15th Annual Business Meeting Held on June 06, 2015 at Jewel Box, Forest Park.
15th Annual Business Meeting Held on June 06, 2015 at Jewel Box, Forest Park.

The all-volunteer board of directors of Heat-Up St. Louis and Cool Down St. Louis is quite diverse. The board originally began with a handful of community volunteers from the civic, business, and religious sectors. It was the intention of the founder, Gentry W. Trotter, former media, public relations and marketing executive to continuously expand the board to reflect the socioeconomic makeup of the entire St. Louis region and to reinforce the volunteer base. Passion Guides Us… Commitment Sustains Us.

St. Louis County Executive Steven V. Stenger is honorary board chair; as are Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann; St. Clair County Board Chair Mark Kern is a member of our executive board.

Second vice president and Gena Mayer, vice president at UMB Bank is board third vice president and Melanie DiLeo, RETIRED senior vice president of community affairs of Citi is chairwoman of the board of directors. Dr. James Knight is noted vascular surgeon is vice chairman. Chairman emeritus Rev. Earl E. Nance, Jr., is also chair of the allocations committee, J. Kim Tucci, president and co-owner of The Pasta House Co., is chair emeritus. Lance LeComb, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, is president emeritus; Robert Wm. Fulstone serves as Senior Executive VP; Denise Liebel, President & CEO United Services for Children, serves as an Executive VP and John Beck, Senior VP of Emmis serves as a board Vice President. 

The secretary and general counsel is Attorney Norman S. Newmark of the law offices of Guilfoil, Petzall, & Shoemake, LLC. The assistant secretary and associate counsel is Attorney Philip Kirkpatrick of Rabo AgriFinance, Inc. The treasurer is Attorney Richard M. Wise, CPA of the Certified Public Accountant firm of Wise & Scott, LLC. Donna Knight,  executive vice president of North County Surgical Center, serves as the assistant treasurer. Officers of the diverse board now serve at the pleasure of the full board of directors. Kevin X. McGowan is board president emeritus.

The other key positions which are critical to the overall success of this regional not-for-profit energy assistance, public education and advocacy charity is: St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson is our official volunteer resource hotline host. Our interim executive director is Gentry W. Trotter of MultiMedia PR News; our part-time administrator is Tim Gorline; Linda Brison and Karen Wilson supervises hotline and online agencies’ referrals, etc. Any expenses used for operations are paid for strictly by special grants or board member contributions. 100% of public donations are used strictly for servicing the needs of those who qualify for utility assistance.

Since the not-for-profit organization is solely volunteer based, it is essential that the group maintains a resource of individuals who have small, to medium, to large associations and affiliations. Heat-Up St. Louis and Cool Down St. Louis are open to nominations for membership. Anyone who believes that a potential board candidate can bring financial, fundraising, marketing, public relations or volunteer resources may nominate that person by sending an official letter of request to Robert Wm. Fulstone, nominating chairperson, c/o Heat-Up St. Louis, Inc., Suite 603, The Shell Building, 1221 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO 63103, or submit it to our e-mail address at

Heat-Up St. Louis and Cool Down St. Louis welcome people to volunteer at many of our public or private fundraisers. To serve with board members on some of our standing and special committees, or to volunteer, write us at or fax us at 314-241-1860, c/o Pamela R. Walker, board president.

The board of directors attempt to meet three times a year, including an annual meeting, scheduled in June of each year. The annual meeting is for the sole purpose of conducting business relating to any financial, marketing, and fundraising issues, mid-year.

In absence of the board, the executive committee meets routinely to deal with business affairs of the organization. The organization’s business and its meetings are conducted in the framework of Roberts Rules of Order. In absence of the board of director, the organization’s day-to-day operation is run by the president of the board of directors, often in consultation with the executive committee.

The president also chairs the annual and board meetings, and executive committee meetings, except for ad-hoc and board-established committees. The official spokespersons are the chair, vice-chair(s), president and vice president and other officers. No officer or board member is allowed to receive compensation, or be reimbursed for expenses incurred by executive order. Those expenses are to be considered administrative costs, so that every penny (100%) donated goes to help needy families in about 17 counties in Missouri and Illinois, and the City of St. Louis, where members are responsible for volunteering time and efforts throughout the calendar year, and board members must make an annual donation of their choice.

