Board President, Jason Ellis, CPA – OneSpace
Jason joined the Board in January 2012 as a member of the Finance Committee. He became Board Treasurer in April 2012. Jason is the Director of Finance and Accounting at OneSpace. He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accountancy from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Jason is a lifelong dog enthusiast and an avid hockey player. He and his wife, Kristen, enjoy playing golf and attending college football games. Jason’s father, James, is currently raising a black Labrador, Stormy, through SDI’s Volunteer Puppy Raising Program.
- Finance Committee, chair
- Executive Committee
Board Vice President, Emily Barlean – Moneta Group Investment Advisors, LLC
Emily Barlean joined the Support Dogs Board of Directors in July 2015. As Marketing and Communications Director for Moneta Group, Emily works to ensure the firm looks its best at all times and strategically share the good news about the firm’s exceptional service and accomplishments. She hopes this experience and expertise will serve SDI well as they continue to grow and serve the community. Emily received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications, with a minor in Marketing, from Concordia University-Nebraska and her Master’s in Communications Management from Webster University. Outside of the office, Emily is an active member of the St. Louis community serving on a United Way Allocation Panel and giving back through her involvement with Moneta Group’s Charitable Foundation. She is passionate about mental wellness, education for children, increasing understanding of generational differences, and equal rights for women.
- Marketing and Development Committee, chair
- Gala Planning Committee, chair
Board Treasurer, Michael A. Boyle, CPA, CIA – Stifel Financial Corporation
Mike originally joined the Board of SDI in 2008 serving on the Finance Committee and as Vice President, leaving in June of 2011 when work commitments took him away from St. Louis. He rejoined the Board in July 2015 after returning from a stint at Archer Daniels Midland in Decatur, Illinois. Mike is a certified public accountant and certified internal auditor working in the Internal Audit group at Stifel Financial Corporation. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Birmingham City University (England) and a Master’s degree in International Business from the University of Birmingham (England). In his spare time Mike follows the St Louis Blues and waits for the England soccer team to let him down every four years at the World Cup.
Tim DeFosset – Protiviti
Tim joined the Board in July 2015. Tim is a Manager in Protiviti’s Financial Services practice in the Risk and Compliance solution. He has worked primarily on Regulatory Risk, Audit, and Operational Risk engagements with global financial institutions. He has been involved in audits and process assessments, as well as assisting in process re-design and implementation efforts for a top 5 credit card firm. Tim offers experience in operational risk reviews, AML and BSA compliance, SOX, process re-designs and enterprise risk assessments. Prior to Protiviti, Tim worked in internal audit for Stifel Financial Corporation and Reinsurance Group of America. Tim attended St. Louis University for a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and a Master in Business Administration in Executive Management. Tim and his wife, Lauren, enjoy travelling, wine, hiking, and going to concerts. Tim and Lauren also love taking their dogs (a Swissy named Rammer and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Earl) on long walks!
- Executive Committee
Cynthia Baumann – Thompson Coburn LLP
Cindy joined the Board of SDI in 2013. Cindy is currently the Human Resources Manager for Thompson Coburn, LLP and has more than 10 years of human resources experience with 8 of those years in leadership positions. Cindy holds a Master’s degree from Webster University. Besides spending time with family and friends, Cindy enjoys teaching as an adjunct professor at Central Methodist University.
Wayne Boillat, DVM – Veterinary Group of Chesterfield
Dr. Boillat attended the University of Missouri Columbia, receiving a BS agriculture in 1987 and his doctorate of veterinary medicine in 1990. He is currently a partner and Chief Medical Officer at the Veterinary Group of Chesterfield. Although he loves all aspects of his career, his specific interests in his profession include surgery, reproduction, and sports medicine. Dr. Boillat grew up in west St. Louis County and currently resides in Wildwood. His wife, Lisa, is a veterinary technician at Midwest veterinary Referral Center in Chesterfield. Dr. Boillat has two children – Rachel, a junior at Missouri University of Science and Technology studying engineering and Kyle, a junior at Eureka High School with plans to attend Missouri University of Science and Technology to study engineering. Dr. Boillat has been involved with Support Dogs for many years, assisting with various veterinary matters. He joined the Board of Directors in 2014 and is currently the Chair for the Acquisition and Breeding Committee. He is a lover of Golden retrievers, having trained them and competed with them in agility, obedience, tracking, and hunt work. When he is not practicing medicine, he attends St. Louis Blues hockey games, as well as participating in various outdoor activities and horticulture.
- Acquisition and Breeding Committee, chair
Debbie Caplin – Parkcrest Plastic Surgery
Debbie Caplin has been actively involved with the Support Dogs organization since 2011 when she and Sookie (her first Touch Therapy dog) were certified for Acute Care as well as the Paws for Reading programs. She graduated from the University of Denver and, after her years spent working as a primary school teacher, has been actively involved in numerous not-for-profit activities. These include her current Board position at the APA as well as a longstanding relationship with the Gateway To Hope breast cancer program. She is also the Aesthetics’ Center coordinator at Parkcrest Plastic Surgery. She has now added a second Portuguese water dog (Charlie) to her Touch Team and has spent the past several years providing Touch services to cancer patients at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital as well as the Missouri Baptist Cancer Center. Debbie was a founding member of the Volunteer Advisory Council for Support Dogs where she is also a Temperament Test Evaluator. She is also a Humane Educator at the APA.
