The Board of Directors have added members to the newly established Greater Missouri Alumnae Council. Each of these women have already served in leadership with our organization, and we are grateful for their willingness to continue in this new role to expand our organizational capacity, reach, and impact for the legacy and continuation of the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation.
Dona Stephenson works with Dream Key Partners based in Charlotte, NC. Originally started as a dream and a group of compassionate, like-minded people joining together more than thirty years ago to address a critical need in our society – affordable housing, Dream Key has grown into a private, nonprofit real estate development and finance corporation. Dona has served on many planning committees for GMLF since her Challenge experience in 2005 while she was living and working in Kansas City. She has recruited several challenge participants, identified recurring speakers, and has served as a true champion for GMLC in addition to being closely tied with one of our founders, Muriel Battle. Her institutional knowledge and love for GMLF will make her a wonderful addition to our efforts.
Tonya Noble is the Director, International Defense Training, Boeing Global Services based in St. Louis. Tonya serves as the Boeing Executive Focal for Missouri University Science and Technology and served as a member of our Board of Directors from 2015 to 2020 when her many contributions included coordinating our annual graduation events for each Challenge Class to include the class photos we proudly display on this website. She also serves as an Executive Champion for Boeing Women in Leadership and Leadership Next and is also a mentor for several employees. Prominent accomplishments include being honored with a Career Achievement Award at the 2020 Women of Color STEM Conference, a 2020 Science Spectrum Trailblazer by Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA), 2018 Distinguished Alumni of Western Michigan University, the 2017 Boeing St. Louis Diversity Executive “Walk the Talk” award winner, 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from Western Michigan University, 2014 Outstanding Woman in Technology, 2012 Technology All Star, and selected as one of the ‘Top 40 Under 40’ award recipients by the St. Louis Business Journal. She is also featured in the Charles H. Wright Museum’s: Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology ongoing exhibit in Detroit, Michigan. We are thrilled that she will continue to bring her strategic vision to our work.
Lisa Massa is the Senior Head of Human Resources for Bayer. She currently lives in Chesterfield. Lisa also served on our Board of Directors from 2015 to 2019 and she will continue to bring her professional skills to ensure a diverse and engaged group of new and active alumnae continue to stay engaged with Greater Missouri. Lisa started her career in HR with United Technologies Corporation working in its aerospace and then automotive businesses. She has also held HR leadership positions with Pharmacia, the Danforth Plant Science Center and American Standard. Lisa replaces another Bayer leader Nancy Wolfe, who has served on our Advisory Board for the past many years. We are grateful for her service and know she will stay active working with Lisa on opportunities to sustain our foundation’s work.