Thank you for helping to Heat-Up St. Louis in the winter months, and Cool Down St. Louis in the summer months.

Board members are responsible for volunteering time and efforts throughout the calendar year, and they must make an annual donation of their choice. Board members are assigned to at least one board or ad-hoc committee during the term of their respective office.

The following are members of the board of directors, including their professional affiliation and not necessarily their term of office:

All Volunteer Board of Directors 2015-2017

Shannon Bagley
Centene Corporation

Todd Barnes
Community Council of St. Charles County Spencer Road Library

John Beck
Emmis Communications

Donna Brooks-Sanders
STL Communications Division

Rene Crosswhite
Vatterott Educational Centers

Gregory F. X. Daly
City of St. Louis, Collector of Revenue

Beth Davis
Board Chair & Member Chair

Melanie DiLeo
Board Chair & Member Chair

Jowcol “Boogie D” Dolby
Radio One

Mark Dorsey

Hon. Steve Ehlmann
St. Charles County Executive

Robert Wm. Fulstone
Fulstone Consulting, LLC

Jack Galmiche
Nine Network of Public Media

Mary Ann Gibson
Mozaic Group

Patricia (Patti) Ann Hageman
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Gerry Hasenstab
Catholic Urban Programs

Hon. Jacob Hummel
Missouri State Senator, 4th District



Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson
St. Louis Fire Department

Kevin Jones
St. Louis American

Hon. Mark Kern
St. Clair County Board Chairman

John Kijowski
Hubbard Radio

Philip Kirkpatrick, Esquire
Rabo AgriFinance, Inc.

Dr. James Knight, M.D.
North County Surgical Services, Inc.

Donna Knight
North County Surgical Services, Inc.

Spencer Koch

Hon. Lyda Krewson
Mayor, City of St. Louis

Lance LeComb
Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District

Steve Lemley
Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc.

Brian Leonard
Ameren Corporation

Denise Liebel
United Services for Children

Derrick Martin
I Heart Radio

Gena M. Mayer

UMB Bank

Kevin McGowan
Blue Urban

Michael McMillan
Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

Jason Miller
Edward Jones Investments

Sandra Moore
Urban Strategies

Mike Murphy
KMOV-TV, Channel 4

Dean Mutter
Spectrum Reach

Reverend Earl E. Nance, Jr.

Norman S. Newmark, Esquire
AEGIS Professional Services – Law Practice Grooup

Deborah J. Patterson
Civic Leader

Margie Price
Premiums Plus Inc.

Jeff Rainford
Rainford & Associates

Luther (Lu) Reames, Jr.
Wells Fargo Corporate Risk

Mr. Steven Roberts
Roberts & Roberts, Inc.

Patricia Roland-Hamilton
Board Chair & Member Chair

Hon. Eric Schmitt
Missouri State Treasurer

John Sheehan
CBS Radio

Francis G. Slay
Spencer Fane LLC

Hon. Steve Stenger
St. Louis County Government Center

Reverend C. Jessel Strong
St. Louis Metropolitan Clergy Coalition

Thomas L. Tipton

Tom Trotter
Pioneer Restaurants. LLC

J. Kim Tucci
The Pasta House Company

Ben Turec
Turec Advertising Associates, Inc.

Mary Ann Wagner
Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis

Pamela Walker, MPA, CPHA
Walker Planning & Management

Randy Weller

Marsha Williams
KSDK Newschannel 5

Richard M. Wise, CPA, JD
The Wise Accounting Group, LLC

Dave Yates, P.E.

Management Consultants

Gentry W.Trotter
Founder/Acting Executive Director

Timothy Gorline

Administrative Office ONLY: Donors, Fundraising, Volunteering, 314-369-7407 or to email us Click Here

For Help Call 314-241-7668

Heat-Up St. Louis and Cool Down St. Louis
A regional energy assistance and public education charity helping the elderly, disabled and needy families avoid unsafe and unhealthy conditions during the heating and cooling seasons.

1221 Locust Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63103
314.241.7668 -Fax 314.241.1860