Board of Directors
Lindsay Armstrong, Retails Sales Manager of REI
Lindsay grew up in north St. Louis county. After graduating from St. Thomas Aquinas-Mercy High School she attended Knox College in Galesburg, IL. She graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor’s in English Literature. She spent a year and a half in the high mountain desert of Southern Utah as a wilderness therapy guide. There she learned and taught survival skills to troubled teens. In 2007 she then traveled to Pohang, South Korea for a year teaching English to children 3 to 12 years old. During and after her time teaching she explored different countries in the region including Japan, China, Thailand, and Singapore. In the fall of 2008 Lindsay joined AmeriCorps and was deployed on several disaster relief projects including Hurricane Ike recovery in Texas, the ice storms that winter in Southern Missouri and the derecho that swept through several counties in early 2009. As with most AmeriCorps members, Lindsay also joined conservation crews keeping invasive plants and wildfires at bay. After serving in AmeriCorps St. Louis, Lindsay spent 10 months in New Zealand working and adventuring. Lindsay has worked with REI in Brentwood, Missouri since 2011 and currently is a manager. Her greatest joys in life are spending time with her family, friends and cats, hiking up mountains, and traveling.
Rebecca Estes, Senior Planner at Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services, and Secretary for Missouri Emergency Managers Association
Rebecca Estes graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Minor in Psychology and began working in the field of Emergency Management in October 2008.
Rebecca Estes began as a contract employee for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to work in Emergency Human Services in varying capacities including Administrative Manager, Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) Coordinator, and Grant and Budget Administrator from October 2008 until February 2010. In February of 2010 she became a full time SEMA employee and served as an Emergency Human Services Planner. In that role she participated in several statewide plans being drafted or updated including the Joint FEMA VII/State New Madrid Seismic Zone Mass Care and Recovery plan, Mass Care Annex of the State Emergency Operations Plan, and several appendices of the Mass Care Annex. Rebecca also provided support to the Missouri Citizen Corps Council Program, including Citizen Emergency Response Teams (CERT), as well as local COAD and Long Term Recovery Committee (LTRC) development. Ms. Estes had a response role to the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC), including serving in the role of Emergency Human Services Branch Director. Ms. Estes responded to the field several times to help coordinate the delivery of Emergency Human Services, including donations management, Voluntary Agency Coordination, and others several times in Missouri, and was requested through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) to assist in the state of New York following Hurricane Sandy. Ms. Estes participated in the planning of several exercises, including the National Level Exercise 2011, which required her to represent the state of Missouri in National Level Exercise Planning meetings.
In Ms. Estes’ current role that she has held since September of 2014, she is responsible for maintaining the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services Emergency Response Plan. She also represents the department in several meetings, including the Region F Health Care Coalition, Boone County LEPC, and hosts the Columbia/Boone County Health and Medical Emergency Planning Committee. In early 2017 she was part of the planning team for the University of Missouri 3rd MMR Vaccination clinic to help control the outbreak of Mumps. This was held in a Point of Dispensing model.
She is a proud wife to her husband, Ryan Estes, of 10+ years, and a loving mother to their daughter who is an active pre-schooler.
Dante Gliniecki, Emergency Manager for City of Independence, Missouri
Dante Gliniecki began his emergency management career as a Disaster Services volunteer for the American Red Cross in Kansas City. He later worked for the Kansas City Chapter and then for the National American Red Cross. Beginning in 1996, Dante worked nineteen years for the State Emergency Management Agency in Missouri (SEMA) in the Emergency Human Services Section. In November 2014, Dante assumed the position of Manager of the Emergency Preparedness Division for the City of Independence, MO Fire Department. Dante is active with the National Association of State Emergency Donations and Volunteer Coordinators (NASEDOVOC), the Missouri Governor’s Faith-Based and Community Services Partnership for Disaster Recovery (The Partnership), the Missouri VOAD, the Greater Kansas City VOAD, the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee (MEMC), the Missouri Emergency Managers Association (MOEMA) and various committees and projects.
Ryan Nicholls, Chief Emergency Planner of Washington University School of Medicine
Mike Pickerel, Senior Program Specialist, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 7
Mike Pickerel is a mass care specialist in FEMA Region VII. He began his career in public service with the state of Missouri in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. After four years with CDBG, Mike spent 16 years with the Missouri House of Representatives Appropriation staff as a budget analyst. One of the budgets assigned to him was the Department of Public Safety which included the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), where he caught the emergency management bug. He went on to serve his last five years with the state as a planner for SEMA in their Emergency Human Services section.
