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Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society

Founded in 1994 by Dr. Donald Suggs, publisher of The St. Louis American, the African American – Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society is the #1 philanthropic program for African Americans in the St. Louis region and throughout the country. More than 850 local individuals make an annual commitment to our region through the Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society.


Our Society embodies a culture of caring and giving. We empower our members to lift up one another and answer the call to make St. Louis a better place to live for everyone. It’s a part of our culture that to whom much is given, much is expected.


Our members are a community of individuals who make it their mission to be “a hand up” to others. Our Society focuses on fostering the next generation of African American leaders all while helping to make an impact in the St. Louis region. Within our Society, members are invited to attend annual events and gatherings where we have fellowship, celebrate one another’s successes, and mentor and learn from each other.


Charmaine Chapman was the first woman and first African American to head United Way of Greater St. Louis as its president and chief executive officer. During her tenure, she led the organization to some of its greatest fundraising successes. As our Society’s namesake, we continue to honor her dream of building a better community and her passion for helping people.

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The annual membership commitment for the Charmaine Chapman African American Leadership Society is a $1,000 donation to help people in the St. Louis region live their best possible lives.

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Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society Cabinet


2018 Chairs
Drs. Rick and Anita White, SSM Health


Samuel Affare, Express Scripts

Lashanda Barnes, Citi

Quinton Bellamy, Ameren

Julia Burke, Hazelwood School District R1

Robyn Coan, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company

Christina Dancy, U.S. Bank

Jill Dixon-Young, Civic Leader

Sherita Haigler, STEMSTL

Terra Hamilton, Edward Jones

Steven Harris, RubinBrown LLP

Francella Jackson, Village of Cahokia

Ann Marr, World Wide Technology, Inc.

Wade Rakes, Centene

Veronica Stacker, U.S. Bank

Monica Stewart, Civic Leader

Yolanda Veal, Edward Jones

Kel Ward, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

VonDina Washington, Wells Fargo Advisors

Dara Webb, Lumeris

Eula Wiggins, The Boeing Company

Past Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society Chairs

2016-2017: Keith Williamson and Ann Marr
2014-2015: Reuben and D’Anne Shelton
2012-2013: Brenda and Maurice Newberry
2010-2011: Richard Mark
2009: Michael and Gail Holmes
2007-2008: Lawrence E. Thomas and Deborah J. Patterson
2006: Lawrence E. Thomas
2004-2005: Johnny and Minga Furr
2002-2003: Arnold W. and Hazel Donald
2000-2001: David L. and Thelma E. Steward
1998-1999: John E. and Barbara S. Jacob
1997: Wayman F. Smith III
1996: David B. Price
1994-1995: Wayman F. Smith III