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University Leadership

As a university with a mission to serve, Fontbonne has assembled several leadership teams to help guide and advise our administrator, faculty and other service areas. We are dedicated to preparing each student for success in the classroom, in the field and practical internships and our leadership team ensures we stay true to our mission and students while providing innovation and forward thinking in the areas of education, service and social justice.

President's Executive Leadership Team

Nancy Blattner

Maria Buckel,
Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing & Director of Athletics

Kathleen Barnes,
Interim Vice President for Advancement

Joe Deighton,
Chief Operating Officer & Vice President for Student Affairs

Patricia Erb,
Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing


Yvonne Farmer,
Executive Assistant, Office of the President and Board of Trustees

Gale Rice,
Dean of the College of Education and Allied Health Professionals & Interim Dean of the Eckelkamp College of Global Business and Professional Studies

Ann Spall,
Vice President for Finance and Administration & Chief Financial Officer

Adam Weyhaupt
Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Board of Trustees

Patricia Clune, CSJ ’67
Volunteer Ministry

Roseanne Cook, CSJ ’63
Volunteer Ministry

Tom Etling
Principal, Advisory Services
Marketing Communications
Brown Smith Wallace LLP

Dotti Fischer
Community Volunteer

Karen S. Gedera ’65
President of Gedera Consulting

Allen J. Grieve, CSJA
Community Volunteer

Marie Joan Harris, CSJ ’67
Community Volunteer
Provost Emerita
Avila University

Amy Hereford, CSJ
Religious Law and Consultation

Sandy Lehrer ’71
Community Volunteer

Shawn Madigan, CSJ ’62
Ministry Team
St. John’s Homeless Shelter

Peggy Maguire, CSJA
Community Volunteer

Richard J. Mark
Ameren Illinois

Mary Ann Nestel, CSJ
Board Member
St. Louis City Senior Citizens
Books for Newborns
St. Joseph Housing Initiative 
Chair, Healthworks Fundraising Committee

Juli Niemann ’68
Executive Vice President
Chartered Financial Analyst
Smith, Moore and Co.

Valerie E. Patton
Senior Vice President-Economic Inclusion and Talent Director
Executive Director – St. Louis
St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative
St. Louis Regional Chamber

Brian Abel Ragen
Emeritus Professor of English Language and Literature
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Tom Schunk
Chief Information Security Officer

Buss Sztukowski
Co-Founder and Partner
The Bethesda Group, LLC

Monsignor Michael Turek
Christ the King Catholic Church

Richard E. Greenberg – General Counsel
Attorney at Law
Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, PC

Trustees Emeriti

Van-Lear Black III

John Capellupo

Bonnie Eckelkamp

Rosemary Flanigan, CSJ

Dennis G. Gipson

Joan A. Kelly

Michael Miller

Mary Catherine O’Gorman, CSJ


Ruth O’Neill Stroble ’52

William Walker

Volunteer Advisory Boards

In addition to the formal boards and leadership councils noted above, Fontbonne maintains close relationships with student and community organizations who serve on our volunteer advisory boards. These boards help us to ensure that we are listening to the needs and concerns of our college and community during our custodianship of Fontbonne.

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