Leadership & Staff

Board of Directors

Jon Nienas, Chair
Retired, U.S. Strategic Accounts Lead, Monsanto

Shevon Harris, Secretary
Sole Practitioner, The Harris Law Firm

Diane Compardo, Treasurer
Principal, Moneta Group

Rodney Gee
Retired, Edward Jones

Marty Neville Hereford
Partner, Armstrong Teasdale LLP

Jim Klimt
Vice President of Sales, Duke Manufacturing

Sharon Larkin
Sales Associate, Coldwell Banker Premier Group

Brad Partridge
Vice President, Strategy and Decision Support, Ascension Health

Kathy Peterson
National Marketing Director, Monsanto

Vincent Sechrest
Vice President, Network Services, SSE

Dave Smith
Retired, VirTrus

Latoya Thompson
Founder/CEO, Heritage 1933

Dan Woods
Retired, Mallinckrodt


Suzanne King

Executive Director

Since 2005, Sue King has served as Executive Director at Covenant House Missouri. She has worked in the non-profit sector for almost 30 years, and the majority of her work has been with youth who are at-risk and their families. Throughout her career, Sue has been an advocate for the importance of strong, comprehensive mental health services for this population, understanding that mental stability is the foundation of success.

Sue holds a B.S. in Social Work from Southwest Missouri State University and an M.S. in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.

Lori Brandt

Director, Clinical Services

Lori Brandt, who joined CHMO in 2006, oversees the community based programs. Prior to working at CHMO, Lori worked with pregnant and parenting women in a residential setting. Lori has worked in social services in the St. Louis area for more than 10 years, focusing primarily on children and families. Lori earned both a B.A. in psychology and a M.S. in social work, with an emphasis on children and families, from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Additionally, Lori holds a clinical license in social work.

Karen George-Scherr

Director, Human Resources

Karen George-Scherr has more than 10 years of experience in all aspects of Human Resources including employee relations, talent acquisition, performance management, benefits administration, and organizational development.
 A large part of her career was spent in a healthcare technology organization where she worked developing and leading the accounting and finance, human resources, and business intelligence departments.
 Karen attended Saint Louis University. She is active in her community and dedicated to helping others through her volunteer work.