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Michael P. Meehan, Ph.D. - Executive Director

Dr. Meehan is a licensed psychologist and graduate of Loyola University of Chicago.  He has worked professionally with children, adolescents and families for more than 25 years.  He served in a variety of clinical and management roles at Hawthorn Children’s Psychiatric Hospital; as Director of Children and Adolescent Services for Hopewell Center; and Associate Executive Director for Epworth Children & Family Services before taking on the role of Executive Director for Good Shepherd.  He is an experienced teacher and lecturer and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology for Maryville University since 2000.


Teresa Hayner - Director of Community Services

Teresa Hayner leads the Community Services team.  Ms. Hayner joined the staff of Catholic Services for Children & Youth in 1995 and continued with the agency as it merged into Good Shepherd Children & Family Services.  She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois and is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in Missouri.  Teresa has 30 years of experience in Child Welfare Services.  The community services team consists of 25 dedicated social work staff providing foster care, adoption and expectant services to our community.


Kathy Fowler - Director of Treatment Services

Kathy Fowler started her tenure as Director of Treatment Services for Good Shepherd in 2011.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Education from Southwest Missouri State, a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Franciscan University of Steubenville and is a licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri.  Kathy has 7 years of experience working in Residential Care of foster youth.


Mary Kay Leary - Business Director

Mary Kay has held a variety of accounting and financial analysis roles at Kimberly-Clark, PepsiCo, Edison Brothers Stores, Anheuser-Busch, Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Ascension Health. She earned a BBA from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame IN and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston IL.


Mike Whelan - Development Director

Mike Whelan joined Good Shepherd in 2011.  He has more than 25 years’ experience in development, fundraising, and public relations in education for five universities; healthcare, human services and secondary education institutions; and with fundraising consulting firms.  He has a B.A. in Communications from Wright State University and a Master’s Degree in Communications from Lindenwood University


Board of Directors

July 1, 2019

Michael Nardini, Vice President – President, ipSymphony
Kristin Mueller Croce, Secretary – Associate, Polsinelli Shughart
James Sigillito, Treasurer – Archdiocese of St. Louis
Marty Tobben – Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Jeanette Bax-Kurtz – CPA, Owner, Mueller Prost
Ethel Canady – Social Services Director, Gardenview Care Center
Norm Conley, President – President & CEO, J.A. Glynn & Co.
Joseph F. Devereux III – Attorney, Sandberg Phoenix
Lisa Fiorini – Social Advocate 
Larisa Hairston – Nurse Educator
Kyle Klosterman – Executive Director, Mercy
Kym Martin-Stewart – Manager Business Intel, The Boeing Company
Mark Mueller – Attorney, The Law Office of Mark Mueller, LLC
Dale E. Oberkfell – Banker/CPA, Midwest Bank Centre
Sister Jude Ruggeri – Executive Director, Sacred Heart Villa
Mike Rupinski – President, ZeroDay Technology Solutions
Theresa Ruzicka – President, Catholic Charities
Karla Samson – VP Development, Wells Fargo Advisors
Mike Talleur – Senior Vice President, Commerce Bank