BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Nancy Murphy, President
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.
Corinne Martin, Secretary
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.
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.
Cindy Hardin-Weiss, MSPT
Cindy graduated in 1992 with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St Louis, MO. The majority of her career has been spent in Home Healthcare. She is passionate about helping people maintain their independence, especially when it makes a difference in their ability to remain in their homes. Cindy co-owns Adaptive Equipment Corner. Adaptive Equipment & Caregiving Corner produces educational and instructional videos. Our mission is to enhance continuity of care from healthcare facility to home, increase client and caregiver safety during daily care and improve and maintain the client’s optimal level of functional independence.
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).
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.
Christina Hardin-Weiss, MS CCC/SLP
Christina graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders & Science. She spent most of her career treating patients in skilled nursing facilities. She enjoys working with individuals who have dementia and educating their families. She also likes helping people that have difficulty eating, chewing, and swallowing due to illness or disease. She co-owns Adaptive Equipment Corner. Adaptive Equipment & Caregiving Corner produces educational and instructional videos. Its mission is to enhance continuity of care from healthcare facility to home, increase client and caregiver safety during daily care and improve and maintain the client’s optimal level of functional independence.
Cheryl Strahm, BSN, MSN
Cheryl is a soldier in the battle for people who need healthcare. Describing creating access to care as her "jam", she can really get it done. Through her and her husband Mark's leadership and innovation, their church Abiding Savior Lutheran Church at Butler Hill Road and I55 is now a STLHELP HUB, accepting home medical equipment and helping people get access to HELP services at the Church.
Cheryl has a BSN from the University of Evansville and a MSN from Webster University. She spent the last 21 years as a Professor of Nursing at St Louis Community College, and is currently the head of the Health Ministry at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church as well as the Parish Nurse. She is a certified as a Parish Nurse through the LCMS.
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