Board of Directors of GCAA

Dr. James Buford, a native St. Louisan, has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis since 1985. Buford holds a BA in Human Services Administration from Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA. He holds honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degrees from Harris-Stowe State University, in 1993; and from the University of Missouri of St. Louis, in 1995; Webster University, in 2000; Eden Theological Seminary in 2006 and Fontbonne University in 2008. As an advocate for social and economic parity, Buford is often a vocal spokesperson on behalf of Urban League constituents. In this role, he speaks to diverse audiences, which embody the whole community — from grass roots to corporations.  Mr. Buford serves on over twenty boards and has received numerous awards and honors for his commitment to the St. Louis community. Ms. Jeanice Baker holds a BS in Business Administration and an MBA from Fontbonne University, specializing in Finance and Accounting. She is currently employed by Monsanto Company where she is the Revenue and Accounts Receivable Lead. She has been very active in the St. Louis community as a member of the Urban League Young Professionals, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and currently as Vice President of the National Association of Black Accountants, St. Louis Chapter. Dr. Harvey Fields holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis. He previously was employed by Proctor and Gamble as manager of a production facility and is currently the Retention and Academic Advisor and Director of Academic Mentoring at Washington University. Dr. Fields serves on the Board of the Humane Society of Missouri, Missouri One Church, and the St. Louis Clergy Coalition, as well as being a member of the Association of Black Scientists of Metropolitan St. Louis. Mr. Craig Glover holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Fontbonne University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently the Chief Information Officer for Grace Hill, a non-profit organization that provides primary health care, pre-school, and neighborhood outreach programs.  Mr. Glover is a board member of the St. Louis Black Leadership Roundtable and Progressive Youth Connection. Ms. Sonya Henry graduated from Howard University cum Laude with a BA in Communications, majoring in Public Relations and Computer Science.  She is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer and studied business at the University of Norway.  Ms. Henry is a field Technical Systems Engineer for IBM, covering a six state territory. She is a member of the Howard Alumni Association, President of the Black Network Group for IBM and is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers. Ms. Jennifer Kovar is an attorney at Polsinelli Shughart, PC in downtown St. Louis. She focuses her practice on the areas of affordable housing and tax credit finance and development. Ms. Kovar is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a law degree from the University of Tulsa and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma.  She is a member of the Missouri Bar and Illinois State Bar Association. Mr. Tim Rowbottom, AIA, is the Co-Director of the Lawrence Group’s mixed-use studio. Mr. Rowbottom joined the Lawrence Group in 2003. He has a diverse range of experience in all phases of project delivery, including Due Diligence, Feasibility Studies, Programming, Master Planning, Scheduling, and Project Design from conception through occupancy. Most recently, Mr. Rowbottom has managed the renovation of the St. Louis Centre, a $66,000,000 adaptive re-use project.  He is a registered professional architect, certified in Missouri and Georgia.  Mr. Rowbottom earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas in 1993, and attended the Kansas City Urban Design Studio in 1992-1993. He is a board member of the Downtown Children’s Center's Building Committee, and a board member at Forsyth School, serving on the Plant and Land committee. Mr. Armando Siliceo-Roman works in the Health and Life Sciences Division at Microsoft, delivering high tech solution sales and recently working with health care providers and health plans.  He has been with Microsoft for over 10 years.  He has also been very active in the St. Louis community as a member of the Board of Directors and a committee Chair for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.  He has also been a Business Advisory Council member of the St. Louis Public School Career Awareness Fair and was part of the Leadership St. Louis class of 2005-2006.  Mr. Siliceo-Roman holds a BA in Political Theory from Southern Illinois University, Carbondate, Illinois. Dr. Kia Swan Moore is a physician specializing in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and her MD from Rush University, both in Chicago. She also holds a MA in Public Health from St. Louis University.  Dr. Moore is currently employed by Midwest Occupational Medicine in Wood River, Illinois as the Medical Director for several plants in greater St. Louis. Mr. Paul Tice is the managing member and portfolio manager for Tice Asset Management, LLC, and is a financial analyst at DFC Group, Inc., a real estate consultancy.  Prior to his employment at Tice Asset Management and DFC Group, Mr. Tice practiced law at Rosenblum, Goldenhersh, Silverstein & Zafft, PC in St. Louis and was a tax accountant at Price, Waterhouse, Coopers, LLP.  Mr. Tice holds a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a BSBA from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University.  He is a licensed CPA, member of the Missouri Bar and Charter Financial Analyst. Dr. Susan Uchitelle holds an MA in Education from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Program Development from Washington University in St. Louis.  She has worked for the Danforth Foundation in Higher Education, taught at Washington University, and worked as Area Supervisor of Instruction for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the State of Missouri.  She was appointed by the U.S. District Court to implement the St. Louis Metropolitan School Desegregation Interdistrict Transfer Program, which she did from 1981 until the case was settled in 1999.  Dr. Uchitelle also gives regular commentaries for the local public radio station, KWMU, and serves on several charitable boards in the St. Louis region. To reach the Board of Directors, contact Joleen Pleoger, Executive to the Board, at 314-436-2313 or email: jploegeratconfluenceacademy.org