Dr. Deb Ayres has served in her role since 2013. Her responsibilities include leadership and oversight of HR, benefits, and payroll functions for approximately 2,500 full and part time employees. Prior to leading HR functions for the university, Dr. Ayres served the Lindenwood College of Education and Human Services 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.
Rick Baniak Vice President, Fiscal Affairs / Chief Financial Officer
Jeanine is an accomplished senior executive, with expertise in business transformation, IT management, technology services sales and delivery, and business operations. Her past experience as a Business Operations Executive with IBM and as a volunteer mentor to small business owners and entrepreneurs with SCORE Association.
Orrie Covert Vice President, Advancement and Communications
Orrie Covert has approximately 20 years of experience in higher education, the majority of which have been in senior leadership positions. He has held positions at Syracuse University, Northwest Missouri State, the University of Florida at Gainesville, the University of Missouri, and most recently the University of Texas at Tyler, where he served as vice president for advancement for two years. He has been a part of numerous successful fundraising initiatives, including billion-dollar capital campaigns at the University of Missouri and the University of Florida, respectively, and realized the largest cash gift, $2.1 million, in the history of Northwest Missouri State. As vice president for advancement and communications, he manages the development, alumni, marketing, and communications functions of the university.
Mark Falkowski brings to Lindenwood extensive experience as a higher education attorney, including previously both in private practice as a member of the higher education practice group for a large national law firm and as in-house and general counsel. He has successfully represented numerous colleges and universities in state and federal courts and in various administrative agency proceedings, including with the United States Department of Education. His legal experience supports all areas of University operations and helps ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations applicable to University operations including the ACA, ADA/Section 504, the Clery Act, COBRA, ERISA, FERPA, FLSA, FMLA, HIPAA, Title IV, Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX. He provides day-to-day legal advice to University departments on matters of legal significance and is also responsible for managing outside counsel.
Dr. Diane Moore is the vice president for operations and has been in her role since September of 2017. Dr. Moore oversees all campus operations including development and implementation of the procurement process, oversight of Public Safety, Facilities, Housekeeping and Grounds Departments in addition to mailroom, vending and food services. Prior to her current role, she had been assistant vice president for facilities. Dr. 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. While at SMART, INC., Dr. Moore 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.
Kelly Moyich Associate Vice President, Student Affairs, Community Equity, and Inclusion
Kelly Moyich is the Associate Vice President, Student Affairs, Community Equity, and Inclusion 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.
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.
Emily Pitts Chief Diversity Officer, Director of Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Emily Pitts joined Lindenwood in July 2021, bringing more than 35 years of corporate experience to the University. She has experience developing and influencing leadership teams at all levels, understanding the importance of having a growth mindset, and how to leverage emotional intelligence to develop meaningful relationships. Emily has a deep understanding and passion for ensuring organizations recognize and optimize human capital to achieve business objectives, while maintaining an inclusive approach.
T.J. Rains, MSIT, PMP Vice President, Information Technology & Chief Information Officer
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 President’s 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.
Mr. Brad Wachler has served in his role since 2016. He oversees Lindenwold’s comprehensive intercollegiate athletics and Student Life Sports (SLS) program, which is comprised of 27 NCAA sports, 25 SLS programs, and approximately 1,400 student-athletes. As the Vice President for Inter-Collegiate Athletics, Mr. Wachler is responsible for shaping and building the department’s reputation on an institutional, local, conference, and national level. Mr. Wachler serves as the system president’s appointed administrative liaison to the Board of Director’s Athletics Committee.
Rob Westervelt Vice President, Strategy and Innovation
Rob is a Stanford-certified innovator with expertise in high-performance leadership and strategic change. His leadership experience includes serving as a chief strategy officer, chief innovation officer, and executive vice president. Over his 22-year career in higher education, Rob has led a wide range of departments including strategy, innovation, marketing, data analytics, IT, human resources, PR, fundraising, enrollment, admissions, financial aid, institutional research and legal affairs. He has successfully rebranded organizations, led turnarounds, and generated more than $65 million in net revenues. Rob’s mission is to empower leaders to create brighter futures faster for their organizations and the people they serve.