Leadership

Staff

Ginger Imster, CFRE, Executive Director

As the Executive Director, Ginger Imster is tasked with the strategy, fundraising, and day-to-day management of Arch Grants. Ginger Imster has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including extensive experience working with volunteers, boards, and the St. Louis philanthropic community. Previously, Ginger was the Director of Development at City Academy, an education startup located on the City’s north side. While there, Ginger managed a $25 million comprehensive campaign inclusive of endowment. Ginger is a past President of the St. Louis Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and she currently serves on either the advisory board or Board of Directors of the Bellefontaine Cemetery Association, ITEN, St. Louis Makes, STL 250, and the Visiting Nurses Association. She received certification as a fund raising executive (CFRE) in 2004. A Missouri native, Ginger received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Ginger’s favorite area of St. Louis is the Delmar Loop because of the fantastic food and great people watching! Ginger Imster can be reached at ginger.imster@archgrants.org.

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Ben Burke, Director of Entrepreneurship

As the Director of Entrepreneurship, Ben manages the Arch Grants Global Startup Competition as well as the program and support services for Arch Grants Recipients. Ben Burke has over 10 years of experience in entrepreneurship, marketing, and education management. Ben served as the Vice President of the Midwest Division of Young Entrepreneurs Across America and led the organization into the Greater St. Louis Area. Here, Ben managed a group of over 20 individuals and built the business from nothing to over $1 million in annual revenue in just two years. Ben is also the Co-Founder of Underground Angels, a group whose mission is to connect early stage ventures with young professionals for the purpose of providing hands-on support. As a very active participant in the St. Louis entrepreneurial community, Ben serves on the board or committee of Startup Weekend, Startup Connection, St. Louis Makes, T-REX, and Accelerate St. Louis. After receiving his B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communication from Illinois State University, Ben earned his M.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Ben’s favorite area of St. Louis is Maplewood because of the close proximity of the best coffee shops and cafes in St. Louis. His favorite restaurant, Schlafly Bottleworks, is also located in Maplewood. Ben Burke can be reached at ben.burke@archgrants.org.

Amy Kinsley, Director of Development

As the Director of Development, Amy Kinsley supports all fundraising efforts put forth by Arch Grants. Amy comes to Arch Grants with a background in nonprofit management, marketing, and fundraising. From 2008 to 2012, Amy served at the Project Manager for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. She has also worked as an independent consultant in the areas of marketing, content management, and copy editing. Amy holds degrees in English and Business Administration from Drury University and Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management from the University of Texas at Austin. Amy Kinsley can be reached at amy.kinsley@archgrants.org.

Emma Brown, Program Associate

As the Program Associate, Emma Brown coordinates all program and support services for Arch Grants Recipients. Emma Brown comes to Arch Grants with experience in event planning and program management. Previously, as the Community Coordinator with T-REX, Emma managed the operations and program services for over 100 startups within the technology incubator. Emma volunteers her spare time with the St. Louis Roadies, a homeless soccer team in St. Louis run by Peter and Paul Community Services. Emma received her B.A. in Film and Media Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. While there, Emma was honored with numerous awards for her work in film, and received the W. Alfred Hayes Award for her leadership as a successful student-athlete. Emma’s favorite area of St. Louis is South Grand because of the diversity of food and people, and because it is home to Tower Grove Park, her favorite green space in the city. Emma Brown can be contacted at emma.brown@archgrants.org.

Board of Directors

Matthew Badler, Director

Matt Badler is the Managing Director and Principal at Twain Financial Partners. Having been involved in over $1 billion in New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation, Matt leads the firm’s NMTC investments. Twain Financial Partners provides creative capital solutions that span the entire capital structure from Debt to Equity for businesses in order to further a clients’ potential in an ever-changing environment. Previously, Matt was a Vice President at U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation and had served in numerous roles within the organization for the previous seven years. Matt received his B.S. degree in Economics and International Relations from Bucknell University and his M.S. in Real Estate Investments from New York University.

Zachary M. Boyers, Director

Zack Boyers is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (“USBCDC”) in St. Louis and has broad experience in community development, commercial lending, and tax incentive projects. At USBCDC, Zack focuses on federal and state tax credit projects, particularly in the areas of federal and state historic tax credit rehabilitation projects, low-income housing and new markets tax credit projects. He also serves on the board of the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis. Zack received his M.B.A. from Washington University and his Bachelors degree with academic honors from Harvard University.

In St. Louis, look for Zack enjoying it all, Downtown, all the time.

Jamie Froedge, Director

Jamie Froedge is the Vice President of Acquisition Planning and Development at Emerson. Jamie puts his broad experience in mergers and acquisitions, general management, sales, marketing, and business development to use in this role. Emerson is is a diversified global manufacturing and technology company. Jamie volunteers some of his time with The Green Grid, a nonprofit, open industry consortium of end-users, policy-makers, technology providers, facility architects, and utility companies collaborating to improve the resource efficiency of data centers and business computing ecosystems. Jamie received his B.A. in Organizational Communication as well as his M.A. in Communication from Western Kentucky University. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Laurna Godwin, Director

Laurna C. Godwin is Co-Founder and Partner of Vector Communications Corporation. Vector is an award-winning public engagement and communications consulting firm, whose motto is “advancing learning, dialogue and positive change.” Laurna is a three-time Emmy award winning broadcast journalist who spent more than twenty years in television as a news anchor, reporter, talk show host and producer. She is currently board chair of the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation and serves on several other boards including St. Luke’s Hospital. Laurna received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her masters in journalism from Columbia University in New York City.

