The University of Missouri-St. Louis Alumni Association By Laws, Article IV, Section 6c,
require the approved Alumni Association Governing Board Nominations be presented to
the Alumni Association Membership for Acclamation. 

Below is the list of approved nominations for fiscal year 2018 
Congratulations to the following officers and directors! 

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President, Stacy McMurray, BSBA Organizational Behavior and Marketing 1990
Stacy is a Consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Vice President, Joe Blanner, BS Public Administration 1998
Joe is an attorney at McCarthy, Leonard and Kaemmerer, L.C. 

Secretary, Anthony D’Agostino, MPPA 2011
Anthony is the Executive Director for Criminal Justice Ministry-Saint Louis.

Aaron Ezell, BSBA Management 2010
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Investments.

Immediate Past President, Kirk Richter, BSBA 1968
Retired, Sigma-Aldrich Corporation, Vice President and Treasurer

New Governing Board Directors:
Wendell Covington, MEd 2001

As President/Chief Executive Officer for Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Wendell works to create a college pipeline for young people, using athletics as a platform to build scholar- athletes who excel in both traditional and non-traditional sports. He has worked as a teacher, social worker, guidance counselor and non-profit organization manager.

Toni Douaihy, BA 1991
Toni is the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Macy’s Inc. She leads a team of employment lawyers that spans the country and participates in strategic decisions relating to law department operations and company business operations that impact thousands of employees and customers.

John Hixson, BSBA 1975
John is the Vice President of Advanced Manufacturing for the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, providing executive leadership in the area of defense business/worker retention and expansion to grow the advanced manufacturing sector. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of LaBarge Products, Inc.

Eric’el Johnson, BSEE 2016
Eric’el is an Electrical Engineer at Boeing. She was the recipient of the 2016 UMSL Trailblazer Award, 
2016 Student Leader of the Year Award, an Opportunity Scholars and Mentor and Engineer Tutor at UMSL. Eric’el served as president of the Society of Future Engineers, president of Golden Key Honor Society and sat on the Engineering Student Advisory Board.

David McGraw, MEd 2016, MA 2013, BS 2011, BA 2011 
David is an instructor for the First Year Experience , University Studies, at UMSL. He was also a Graduate Mentor, College of Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Office and Undergraduate Student Mentor. David is a former  UMSL Chapter President of the Association Students of University of Missouri, Student Government Representative, Staff Advisor, College of Arts and Sciences and UM Graduate Student Leadership Development Program.

Chris Peoples, BSCiE 2008
Chris is President and CEO, Pitzman’s Surveying Group. His term on the Governing Board will expire on June 30, 2017 and has agreed to serve a second term. Chris is a member of the Alumni Leadership Council Committee and also serves on the Intercampus Alumni and Extension Leadership Council.

Shawn Peters, BA 2010
Shawn is an Assistant Circuit Attorney, Circuit Attorney’s Office, St. Louis, MO, prosecuting state-level crimes that occur within the city limits. He is a member of Missouri Bar and Illinois State Bar Association, SLU Law Plus Fellow, Civil Advocacy Clinic, Judicial Externship Clinic, OUTlaw  and, Vice President of Programming.

Kat Riddler, BA 2014, MA 2016, 
Kat is currently the Editor-in-Chief of UMSL’s student newspaper, The Current.  She is the recipient of the Fleishman Hillard Scholarship, presented by the St. Louis Metropolitan Press Club. Kat is the president of Sigma Tau Delta- English International Honors Society and, member of Pierre Laclede Honors College Association. Her areas of expertise include research skills, technical and creative writing, knowledge of English Literature, editing skills, social media, graphic layout and design personal communications and formatting skills.