Dave Hilliard — President/CEO

Dave Hilliard, President & CEO, Wyman CenterPresident 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 Wyneken - Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff at Wyman CenterClaire  Wyneken 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.

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, Wyneken 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.

Karen Guskin, Ph.D. — Sr. Vice President, Knowledge Management karen.guskin@wymancenter.org

Karen GuskinKaren Guskin joined Wyman in 2014 and is responsible for designing and institutionalizing Wyman’s research strategy, driving learning from Wyman’s intellectual capital, and informing innovation. Guskin spearheads initiatives to share resulting learnings with Wyman’s more than 60-partner National Network, and key stakeholders at nonprofits, government, funding sources and educational and healthcare institutions throughout the U.S.

Previously, Guskin served as the Director of Research and Quality Improvement for Parents as Teachers National Center, a federally recognized, evidence-based model that specializes in early childhood development. Guskin has participated in numerous conferences and articles on parenting, children’s coping styles, evaluation and implementation. She holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a doctorate in psychology from Stanford University.

Joe Miller, MPA — Sr. Vice President, Partnerships and External Affairs

Joe Miller, Senior Vice President of Wyman's National NetworkJoe Miller leads Wyman’s National Network and possesses over 17 years of senior executive experience. Miller’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, Miller 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. Miller has blended his non-profit, government and business expertise as an adjunct professor at St. Louis University. He was 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. Miller has a particular passion for working with youth who are at-risk, and has personally coached over 50 youth sports teams in the past 10 years.

Mindy Sharp, MBA — Sr. Vice President, Finance & Administration

Mindy Sharp, Senior Vice President of Finance and AdministrationMindy 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, Sharp 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.  Sharp 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.

Allison Williams, MSW, LCSW — Sr. Vice President, Programs allison.williams@wymancenter.org

Allison Williams, Sr. Vice President Wyman Center St. LouisAllison Williams began working at Wyman in 1993 as a summer counselor with teens, eventually directing the summer program. Williams returned to Wyman in 1999, and has overseen agency program evaluation, supervised a variety of youth development and community-based programs, and managed local partnerships with social service agencies. Williams is responsible for the oversight of Wyman’s regional youth development services, including Wyman’s Teen Leadership Program (TLP) and Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP).

Williams 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.

Williams 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.

Katie MangaKatie Manga — Sr. Vice President, Advancement

Katie Manga joined the Wyman team in 2014 as the Senior Vice President of Advancement. She is responsible for the design, implementation and overall leadership of strategic initiatives to secure operating and growth capital to help Wyman transform more teens and communities across the nation.

Previously, Manga served as the director for Global Corporate Citizenship for The Boeing Company. In this position, she led a national team that managed corporate charitable investments, Boeing partnerships with nonprofit and community organizations, and the Boeing Defense, Space and Security charitable investment and engagement portfolio.

Manga also served as chief of staff for Boeing’s State and Local Government Operations organization, and manager of State and Local Government Relations for Boeing Florida. Manga was employed by the U.S. Senate and the Florida House of Representatives. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Science degree in political science from Florida State University.

Paul EvensenPaul Evensen, PhD. — Sr. Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

As one of the nation’s foremost experts in the design, implementation and evaluation of impact coalitions at the community and systems level, Paul Evansen joined the Wyman team in 2015 to pursue outside of the box solutions to help more young people thrive, not just survive.

Evensen will guide work to assess, conceive, design and implement contributions to regional collective impact, including convening, educating, training, and empowering like-minded leadership stakeholders to help ready the region for planning, evaluating, supporting and advocating our young people and those who serve them.

Previously, Evansen served as the Senior Vice President of Community Planning and Evaluation at the Forum for Youth Investment. Prior to his role there, he founded Community Systems Group, which was acquired by the Forum and continues to specialize in coalition evaluation, data management and continuous quality improvement.

Evensen completed his doctorate at the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas, and has worked with hundreds of coalitions across the country addressing teen pregnancy, poverty, literacy, school readiness and substance abuse.