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Senior Fund Background and Purpose

Following the successful Seniors Count public advocacy campaign, the St. Louis City Senior Fund was created by the November 2016 passage of Proposition S. This allows the City of St. Louis to levy and collect a property tax of five cents per hundred dollars of valuation, “for the purpose of providing services to persons sixty years of age or older.”[1] The city ordinance further provides for a seven-person Board of Directors who, “shall use the funds in the Senior Citizen’s Services Fund to provide programs which will improve the health, nutrition, and quality of life of persons who are sixty years of age or older.”

[1] City of St. Louis Ordinance Number 70314

Our Mission

  • Exercise fiduciary oversight and faithfully administer the funds and assets of the St. Louis City Senior Fund.
  • Assess the needs of older residents (60 years and over) in the City of St. Louis.
  • Plan and set priorities for the use of funds.
  • Identify activities and programs that effectively and efficiently respond to priority needs.
  • Determine the annual allocation of funds; make grants and distributions; monitor implementation and evaluate results.
  • Report activities, results, and impact to the citizens of the City of St. Louis.

Our Core Values

  • Seniors First – We will serve as a voice for older adults and will prioritize expanding and strengthening services for older adults in all its decision-making.
  • Excellence, Effectiveness & Impact – We are committed to services and initiatives of the highest quality which meet important needs and achieve the greatest impact towards our vision of an aging-friendly city, where older adults can age in the home and community that best serves their needs.
  • Racial & Socio-Economic Equity – Recognizing that service needs fall disproportionally on historically oppressed, marginalized and low-income populations, we are committed to addressing inequities in access to services, while improving the quality of life for older adults throughout the City of St. Louis.
  • Efficiency & Fiduciary Integrity – As a steward of tax-payer dollars, we are committed to strict legal compliance, high standards of efficiency, and the use of best practices in financial management and asset preservation.
  • Transparency & Accountability – We are committed to organizational transparency, regular reporting, and ongoing accountability to all our stakeholders. We will operate in accordance with the Missouri Sunshine Law (statutes 67.990-67.995)

Senior Fund Staff

Jamie Opsal

Executive Director

Jamie has over 33 years working in public health, aging, and non-profit management, including experience working in the aging services network and local health departments. She has a master’s degree in gerontology from the University Missouri St. Louis.

Email: Jopsal@stlseniorfund.org

 

Stephanie Herbers

Program Manager

Stephanie has over 17 years of experience working with organizations focused on public health and aging-relevant issues. Her career has included evaluation of programs and policies at the local, state, and national level; management of university-based centers; and service with organizations focused on supporting residents in the City of St. Louis. She has a master’s degree in public health and a master’s degree in social work from Saint Louis University. 

Email: sherbers@stlseniorfund.org


 

Senior Fund Executive Board Members

Cynthia Crim

Board Member

Cynthia Crim is the Grants Manager for the Norman J. Stupp Foundation (Commerce Bank Trustee). Cynthia has more than 14 years of management experience in the Nonprofit Sector. She has a passion for developing new programs, serving as a connector of people and organizations and technical advisor. Resident of: Ward 6, The Gate District neighborhood

Chauncey Walker Batchelor

Board Member

Chauncey “Skip” Batchelor worked for the American Red Cross from 1986 to 2013 as Midwest area director that supported the implementation of all disaster planning and readiness activities in 11 Midwest states. He has a bachelor’s of sociology and a master’s in divinity from The Met Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. Resident of: Ward 17, Central West End neighborhood

 

Mary Ann Nestel

Board Member

Sister Mary Ann holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education. She entered The Sisters of St. Joseph in 1959 and worked in education and social services from 1961 until 2013. Resident of: Ward 16, Lindenwood Park Neighborhood.

 

Karl Wilson

Board Member

Karl Wilson, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who was trained as a community psychologist. He was the first President and CEO of Crider Health Center, which he led for 33 years, retiring in 2012. He also served on the national Board of Mental Health America and on the founding Board of Missouri Health Connection, the state’s health information exchange. Resident of: Ward 17, Central West End neighborhood

 

Theresa Mayberry

Board Member

Theresa Mayberry, Ph.D. is a recent retiree from the St. Louis County Children’s Services Fund where she was the Chief Program Director for mental health and substance abuse investments for children and youth. The designated tax provides $40 million annually to 100 organizations serving more than 90,000 young people. Resident of: Ward 15, Tower Grove South neighborhood 

 

William Siedhoff

Board Member

William Siedhoff has had a long and distinguished career demonstrating a lifelong commitment to serving children, families and individuals in need of assistance. Over the course of more than 40 years he has held a unique blend of leadership roles in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. Resident of: Ward 7, Soulard neighborhood

 

Ann R. Bannes

Board Member

Ann Bannes is a retired Vice President of Operations for St. Andrews Resources for Seniors. She has a master’s degrees in gerontology from Webster University and a master’s degree in psychology from Lindenwood University. Resident of: Ward 26, Skinker DeBaliviere neighborhood