Confluence Board of Directors, 2015-2016

*At its annual meeting on June 25, 2015, the Board of Directors announced that two members were stepping down from their service to Confluence Charter Schools. Ms. Jeanice Baker and Mr. Thurman Brooks completed their respective terms on the board. We appreciate the service, leadership and dedication of Ms. Baker and Mr. Brooks. The board structure allows for a minimum of seven members and a maximum of 11. 

Holston Black III – Holston Black III is a senior manager of learning, training and development at Boeing. He works with international employees and customers, serving as a liaison to Boeing’s international vice president for human resources and business development. He has worked for Boeing in other roles such as program quality manager, industrial engineer and project engineer for 24 years. He has Bachelor of Science in mechanical aerospace engineering from Princeton University and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School and Wissenschaftliche Hochschule fur Unternehmensfuhrung (WHU) in Germany. Mr. Black joined the Board in June 2014.

Katherine Casas, board vice chair – Katherine Casas is the state policy director for Children’s Education Alliance of Missouri and the state policy director for Children’s Education Council of Missouri. She has experience as an education and youth policy specialist. She taught in Saint Louis Public Schools as a Teach for America corps member, and served as a media coordinator and voter project manager for the National Low Income Housing Coalition in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Leadership Saint Louis Class of 2013-2014, North Campus Partnership Board and Teach for America Political/Policy Working Group. She is a former member of the Center for Creative Arts Junior Board. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications with a minor in political science and a Master of Arts in teaching from Webster University. Ms. Casas joined the Board in June 2014.

Robert Goldson, chair – Robert Goldson is an attorney in civil litigation, criminal defense and workers’ compensation at his own firm, Goldson Law Firm LLC. He started his practice 14 years ago, but began his legal career as a public defender in St. Louis County. He has experience in civil defense ligitation at two St. Louis area law firms. He has a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis and an undergraduate degree in economics from Tulane University in New Orleans. He served on the City Council and other commissions in the City of Webster Groves. He and his family live in Ladue. He is a member of the development council at his child’s school and is the co-chair of the annual fund committee. His professional memberships include the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Missouri Bar and the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Mr. Goldson joined the Board in May 2013.

Craig H. Larson, Ed.D., treasurer – Dr. Craig H. Larson is a retired superintendent with 38 years of experience in K-12 education in the St. Louis area. He retired from Rockwood School District as superintendent in 2010. He worked for Parkway School District and School District of Clayton. Presently, he is an educational consultant, teaches as an adjunct professor at Maryville University and is the chair of the Board of Trustees of St. Louis Community College. His professional memberships include the St. Louis County Educational Media Commission, West St. Louis Chamber of Commerce, St. Louis Community College Foundation Board, Educational Advisory Board for the Magic House and the Educational Leadership Council for Maryville University. He has a Bachelor of Science in education and a Master of Arts in curriculum and instruction from University of Kansas. He earned certification as a secondary principal from Washington University, completed advanced studies in school leadership at Vanderbilt University and has an educational doctorate from Saint Louis University. Dr. Larson joined the Board in June 2014.

Lance LeComb, secretary – Lance LeComb is a manager of public information and spokesperson for Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. He has experience in public affairs with v-Fluence Interactive Public Relations and Monsanto Company. He has experience in press relations for the Office of Press Relations in Washington, D.C. and the Clinton-Gore Presidential campaign. He has a Bachelor of Arts in public affairs from Wayne State University, graduate certification in local government management from University of Missouri-St. Louis and graduate credit toward a Master of Business Administration at UMSL. He is a graduate of FOCUS St. Louis Leadership Program and is an active member of the organization. He serves on the board of St. Louis Hornets Rugby Football Club and is president of the board of Heat Up-Cool Down St. Louis. Professional memberships include Public Relations Society of America, International Association of Business Communicators and National Association of Clean Water Agencies. Mr. LeComb joined the Board in June 2014.

Leona Lucas – Leona Lucas is a senior technical director with AT&T. She has 32 years of managerial, leadership development training and labor relations experience. While working as a vice president with Missouri Higher Education Learning Authority, she designed a customer service, leadership development and training program. She volunteers with Big Brother Big Sister, Girls Incorporated and St. Louis Crisis Nursery. She is a member of Telephone Communication Pioneers. She serves on the board of the AT&T Community NETwork urban community organization and AT&T Aspire Mentoring program. She has a degree in business administration and a master’s degree in human resource management from Lindenwood University. Ms. Lucas joined the Board in June 2014.

Jose A. Pineda, MD MSc – Dr. Jose A. Pineda is a pediatric critical care physician at Washington University School of Medicine. He is an associate professor of pediatrics and neurology and served as a director of the pediatric neurocritical care program. He serves on the Parent Advisory Committee at Grand Center Arts Academy. He earned his bachelor’s degree and medical degree from Francisco Marroquin University School of Medicine. He has participated in successful fundraising and advocacy campaigns related to healthcare. Dr. Pineda joined the Board in June 2014.