Our Board of Directors

Angela Pearson, Board President

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Angela Pearson, Senior Vice President and St. Louis Market Leader for PNC Wealth Management

She specializes in providing customized trust and estate administration for high net worth individuals and families as part of an overall personal wealth management strategy. She has over 22 years’ experience in the financial services industry.

Angela earned a paralegal certificate from St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, a BS from the University of Missouri –St. Louis, and a MBA from Fontbonne University.

Angela received the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA) designation, and is a graduate of Cannon Financial and Coro Women in Leadership.

She is active in the community where she serves on numerous planned giving advisory councils. She is an active member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Angela's served as the Chair of CHAMP's major fundraiser, Hooray for Howl-E-Woof Dog Pageant, in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Angela enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her Shih-Tzu, Bo.

Bob Zangas, Board Vice President

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Bob Zangas is the president of Anchor Health Care. Bob has a BS degree from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Bob worked for the Corning Glass Company for 15 years in Sales Management and as a department supervisor. Bob has 25 years’ experience as the owner of a Private Duty Home Care Agency.

Bob has been a member of the Rotary Club of St. Louis for twenty one years and served as the President of the Rotary from 2001-2002. In addition, Bob served as a Director for the William Proffitt Foundation for ten years, a six year board member of Memory Care Home Solutions and has been an active member of the West St. Louis Chamber of Commerce for two years.

Diane Buhr, Board Secretary

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Diane Buhr is the Executive Director of the Special Education Foundation. During the past ten years, under Diane’s direction, the Foundation has grown from an annual budget of $40,000 to $500,000 and increased its outreach from minimal scholarships and summer camps to major programs and services for students with disabilities. Today, the Foundation reaches more than 5,000 children and youth with disabilities through its programs.

Diane attended the University of Arizona and received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Pathology and received a Master of Science in Communication Disorders from St. Louis University plus 30 graduate hours in education, administration and communication.

Diane has always been very active in the community. A few of her activities include: Leadership St. Louis, Class of 1991, she served as the President of the Missouri School Public Relations Association and Commissioner of St. Louis County Human Rights Commission, St. Louis Congressional Awards Committee, the president of the board of Easter Seals, and served the United Way Allocations Committee and other committees and board positions.

Diane is pictured here with her beloved Havanese, Bentley.

Steve Lenivy, Board Treasurer

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Stephen Lenivy is a Certified Public Accountant working at BDO USA, LLC. He serves as a Manager in the Core Tax Services Department where he assists nonprofit and for-profit healthcare, trade, fraternal, and social service organizations with their tax and consulting needs. Prior to joining BDO, Stephen worked at Ernst & Young. He earned his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, with concentrations in Economics and Accounting, and Masters of Accounting from Saint Louis University.

In addition to working with CHAMP, Stephen has been an adjunct professor at Saint Louis University, teaching undergraduate and graduate-level managerial accounting.

Nola Ewers, Board Member

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Nola Ewers received her B.S. degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri - Rolla. She has volunteered with several organizations serving children and adults with disabilities since 1988. She left the Boeing Company after 16 years in the Business Management group to devote her time to CHAMP.

Nola is an active volunteer at CHAMP. She is Director of our Assistance Dog Program, makes numerous presentations to businesses, social, and civic organizations, helps teach therapy dog class (with Education Dog Deja), and particularly enjoys working with the offender-trainers at our prison program in Vandalia, MO as well as our students who are preparing for the arrival of their own service or facility dogs. Nola and Facility Dog Jersey (pictured here) help comfort young victims of abuse in forensic interviews, or when they testify against their abuser in court.

She is a Founding Member of CHAMP Assistance Dogs, and a past president of our Board of Directors.

Jillian Anderson, Board Member

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Jillian Anderson is Chief Attorney for Policy & Development and Chief of Sex Crimes & the Child Abuse Unit, St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

As a prosecutor in St. Charles County and formerly in St. Louis City, Ms. Anderson’s career has focused on special victim unit prosecution in the areas of sex crimes, crimes against children and domestic violence. She is an adjunct faculty at St. Louis University Law School teaching Trial Advocacy I and Advanced Trial Advocacy. Ms. Anderson received her Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida in 1996. She received her Juris Doctor from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 2001. Ms. Anderson also worked in private practice for law firms in St. Louis and the Washington, D.C. area, during which time she litigated cases in a wide range of practice areas including employment discrimination, civil rights, contract disputes, premises liability and product liability.

