Operation Food Search Board Members
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.
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.
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.
Rob Kessler is a Partner and the Operations Director at Magnetize, a full-service marketing and branding agency. Prior to joining Magnetize in 2018, he spent 15 years with Enterprise Holdings as an Officer leading its employee communications and employer brand efforts. Early in his career, Rob also worked in communications and marketing for global brands such as General Motors and EDS.
Rob graduated with a B.A. in Communications at Purdue University and earned a master’s degree in Strategy and Communications Systems Management at Northwestern University. He also serves as a committee member for NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers).
Rob lives in the Central West End with his family.
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.
Bryan Cave LLP
Erin Brooks is an attorney 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.
Ryan Cuba is the Chief Business Development & Transformation Officer for Schnuck Markets, Inc., where he leads the planning and implementation of strategic initiatives across the organization, as well as expansion efforts. He also oversees pharmacy, operations support, total inventory loss, e-commerce, and procurement of goods not for resale. He is a member of the Strategy Team, comprised of the company’s most senior executives.
Ryan 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 his current role in 2018, and has since led the integration of 19 acquired Shop ‘n Save stores.
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 & 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 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.
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.
Alan Schultz is a Capital and Facilities Procurement Lead at Bayer where he has responsibility for managing procurement activities for capital investments and facilities. 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.
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.