Good Shepherd Leadership Team
Kathy Fowler, MA, LPC, was named Executive Director of Good Shepherd on December 1, 2020. The board of directors conducted a nation-wide search before selecting Fowler due to her deep knowledge of the agency and clinical expertise.
Fowler began her career with Good Shepherd in 2005 as a case manager and therapist before rising to a senior leadership role. She briefly left to share her skills with another nonprofit before returning to what she says “feels like home.”
She will lead the strategic vision of the agency and oversee day-to-day operations.
Teresa Hayner, Director of Community Services
Teresa Hayner, MSW, LCSW, heads the Community Services team, which includes adoptive services, pregnancy and parenting support, and foster care. She 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.
Susan Walsh, Director of Treatment Services
Susan Walsh joined the Good Shepherd team in July 2019 as the Director of Treatment Services. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master’s Degree in Education, Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Susan is a licensed counselor in the state of Missouri and has over 20 years of experience working with adolescents and families in multiple settings. At Good Shepherd, she oversees the Maternity Program and Treatment Foster Care programming. Prior to that, she worked for 18 years in a residential treatment setting at Epworth Children and Family Services, ranging in role from therapist to Clinical Director.
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 of experience in development, fundraising, and public relations for nonprofits such as universities and health and human service agencies as well as 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
Michael Nardini, President – President, IP Symphony
Kristin Croce, Vice President – Shareholder, Polsinelli
Lisa Fiorini, Secretary – Social Advocate
Kyle Klosterman, Treasurer – Vice President, Mission & Formation, CommonSpirit Health
Ethel Canady – Director of Social Services, Garden View Care Center
Joseph F. Devereux III – Attorney, Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard
Larisa Hairston – Nurse Educator
Joyce Jones – Program Director for Racial Harmony, Archdiocese of St. Louis
Charles Klasek – Consultant, Stochastic Marketing
Deborah Radasch – Senior Manager, Systems Engineering, Boeing
Michael Rupinski – President, ZeroDay Technology Solutions
Theresa Ruzicka – President, Catholic Charities of St. Louis
Carlos A. Saenz – Vice President, Business Development, Mercy Health
Deacon James Sigillito – Director of Growth/Revitalization, St. Vincent de Paul Society
Ron Steinkamp – Partner, Brown Smith Wallace LLP
Michael Talleur, Jr. – Senior Vice President/Division Manager, Commerce Bank