The Community Advisory Board (CAB) was established to help bridge the gap between university researchers and local communities. The CAB is comprised of a diverse group of individuals with strong ties to local communities within St. Louis and its surrounding counties.

The CAB serves community-academic partnerships in several ways, including advising community-engaged research and activities.

Reactive Barometer Sessions

Reactive Barometer Sessions are a service of the Center’s Community Advisory Board (CAB). Faculty and research teams seeking initial community feedback on a research project or idea may request to schedule a Reactive Barometer Session during a bi-monthly CAB meeting. Researchers consulting with the CAB will receive input on research materials, recruitment, community engagement activities, and more from a diverse group of individuals with strong ties to local communities in St. Louis and its surrounding counties.

Contact Hilary Broughton at to schedule a Reactive Barometer Session.

Learn more about session expectations.

Current CAB Members

Judy Bentley, RN, BSN, MA

President and CEO, Community Health-In-Partnership Services dba CHIPS Health and Wellness Center 

Ms. Judy Bentley is the President and CEO of CHIPS Health and Wellness Center. She founded CHIPS in 1990 to promote wellness and empower self-health management for the uninsured and underinsured. In addition to providing free clinic and social services to underserved populations, CHIPS takes health screenings and health education into more than 80 community sites per year. CHIPS is staffed by volunteer physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Ms. Bentley has received numerous awards for her service, including recognition from Saint Louis University Black Alumni Association, the YWCA, FOCUS St. Louis, St. Louis American, Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center, Morehouse College, St. Louis Business Journal Health Care Heroes, 100 Black Men, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the 1904 World’s Fair Charitable Foundation.  She is also a member of the Smurfit-Stone Entrepreneurial Alumni Hall of Fame at Saint Louis University where she was recognized for her leadership as a social entrepreneur.

Susie Fliesher, DNP, CPNP, RN

Assistant Professor, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College

Dr. Susie Fliesher is an Assistant Professor at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College where she teaches Population Health nursing and coordinates community health nursing clinical experiences.

Dr. Fliesher has over 40 years of clinical experience including adult intensive care, pediatric emergency room care, pediatric primary care in community settings, perinatal outreach coordination, school nursing and community education in addition to teaching at Goldfarb.
She has served on the St. Louis Maternal Child Health Council Board, the St. Louis Area Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners Board, the March of Dimes Health Promotions Committee, the St. Louis County Health Head Start Program Health Advisory Committee, and as a regional nurse consultant for Head Start Region VII.

Sherrill Jackson, CPNP, Co-Chair

President and Founder, The Breakfast Club, Inc.
Retired, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practioner

Ms. Sherrill Jackson is the founding President of The Breakfast Club, Inc., an organization dedicated to providing  education, awareness, resources and support for breast health and cancer prevention to medically underserved and uninsured populations in North St. Louis City and County.

As a 20+ year breast cancer survivor, Ms. Jackson has worked tirelessly as an advocate to reduce cancer disparities.   She has a track record of bringing together university and community partners to help facilitate communication and meaningful partnerships to support medically underserved and uninsured women in the St. Louis community.

In addition to her role with The Breakfast Club, Inc., Ms. Jackson worked for nearly four decades as a primary care provider for children in medically underserved St. Louis communities.

Dennis Lane

Author, The Bitch Wall/Vietnam Wailing Wall

A Vietnam Veteran, Mr. Lane is passionate about veterans concerns regarding quality healthcare and continues to be an active voice on their behalf.

Mr. Lane has had more than thirty years’ experience working in healthcare, mental health and social services delivering assistance to the disenfranchised. While at Grace Hill (now Affinia Health) and Myrtle Hilliard Dave Health Centers, he was instrumental in building a board of directors and considers himself well integrated into corporate and civic communities.

For the past 15 years, he has met weekly with a Vietnam Veterans support group and recently served as a representative for the Ken Burns’ documentary “The Vietnam War”. He also continues to serve on the KETC’s Veteran Outreach Board.

