Board of Directors

Brian A. Murphy

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BAM Contracting LLC – Owner and President

BAM Contracting is a specialty construction contractor and full-service carpentry company performing residential, commercial and institutional work. Brian started BAM in 1998 and currently employs a workforce of 100+ skilled union tradespersons. BAM is based in St. Louis and performs work in Metropolitan St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, and Illinois. BAM’s client list includes every prominent General Contracting firm in the region and BAM is recognized as a top-tier subcontractor in St. Louis having worked on some of its highest profile projects. Prior to starting BAM, Brian served in several senior-level development positions for the City of St. Louis including Director of Community Development and Director of Business Development.

Brian works hard to be a good citizen of the region and remains committed to church, civic and charitable activities. Brian believes that it is imperative to find new and effective ways to educate and prepare students in underperforming urban school districts. Originally from California, Brian is an unabashed booster of his adopted city and region. Earlier this year he served as Co-Chair of the Economic Development Taskforce for Better Together. Brian was recently appointed to the Missouri Botanical Sub-District Board. Brian is active with the Associated General Contractors (AGC) in St. Louis and Kansas City, and the St Louis Homebuilders Association (HBA).

Brian and his wife Nina live in the Tower Grove East neighborhood of the City with their son and daughter who is a senior at Rockhurst University. Brian’s oldest son is a City police officer who flies with the Metropolitan Aviation unit.

Gillian Noero

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Red Key Realty Leaders, Broker/Associate – Residential, Commercial Investment Advisor

Gillian Noero is a commercial, investment and residential realtor representing buyers and sellers throughout the St Louis metropolitan area, including single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums. Other areas of emphasis include farms, ranches and second homes throughout Missouri, including established businesses for sale as turn-key operations; strategic consulting to individuals and corporations on real estate matters; and new business development for potential major corporate financial clients.

Gillian attended University of Cambridge in England, and earned her Master of Arts in English Literature. She also attended University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and earned a Master of Management, Business, Economics, Law (M.B.A. equivalent). Her professional and community affiliations in South Africa include working as a delegate at the South African leaders’ visit to the US Congress, the US Senate and the World Bank in 1992 and she is Co-Founder of Women’s Development Banking (micro lending) with Mrs. Zanele Mbeki.

Gillian considers the single most important thing she has done in her life was to be a delegate to the Convention for a Democratic South Africa where she worked with national leaders including President Nelson Mandela. Over a period of two years, she was one of several hundred national delegates to negotiate a new constitution for South Africa and to set up structures to manage South Africa’s transition from an apartheid state to a democracy.

Since coming to St. Louis, Gillian has become an active member in the community. She was a founding board member of the City Museum and Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis. She also served as a board member of the Library Associates of Saint Louis University Libraries and was President of the Oxford & Cambridge Society of Greater St. Louis. In addition to her real estate work Gillian has been a business owner, worked professionally in nonprofit fundraising and has been a personal coach.

David Schmid

Institutional Services Group at Regions Morgan Keegan, Vice President

David works with Regions Morgan Keegan as Vice President in charge of the Institutional Services Group.  Prior to that, Dave was a senior institutional business development representative for The Commerce Trust Company.  Prior to joining Commerce Trust, he sold financial information products to large institutions and broker dealers for Reuters, Inc and Bridge Information Systems.  David also served in key institutional business development roles for Wunderlich Research Partners, and G.A. Sullivan, Inc. David received his Bachelor of Arts degree in advertising from Southern Methodist University in 1986.  He serves on the board of University City Children’s Center, is a graduate of the 2010 Focus St. Louis Leadership St. Louis program, a member of the Southern Methodist University St. Louis Campaign Steering Committee, a member of the Charter School Task Force for Focus St. Louis and serves as an usher at St. Peters Episcopal Church.

Dave has two children, Teddy (12) and Mollie (10) and resides in Creve Coeur, MO. He enjoys running, reading, watching kids sporting events, networking and singing in a band.

