The Leadership Team for the Lindenwood University system consists of the Belleville campus president and provost, all vice presidents, the system president’s executive assistant, and the institution’s general counsel.
Vice President, Academic Affairs & Provost
Marilyn Abbot has served as the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs since 2015. Her responsibilities include oversight of all academic programs and personnel, as well as maintaining state, regional, and national academic accreditations. Prior to assuming the role of Provost, Dr. Abbott served as Associate Provost and as Dean of the School of Sciences. As a Professor of Biology she taught courses for General Education students and for Biology majors. Before joining Lindenwood University, Dr. Abbott was involved in biological research in corporate and university settings.
Vice President, Human Resources
Deb Ayres has served as the Vice President of Human Resources since 2013. Her responsibilities include leadership and oversight of HR, benefits, and payroll functions for approximately 5,000 full and part time employees. Prior to leading HR functions for the university, Dr. Ayres served the Lindenwood School of Education as an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Educational Leadership Department. She worked primarily with graduate students wishing to become school superintendents and principals. Her areas of expertise include human resources management, employee development and evaluation, and leadership. Prior to joining the faculty at Lindenwood, Dr. Ayres served as an Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources in the Kirkwood School District for 18 years.
Campus President, Lindenwood Belleville
Brett Barger has served as the Campus President for Lindenwood University-Belleville since 2015. Prior to his leadership position at the Belleville campus, he served the Lindenwood system as Associate Vice President for Operations and Finance and as the Dean of Evening and Graduate Admissions and Extension Campuses. He first became a part of the Lindenwood community in 1990 and is proud to be part of the dynamic story of Lindenwood University, looking forward to leading the Belleville campus to new heights. He holds three degrees from Lindenwood University.
Vice President, Operations
Diane Moore is the vice president for operations and has been in that role since September 2017. Prior to that, she had been assistant vice president for facilities.
Moore has more than 20 years of dedicated experience in financial and facilities management in educational and government institutions. She was assistant superintendent and COO of Webster Groves School District as well as an adjunct instructor at Southwest Baptist University and Lindenwood University. She was an account executive at SMART, Inc., a role in which she consulted with school districts and hospitals to design and implement healthcare programs, and developed fiscal studies and revenue projections for school districts to implement state and federal Medicaid programs. In addition to those roles, Moore worked in the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as the director of desegregation services and, later, assistant to the commissioner of education. She was also a legislative analyst in the Missouri Department of Revenue.
Moore earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1983 from Oklahoma Baptist University, a Master of Public Administration in organizational management from the University of Missouri in 1992, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership in 2012 from Lindenwood University.
Coordinator, Title IX
Kelly Moyich is the Title IX coordinator at Lindenwood University. Moyich comes to Lindenwood from the Circuit Attorney’s Office for the City of St. Louis, where she served as an assistant circuit attorney in the armed offender unit. Her work in that role included evaluating and prosecuting homicides, assaults, and robberies along with extensive jury trial work.
Prior to that, Moyich worked in the office of the 21st Judicial Circuit Clerk and as a public defender for the State of Missouri in the Clayton and City of St. Louis trial offices, where she handled all aspects of client representation, supervised 11 attorneys, and trained and directed new attorneys in all aspects of criminal procedure.
In her role as Title IX coordinator, Moyich is responsible for ensuring that the university is in compliance with Title IX regulations. The regulations prohibit discrimination on basis of sex by any educational institution that receives federal funds. This involves education of students, faculty, and staff regarding the sexual misconduct policy and ensuring proper and timely procedures are followed when an incident is reported.
Moyich earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law in May 2003. In 2000, she earned a Bachelor of Science in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Vice President, Information Technology
TJ Rains has served as the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer since 2015. He is responsible for leading the Information Technology team in delivering relevant, well managed IT services to the faculty, staff and students of Lindenwood University. Serving on the Presidents Cabinet, Mr. Rains works collaboratively with institutional leadership to ensure proper alignment between technology strategic/operational plans and university goals and strategic goals/objectives. Prior to serving as Vice President for Information Technology at Lindenwood University, Mr. Rains served in executive leadership roles at Cardinal Stritch University and Emporia State University.
Vice President, Fiscal Affairs
Frank Sanfilippo most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for Enterprise Financial Services Corp. in St. Louis from 2013 to 2016. In that role, he led the strategic planning and management oversight for technology, bank operations, facilities, and risk management over a staff of 80. Prior to that, he served as executive vice president and chief financial officer from 2001 to 2013.
Executive Assistant to the President
Stefani Schuette has served as the Executive Assistant to the President since July 2015. Her responsibilities include managing the daily operations of the president’s office, serving as a liaison with administration, Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, internal and external constituents, coordinating advisory councils, supervising the Assistant Secretary to the Board, and providing leadership for various campus projects, i.e. the Lindenwood – Gallup partnership. Stefani is also a member of the Conference Committee and Board of Directors of the National Association of President’s Assistants (NAPAHE). Prior to working in the President’s Office, Stefani served as the Assistant Chief Business Officer, working with Business Office staff to provide a positive customer experience for all Lindenwood students. Stefani holds her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Missouri Valley College and her MBA from Lindenwood University and has recently been accepted to the doctoral program. Stefani also enjoys spending time with her husband Tim and their two boys.
Grant Shostak currently serves as the Vice President, General Counsel. In that role, he acts as the legal counsel to the University in carrying out all of its operations. Before becoming the General Counsel, Mr. Shostak served in various roles at Lindenwood, including the dean of the former School of Human Services, as well as assistant professor in both the masters and undergraduate criminal justice programs. Before joining the faculty at Lindenwood, Mr. Shostak practiced law in St. Louis, Missouri.
Vice President, Inter-Collegiate Athletics
Brad Wachler is in his first year as the Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics at Lindenwood University. He oversees Lindenwood's comprehensive intercollegiate athletics and Student Life Sports (SLS) program, which is comprised of 27 NCAA sports, 28 SLS programs, and approximately 1,750 student-athletes.
Mr. Wachler will serve as the system president’s appointed administrative liaison to the Board of Director’s Athletics Committee.
Vice President, Enrollment Management
Terry Whittum has over 30 years of enrollment management experience, most recently at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, and the Boston Conservatory in Massachusetts. He has also worked as a senior consultant for a major enrollment management firm.