Operation Food Search Board Members

Lisa Pelikan
Chair
Edward Jones

Lisa Pelikan is a Principal at Edward Jones where she has responsibility for training financial advisors on the firm’s advisory programs. She has been with Edward Jones since 2007. Prior to that she worked at A.G. Edwards for 18 years in a similar capacity.

She graduated with her B.A., Cum Laude, from Denison University and earned her J.D. at St. Louis University School of Law. She has served on the boards of the St. Charles County City-County Library District, Youth in Need and the Board of Education for the St. Charles School District.

Lisa lives in St. Charles County and has two grown sons.

 


 

Alan Schultz
Vice Chair
Bayer

Alan Schultz is the Head of Project Procurement, North America at Bayer where he has responsibility for managing procurement activities related to capital investment in the region. Prior to the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer, he held various roles related to facilities management, capital investment, and procurement within Monsanto since 2005. Before Monsanto, he worked at Washington Group International (now AECOM) for eight years in a project engineering capacity and spent seven years as a senior associate with a Cleveland area architectural firm.

He graduated with his Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of Kansas and earned an M.B.A. from the Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University. Alan is a licensed architect. He has served as past lead of the Monsanto Access Diversity Network promoting disability awareness in the workplace. As part of the network, Alan had the opportunity to lead Monsanto’s partnership with the Missouri AgrAbility Project, a USDA program cultivating success in agriculture, employment, and rural life for people with disabilities and their families.

Alan lives in Wildwood and has two daughters.

 


 

Amy Altholz
Treasurer
RubinBrown

Amy Altholz is the Partner-in-Charge of RubinBrown’s Not-for-Profit Services Group, leading a team to provide audit, tax, and other professional services to not-for-profit organizations across the country.   Amy has been with RubinBrown since 2003, specializing in both not-for-profit organizations as well as assurance services.

Amy graduated Magma Cum Laude with a B.S.B.A. and M.S.B.A. from Washington University.  In addition to proudly serving as Board Treasurer of Operation Food Search, Amy also serves as the Board Treasurer of Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts as well as is a current Finance Committee and former Board member of the Women’s Foundation of Greater Saint Louis.   Amy is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Washington University.   In her free time, Amy enjoys volunteering, supporting the vibrant St. Louis arts community, and traveling the globe.


Julie Hoff
Secretary
Core & Main

Julie Hoff is a Director of Human Resources at Core & Main where she has responsibility for strategic partnership and support in the areas of talent and succession planning, process improvements, mergers and acquisitions, and associate engagement and retention. She joined Core & Main earlier this year. Prior to that she worked at Express Scripts for 14 years in a variety of human resources and business roles.

She graduated with her M.B.A. from University of Missouri, St. Louis and earned her B.A. from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Lisa lives in Edwardsville, Illinois, with her husband, Kurt, and two English Bulldogs, Mae and Junebug.

 


 

Dr. Kelvin Adams
St. Louis Public Schools

Dr. Kelvin Adams serves as Superintendent of Schools for the St. Louis Public School District. He oversees one of the largest districts in the state of Missouri with more than 22,000 students in grades Pre-K – 12 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the district’s 4,120 employees and $400 million budget. Under Dr. Adams’ guidance, the St. Louis Public School District has returned from an unaccredited district to a status of full accreditation.

 


 

Erin Brooks
Bryan Cave LLP

Erin Brooks is a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP specializing in environmental law with a focus in redevelopment and sustainable land use.  She counsels companies in a number of industries, including real estate developers, agribusiness, food and beverage, renewable energy, finance, and manufacturing.  Erin earned her J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law and B.A. from Truman State University.

Erin lives in the Central West End with her husband, Josh Udelhofen, and enjoys long walks in Forest Park, hiking, and skiing.


 

 

Laura Bryant
Formerly Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

Laura Bryant formerly served as the Assistant Vice President of Government & Public Affairs Communications for Enterprise Holdings Inc.  She began her career with Southwestern Bell/AT&T, before moving to The May Department Stores Company and then subsequently to Enterprise in 2005. For almost 15 years, Laura helped manage and support the company’s efforts in media relations, business-to-business communications, corporate reputation, executive support, crisis communications, consumer advocacy, acquisitions, corporate sustainability and government/public affairs.

Laura attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and graduated with two bachelor’s degrees – Journalism (magazine) and Russian Area Studies. Her career also includes 14 years of public service in the City of Creve Coeur, Missouri. She served as a Planning & Zoning Commissioner for four years, then was elected to City Council, eventually serving five two-year terms before being termed-out. In 2006, the Creve Coeur-Olivette Chamber of Commerce awarded Bryant its “Legislator of the Year” Award in recognition of her efforts to champion the rights of residential and commercial property owners against Eminent Domain abuse.


 


Nik Brym
GardaWorld

Nik Brym is the Director of Finance at GardaWorld Security Service. At GardaWorld, Nik leads several teams of individuals responsible for the accounting and finance functions throughout North America.

Before joining the Board of Directors in 2019, Nik spent seven years serving on the young professionals’ board for Operation Food Search, with his last four years serving as president.

