A personal message from our President and CEO Maureen Barber Hill:
To Our ALS Community,
I am writing to let you know that I will be retiring as President and CEO of our Chapter on Feb. 12, 2021, bringing my 10 years with this incredible organization to a close. Our Board of Directors has named my esteemed colleague Katie McGovern, who many of you know as our Development Director, as my successor, and I couldn’t be more pleased with that decision. You can read the news release here.
If this year has taught us anything, it’s that change surrounds us and is something we all should prepare for. And with respect to the ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter, there is more change to come in 2021. I’m beyond confident, however, that it is change of a more positive kind than much of what we have experienced in 2020.
My 10 years with this organization have been an amazing journey. I love this organization, being the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. I love the way we have worked as one team, with one mission and one vison, with the guiding principal of putting people with ALS and their families first in everything we do. I love the bigness and boldness of our strategies working to fulfill our mission of discovering treatments and one day a cure, while serving, advocating for, and empowering people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest. I love my dynamite team and their willingness to accept and embrace their range of talents and capabilities. I love the way we embrace and work with other partners and stakeholders to create a world without ALS. I love the community support and the “We Can’t Wait” attitude, because ALS does not stop and neither will we until we eliminate this disease entirely.
I am proud of what we have achieved. Our Chapter has grown from $900,000 to $2.5 million since I joined The ALS Association St. Louis Regional Chapter, greatly diversifying our revenues and being recognized with many awards from our National Association. All while maintaining the highest standards, being fully accredited with the BBB each year, along with maintaining a 4 Star rating with Charity Navigator and the GuideStar seal of transparency. We have grown from 9 to 16 staff along with hundreds of dedicated volunteers. We have increased exponentially the financial support we give to people with ALS and their caregivers. And we have increased the number of ALS clinic partners from two to five, serving close to 950 people each year. I feel honored to have played a key role in our success with the support of a fabulous, engaged and dedicated Board of Directors. I feel blessed to have worked with so many of my amazing ALS colleagues across the country on many national task forces and committees over the years. I have committed 100 percent of myself to this cause, and I feel great about that.
Retiring is an emotional and difficult thing for me to do. I take this step as I transition with Katie in the best interests of an organization I love; outside of my family and closest friends, this cause is what matters to me most. I lost my dad, Wayne Barber, Sr. to ALS in 1992, and during the past 10 years I have lost so many more heroes to this disease. I love the relationships I have made during this time, but I hate that ALS is what brought us together. So I will remain dedicated to continuing my support to The Chapter for those battling ALS and until we find a cure. In the meantime I am just ready for the next chapter of my life, spending time with Gus, my new grandson, traveling with Bill, playing a little more golf and doing some part time consulting on the side for others where I can lend my expertise.
I feel extremely proud of the team I have developed along with outstanding Board leadership and our unique mission-driven culture, as well as the fact that we continue to provide quality programs and services. We cannot and will not miss a beat during this transition as I work with Katie, who will take the lead as President and CEO on Feb. 12. I have worked closely with Katie for eight years and have every confidence that she is the right person to take the Chapter to the next level. I couldn’t be prouder to hand over the reins to her.
With many thanks and warm regards,
Maureen Barber Hill