Meet Our Board of Directors
The University City Community Foundation is guided by a volunteer board. Board members serve staggered terms. They have an interest in working for the betterment of our community, and bring to the board their professional expertise that can help us achieve our mission.
We are always looking for people who want to serve on our board. We especially encourage younger residents of the University City, and the wider St. Louis metro area, to apply. We know we will benefit by bringing on our board younger community leaders who understand how to make the University City Community Foundation a "known" entity in the region, and to attract the volunteer and financial support we need to fulfill our mission.
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Linda Collins-Shaw - Interim President
Linda has been a University City resident for 44 years. Committed to her community, she has volunteered with the University City Chamber of Commerce as a volunteer coordinator for several years; chaired the fundraising initiatives of Fair U City; co- chaired the first kick-off event for the University City Community Foundation(UCCF) and co-chaired the organizational process of the University City Community Foundation(UCCF). Linda is presently serving on the University City Human Relations Commission and is the Membership Chair for the UCCF Board. Linda is a former U City businesses owner and the owner of LCS Consultants.
Robert Parker, Treasurer
Robert is a US Army Veteran with 13 years of service. He is a Risk Management Representative, specializing in Insurance and Financial Services work for Farmers and Hartford Safeco insurance company. Robert has a degree in Political Science & International relations. He enjoys football, motorcycling and teaching.
Eleanor Whitney has spent over 20 in the corporate world, including her work as a Director of Telecommunications for Southwestern Bell, and as a Vice President of the Lincoln National Life Insurance Committee. Whitney has a strong commitment to the St. Louis region, and previously served and volunteered as the Secretary of the St. Louis County Urban League. She currently works part-time as a dance instructor at Centennial Commons in University City and at other locations throughout the St. Louis region.
Rochelle Beasley-Smith brings to the board of the University City Community Foundation extensive experience in business administration and human resources. She has been active in University City, especially as a member of the PTO at Barbara C. Jordan Elementary School. Beasley-Smith’s work at the school was indicative of her strong commitment to the children of University City, a passion to will pursue as a member of the University City Community Foundation Board of Directors.
A native of New Orleans, Victor participated in civil rights marches and even an investigation of Angola State Prison during college. He moved to St. Louis in 1973 after completing his accounting degree at Dillard University. Victor worked for 34 years in the tax law department of the Internal Revenue Service, retiring in 2008. He came to University City in 1979. He has served on numerous boards and commissions in U City and the school district and has received leadership awards for his service. He is Treasurer for Real Talk, a mentoring program in U City schools.
Linda is the coordinator of the A+ scholarship program and UServe—the community service component of University City High School.
She is also the founder and principal consultant of Fundamentals Etiquette and Image Basics, a soft skills and lifestyle education organization. She has been a workforce educator for over 10 years and is dedicated to community service.