Nik is a proud business graduate of the University of Missouri – St Louis, holding a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He continues to mentor students from UMSL and is of service to the University at different levels. In addition to serving with Operation Food Search, Nik also serves as a board member for Strange Cares, a nonprofit geared towards helping underprivileged kids by offering scholarships, in hopes of helping them realize their dreams and potential.

Nik and his wife, Gina, are the proud parents of two children. Nik is the current president of the parent association at his children’s school and also the coach of both of his children’s sports teams. Nik and Gina are in the final stages of becoming licensed foster care parents.

 


 

Ryan Cuba
Schnuck Markets

Ryan Cuba is the Chief Merchant for Schnuck Markets, Inc., where he oversees the item selection for all food and general merchandise carried in Schnucks stores, as well as pricing strategies, store layouts, and merchandising plans. He is a member of the Strategy Team, comprised of the company’s senior executives.

He joined Schnuck Markets, Inc., in 2006 as the Director of Financial Planning & Budgeting before being promoted to Vice President of Store Operations in 2009. He was named Chief Store Merchant in 2015 where he oversaw all stores across the company’s footprint. He was promoted to Chief Business Development & Transformation Officer in 2018 where he led the integration of 19 acquired Shop ‘n Save stores. Ryan took on the role of Chief Merchant in 2020.

Ryan began his career at GE Capital as a Financial Analyst before moving to May Department Stores, where he spent 12 years in a variety of leadership roles. Prior to joining Schnucks, he was the May Company’s Vice President of Capital Planning and Analysis.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from St. Louis University.

He serves on the board of directors for Operation Food Search and supports Junior Achievement and the United Way.

Ryan and his wife, Cindy, are the proud parents of three children.


 

Jim Goebel
SoTel Systems 

Jim Goebel is the President and CEO of Sotel Systems, a 38-year-old telecom and IT distribution and remanufacturer based in Maryland Heights. He has been with the company since 1996, and he architected the buyout of the founders in 2008.

He graduated with a B.A. in Business Communications from the University of Southern Indiana in 1992. In addition to OFS, Jim serves as a Director on the Board for The First Tee of Greater St. Louis. He is involved in Ladue School District’s Dads’ Club and other civic organizations. He is the former President and Board Member of the NATD (North American Telecom Dealers).

Jim lives in Creve Coeur and is the married father of four children.

 


 

Skip Spielberg 
Universal Leathers Worldwide

Skip Spielberg has been in the ladies’ handbag business his entire career, beginning with Spielberg Manufacturing Company. Since 1999, he has been with Bueno of California, a ladies’ handbag and small leather goods distributor. He is currently serving as Executive Vice President of Marketing.

Skip was born and raised in University City, Missouri, and he attended the University of Oklahoma. He currently resides in Creve Coeur with his wife, Elaine. They have two grown sons and five grandsons.

 


 

Steve Spratt
Ascension

Steve Spratt is the Vice President of Marketing Operations at Ascension. In this role, he is responsible for operations, human resources and finance for the function as well as media buying, brand implementation and the Ascension Charity Classic. Steve earned his B.A. in Accounting from Buena Vista University and his M.B.A. from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Steve currently serves on the Board of Norwood Hills Country Club, and previous board experience includes The First Tee of Greater St. Louis and the Board of Education for the Ladue School District. Steve lives in Creve Coeur and is the married father of two children.


 

Jessica Stephan
Bunge

Jessica Stephan is Logistics Manager for Bunge, a global leader in agribusiness, food ingredients, fuel, and fertilizer. There she leads a team of individuals who manage bulk barge and vessel logistics for the company’s North American agribusiness division. Since joining the company in 2008, Jessica held several merchandising and trading positions prior to switching career paths to supply chain and logistics.

Jessica graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. in Agriculture Education and a M.S. in Agribusiness. She developed a passion for agriculture from growing up on a small farm in South Central Illinois. This experience led her to organizations like 4-H and FFA where she enjoyed serving members and the community in various leadership roles through college and into her professional career. Currently, Jessica is the President of Bunge’s FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapter, co-lead of the Women of Bunge Employee Resource Group, and serves on industry committees with National Grain and Feed Association and North American Export Grain Association. Additionally, she volunteers locally with Junior Achievement and Ronald McDonald House.

Jessica lives in St. Louis County near Creve Coeur Lake with her husband, Patrick, daughter Dylan, and turtle, Jonas. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and snow skiing with family and friends.

 


 

Rick Stevens
Christian Hospital

As president of Christian Hospital, Rick Stevens is responsible for strategic leadership and positioning Christian Hospital as a provider of quality critical health care services in north St. Louis County. Prior to joining BJC in 2016, Rick was with Sutter California Pacific Medical Center St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco, where he served for four years as chief administrative officer and vice president.

Rick holds a master’s degree in public health from Meharry Medical College and a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is board certified in healthcare management. He serves on the boards of North County, Inc., St. Louis Integrated Health Network, Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America, KIPP St. Louis, UMSL’s Chancellor’s Council, and Logan University. He is also a member of the Florissant Valley Kiwanis.

Rick is married and has two children.

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