Mike Kiefer is the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Brown Shoe Company where he specializes in implementing strategic projects and initiatives across the enterprise. Prior to joining Brown Shoe in 2005, he worked for Honeywell International and Arthur Andersen. Mike is a native of St. Louis and is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where he recieved his B.S in Finance & Banking. He later received his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Mike and his wife, Vicki, live in Orange County, Callifornia. Mike and Vicki became associated with Share shortly after experiencing two pre-term losses in 2006 (at 12 weeks) and 2007 (at 10 weeks). Since those losses, he and Vicki have benefitted greatly from the support services Share provides families who experience pregnancy and infant loss. Mike is proud and grateful for the opportunity to give back to an organization that helped him and his family cope with their losses.
Melanie Renken is an attorney at Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., where her practice includes all areas of labor and employment law. Melanie represents employers in both state and federal court, in mediations, and before various administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Melanie provides day-to-day advice for clients on issues ranging from compliance with leave of absence laws to best practices for preventing employee union organizing. In addition, she advises clients on everyday matters such as terminating employees, non-competition agreements, wage and hour issues, and accommodating employees with disabilities. Prior to attending law school, Melanie worked for ten years in the marketing and public relations field. Melanie has earned degrees from the University of Missouri, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Saint Louis University.
Melanie and her husband, Tom, live in St. Charles, Missouri, with their four-year-old son, Charlie. Melanie and Tom became associated with Share through their best friends, who have been touched by Share since their daughter, Olivia Mae, was born sleeping in October 2003. Share's mission is close to Melanie's heart because she lost her nephew, Conner Michael, at a very young age and, because of her struggles with infertility, she understands the miraculousness and significance of each and every life--no matter how short.
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Gary Wellman is an IT Director for The Outsource Group where he manages a data integration team. He was previously with EDS/HP for 17 years as a Program Manager and Delivery Lead. Gary is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a B.S. in Computer Science. Gary is originally from Quincy, IL; but currently lives in St. Charles, MO with his wife Melissa and his five living children.
Gary and Melissa were introduced to Share in 2002 due to the death of their son, Garrett. At that time, they received a wealth of support from Share and its extended family. Since that time, they have both volunteered for or helped organize many of the Share events. It’s because of Share they both found hope and healing, and it’s because of Garrett that they continue to give back to Share and others who need their support. Gary joined the Share Board of Directors in 2008.
Matt uses his extensive litigation experience to advocate for clients in a wide range of complex commercial and business litigation, including shareholder derivative actions, antitrust claims, appeals, mediation, arbitration, partnership disputes, class actions, contract disputes, insurance coverage disputes, product liability claims, and fiduciary litigation. His clients range from start-up companies, to closely-held and family-owned businesses of every size, to publicly traded companies.
Matt serves on the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, and is a team captain for VISON, his firm’s community volunteering program. Matt also was a member of FOCUS St. Louis’ Leadership St. Louis Class of 2010-11.
Before joining Polsinelli Shughart, Matt worked as a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Prior to law school, Matt studied classical languages and philosophy at Xavier University. Matt and his wife Monica spend most of their free time chasing around their three-year old daughter.
Mike Margherio is the father of 8 kiddos, one who lived only 12 hours. After Joey's death, Mike and his wife Diane had to concentrate on Joey's twin's health, and Jimmy is now 15 years old. But Joey is just as real and present as Jimmy. Mike was recruited to Share by a mutual friend of Cathi Lammert's (Share Executive Director), and he has honored Joey's memory by serving on the Share board, most recently for about 2 years, and earlier for about 3-4 years. He is always in awe of Cathi's vision and commitment as well as her seemingly tireless efforts on behalf of Share. It is his privilege to be a part of Share and this dedicated board.
Mike has worked as an attorney for the past 30 years.
Megan Rowekamp, CPA, is the Director of Financial Reporting at Life Time Fitness, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN. Prior to joining Life Time in 2001, Megan started her career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen. An Iowa native, Megan received her BA in accounting and economics from Luther College in Decorah, IA.
