BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dara is a partner at Strickland Jansen, PC, a law firm dedicated to offering sterling representation to families in the St. Louis area for their family law and estate planning needs. She graduated from Washington University School of Law in 2007 and opened the firm in 2010 with one idea: family law is for every family. Through her professional work, public speaking, media appearances and now serving proudly on the board of the LGBT Community Center, Dara hopes to make the law a shield for the community, not the barrier it is often perceived to be.
Jill was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, where she earned a BS degree and did graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh. She continued her graduate work and completed a 32 year long career as a public school teacher in St. Charles, MO after moving here in 1983. Jill and her husband, Bill, have two adult children named Emily and Brady. They founded the St. Charles chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) in 2005, and Jill has been its president ever since. The chapter received the St. Charles County Social Justice Award in 2006. Jill is also the chairperson of the LGBT Coalition of St. Louis, a group of community non-profit leaders that meets regularly to collaborate and share ideas. She volunteers for the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) and Senior Connections. Jill worked for many years as “Mrs. Sippy” the clown. She is also an active member at the Ethical Society Mid Rivers.
Heidi is the Director of Consulting, a writer, trainer, and editor for LeaderResources, a national Episcopal publishing company. In 1997 she co-founded Oasis Missouri, the LGBT welcoming program in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, and was the Diocesan Staff Officer for LGBT Ministries. Heidi is on the National Task Force in the Episcopal Church seeking to provide resources for "same-gender rites of blessing" for the church. Heidi is married to Mike Clark. They have a son in middle school, and live in Kirkwood with their three cats - Storm, Trooper and Chewbacca.
Richard (Rick) Norlin
After receiving a bachelors degree in Zoology, Rick earned his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine in 1979 and has been practicing foot and ankle orthopedics ever since. In addition to serving as active podiatric staff at Des Peres and Forest Park Hospitals, Rick practices privately at Crestwood Foot Care Center. Naturally being quick with his feet, Rick is an avid tennis player and distance runner, competing in marathons such as the Chicago Marathon and the world famous Bix 7.
Christine Elbert is a Senior Account Executive at Midwest Mortgage Capital, a St Louis based National Mortgage Bank. A native of Washington MO, she moved to the TGS neighborhood in 1999. She has been a past Board member of the Tower Grove Business Association, for the past 4 years. Christine has been involved in her queer community for the last 25 years in organizations such as That Uppity Theatre Co, The Pride Scholarship Committee and The Steps Alano Club. When she does have down time, she will usually be found with a good book, three cats and a dragon.
Sayer Johnson is a partner, Papi, social worker, artist, community builder and Activist. He is a creator of the Locker Room Transmasculine support group and a co founder of the Metro Trans Umbrella Group. He is actively involved in the First Unitarian Church of Illinois. He is an avid camper and lover of most things outdoors. He lives in intentional queer community in Illinois.