While at SEMA, Mike was instrumental in launching SEMA’s faith-based outreach, stressing the need for disaster preparedness among the faith communities. He was also involved in the NMSZ planning project as well as writing several other plans and annexes for the state emergency operations plan. He was deployed as the state lead for donations management during the Joplin tornado response and recovery. He was EMAC deployed to the state of New York for donations management during Hurricane Sandy.
Mike joined FEMA in 2013, where he began a faith-based outreach program tailored for FEMA Region VII. In 2014, Mike was awarded the Administrator’s Award for Exemplary Emergency Manager for his work on sheltering plans.
Mike is a proud alumni of the University of Missouri where he earned an undergraduate degree in History and a Masters degree in Public Administration.
William Siedhoff, Former Director of Human Services for City of St. Louis
William Siedhoff has had an amazing and distinguished career demonstrating a lifelong commitment to serving children, families and individuals in need of assistance. Over the course of over 40 years, he held a unique blend of leadership roles in the public and not-for-profit sectors at the national, state and local levels. Even in his retirement years that role has not diminished.
Most recently he held the position of Director of Human Services for the City of St. Louis appointed by Mayor Francis G. Slay in 2001. He remained in that position until he retired in November 2014, serving for over 13 years in the cabinet of the Mayor. In this highly visible position he managed five divisions including Homeless Services, Office on the Disabled, St. Louis Area Agency on Aging (SLAAA), Veterans Services, and Youth & Family. Upon his retirement he was presented the Key to the City of St. Louis by Mayor Slay who proclaimed "Bill Siedhoff Day" in the City on November 20, 2014 and he appeared on the front page of the Post-Dispatch lauding him for his leadership particularly for his efforts on behalf of homeless people. In that role he has appeared on TV and radio many times and presented at national meetings of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and consulted with other cities across the country.
Despite his retirement in 2014, he continues to serve and head many boards and committees. Most recently he co-chaired Seniors Count, an initiative to put on the ballot in November 2016, Proposition S, which successfully passed establishing the Senior Citizens Services Fund in the City of St. Louis. Subsequently, in April 2017, he was appointed by Mayor Slay as Chairman of the Board for this new funding source for seniors. In other leadership roles he currently serves as Chair of the Eliot Society Membership Committee at Washington University, Chair of the Advisory Board of the St. Louis Crisis Nursery, Chair of the Government Division of the United Way Annual Campaign and Vice-Chair of the Developmental Disability Resources Board. Among other boards and committees he continues to serve on includes the Board of the College Prison Program at St. Louis University, United Way 2-1-1 Advisory Committee, Board of AmeriCorps –St. Louis, Board of ARCHS, and member of the Gateway EITC Community Partnership and the St. Louis Alliance for Reentry, (STAR).
In conjunction with social work education, he served for many years as a practicum field instructor for graduate students at the School of Social Work at St. Louis University and Washington University.
He received a BS and MSW from Washington University and is a graduate of the Program for Senior Executives in State & Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School, Harvard University. He was also selected to participate in the Leadership-St. Louis Program and the Jefferson City Leadership Program.
Angela R. Williams, Institutional Relationship Manager, MOST, Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan
Professionally, Angela has dedicated her career to advocating for people facing adversity. Her passion, strategic vision and high capacity for executing on tactical plans have made her a valuable asset to many people and organizations. Angela is an idea generator. She exudes the intellectual and emotional fortitude to work in diverse organizational cultures with varied business professionals. This agility gives her a sense of comfort when engaging within sometimes contradictory perspectives.
Angela attended public school in St. Louis, MO, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education/Political Science, and a certificate in Nonprofit Management from University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is the very proud mother of two sons, Damani, age 21, and Kahlil, age 14, and has a brilliant life partner.
Angela gets things done. She believes profit-earning companies, as well as nonprofit organizations, are typically more successful when an attitude of execution and excellence are the bedrock of its core values. Angela is strategic. She believes ideas are most successful when coupled with an exceptionally crafted work plan, well-resourced staff, and servant leadership team. This formula helps nonprofit organizations, specifically, vie for new markets, accomplish high quality outcomes and ultimately sustain positive growth. Angela wants to help. Service matters to her and reminds her that she is here to make peace in the world. Ultimately, Angela is honest. Her honesty sets the tone for her leadership style, sense of fairness, and general positive attitude.