An involved Board of Directors and Trustees encourages the administration and teachers to take risks and explore new ideas. The Biome is fortunate to have a Board of Directors wholly invested in the success of our students, our programs and the school. They challenge our teachers and staff while giving them the freedom and resources to be innovative and more deeply in tune with the students’ needs.
Mr. O’Donnell is the Senior Partner of O’Donnell Capital Company LLC, a private equity and advisory firm which he founded in 2007. O’Donnell Capital invests in and purchases growing businesses; counsels middle-market businesses on capital strategy and business succession; and advises private equity fund managers. Mr. O’Donnell previously was head of Capital For Business (CFB), from which he retired after completing twenty years as Chairman and CEO, and twenty-four years with Commerce Bancshares, its affiliate. CFB specialized in venture capital, mezzanine, and leveraged buyout investments. Under Mr. O’Donnell’s leadership, CFB closed over sixty transactions, specializing in manufacturing company investments in collaboration with their operating teams.
Seasoned business owner and entrepreneur with broad experience in all aspects of buying, running, and selling a successful medium size business. Purchased, grew, and eventually sold a $12 million manufacturing company. Tim has broad experience as a member of senior management at a Fortune 100 Company.
Responsibilities included management of a multi-plant manufacturing network meeting rigorous quality and profitability requirements. Other responsibilities included strategic planning, growth management, and maintaining positive employee relations in both union and non-union environments.
Meg graduated with honors from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1998 and received her Juris Doctorate from the same institution in 2001. During this time, she also worked at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office in the criminal appeals division and at the Supreme Court of Missouri as an assistant editor for two monthly legal publications.
Meg started her career as a Prosecuting Attorney representing the State of Missouri in St. Charles County where she led a trial team in the prosecution of charges ranging from tax evasion to homicide. She was responsible for the disposition of hundreds of cases during her 11 year tenure there.
Her prosecutorial work allowed her a unique perspective to evaluate the judicial system and its efficacy in accomplishing its goals of deterrence and justice. These observations led to her work as a board member and Vice-Chairperson of the Eveland Family Foundation, which seeks to help local charities improve the quality of life of St. Louis families, with a focus on children, the arts and education. In addition, she was a regular volunteer for the St. Louis Art Museum in 2008-2009 and has been a friend and supporter of the COCA Interchange program since 2011.
She has also volunteered for the ADA Project helping businesses and organizations efficiently comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. She was the Co-Chair of the University of Missouri’s Women’s Law Association annual auction in 2001, raising funds and awareness for victims of domestic violence.
Meg is passionate about the transformative power of education and the arts to propel children to fulfill their potential.
Together with her husband, Sam, and three young children, she represents three generations of family living in St. Louis.
Anita Shanks Cross, Esq., is the Leader of Professional Networking (part of CSG Training and Support) and is the firm’s marketing strategist and subject matter expert for networking with tax and legal professionals.
The marketing programs within Cross’ area of responsibility include tax season resources, the Professional Brochure Series, The Connection Journal, and the firm’s website designed exclusively for professionals, www.edwardjones.com/teamwork. In her role, she also shapes classroom training, web conferences, and regional branch training and individual coaching.
Cross is a 1990 graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, GA and earned her Juris Doctorate degree from St. Louis University School of Law in 1994. Prior to joining Edward Jones in 2006, Anita practiced as a business litigation attorney at a large St. Louis based law firm and served for several years as Director of Attorney Development and Legal Recruiting for Thompson Coburn, LLP, a national law firm based in St. Louis, MO.
Thomas J. Donovan, M.D., is a member of the faculty of Saint Louis University School of Medicine as an adjunct professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Donovan earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, followed by a general surgery residency at the University of Cincinnati and an otolaryngology – head and neck surgery residency at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
Board-certified in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, Dr. Donovan is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, and a diplomat of the American Board of Otolaryngology.
Dr. Donovan is an attending physician at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and has clinical expertise in chronic ear disease and hearing loss and sinus disease. In addition to patient care and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Donovan has research interests in hearing loss.
Dr. Donovan’s community service includes serving as a Board of Director of the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf from 1986-2004, International Medical Assistance Foundation, Inc. starting in October, 2005 to date. Additionally Dr. Donovan is a Medical Director of Por Los Niños, a medical mission to Lima and Reque, Peru and participated as a Medical Director of IMAF, Inc., a surgical Mission to Juticalpa, Honduras from 2001 to 2012.
