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St. Charles Alumni Chapter

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Chapter shall be to:

  • Stimulate an interest in and advance the causes of Lindenwood University
  • Provide social and intellectual engagement for members
  • Support scholarships for Lindenwood University students

Accomplishments

As a graduate of Lindenwood University, you automatically become a member of the Lindenwood University Alumni Association. The St. Charles Chapter is an organization of Lindenwood graduates and friends of Lindenwood. The St. Charles Chapter has several objectives. Our primary objective is to support scholarship fundraising efforts to provide future Lindenwood students with the same opportunities we experienced. The chapter has raised approximately $20,000 towards our endowment scholarship by selling T-shirts and other fundraising opportunities, and strives to establish the resources for an ongoing scholarship at Lindenwood.  Additionally, the chapter allows alumni to stay connected and give back to Lindenwood in a variety of ways.

Executive Board

President – Jodell Larkin (’94)

Jodell LarkinJodell graduated from Lindenwood with a bachelor’s in business with an emphasis in marketing and fashion design.  In 1996, she began her career in the corporate world, working for many years as a senior software contract negotiator and administrator for IBM.  While managing over 100 contracts at a time, Jodell lacked the time she needed to expand her creative side. In 2012, Jodell decided to take a leap into entrepreneurship and pursue her lifelong passion, leaving IBM and getting certified as a wedding and event planner.  She received her Wedding and Event Planning Certification from the Wedding Planning Institute, located in Roseville, CA.  Jodell opened her wedding and event planning company, Starry Night Events, LLC in October 2013. She maintains her studio in St. Peters, Mo., where she meets with clients to plan weddings and other events.  As an accomplished seamstress and past national chairman of the board of the American Sewing Guild, Jodell has incorporated those skills into her wedding business.  She provides alteration on wedding gowns and dresses for other members of the wedding party.  In addition to a busy professional like, Jodell maintains involvement in Lindenwood University and the local community.  She is currently the president of the Lindenwood Alumni St. Charles Chapter.  She also volunteers as an usher at the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts and is an active member of the Lindenwood book club and the Plaster College of Business affinity group.  She is active in P.E.O., a woman’s Philanthropic Educational Organization, and is a member of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and Industries.

Vice President – Mike Skinker (’08)

Mike SkinkerMike Skinker received his MBA from Lindenwood in 2008. His favorite Lindenwood memory was when he took his six year old to his first football game. He finished a hotdog and soda then said, "Can we go now?"  Mike says that his degree from Lindenwood helped him land several positions including a four year stint teaching at Sanford Brown College in Hazelwood. Mike is currently an Internet Data Administrator at American Bath Group

Treasurer – Kurt P. Mey (’83, ‘09)

Kurt MeyKurt P. Mey retired from the Boeing Company as a logistics manager and technologist. His education consists of an associate’s degree from Saint Leo College, a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Lindenwood, and two master’s degrees from Lindenwood and Maryville. Kurt is a Certified Professional Logistician (C.P.L.) in the Society of Logistics Engineers and is part of Chi Sigma Iota, a counseling academic and professional international honor society. Kurt is happily married with a son, daughter-in-law, and a granddaughter.

Secretary – Dr. Kelly Hantak (’16, ‘18)

Kelly HantakDr. Kelly Hantak is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute of Human Development.  She graduated from Lindenwood University with a Master's in Behavior Analysis and a Doctorate in Education with an emphasis in Andragogy (the art and science of teaching adults).  Her research focuses on a variety of topics related to early childhood/early childhood special education and behavior analysis.  She developed a culturally diverse library for families in an early childhood lab school, examined the relationship of early intervention services and family outcomes for infants and toddlers with visual impairments, and reviewed evidence-based teaching practices with graduate students majoring in behavior analysis.  She has served on several committees at the local, state, and national levels.

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St. Charles, MO 63301