The Gateway Center for Giving Welcomes Four New Board Members

ST. LOUIS, April 3, 2012- The Gateway Center for Giving proudly welcomes in four new board members in 2012 including Keith Brooks of Cardinals Care, Kirby Burkholder of IFF, Robert Hughes, Ph.D. of Missouri Foundation for Health, and Amy Rome of The Rome Group.  Job changes among some of our existing board members left a number of openings on our board.  The board recently said good bye to long-time board member Lyle Brizendine.  Lyle recently resigned his position at Bank of America to accept a role in the advancement office at University of Missouri-St. Louis.  We wish him the best of luck in his new role!

About Our New Board Members

  • Keith Brooks- Director, Cardinals Care
    Keith is responsible for supporting area youth who play baseball on ball fields donated by the foundation.  By working to forge relationships with neighborhood youth providers, Keith helps guide resources provided by Cardinals Care to kids all over the region. A native St. Louisan, Keith joined the Cardinals organization as Youth Baseball Commissioner in 2003, having worked prior to that with area youth for several years in capacities ranging from education to recreation.  Keith has dedicated his professional career to serving young people in the city in which he grew up. Advocating for young people is a way of life for Keith.  He serves on the boards for St. Louis Scores and the Diversity Awareness Partnership, is on the Steering Committee for Youth Leadership St. Louis and serves with his wife in their church’s youth ministry.
  • Kirby Burkholder- Missouri Director, IFF
    As Director – Missouri, Mr. Burkholder is responsible for IFF operations in Missouri and has overseen the growth of the IFF’s loan portfolio in Missouri to more than $29 million.  He joined the IFF in February 2001 as a Real Estate Project Manager and has been responsible for the planning and management of numerous real estate consulting and development projects; ranging from discrete consulting reports to $38 million development projects for more forty individual clients. From 2005 to 2007 Mr. Burkholder served as the Director of Real Estate Consulting at the IFF.  As Director, he led multiple real estate consulting projects and provided planning, supervisory, and management support for the Department.  Prior to joining the IFF Mr. Burkholder spent four years at a Chicago community development corporation where he developed an asset management system for the organization’s affordable housing portfolio and managed pre-development activities for commercial real estate development projects.  Mr. Burkholder received his Masters in Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago and his undergraduate degree in Sociology from Goshen College.  Kirby is a graduate of the 2008-09 Leadership St. Louis program. 
  • Robert Hughes, Ph.D.- President and Chief Executive Officer Missouri Foundation for Health
    Hughes has nearly 30 years of philanthropic leadership, public health and health policy experience to the position.  He recently served as a visiting research professor in the Center for State Health Policy, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, at Rutgers University, in New Jersey.  From 1990 to 2010, he worked at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in New Jersey, serving most recently as vice president and chief learning officer. A native of Illinois, Hughes has his doctorate in behavioral health from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Hygiene and Public Health; a master’s degree in student development from Ohio State University’s College of Education; and a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and religion from DePauw University.  He is a member of the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s advisory board and a former board member of Grantmakers in Health.  Prior to joining RWJF, Hughes was an assistant professor of health administration and policy at Arizona State University, and a Pew Postdoctoral Fellow in health policy at the University of California-San Francisco.  He has published extensively, focusing mostly on philanthropic learning, the effect of grantmaking on improving health and health care, and health policy issues.
  • Amy Rome- President, The Rome Group
    Amy has been a consultant for 16 years and has more than 28 years of experience in planning, development and fundraising.  She has also managed public and private nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Amy has provided counsel and assistance to help a wide variety of institutions achieve their goals. Her clients have included arts, education, health, and human service organizations in the St. Louis area, as well as in other communities throughout the country.  Prior to her consulting work, Amy was President of the Gateway Center for Giving. Amy teaches at Washington University’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work, which presented her with its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. Amy is on the Advisory Committee of the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She also serves as the current board president of Beyond Housing. Amy holds a masters degree in Social Work Policy and Planning from Washington University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

The Center is excited about the new additions to our board.  These four new individuals come with strong experience in various areas of philanthropy and we welcome them into our family.

About the Center
The Gateway Center for Giving is a membership organization made up of grantmakers in the St. Louis region. Founded in 1970 as the Metropolitan Association for Philanthropy (MAP), the Center’s members include corporations, donor-advised funds, foundations, trusts and professional advisors actively involved in philanthropy.

The Center’s 2012 Board includes Keith Brooks (Cardinals Care), Kasey D. Bergh (Nestle Purina PetCare Company), Kristy Collins Biehle (Hermann T. and Phenie R. Pott Foundation), Kirby Burkholder (IFF), Cynthia Curry Crim (Commerce Bank), Jane Donahue (Deaconess Foundation), John Fort (John and Mary Kaye Fort Family Fund), Kathy Gardner (United Way of Greater St. Louis), Robert Hughes, Ph.D. (Missouri Foundation for Health), David Krauss (Commerce Family Office), Cynthia Medart (Bland Family Foundation), Matt Oldani (Build-a-Bear Workshop), Amy Rome (The Rome Group), Sue Schlichter (Express Scripts Foundation), Mary Swan (Ameren Missouri), and Ann Vazquez (Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis).

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