Liz Gibbons raised character education to new heights in the St. Louis metropolitan area during her tenure as Executive Director of Characterplus. Through her leadership, a program that had a solid foundation became the leading character education program in the United States. Her formula for success is simple – vision, passion and teamwork – a leader who gets the job done. She brings irresistible enthusiasm and well-tested leadership skills to every challenge, resulting in success not only in character education but also in a career that has involved government, sales and community involvement. Married, with two grown children, Liz continues to seek new challenges with singular commitment to the advancement and progress of all stakeholders.
Dr. Darla Hemrick is currently working at Great Circle in Webster Groves as the school Principal/Director of Special Education. She has been in this position since August 2015. Darla has worked in the field of education for over 25 years. She started her career as a special education teacher and after 10 years of teaching she became a school administrator. Ms. Hemrick spent the next 10 years in the role of Special Education Coordinator, Director, and Assistant Principal in both rural and urban districts in Missouri and Illinois. After receiving her Masters + 30 and her Administration Certificate, she went on to complete her Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2015. Dr. Hemrick resides in St. Louis Missouri and has 2 grown step sons and a son and daughter who continue to live with her. Darla is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, National Association of School Administrators, and the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals. Darla also is a member of the National Cheer Organization and has been the Director for the Jr. Cheerleading Organization in the Mehlville District for the last 8 years.
In his current role, Damion is responsible for outlining the inclusion strategy & recommending actions in support of the executive D&I council’s functional & regional oversight of our company culture and operations. This includes consulting with various functions and regions and providing periodic updates for the ET, MAC Diversity Council & BOD regarding our acquisition, development, retention of diverse talent globally and supplier diversity. In recent years, he has led strategic enterprise wide initiatives regarding the design of our diversity dashboard, the diversity components of our leader dashboard for the top 120 global leaders, led phase 1 implementation of an enterprise-wide mentoring initiative, and currently leads the execution of our Global Business Resource Network (BRN) strategy. Currently, we have 21 global BRNs (our ERGs) across 6 geographies.
Prior to his current role, Damion was matrixed between our Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness (LOE) & TA/Diversity divisions and was additionally responsible for project managing the Executive Team people review/succession planning process. At that time, Damion was intimately involved in our corporate governance reporting to the Board of Directors concerning CEO/ET succession and Global Diversity.
Damion received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Morris Brown College and both his masters (M.S.) and doctorate (Ph.D.) from Saint Louis University specializing in the areas of both social and organizational psychology. Prior to working with Monsanto, Damion has done focus group and organizational survey reporting work with Ameren & GenAM. In association with Saint Louis University’s Center for Organizational learning and Renewal, he’s worked with several non-profits concerning diagnosis, restructure design, and program evaluation. He’s also worked as a Senior Research Lab Technician with the Missouri Institute of Mental Health on the federal program evaluation of Project Youth Connect.
Academically, Damion has been a guest lecturer, teaching assistant, and instructor in the areas of general psychology, social psychology, the psychology of small groups, and sociology at the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy, Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies, Saint Louis University, and Springfield College of Illinois, respectively. Prior to moving into corporate America, Damion’s social psychological research interests were in the areas of: social stigma, attribution theory, intergroup relations, and the effects of stereotyping and prejudice on academic performance. Similarly, his organizational psychological research interests were in the areas of: organizational identity, diversity, perceptions of affirmative action, and the effects of stereotype threat on workplace performance & evaluation.
Damion currently resides in St. Louis Missouri with his wife Marvis, sons Simon and Aiden and daughter Genesis.
Seqwana Pryor is an accomplished, results-oriented technical professional with experience in new product development and technology leadership. Seqwana has expertise in managing a highly matrixed, multi-functional organization. She is a success driven achiever who consistently exceeds targets and is a significant contributor with a broad range of management/technology experience applicable to innovating and developing a high performing technology organization. Seqwana is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt- Top Line Growth and has 15+ years of experience in industrial polymers and specialty chemicals industry. She has experience in technology, manufacturing, product & applications development, and marketing environment with knowledge of: polymer processing and coatings applications development, process safety & risk management, technology licensing. Seqwana has strong leadership and team building skills and is a productive, highly ethical self-starter with high energy level and vitality. Other attributes include exceptional change management and organizational development skills, excellent interpersonal and communication skills with all levels of organization, including multi- functional global organization, strong project management skills. She is customer focused, with the ability to build strong relationships, both internally and externally.