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Board of Directors

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Aaron Milligan is supported by his wife, 2 children.  "Growing up with a father who was disabled, I had both a professional and personal understanding of caring for people at home, as well as, how best to create independence and safety in the home and community. It is my vocation in life to help individuals who need care and assistance and appreciates the fact that in life there are people of all different abilities. That is also why I am llooking forward to building a place for EVERY body!

 

Aaron Milligan

OT &

Independence

 

 

Advocate 

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Junior Board

Annie Donnell is a recent graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies, Minor in Education.  She conducted an internship with the Spirit of Discovery Park in the Fall of 2017 and was team member of our sister nonprofit, the St. Louis Blues Blind Hockey Club. Annie remained on the Dean’s list while being an active member in both her St. Louis and Nashville communities. Such organizations that Annie has given her time and talent to include yet not limited to; Best Buddies at Belmont, Women’s Choir, Student Activities Programming Board, Achilles Nashville, Second Harvest Food Bank, Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments in St. Louis and the St. Louis Children’s Choir. 

Annie Donnell & Hikari

Coleton Meseke

Coleton Meseke is currently beginning his senior year at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. Studying finance, he will be CPA ready upon graduation and maintains an active member in the St. Louis community. Coleton has attended Auburn University under the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and Loyola University, Chicago where he spent a semester in Rome, Italy.  He is currently on course to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and serving as a financial advisor for Spirit of Discovery Park.

Piloting Managers

Under the direction of the Board, the Piloting Manager will provide support and outreach activities to sustain and enhance SoDP's mission.

 

This includes developing and improving the effectiveness of fundraising, awareness and community relations. The position provides targeted support for all fundraising priorities including donor cultivation, grant research, and event planning, coordination and implementation.

 

The person assists in the formulation of the agency fundraising strategy and collaborates with members of the SoDP Board and its Advisors, and provides informational support to staff and the community.

Board of Directors

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S. Eric Westacott, is an idealist - driven to help people and to break down societal/community barriers.  "In both my professional and personal life, I strive to these lofty goals. So, it flows naturally that I’d jump on board to such an audacious project as Spirit of Discovery Park - to build an international destination of ultimate joy; for families to come together and celebrate; where EVERY body is welcomed and accepted.  Wow! And, to use my experiences as a consumer - power wheelchair user - and as a counsellor - attorney – to help make this a reality…that excites me! I’m truly honored to be a part of this fantastic endeavor." 

S. Eric Wesacott

Chief Legal Officer

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"Our daughter is my "why".  Born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, her first three years of life were challenging.  She underwent 13 surgeries and even more hospitalizations.  Our family felt like we were in survival mode.  

After working through her various health issues, she became healthy!  And our family wanted to do things that typical families do!  We soon discovered that many family friendly venues are not wheelchair friendly, let alone inclusive.  I stumbled across a Facebook post that mentioned Spirit of Discovery Park, and I instantly felt joy.  To have a destination so close to home that our whole family can enjoy without hesitation...THAT is a game changer for us!"

 

Becki Uccello

Aaron Milligan is supported by his wife, 2 children.  "Growing up with a father who was disabled, I had both a professional and personal understanding of caring for people at home, as well as, how best to create independence and safety in the home and community. It is my vocation in life to help individuals who need care and assistance and appreciates the fact that in life there are people of all different abilities. That is also why I am llooking forward to building a place for EVERY body!

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Aaron Milligan

OT &

Independence

 

 

Advocate 

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Social Media Intern

Suzie is a senior at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. She will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, minor in Communication this May and will continue her studies by pursuing an MBA at Missouri State. Her time at Missouri State has been spent getting involved and giving back by being a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Sound Bearrier A Cappella group, Missouri State SOAR, Student Mobilization, and Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. She will be serving as the social media intern for Spirit of Discovery Park for Spring 2020 and she is so excited to start a new chapter of her education and dive into this amazing organization!

Suzie Kuensting

Advisory Board

Kristin Seymour

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Cardiovascular Advanced Practice Nurse, ADHD Consultant & Speaker

Joe Nadreau

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Managing Director at

Wells Fargo Advisors

Will Foy

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Co-founder, Director of Operations at Warrior Transition Network

John O'Leary

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President, Speaker & Author, John O'Leary - Live Inspired.

Mary Kay Sheets

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Strategic Business Developer, Fractional

Executive & Catalyst for Industry Pioneers

Ken Bower

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CEO and Managing Director at Clayton Financial Group. Best in Client Satisfaction WealthManager, St. Louis Magazine, 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Travis Thomas

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Creator - Live Yes, And!

"I inspire companies, sports teams, and individuals to discover their inner brilliance through performance coaching."

W. Thomas

Smith

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Manchester University College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences

Melanie Maynor 

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President & CEO of Aging Gracefully,

a Geriatric Care Company

Ryan Claunch

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Team & School Sales Representative

at BSN Sports

Sarah Gentry

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Compliance and Asset Management

Coordinator at Sugar Creek Capital

John Barada

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President, CEO, Certified College Planning Specialist, College Planning Consultants, LLC