Announcing Elections of New Leaders to the Mathews-Dickey Board of Directors

Announcing Elections of New Leaders to the Mathews-Dickey Board of Directors

Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club Welcomes Six Board Members

Stephanie Adams, Charlie Felker, Dr. Stacy Gee Hollins, Timothy Palmer, John Stupp III and Meridith Thorpe

Recently, six new leaders were elected to the Mathews-Dickey Board of Directors: Stephanie Adams, Charlie Felker, Dr. Stacy Gee Hollins, Timothy Palmer, John Stupp III and Meridith Thorpe. The directors will play a vital role in shaping and molding the organization and implementing the strategic vision set forth by CEO Wendell Covington, Jr.

“Each of these leaders bring with them expertise, energy and a commitment to our mission of producing well-educated, physically active scholar athletes who are hopeful about the future,” said Mathews-Dickey Board Chair Karl Grice.

“I am passionate about providing growth opportunities (both personally and educationally) for the children of St. Louis,” said Stephanie Adams, vice president, head of trust services for TIAA-CREF. “The children truly represent the future of our city and deserve every chance to shine.”

Adams received her bachelor’s and master’s in Business Administration from Morehead State University and brings with her a wealth of knowledge in financial services from her 24 years of experience. Prior to her joining TIAA-CREF, Adams served as senior vice president and director of California Trust Center for Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. In this capacity, she had full responsibility for the leadership of the Center which handled the administrative and risk management activities for over 23,000 trust and investment accounts. Adams has a unique skillset that includes being creative and strategic, giving her the ability to work with numerous boards on their investment management programs/strategies.

Charlie Felker, co-founder of Promise Mobility has also joined the board. Felker received his bachelor’s in American History from the United States Military Academy at West Point, from there he went on to acquire his master’s in Business Administration from Washington University. As the Co-Founder of Promise Mobility, Felker specializes in home care, safe patient and transfer needs.

“I’m extremely honored to be a part of this organization and committed to supporting its growth and impact in the community,” said Felker.

Dr. Stacy Gee Hollins, associate professor of information systems in the John E. Simon School of Business at Maryville University, brings with her a wealth of technology and education expertise. Hollins received her bachelor’s in Organization Studies – Communication from St. Louis University, her master’s in Business Administration from Fontbonne University and went on to obtain her Ph.D. in Educational Technology from University of Missouri. Before accepting her current position at Maryville University, Hollins was department chair of information systems at St. Louis Community College and provided leadership for curriculum development, coordination, and delivery of courses in programs ensuring compliance with academic and accreditation standards.

“I have a now 25-year-old son that participated in activities sponsored by Mathews-Dickey and know the impact that this organization has on the lives of children and young adults,” Hollins explained. “I have a passion for serving my community and am determined to help improve the lives of others.”

Timothy Palmer joins our board from the Olin Board Fellow Program sponsored by United Way. Palmer received his BA of Science in Public Administration and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse and his MA in Business Administration from Washington University, Olin Business School.

“It’s truly an honor to be able to lend my services to this storied organization through the United Way of Greater St. Louis Olin Fellow Program,” said Palmer.

John Stupp, III, information services business analyst at Stupp Brothers Inc., is a highly motivated new addition to the board. Stupp received his BA of Science in Management – Information Systems and his MA in Business Administration from Washington University, Olin Business School. Stupp’s current position as Information Services Business Analyst has him leading a business intelligence redesign effort. Stupp has served as a Board Member at LPL Financial and Washington University LEAD (Lead, Engage, Achieve, Donate) and comes to Mathews-Dickey Board of Directors with exceptional knowledge and experience in technology.

“My commitment to St. Louis and the greater community and my passion for leaving a positive footprint on the people and the organizations I interact are skills I look forward to contributing to the board,” said Stupp.

A scholar-athlete herself, Meridith Thorpe, assistant director of admissions, Head Field Hockey Coach at John Burroughs School, is eager to contribute her expertise. Thorpe has a long history in athletics, mentoring and leadership. She brings with her an extensive knowledge of education and fitness.

“My entire life has revolved around sports and the life lessons it can teach,” Thorpe said. “I look forward to sharing these skills with the young people of the community in this new capacity.”

New Board Members 2016


Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club is a 501(c)(3) United Way members agency that produces physically active, well-educated and hopeful youth with families at the center of its efforts.