Doug Lindsay, Co-Chair

Keynote Speaker, Workshop Designer, and Personal Medical Consultant

Beginning at age 21, Mr. Lindsay suffered an 11-year illness that kept him bedbound during which time he worked with 35 senior faculty at 28 institutions to help resolve his illness. He won the first national court case protecting patients’ rights, and developed the concept for the two successful, innovative adrenal surgeries used to treat his case. Once fully recovered, Lindsay returned to Rockhurst University and finished his biology degree. Today he is a nationally-recognized speaker appearing at TEDx, Stanford Medicine X and the American Healthcare Association, among others.

Mr. Lindsay also provides an in-depth Personal Medical Consultant service to a small number of rare disease and complex condition patients who’ve found themselves trapped in the medical system.

Davorka Marovic-Johnson, MEd, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Counseling Services, LLC

Ms. Davorka Marovic-Johnson is a private practice licensed professional counselor with 20 years of clinical experience in the mental health field.

Ms. Marovic-Johnson is trained in many evidence-based approaches, including trauma treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She is a Missouri-approved counseling supervisor who worked as the Clinical Supervisor at the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma where she provided mental health services to refugees who came from war zones, diagnosed with PTSD. Currently, she is pursuing Ph.D. program in Education with the Emphasis in Counseling at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Besides providing mental health services, Ms. Marovic-Johnson supervises clinicians working towards their licensure. She is passionate about sharing resources and connecting researchers with appropriate agencies that can help reduce disparities and improve access to metal health. Ms. Marovic-Johnson’s current areas of research and interest are neuroscience, resilience, attachment, intergenerational patterns, and interpersonal relationships. Ms. Marovic-Johnson was born in Montenegro, former Yugoslavia, and is fluent in Serbian, Bosnian, and Croatian.

Felice McClendon, MS

Communications Director, City of St. Louis Treasurer’s Office

With over 25 collective years of generating market interest, branding visibility, and increased revenue, Felice McClendon, a University of Missouri Journalism graduate, brings a multidisciplinary lens to support non-profit strategic planning, organizational development, social justice, media engagement, marketing, and public relations needs. Aligning mission and management to passion with purpose, F.M. Consulting serves a robust network of clients from emerging non-profits in need of advisement, board engagement, and development support…to well-known established agencies interested in rebranding, rebuilding, and growing existing programs to a measurable scale. Noted for the capacity to manage complex narratives across local and national media outlets; McClendon launched F.M. Consulting in 2014 as her contribution to bridge the gap between the boardroom and the neighborhood block with interest to bring cohesion to communities in need. With a history of multi-sector stakeholder relationships, her coordination of people, policies, and resources help organizations serve the greatest need with fidelity, integrity and plans for sustainability.

Nancy D. Spargo, AM, LCSW

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Sparlin Mental Health

Ms. Nancy Spargo is the chief executive officer and co-founder of Sparlin Mental Health, an organization that provides trauma-informed mental health services, organizational consultation, training, and advocacy for the St. Louis region. She is a graduate of the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and excels at systems integration and program development for marginalized populations with a focus on trauma. Her career is characterized by a collaborative approach, innovative program design, quality service delivery, professional development, and advocacy.

Ms. Spargo’s commitment to mitigating the impact of trauma and working to strengthen families and their communities has led her to serve a variety of populations, including immigrants and refugees; foster and adoptive families; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations; and the homeless.

Kelley Vollmar

Director, Jefferson County Health Department

Ms. Kelley Vollmar has served in public health for over 20 years and is now the Director of the Jefferson County Health Department. Ms. Vollmar holds Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Science specializing in the social impact of government regulation of environmental issues and in conflict resolution specializing in multicultural conflict. She also hold a master’s degree in dispute resolution with a dual emphasis on corporate and environmental conflict.

Ms. Vollmar is the Chair of the Missouri Association of Local Public Health Agencies (MOALPHA) and serves as a member of the #HealthierMO – Transforming the Future of Public Health in Missouri Advisory Council and Hillsboro Rotary, and as a Board Member of the Missouri Institute for Community Health (MICH), Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence (MOCPHE), Jefferson County Health Network, Jefferson County Public Safety Commission, Jefferson County Community Partnership, and Get Healthy DeSoto.