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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 600 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 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


Mark and Vivian Darrell, Spire Energy



Lashanda Barnes, Citi

Adrian Bracy, YWCA

Carnecia Cole, Christian Hospital Northeast/Northwest

Christina Dancy, Edward Jones

Jill Dixon Young, Civic Leader

Flint Fowler, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis

Kim Hawkins, US Bank

Francella Jackson, Village of Cahokia

Raegan Johnson, Spire Energy

Ann Marr, World Wide Technology, LLC

Nakeeta Miller, Ascension

Monica Stewart, People’s Community Action Corporation

Brian Turner, Merrill Lynch

Kel Ward, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Vondina Washington, Wells Fargo

Dara Webb, Civic Leader

Rick White, SSM Health

Anita White, Civic Leader

Past Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society Chairs

2018-2019: Drs. Rick and Anita White


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