Governance of GCAA

Board of Directors, 2012-13
Confluence Charter Schools

Sonya Henry, chair – Sonya Henry has 30 years of experience in the information technology industry. She has worked for IBM for 14 years. She has experience as a technical computer consultant, systems analyst and computer educator. She also owned firms in technology and real estate development. She is a graduate of Howard University, and studied business at the University of Oslo in Norway. She currently manages a team of storage technical systems engineers for IBM covering the western United States.

Jennifer S. Kovar, vice chair - Jennifer S. Kovar is an attorney and owner of Kovar Law Firm, LLC, located in the City of St. Louis. She is a Fulbright Scholar, and earned a law degree from the University of Tulsa. She has a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Missouri Bar and Illinois State Bar associations.

Paul Tice, treasurer – Paul Tice is the chief investment officer for Argos Investment Advisors, LLC. Previously, he was the managing member and portfolio manager for Tice Asset Management, LLC, and a financial analyst at DFC Group, Inc., a real estate consultancy. He practiced law at Rosenblum, Goldenhersh, Silverstein and Zafft, P.C. in St. Louis, and was a tax accountant/CPA at Price, Waterhouse, Coopers, LLP. Tice has a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science of Business Administration from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University. He is a licensed CPA, a member of the Missouri Bar and Charter Financial Analyst.

Armando Siliceo-Roman, secretary – Armando Siliceo-Roman is a vice president of client services for Blade Technologies, Inc., where he oversees all business development efforts. He has 16 years of experience in the high-tech software industry, with experience in sales management, productivity infrastructure optimization, enterprise project management and knowledge/content management. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He has a Bachelor of Science in political theory. He is an active member of the community, and is a graduate of FOCUS St. Louis-Leadership St. Louis, class of 2005-2006. He serves on the boards of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and FOCUS St. Louis.

Dr. Susan Uchitelle, chair emerita – Dr. Susan Uchitelle is the original founder of Confluence Academy. She has a master’s degree in education from Harvard and a Ph.D. in educational policy and program development from Washington University in St. Louis. She worked for the Danforth Foundation in Higher Education, taught at Washington University, and worked as area supervisor of instruction for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 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. Uchitelle gives regular commentaries for the local public radio station, KWMU, and serves on several charitable boards in the St. Louis region.

Jeanice L. Baker, MBA – Jeanice L. Baker is a senior credit analyst for Monsanto Company. She serves as vice president of African Americans in Monsanto (AAIM) Diversity Network. She is also the African American Finance Diversity Recruiting Lead. She has worked for Monsanto in accounting positions such as senior inventory control analyst and accounts receivable lead. She is the regional director of National Association of Black Accountants. She serves on the boards of SPG Youth Organization, Junior Achievement Enterprise Advisory Board and United Way Allocations Board. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and serves as chapter treasurer and helps mentor young ladies. She has a Bachelor of Science in accounting and a Master of Business Administration from Fontbonne University.

Thurman L. Brooks, CPA – Thurman L. Brooks received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in instructional design from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He is a licensed CPA in the state of North Carolina. Brooks works with PNC Bank in the healthcare division. His primary responsibility is to deliver customized cash flow solutions to doctors, dentists and veterinarians.

James Buford – James Buford has served as president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis since 1985. He has a Bachelor of Arts in human services administration from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania. He received honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Harris-Stowe State University in 1993, the University of Missouri – 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. He serves on more than 20 boards and has received numerous awards and honors for his commitment to the St. Louis community.

Dr. Harvey Fields has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Morehouse College, and bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. His professional experience includes both engineering and management roles with Procter and Gamble Company. He is the assistant director for academic programs at Washington University, and serves on several university committees. He is a member of the Missouri Baptist Medical Center Board of Directors, the Humane Society of Missouri capital campaign committee, and is president of the St. Louis Chapter of the Morehouse College Alumni Association.  Dr. Fields is pastor of Union Baptist Church of Chesterfield.

Tim Rowbottom – Tim Rowbottom, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, directs the Lawrence Group’s Academic and Institutional practice. During his 20-year architectural career, he has served as the principal in charge on a range of academic, adaptive reuse and institutional projects encompassing more than $700 million in construction value. He is a member of Lawrence Group’s Leadership Council, assisting the firm in planning, growth management and implementation priorities. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas in 1993. He attended the Kansas City Urban Design Studio in 1992-1993, earning the Leadership Excellence Award. Rowbottom serves on the Board of Trustees at Forsyth School in St. Louis, and is the former chair of the building committee for the Downtown Children’s Center, a non-profit early childhood education center.

To reach the Board of Directors, contact Joleen Pleoger, Executive to the Board, at 314-436-2313 or email jploeger@confluenceacademy.org