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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.

A CULTURE OF CARING

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.

A UNITED COMMUNITY

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.

A CONTINUED LEGACY

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

2019 CHAIRS

Drs. Rick and Anita White, SSM Health

 

CABINET MEMBERS

Lashanda Barnes, Citi

Quinton Bellamy, Ameren Missouri

Carnecia Cole, Christian Hospital Northeast/Northwest

Christina Dancy, Midwest BankCentre

Jill Dixon Young, Civic Leader

Sherita Haigler, St. Louis Regional STEM Learning Ecosystem

Terra Hamilton, Spire

Francella Jackson, Village of Cahokia

Raegan Johnson, Bayer U.S. LLC

Ann Marr, World Wide Technology, LLC

Nakeeta Miller, Ascension

Monica Stewart, People’s Community Action Corporation

Kel Ward, St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Vondina Washington, Wells Fargo

Dara Webb, Lumeris

Past Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society Chairs

2018: 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