Board of Directors
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.
Ron Chenault, Treasurer
Ron is a retired senior design engineer from Boeing/McDonnell Aircraft Company. This 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).
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.
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 has been involved 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.
Joe a retired Account Specialist for MetLife responsible for sales of Executive Benefits in corporate benefit plans, and has 26 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to his role at MetLife, Joe was co-owner of Touring Cyclist sporting goods stores in St. Louis for 13 years. Joe is a graduate of Missouri State University with a B.S. in Science and additional focus in Business Finance. Joe also serves at Loaves & Fishes, a local non-profit shelter for battered women, St. Louis Area Foodbank, is active at New Covenant Church, and enjoys playing in a local jazz band. Joe is married to Maureen Hayworth, together they have four children and three grand-daughters.
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.
Leo originally hails from Boston, Massachusetts and landed in St. Louis by boat. He was a Merchant Marine for 9 ½ years and switched careers by becoming a union millwright and carpenter. Leo retired after a workplace accident left his legs paralyzed. Leo then set his sights on a political career, serving first as City of St. Ann Alderman for 6 years and service as Commissioner on the St. Ann Police Board. He volunteers for community events and one of his cherished accomplishments is his service as a board member for St. Louis HELP. His interest was piqued by a good friend and neighbor, the late Frank Costello who started a chapter of Wheels for the World in the St. Louis region. Frank enlisted the aid of Leo to help support the needs of that chapter. Frank introduced former HELP Director Laura Cannon Singer to Leo and, as they say, the rest is history.
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.