Megan and her husband Jason lost their full-term son Charley unexpectedly during birth in 2007. Megan is honored to serve on the Share board in Charley’s memory. An old Jewish proverb says that a person can die two deaths -- the first when your physical body dies, and the second when people stop mentioning your name. Share ensures that Charley, and babies like him, never die that second death.
Megan and Jason live in rural Wisconsin with their two living children, Owen and Anna and with two demanding pugs, Bella and Badger.
Andrea Kroll is the Vice President Media Director at Digitas where she oversees digital media strategy & planning for Disney Parks & Resorts and Kraft Foods. Prior to joining Digitas, she worked for PepsiCo where she led digital strategy and marketing communications for the Quaker Oats portfolio. In addition, Andrea has held positions at Walgreens and Arthur Andersen. Andrea is a native of St. Louis and is a graduate of Tulane University where she recieved her B.S.M. in Accounting & Information Systems.
Andrea and her husband, Adam, live in Chicago, Illinois. Andrea and Adam were introducted to Share shortly after experiencing the loss of their son at 31 weeks in July 2008. Since this loss, she and Adam have found the support Share has provided invaluable. Andrea is proud to be able to honor her son through giving back in this way and helping others cope with their losses. Andrea and Adam have since had a beautiful daughter, Sydney, who was born October 2009.
President - Michael Margherio, Esq.
Vice President - Gary Wellman, PMP
Secretary - Matthew Hans
Treasurer - Megan Rowekamp, CPA
Past President - Michael Kiefer
Meredith Byers, MD
Katie Johnson Esq.,CFP
Melanie A. Renken, Esq.
James L. Running, GPHR
Michael Margherio, Esq.
Gary Wellman, PMP
Matthew Hans, Esq.
Megan Rowekamp, CPA
“The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~
Meredith Byers is the Co-Director of the Breast Health and Women’s Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital in St. Peters, Missouri, and is an Associate Professor with Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University Medical Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She previously lived in Dallas, TX, where she completed a Radiology Residency and Body Imaging Fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center and received her medical degree from U.T. Southwestern Medical Center.
Meredith and her husband Derek live in Kirkwood, Missouri, and are blessed with three living children: Wyatt, Shiloh, and Ryder. In 2006, the Byers came to know Share through the loss of their son Samuel, born still at 36 weeks. Meredith and Derek feel that the support and comfort of Share carried them through this loss and taught them how to celebrate and remember Samuel each day.
Meredith is committed to supporting Share and all of the families that this organization touches. In addition, she also volunteers with the Kirkwood School District, Keysor Elementary and Kirkwood Early Childhood Center PTOs, Kirkwood United Methodist Church, Junior League of St. Louis, and Kirkwood Parents as Teachers.
Meredith Byers, MD
James Running is the Associate Director of Employee Relations and Recruitment at the Alzheimer’s Association in Chicago. Prior to joining the Alzheimer’s Association, he worked as the Associate Director in Human Resources with the American Bar Association. Jim received his M.A. in law studies from Marquette University and is a certified Global Professional in Human Resources from the Society for Human Resource Management.
Jim lives in Chicago, IL with his wife Shelly. They became aware of Share after the death of their 18 day old daughter, Nara, in June 2008. He is happy to honor Nara’s memory by working to advance Share’s mission.
Melanie A. Renken, Esq.
James Running, GPHR
Chris and his wife Shelby became affiliated with Share in 2007 when their son Cameron was born with Trisomy 13 and lived 7 days. Share was an important resource for them following their loss and Chris joined the Share Board of Directors because he wanted to help take the Share mission to other parents dealing with their own loss of loved ones. As a new resident of the Seattle area, he is looking to take Share with him into the Pacific Northwest and build a Share community in a geographic area that has been previously untouched by Share’s mission.
Chris is currently an Engineering Project Manager with Boeing Commercial Aircraft in Seattle. He previously lived in St Charles, MO where he led multiple projects for Boeing Defense on the F-15 and F/A-18 aircraft. Prior to joining Boeing, he served as a T-1 Instructor Pilot for the U.S. Air Force. Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Academy, a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Arizona State. He is also a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).