THOMAS PURCELL has an Undergraduate Degree and two Masters Degrees, Urban Affairs and Masters in Business Administration from Saint Louis University and has served on various advisory boards of the University. Mr. Purcell served in the United Sates Marine Corps Reserve, achieving the rank of Captain and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in India. Mr. Purcell led the development effort of the Laclede's Landing / Riverside area from 1976-2003 in which over 3,000 jobs were created and over $200,000,000 of public and private capital was invested.
Mr. Purcell has been on over forty-five boards of government, non-profit and business organizations. He has been a board member of eight regional governments and chairman of several of those boards. He has been significantly involved in changing the character of such neighborhoods as Downtown, Riverfront, Shaw and Carondelet, and founded the Community Alliance for Education for Saint Margaret of Scotland School and was a co-chair of the recently completed and successful Capital Campaign; raising over $2,100,000 to build a middle school.
Thomas and Ginger Purcell have four children and four grandchildren.
Donald Stump received his B.A. from Grinnell College and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Before coming to Saint Louis University in 1992, he taught at Colgate University, Virginia Tech, and Notre Dame.
Since 1997, he has directed the Micah Program, the largest undergraduate academic program and learning community in the nation focused on the study and practice of long-term approaches to urban poverty. Dr. Stump is also Professor of English and Co-Chair of the Urban Project. He has served at SLU as Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and as President of the Arts and Sciences Faculty Council.
Since 2011, Dr. Stump has headed up an Urban Project initiative to design and build a sustainable greenhouse. The original development team was composed of an architect and chairs and faculty members from Biology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Policy Studies, Sociology, and Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. With funding from SLU's Center for Sustainability, the team completed the design in 2013. It now serves as the technological basis for the Green House Venture.
Currently, Dr. Stump oversees efforts to plan and develop the educational and outreach programs of the greenhouse. He is also responsible for designing and testing its growing systems.
Jacqueline Davis-Wellington is an economic development professional with organizational management, community and real estate development expertise in both the public and private sectors. During her career she managed the development of major redevelopment projects such as RiverCity Casino, Northpark Business Park, Buzz Westfall Plaza shopping center, MET Center and the STL VentureWorks incubators. She holds a Master of Science in urban policy analysis from Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Washington University, and is an EDFP (certified economic development finance professional).
Thad Simons is Founder and Managing Director, The Yield Lab, Past Board
President of the International Food and Agribusiness Association (IFAMA) and
former President and Chief Executive Officer of Novus International, Inc.
Thad serves on several community Boards: Nine Network of Public Media, Grand
Center, Inc., United Way of Greater St. Louis, Dance STL, Maryville University,
Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience, Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge
Hospital, St. Louis Regional Chamber, and Missouri Botanical Garden.
Thad’s awards and recognitions include: International Businessperson of the Year,
World Trade Center of St. Louis, 2001; International Visionary Award, Boeing
Institute of International Business, 2007; Heroes of the Planet Award, St. Louis
Business Journal, 2009; Entrepreneur of the Year, Central Midwest-Bioscience, Ernst
& Young, 2010; Entrepreneur of the Year, National Distribution and Manufacturing,
Ernst & Young, 2010; and Agribusiness Leader of the Year, National Agri-Marketing
Association (NAMA), 2013
Served 2 years in the US Army 1967 – 1969
1969-1973: Internal Audit positions for 2 major national companies
1973-1978: Treasurer Associated Dry Goods – John Bressmer Division, Springfield, IL
1978-1983: Vice President and Controller - BHN Advertising, St Louis
1983-1986 Treasurer - Middleton Enterprises, St. Louis
1986-2006 Vice President in Business Management - Enterprise Rent-A-Car in St Louis
Education: BS in Accounting, St Louis University 1967