for youth. She spent more than a decade in direct service with teens, led Wyman’s programs and operations team and has been a member of the executive leadership team since 1994. In addition to serving on many boards and advisory councils, Claire is an alumnus of the National Conference for Community & Justice – Dismantling Racism Institute (1997), CORO Women in Leadership (1998), Leadership St. Louis (2002). She earned her Bachelors degree from Purdue University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Organizational Change at Saint Louis University.
Allison Williams, MSW, LCSW — Sr. Vice President, Programs
Allison first began working at Wyman in 1993 as a summer counselor with teens, eventually directing the summer program. Allison returned to Wyman in March, 1999, and has overseen agency program evaluation, supervised a variety of youth development and community-based programs, and managed a local partnership with social service agencies. Allison is responsible for the oversight of Wyman’s regional youth development services, including Wyman’s Teen Leadership Program and Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program.
Allison earned a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University and a Master’s degree from Boston College, both in Social Work, and holds a Missouri Clinical Social Worker license. Her professional experience includes clinical social work roles in the Boston Public Schools, a residential treatment center for youth, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, all of which involved direct work with children and families.
Allison is a social work field instructor for Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, and University of Missouri – St. Louis. She an adjunct faculty member of the Brown School of Social Work, teaching Social Work with Children in Families, and a regular guest presenter in Developing Programs. She is a graduate of the Leadership St. Louis program and Dismantling Racism Institute, a committee member for the Closing the Achievement Gap Committee for the Webster Groves School District, as well as an active community volunteer.
Joe Miller, MPA — Sr. Vice President, Partnerships and External Affairs
Joe leads Wyman’s National Network and possesses over 17 years of senior executive experience. Joe’s National Network team trains and supports partners to replicate evidenced-based programs nationwide, such as Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP). A professional in partnership building and communications, Joe spent 14 years working with local, county, state and federal governments to form $150,000,000 of public-private partnerships — first working for the City of St. Louis and then as a corporate executive. Joe has blended his non-profit, government and business expertise as an adjunct professor at St. Louis University. Joe was most recently selected as a 2013-2014 Annie E. Casey Children and Family Fellow. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and frequently shares his youth leadership skills with various St. Louis community organizations and schools. Joe has a particular passion for working with disadvantaged youth, and has personally coached over 50 youth sports teams in the past 10 years.
Mindy Sharp, MBA — Sr. Vice President, Finance & Administration
Mindy Sharp joined Wyman in 2003 and previously held the role of Director of Finance. In 2007, she assumed the role of Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration. Her responsibilities include providing leadership, direction, accountability and strategic positioning of the support departments of the organization, including Finance, Human and Capital Assets, MIS, Risk Management and Vended Services. In 2012, Mindy was recognized as a St. Louis Business Journal CFO of the Year Finalist. Her 15+ years of experience include prior finance and administrative management roles at JetCorp, LLC and TDK Technologies. Mindy serves outside of Wyman, as well, offering her expertise as President of KEEN St. Louis and Treasurer of KEEN USA. She was also a 2012 member of the Girl Scout Council of Eastern Missouri’s Strategy Team.