STL Leadership

Melinda Monroe

Melinda Monroe

Chief Executive Officer

Melinda assumes responsibility for the strategic direction, collaboration efforts, and executive-level teamwork that accomplish the mission of Nurses for Newborns. Melinda holds a master’s degree in clinical-development psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has many years of non-profit leadership and administrative experience. Known for her work to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies, Melinda is a passionate advocate for the needs of families with young children.

Ron Tompkins

Ron Tompkins

Chief Nursing Officer

As Chief Nursing Officer, Ron is responsible for the overall administrative and strategic leadership for the clinical operations of Nurses for Newborns. He holds his BSN and MS in nursing administration from the University of Colorado. Ron has been with Nurses for Newborns since 2008 and is a seasoned professional with many years of hospital administration experience. In addition, Ron holds numerous professional and community affiliations.

Mary Lou March

Mary Lou March

Chief Financial Officer

Mary Lou joined Nurses for Newborns in 2011 and provides overall financial, human resources, administrative and strategic leadership to NFN. Mary Lou holds a BBA from Iona College and an MBA from Pace University in New York with many years’ experience in working for non-profits, particularly in the health care setting. Mary Lou has also served on a number of non-profit and community boards. Mary Lou enjoys spending her free time traveling abroad or at the beach and is an avid St. Louis Blues and Cardinals fan!

Shannon Mann

Shannon Mann

Chief Analytics Officer

Shannon Mann joined the Nurses for Newborns team in 2019 and is our Chief Analytics Officer. She has over a decade of experience working in the non-profit sector, specifically in child welfare, quality improvement, and leadership. Shannon is responsible for providing guidance, leadership, and support for Analytics and Technology at Nurses for Newborns. She also serves as a member of the Executive team and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Maryville University. She is a proud Mother and Wife and enjoys all things sports, especially St. Louis Cardinals baseball and college basketball, she enjoys being outdoors, and loves attending a good concert!

Anne Volland

Anne Volland

Chief Development Officer

Anne Volland is a strategic and innovative fundraising professional with a successful track record in board development, corporate and major donors, cause related marketing, direct mail, grants, events, annual giving campaigns, and communications and marketing.

As Chief Development Officer at Nurses for Newborns, she leads the agency’s development department, building and retaining a high-performance team, and creating mutually beneficial partnerships with key stakeholders and collaborating organizations.

Outside of the office, Anne enjoys playing the piano, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Kate Steele

Kate Steele

Director of Special Events and Volunteers

Kate’s role is to design, implement and manage all special events at NFN. Kate also maintains responsibility, oversight and training for agency volunteers. Kate is a seasoned hospitality professional and has worked for two St. Louis area premier private dining clubs. Kate holds a degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional operations from Swindon College, England and is a certified meeting planner. Kate is the proud mother of 2 beautiful children, one of whom has graced her with the cutest 2 grandsons.

NFN Board of Directors

Frances Barbieri- Board President
Shanna Wiechel – Board Vice President
Tom Shaner – Board Treasurer
Kevin Knatt – Board Secretary

Jagruti Shah Anadkat, MD
Brad Bakker
Nanci A. Bobrow, Ph.D.
Hon. Patrick Dougherty
Kelly Ferrara-Bayne
Diana Gilbert
Dan Green
Eileen Hamburg
Marianne Hayes
Laurie Lambert Hopkins
Pamela A. Lesser, MS, RNC-OB,
Burnea Lester
Madelyn T. Marks, MA, PM
Suzanne Marshall-Caby. Ed.D.
Brandi Mathews
Michelle Miller
Genie Mueller
Cora Orphe-Harris, MD
Cynthia Rogers, MD
Sen. Brian Williams
Ken Worland

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