John Csik – Safety National
John joined the Board of SDI in 2016 and is a member of the Finance and Strategic Planning Committees. At Safety National, a major subsidiary of a global, Japanese based insurance group, John serves as Executive VP and CFO and has management responsibility for a third of the Company. John married a dog lover in 1984 and has been a happy dog owner ever since. Helen and John presently have a lovable Chocolate Lab named Jack.
- Finance Committee
- Strategic Planning Committee
Danette Davis, J.D. – Dentons
Dani joined the Board in January 2011. In addition to serving as Board Vice President, she is the Chair of the Board Governance Committee and a member of the Facilities Committee. Dani is a partner at Dentons, where she is a member of the Real Estate practice. She represents owners, developers, lenders, landlords, and tenants in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, as well as other corporate and contractual matters. Her practice includes development and construction law and related finance and commercial lending. Dani obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance at Truman State University and her Juris Doctor from St. Louis University. Dani and her husband, Josh, live in Town and Country. They have one son (Fletcher) and one dog (a Hound named Ella).
- Board Governance Committee, Chair
- Facilities Committee
William S. Glickert – Midcoast Commercial
Willie joined SDI as a member of the Fundraising Committee in 2008. From 2011-2014 he was a member of the Board of Directors serving on the Development Committee and Facilities Committee along with a number of other responsibilities. He rejoined the Board in Juy of 2015. Willie has spent over 25 years in the financial services industry as a tax compliance officer, financial advisor, and middle market mergers and acquisition intermediary. Currently Willie is owner/broker of Midcoast Commercial, a local real estate firm. Willie has an MBA from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a BSBA from Washington University. He enjoys spending his free time with his black Labrador “Daegan” and boating in Lake of the Ozarks.
Christina Green, CMA – Cortex Innovation Community
Christina joined the board in July 2011 as a member of the Finance Committee and the Strategy committee. Christina has over 25 years of experience as a corporate business and finance executive. She currently serves as the CFO, of Cortex Innovation Community in St. Louis, which is home to a vibrant 200-acre innovation hub and technology district integrated into St. Louis’ historic Central West End and Forest Park Southeast residential neighborhoods. Cortex is committed to providing state-of-the art biomedical science and technology research in a dynamic urban district. Prior to this, she worked at Monsanto for over 20 years in various roles including the following; Operations and Strategy Lead in Integrated Farming Systems, Finance Lead for the Asia Pacific region residing in Singapore, Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis Lead, and US Commercial Finance Lead for the Chemical Business. Christina is a CMA and also has a MBA from the Executive program at Washington University. Her undergraduate degree is in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Christina and her two teenage children, Alex and Grace and their two dogs reside in Webster Groves. Christina enjoys talking the dogs for walks, reading the latest best sellers and doing do-it-yourself projects around the house.
- Strategic Planning Committee, chair
- Personnel Committee
- Gala Planning Committee
- Marketing and Development Committee
Dan Herren – Herren, Dare & Streett
Dan joined the Board in July, 2015. He practices corporate and real estate law at the firm Herren, Dare & Streett in Kirkwood. Dan received a business degree with majors in accounting and finance, and also a law degree, from the University of Iowa. Previously, he was an attorney at the law firm of Armstrong, Teasdale and in-house counsel at Wetterau Incorporated. Dan lives in Kirkwood with his wife, Lise, and two questionably-trained golden retrievers, Cooper and Willy (who Dan calls “Willie McGee” after his all-time favorite Cardinal, much to the chagrin of Lise). With some luck Willy will graduate from puppydom and enroll in the TOUCH program. Dan enjoys golf, basketball, motorcycles, Guinness, Cardinal baseball and spending time with Lise, Cooper and Willy at their cabin in Minnesota.
- Finance Committee
- Acquisition and Breeding Committee
Mark McDermott– Glenair/Trice Marketing
Mark joined the Board in January 2012 and is a member of the Program Committee. He has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla and has been in technical sales for over 25 years after working for almost seven years at McDonnell Aircraft Company. He, his wife Karen, and son Connor are clients of Support Dogs, Inc. Their dog, Houston, was a family placement in March of 2011 and has been a tremendous addition to the family, which also includes another son, Brendan who is at Vanderbilt studying law. They recently had a future Support Dog with the family short term as Walt resided with them and is now learning the ropes of being an assistance dog! They also enjoy St. Louis sports and spending time with their large extended family.
- Program Committee
Scot Seabaugh – Polsinelli Shughart, PC
Scot first joined the Board in October 2003 and served continuously through June 2010. He rejoined the Board in July 2011. Scot served as Board President from July 2005 through June 2010, and Board Vice President from January 2005 through June 2005. He has served on the following committees of the Board: Executive, Finance, Personnel, Development, and Board Governance. Scot also served on the Capital Campaign Steering Committee and Facilities Committee through the planning and the construction of SDI’s new facility on Linpage. Scot and his wife, Rene, served as co-chairs for the Tacky Ball in 2011 and 2012. Scot, Rene, and Scot’s daughter, Katy, helped raise and train Mini, Roscoe, and Pearl through the Volunteer Puppy Raising Program. Scot is a shareholder at the law firm of Polsinelli PC and is a member of the firm’s Capital Markets and Commercial Lending Practice Group in its Financial Services Department. Scot holds a business degree with a major in Banking and Finance from the University of Missouri – Columbia and earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Scot and Rene are the proud owners of Will Turner (“Turner”), a beautiful and extraordinarily well-trained (though they admit they had nothing to do with that) black Labrador who unfortunately had to be released from the service dog program for health issues.
- Board Governance Committee
- Executive Committee