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Mark Ivancic, board president, St. Louis HELP (health equipment Lending Program)

Mark Ivancic, President

Mark was born at an early age in northern Minnesota and raised in a small mining town where he enjoyed the great outdoors and all the activity it brought. Currently, he is retired from Barnes Jewish Hospital after being involved in healthcare for over 45 years.  He began his healthcare career as a technician, then advanced as an RN working in Trauma Centers and Operating Rooms. After completing his MBA, Mark moved to the business side of hospitals, with a focus on Managed Care, reimbursement, cost control, labor productivity and capital acquisition. Mark held multiple clinical and financial certifications and has been recognized for operational quality improvement. His marriage to Kathy is in its 4th decade!  Together their
family includes three sons, two daughters-in-law and three grandsons. Mark stays involved with the community through involvement with various other non profit organizations. For fun, he bicycles and enjoys performing with different musical groups.

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Nancy Murphy, Secretary 

Nancy is retired from Barnes/Jewish Hospital where she worked for more than 13 years. Nancy also has worked in home health, schools, and skilled nursing facilities. In the past, she frequently referred patients to STL Help for equipment needed to remain in their homes. She has seen what a difference this can make for those who are unable to purchase the items they need to provide for their basic needs. Nancy has volunteered with Rebuild St Louis and is a Team Co-Captain with Pedal the Cause. She attended Rosati Kain High School and has a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from University of Missouri, Columbia. Nancy lives in St. Louis with her husband, Tom. They have 4 children and one grandchild.

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Donna Gunning, CRC, LPC

Donna began her career with as a Program Manager at Goodwill Industries, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She later became a Brain Injury Specialist. She served more than twenty years as the Executive Director of the Center for Brain Injury Services. While there, she expanded the programs from one to more than 20 different services and grew the number of individuals served from 15 in one program to more than 700 annually (4,566% increase). She led the establishment of St. Louis County’s first adult autism program. Donna is skilled in starting programs to address community needs. She conceptualized and made Destination Desserts, a social enterprise, a reality. She continues to develop new services at MERS Goodwill Industries. She currently serves on the St. Louis City Mayor’s Council on Disabilities and their Universal Design Team on projects such as the redesign of the St. Louis Arch Museum and the arch grounds.

Donna is dedicated to helping those who are medically underserved and brings a wealth of experience to St. Louis HELP. She is the mother of three children and has been a longtime coach of women's volleyball. 

Steve McFarland, Board Member St. Louis HELP

Steve McFarland

Stephen is a St. Louis native who grew up in North County and moved to St. Charles County when he married his wife, Christy, in 1992. Together, they have 3 children, 2 now married and beginning their careers, and Timothy who is in the last semester of high school. 

Stephen is sales consultant with Holman Motorcars.  Steve owned Grounds Management for 31 years. 


Stephen has always had a heart for service.  He serves at New Covenant Church on the music team, mowing team and anywhere else they need him. He served on the association board at his last neighborhood for several years, encouraging community participation in events. He was first introduced to St. Louis Help by Joe Hayworth. He has helped at several community drives as well as move day when the facility moved location. He jumped at the chance to become more involved with this organization that meets the needs of hurting people, and stewards resources by recycling medical equipment.

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Ron Chenault, Treasurer

Ron is a retired senior design engineer from Boeing/McDonnell Aircraft Company.  This work included design changes for the crew station, new electronic systems and airframe subsystems. He and his wife, Gloria, became HELP volunteers in 2008 as part of New Covenant Church home group. The New Covenant Church home group also serves at Loaves & Fishes providing hot meals, music, and assisting with food pantry items for low-income people and at the Jesus Love Feast in the fall providing meals, entertainment, and clothing for homeless people.  Ron graduated from Tri-State University (B.S. Mechanical Engineering) and Gloria graduated from Ball State University (B.S Education). 

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Carolyn Bryson

Carolyn serves as Community Liaison for Deer Valley Home Health Services, and notably their “on air personality” for the weekly “Home Health News You Can Use" radio program airing on WGNU and KXEN radio stations. Carolyn is often found at health fairs and networking events throughout the city. Carolyn has long been a supporter of St. Louis HELP.  She describes one of her biggest joys as finding what a client needs at St. Louis HELP, and personally delivering those items to make their lives easier. Carolyn’s life of service started with an award-winning career at TWA, then as substitute teacher in the Special School District of St. Louis County. Carolyn and her husband Robert have two daughters Amia and Imani. Amia is a special-needs angel, who does not walk, talk or see. Carolyn is also “Nana” to Imani’s little Emmanuel. Carolyn has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and graduate studies in Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Carolyn is an active member of the Grow 2 Go Christian Center, and will never pass up a vacation that includes a fun mix of parasailing and massages!

Mark Harder, board member St. Louis HELP

Mark Harder 

Mark has been involved with St. Louis HELP since 2011 when his son assisted St. Louis HELP collect used medical equipment for his Eagle Scout Project.  Mark serves as a member of the St. Louis County Council representing the 7th District, and serves on the Revenue & Personnel Committee and the Committee on Disabilities. He served as a Ballwin Alderman from 2011 to 2014. Mark has held a real estate broker license since 1998. He has a Bachelor’s degree in marketing and minor in political science, from the University of Missouri – St Louis and attended Webster University for MBA credits.  Mark resides in Ballwin with his wife Kathy.  They have two sons, David and Stephen.

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Cynthia Kerman 

Cynthia an occupational therapist who has been working for BJC since 2006.   Cynthia earned a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in Spanish from Drake University (1990) and a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Washington University (1998.)  Cynthia has assisted patients in acute, sub-acute, and extended and long care settings, and most recently in-home care.  Cynthia has relied for years on St. Louis HELP to provide DME for people who don’t qualify for or can’t afford the equipment they need to remain safe and free of falls in their own homes.  Cynthia is living safely at home with her wife, Dodie, and two children, Lucia and David.  She relies on her four-legged, furry children for daily runs and bending and stretching exercises.   

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Corinne Martin 

Corrie comes to St. Louis HELP from Barnes Jewish Hospital where she works as an Occupational Therapist in downtown St. Louis. A native of Northern Kentucky, Corrie heard about St. Louis HELP's great mission while she was still a student at Washington University. "St. Louis HELP is recognized as a good community resource." 

And a resource we are. Corrie points out that as an occupational therapist she often refers her patients to the charity and knows that St. Louis HELP is helping address health disparities and gaps in care in St. Louis. 

Her real motivator for joining the St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program's leadership is the challenge she faces in providing follow up care for her patients who receive acute care. They often require home medical equipment to continue to get better. With increasing denials, high deductibles and supply chain shortages, however, patients need help. 

Corrie graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University and the Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy. She is married, loves traveling, hiking and raising Bootsy Collins, her family's Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy. 


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Cindy Hardin-Weiss, MSPT, and Christina Hardin-Weiss, MS CCC/SLP

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