Dave Hilliard — President/CEO
President since 1975, Dave 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, Dave 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 33 states and the District of Columbia reaching upwards of 50,000 youth annually.
Dave currently serves on: the Executive Advisory Board of the John Cook School of Business at St. 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 Leadership and Management Program at the University of Missouri at St Louis; City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s Commission on Children Youth and Families; the steering committee of St Louis Graduates, the regional college access project, The Nine Network/PBS American Graduate steering committee, the Regional Youth Violence Task Force and the Education Advisory Committee of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Recognitions of Hilliard’s contributions include awards from: Smurfit-Stone Entrepreneurial Alumni Hall of Fame at Saint Louis University, 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, McDonnell Douglas Crystal Vision Award.
Dave has a degree in Psychology from St. 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. Dave 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, Wyman Center St. Louis
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, National Network
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.
Kristine Ramsey — Sr. Vice President, Development
Kristine Ramsey began working for Wyman in 2003 as the Director of Development. Her primary focus at that time was on the Wyman annual fund. In September 2005, she assumed the role of Senior Vice President of Development and now leads the team in all local and national fundraising efforts.
Prior to joining Wyman, Kristine spent more than seven years at the Sisters of Mercy. During that time, she was part of the fundraising team for Mercy – St. Louis and worked with the Sisters of Mercy St. Louis Regional Community to establish, set policy for and administer a multi-million dollar fund to provide support to national and international programs where the Sisters were engaged. Prior to working with Sisters of Mercy, Kristine worked in fundraising with other local not-for-profits, including Girls Inc. and the Asthma & Allergy Foundation.
Kristine holds a master’s degree in marketing from Webster University, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism/advertising from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Professional Women’s Alliance and participated in Leadership St. Louis in 2008. Kristine is also an active volunteer with Voices for Children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care.
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.
Tom Etzkorn — Vice President, Executive Resource Officer
Tom prospects for and develops social entrepreneurship opportunities that draw on Wyman’s core competencies or assets. Tom also serves as a peer coach to the other agency executives and as part of the inaugural Board of Directors for Nonprofit Missouri. In addition, he serves as Executive in Residence at St. Louis University – Cook School of Business and a Board Member for St. Louis Archdiocesan Board of Catholic Education.
Prior to joining Wyman in 2006, Tom’s career encompassed 30 plus years of Fortune 500 senior level General Management and Human Resource’s experience for The May Department Stores Company (Macy’s) and Dayton Hudson Corp (Target). As a member of the respective organizations’ Senior Management Team, Tom’s experience included corporate and division level responsibilities for strategy development and execution, strategic human resources planning, compensation and benefits, team-building, recruiting, selecting, staffing, developing and leading teams to accomplish organizational mission and achieve key goals.
Tom received both a BS (Management) and MBA (Finance) from Saint Louis University. In addition Tom served as member of the Saint Louis Urban League Board of Directors and Chaired the Board of Directors for Nerinx Hall High School.