Shonagh Clements

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Shonagh Clements is a trusted advisor to leadership teams and boards of directors. As a respected business strategist and attorney, Shonagh has built a distinguished career on the concept that any challenge is a chance to collaborate and connect people, do good work, and solve complex business problems. In each position and client engagement, she has drawn upon her differentiating background in strategic communications, public relations, crisis management, legal risk and exposure, government affairs, and business development to make a difference.

Recognized by client companies as a valuable resource, Shonagh ensures executives have the data needed to make informed decisions across a wide range of industries, ownership structures, and business cultures. She leads both internal and external teams, navigating clients through crisis situations, leadership transitions, regulatory and legislative challenges, market changes, shifts in corporate strategy, key stakeholder communications, and new business opportunities.

As Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Aboussie & Associates, Inc., Shonagh has played a key role in positioning this consulting firm as a leader in research-based and data-driven strategic initiatives for world-class businesses, including Fortune 500s.  Prior to that, Shonagh founded a law practice and consultancy, Clements & Company, LLC, advising a broad client base in the areas of corporate counsel, civil litigation, public affairs, and government relations. In 2005, she was named among the St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” as a rising leader in the St. Louis community.

Throughout her career, Shonagh has been recruited to serve in legal, operations, and finance roles supporting three U.S. Presidential campaigns, most recently filling the position as the authorized legal representative in Missouri for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. In 2008 and 2016, she oversaw the statewide delegate selection processes for the respective DNC conventions and was an appointed member to the DNC’s Credentials Committee and Rules Committee.  In 2003, Shonagh was recruited to serve as Deputy Finance Director for Missouri supporting Representative Dick Gephardt’s bid for the U.S. Presidency.

The trajectory of Shonagh’s career began in 1997 when she joined the legal firm of Stinson Leonard Street LLP as a Litigation Associate, having completed a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth District in St. Louis. She graduated in the top 15% of her J.D. class at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, MA, and holds a B.A. (cum laude) in Urban Studies from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

Shonagh’s service and leadership contributions extend beyond her professional successes. She is a current Board Member for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and the Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri. Previously, she served on the boards for Places for People and Micro-Financing Partners in Africa. Shonagh is a former Commissioner for the Metro-Bi-State Development Agency. In 2000, she was elected to serve as Committeewoman of the St. Louis 24th Ward, a position she held until 2004. During that time, she was also a candidate for State Representative in Missouri’s 65th District.  

Jeffrey A. Craig-Meyer

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Vice President of Constituencies – Lutheran Hour Ministries
President – Lutheran Hour Ministries Foundation

With a passion for supporting educational, mission and social/human services driven organizations, Jeff has amassed a vast background in non-profit management and constituent development activities, having worked in that sector for 20 years.  His current work involves serving Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM), a global Christian outreach organization, headquartered in St. Louis, MO, specializing in mass media and communication engagement, reaching 100 million people a week in over 50 countries.  As Vice President of Constituencies, he manages all relationships with external constituents while also providing leadership to the LHM Foundation as President.  Jeff has been instrumental in creating a five-year $242 million strategic/business plan for the organization.

Prior to joining LHM, Jeff served a non-profit entity called OpenSky Education (formerly Educational Enterprises Inc) a charter/voucher school management organization (CMO) based in Waukesha, WI.  While at OpenSky, Jeff provided leadership to the development function through the creation of a number of philanthropic funds to launch new schools, build the national team infrastructure and secure lower cost capital dollars to finance new facilities. He worked closely with the CEO, CFO and regional/school leaders to launch new charter and voucher schools in Milwaukee, St. Louis and Phoenix.  In addition, he spearheaded the development of a five-year business/expansion plan for the national CMO which included strategic and tactical thinking around the subjects of school educational models, financial modeling, enrollment and retention planning, and plant/operations management.

Jeff has a degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri, Columbia, studied at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, and received his Master of Business Administration from Saint Louis University.  Born in Taipei, Taiwan to missionary parents, Jeff has a passion for international immersion and cross-cultural engagement.  He sits on a number of boards in the St. Louis region that align to his interests in education, family/children support services and community development.  His wife, Justine and their four children live in Saint Louis City in the Compton Heights neighborhood.