Jerry Howe, Director

Jerry Howe is the Chief Executive Officer at Big River Telephone. Big River Telephone Company is a full-service telecommunications company located that provides local, long distance, internet, DSL, VoIP and advanced networking and data solutions in 17 States. Previously, Jerry worked as the Chief Operating Officer at Nuvox and was the Senior Vice President of Finance at Brooks Fiber Properties. Jerry received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and his MBA in Finance from St. Louis Univerisity.

Robert Guller, Director

Robert Guller is the Managing Member and Principal of Bandwidth Exchange Buildings, L.L.C., a real estate company specializing in the ownership and management of buildings catering to telecommunications and internet companies, and which represent the heaviest concentration of bandwidth in the Midwest. He is one of the founding sponsors of the Technology Entrepreneur Center, a not-for profit business incubator located in downtown St. Louis, designed to foster and develop start-up information technology companies and transfer university research to the community. Robert is also the Board vice chair of the St. Louis City Library Foundation and a board member of the Board of New City School. He received a law degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and holds an M.B.A. and a B.A. in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Bob taught his oldest son to walk among the bars and blues clubs of St. Louis’ famous Soulard district where he was able to live rent free in the four family home that he bought with the money he made from his first job out of school.

J. Joseph Schlafly III, Director

Joe Schlafly is Senior Vice President, Director of Private Markets Group at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. At Stifel Nicolaus, he focuses on pursuing venture capital and private equity opportunities. Joe has successfully formed and managed three Missouri-based venture capital funds for the company, raising over $250 million for other venture capital firms in Missouri. He currently serves as a Board member of BioSTL, Innovate Saint Louis and the Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO) where he chairs a subcommittee on venture capital and recently served as Chairman of the St. Louis Chamber and Growth Association’s Capital Formation Alliance, designed to attract capital and commerce to the Saint Louis region. Joe also founded the Mayor’s Special Committee on Downtown Saint Louis Job Creation in 2006, which has evolved into the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis Economic Development Committee. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law.

Joe has a great love for St. Louis’ Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country, as it contains the Art Museumthe Zoothe Missouri History Museum, and forms of recreational activity from softball to rollerblading.

Jerome J. Schlichter, President and Director

Jerry Schlichter is Founding & Managing Partner of Schlichter Bogard & Denton LLP in St. Louis. Jerry successfully initiated and spearheaded the passage of the Missouri State Historic Tax Credit, which has been acknowledged for its role in revitalizing downtown St. Louis, and led the effort to pass the Missouri “Rebuilding Communities Act” designed to attract technology-based businesses to distressed communities. Jerry serves on the board of the Community Improvement District of the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis as well as being Co-Chairman of the Economic Development Committee of the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis. With his wife, Jerry also co-founded Mentor St. Louis, Inc., a nationally-recognized not-for-profit that obtains adult mentors for elementary students in the St. Louis Public School System and has become the largest volunteer program in St. Louis Public Schools. He has a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Illinois and a J.D. degree from UCLA Law School.

Jerry enjoys ethnic restaurants and visiting the many historic neighborhoods in St. Louis with their great architecture.

 

Advisory Board

Jim McKelvey, Advisory Board Head

Jim McKelvey is an entrepreneur-artist & co-founder of Square. He took the mobile payment company from a Fall 2009 start through to its $1 billion valuation – after raising another $100 million this past summer. In addition to co-founding Square with St. Louis native Jack Dorsey, Jim is the co-founder of Third Degree Glass Factory, the largest public-access glass art education center in St. Louis, as well as the founder of Mira, a digital publishing company. Jim has a B.S. in Computer Science and second undergraduate degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Jim loves how every resource in St. Louis is easily accessible, from great houses to fantastic people.

Gabe Lozano, Advisory Board Member

Gabe Lozano has spearheaded the rise of LockerDome, a social media platform built around what you like, as opposed to who you know. More than 20 million people per month use LockerDome to discover, collect, and engage around things they like with others that share the same passions. LockerDome has been called “Facebook on steroids” and a “future Wall Street darling” by MarketWatch, was named one of Forbes magazine’s “2013 Sports Names You Need to Know”, and labeled by Adweek as “in the sweet spot of the digital revolution.”   In addition Gabe Lozano co-founder of GlobalHack, Inc.  GlobalHack is a non-profit organization that hosts quarterly hackathon competitions and an annual product competition, with plans to award more than $1 million in prize money annually.

Kevin Farrell, Advisory Board Member

Kevin Farrell is the Senior Director of Economic and Housing Development for The Partnership for Downtown St. Louis. Since 2002, he has led the Partnership’s efforts to support business and residential growth, attract new development and investment and enhance the economic vitality of downtown St. Louis. Mr. Farrell has devoted most of his professional career supporting revitalization of downtowns throughout the U.S. He spent 17 years with The Rouse Company, one of America’s leading real estate development and management companies, where he served as Regional Director of Marketing and Sales and was responsible for marketing many of the company’s premier downtown properties.

Charles Lowenhaupt, Advisory Board Member

Charles Lowenhaupt is a recognized industry leader in managing wealth for ultra-high net worth families around the world. He is a frequent lecturer on wealth management and transmission, and founder of Lowenhaupt Global Advisors LLC. Charles is engaged in providing legal advice and counsel in a variety of areas, including tax, estate planning and philanthropy. He is co-author of Freedom from Wealth published in 2011.