Ms. Anderson lives in St. Charles County with her husband Rick and their two children. Ms. Anderson’s involvement with CHAMP Assistance Dogs began through a partnership to develop a courthouse dog program for St. Charles County. The courthouse dog program provides highly-trained and selected facility dogs to provide comfort and support to sexually and physically abused children involved in the criminal justice system. CHAMP’s courthouse dog initiative is a profound positive step in minimizing the trauma of these children.

Geraldine Auger, Board Member

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Gerry joined the Board in April 2016. She retired in June 2013 after a 35 year career in Human Resources, most recently as Vice President, Global HR Programs for Energizer Holdings, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Gerry also served as a Board member for the Humane Society of Missouri and Support Dogs, Inc. where she was a member of the Development Committee. She and her therapy dog Trudy spent 7 years visiting hospice patients and skilled nursing facility residents across the area. Gerry is pictured with her German Shepherd, Max.

Lucie Hughes, Board Member

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Lucie Hughes is a community volunteer who joined the CHAMP Board of Directors in 2015. Lucie has been active on special events committees, served as a sponsor for Hooray for Howl-e-Woof and wants to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Lucie is pictured here with her two Labrador retrievers. She is very devoted to their care and well-being and is very supportive of the CHAMP mission.

Jennifer Kuehnle, Board Member

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Special Programs Coordinator & Instructional Specialist at eMINTS National Center.

Jennifer is an educator who instructs teachers on new classroom technology and techniques. She has a Masters of Ed, Special Education with Focus on Autism, and Masters of Ed, Educational Technology. Jennifer’s expertise has helped CHAMP staff and volunteers better understand autism and other disabilities, plus she’s used her instructional expertise to enliven the less exciting portions (rules and regulations) of our therapy dog classes, gaining the unending thanks of both students and staff.

Jennifer is also a service dog user, and is partnered with CHAMP Public Access Service Dog Woody.

John Marbarger, M.D., Board Member

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Dr. Marbarger recently retired as the Chairman of Cardio-Thoracic Surgical Services at Mercy Hospital and as the Physician Liaison for the Mercy Health Foundation. Dr. Marbarger serves on the Mercy Health Foundation Board, the Enterprise Bank Medical Advisory Board and on the Board of Care and Counseling.

TUG is a “selfie” retirement present and was named after a boat seen on Lake Michigan in Door County. His “mother” Sharon, believes that at one year, he is showing great potential to be a master paper shredder. MILLIE, TUG’S adopted sister is a ball of energy and supports the concept that TWO is better than ONE!

Philip Chamberlain, Board Member

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Philip Chamberlain Director of National Sales for Forshaw of Saint Louis Joined the board in 2017. Philip has a BA From Webster University with an emphasis in marketing He is active the Saint Louis community and serves on the boards of various organizations.

Philip has an extensive background in brand marketing ,fund raising for not for profit organization’s & political campaigns He is a masters swimmer enjoys traveling spending time with his family and his Wheaton Terrier Isabel.

Kathy Holman, Board Member

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Kathy’s professional career included English teacher, Director of Communications at Clayton School District and realtor at Dielmann Sotheby’s. She has served on several community boards and was the first woman president of the Clayton Rotary.

Kathy and her husband Ed share 5 children, 7 grandchildren and a grand dog, miniature Goldendoodle Waffles.

She has been a supporter of CHAMP and looks forward to serving on the board.

Linda Yatkeman, Board Member

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Linda Yatkeman is a proud native of St. Louis. A graduate of Fontbonne University with a BBA degree.

Linda spent her career alongside her husband in residential and commercial real estate, and as an agent with Janet McAfee real estate.

She is passionate about community service, and has been involved with numerous programs, initiatives and committees.

After the loss of her husband, she joined the Wife Widow Woman support group, which helps women connect the chasm between heartache and progression, in their new reality of being spouseless. After completing the program, she and a friend in the program produced an updated video that furthers the understanding of how to move forward during the difficult times resulting from the loss of a spouse.

Her household was dog-less for several years until her husband felt a connection with Murphy, whom he met at the APA, shortly before his death.

Linda joined Champ Assistance Dogs in 2015. Murphy, who is a trained therapy dog and her confidant, they visit the USO, Ranken Jordan and local libraries. She is honored to be part of this awesome organization, as she knows firsthand, that every day is better with a dog in your life.