The Community Advisory Board (CAB) is comprised of a diverse group of individuals with strong ties to local communities within the St. Louis region, including surrounding counties.
Current CAB Members
Felice McClendon, MS, Co-Chair
Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Project Manager, Urban Strategies
With over 25 collective years of generating both market interest and increased revenue, Ms. Felice McClendon joined Urban Strategies in 2017 as the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Project Manager. In this role, she supports local communities in developing place-based violence reduction strategies to improve safety and to change neighborhoods of distress into neighborhoods of opportunity. With a history of multi-sector stakeholder relationships, her coordination of people, places and resources help organizations serve the greatest need with fidelity, integrity and plans for sustainability.
Ms. McClendon holds degrees in Journalism from the University of Missouri and Non-Profit Management and Leadership with an emphasis in Public Policy Administration from University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Jesús Quiñones, Co-Chair
Health Literacy Operations Manager, Health Literacy Media
Mr. Jesús Quiñones is the Health Literacy Operations Manager at Health Literacy Media, an organization dedicated to making health care information easier for people to understand and use. In this role, he connects the organization’s health literacy work with community programs. Prior to this, Mr. Quiñones worked at Casa de Salud, a clinic that provides high quality medical and mental health services to immigrant and refugee communities in St. Louis.
In 2017, Mr. Quiñones joined the year-long Addressing Health Disparities leadership program cohort sponsored by the National Council for Behavioral Health. He also sits on the St. Louis Regional Health Commission Community Advisory Board.
Mr. Quiñones is originally from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and moved to St. Louis to attend St. Louis University, where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in 2013.
Judy Bentley, RN, MBA
President and CEO, 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 community health nursing, coordinates community health clinical experiences, and orchestrates two poverty simulations per term.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Ms. Davorka Marovic-Johnson is a private practice Licensed Professional Counselor with a clinical focus on working with adults and families on relationship issues, transgenerational work, early life development, attachment and parenting.
She is trained in many evidence-based approaches, including trauma treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She is a Missouri-approved counseling supervisor, and worked as the Clinical Supervisor at the Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma until 2016. Currently, Ms. Marovic-Johnson is completing an Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program at the Psychoanalytic Institute.
Ms. Marovic was born in Montenegro, former Yugoslavia and is fluent in Serbian, Bosnian and Croatian.
Stacey G. Newman
Director and Founder of ProgressWomen.com, Retired Missouri State Legislator
Ms. Stacey Newman recently retired as a Missouri State legislator, serving nine years in the Missouri House representing a St. Louis county district including Clayton, University City and Richmond Heights. Her policy focus is on gun violence prevention, reproductive health and voting rights and served in leadership roles as the chair of the House Progressive Caucus and ranking member on House Elections Committee.
In 2016 she co-founded the national Children’s Firearm Safety Alliance (CFSA) which tracks incidents of kids under the age of 18 years old unintentionally shooting themselves or others and works closely with the medical community, prosecutors and lawmakers nationwide to hold adults accountable.
Ms. Newman also has a strong background in the women’s vote and has worked on statewide and national campaigns in Missouri and Ohio. She worked at the DNC and with the John Kerry for President Campaign – Missouri as the Women’s Vote Director, responsible for the turnout of women voters.
Currently she is the director and founder of ProgressWomen.com (founded in 2011) giving focus to issues of justice and equality with a feminist lens.
Office Manager, Family Nutrition Education Programs – University of Missouri Extension
Ms. Maxine McBride-Jackson is the Office Manager for the Family Nutrition Education Programs (FNEP), an important part of the University of Missouri Cooperative Extension Service. FNEP brings the latest nutrition information to low-income Missourians to help promote lifelong health and fitness; nutrition educators work with diverse clients individually and in groups in their homes, school and at agencies. In this role, Ms. McBride-Jackson oversees day-to-day operations of the nutrition education programming.
She is also an active member of the National Benevolent Association.
Nancy D. Spargo, AM, LCSW
Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Sparlin Mental Health firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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. Newman 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.