About LESA

icon3What is LESA?
LESA is a consortium of Lutheran schools in the metropolitan St. Louis area who work collaboratively to support and enhance Lutheran education as they serve children and their families in their own unique location.
icon3What is LESA's Vision?
An academically excellent Lutheran Christian education is a realistic choice for all children.
icon3What is LESA's Mission?
LESA provides financial resources for children in need to obtain Lutheran Christian education. We advocate and support efforts to improve the sustainability of quality Lutheran Christian schools in the metro St. Louis area.
icon3Whom Does LESA Serve?
LESA serves 31 Lutheran elementary schools, three  member high schools, three Educational Resources Partner schools, and three affiliate agencies.  The members of LESA have formally joined the Association and actively participate in the mission.  LESA impacts over 8,300 students and 500 educators serving families, schools and communities. 
icon3How Does LESA Serve?
LESA provides financial assistance to children and families who struggle with the tuition cost of Lutheran elementary school.  LESA provides educational resources to help sustain and support high-quality Lutheran Christian education.
icon3Who is LESA’s governing body?
LESA’s Board of Directors is composed of men and women who are passionate about Lutheran schools and who are committed to acquire the financial resources necessary to fulfill the mission.
icon3Who is LESA’s professional staff?
The LESA staff consists of three full time and two part time employees.  Contact our administrative staff.

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Board of Directors:

LESA’s Board of Directors is comprised of active Christian individuals who have a passion for children, Lutheran  education, and LESA’s mission. These men and women have a variety of backgrounds including active and retired business owners and executives, nonprofit leaders, pastors, missionaries, and educators. These directors set policy and oversee governance, programming, and operations of LESA.  Advisory Directors keep the board apprised of the St. Louis metropolitan area Lutheran education environment and provide a point of reference on educational issues.

Marilyn Brickler, Chairman

  • Community Service Volunteer
  • Past Chair: Lutheran Family and Children's Services, Lutheran Camp Association (Arcadia), Lutheran High School Association, Green Park Lutheran School
  • Member of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Sappington

Daniel Quinn, Treasurer

  • Manager, Portfolio Management, Nestle Purina Pet Care R&D
  • President, Missouri Speed Skating Association
  • Member, Webster Gardens Lutheran Church

Ann Anderson

  • CPA, Retired Business Administrator, Green Park Lutheran School
  • Member, Christ Memorial Lutheran Church

Carla Kirby

  • Retired from American Greetings
  • Missionary in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, University of Illinois
  • Member of St. Paul, Des Peres

Jerry L. Wollenburg

  • Member, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Collinsville, Illinois
  • Member of LCMS, Commissioned Minister of Religion, Emeritus
  • Retired Lutheran educator and administrator

Alan Vogt

  • Vice President and Director of Fixed Income Trading, J.A. Glynn and JAG Capital Management
  • Member, Concordia Lutheran Church, Kirkwood

Rev. Alan M. Erdman

  • Member, King of Kings Lutheran Church, Chesterfield
  • Retired President/CEO of Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri
  • Past Board Member, Lutheran Charities Foundation, St. Louis, and Lutheran Services in America (LSA)
Dennis Kemper, Vice Chair

  • Senior Wealth Advisor, Frontier Wealth Management
  • Member Unity Ev. Lutheran Church

Jackie Branneky, Secretary

  • Employed at Branneky Hardware/Leslie Two, Inc.
  • Community Service Volunteer at Immanuel Lutheran School, Lutheran High School North, Lutheran High School Association, President of Lutheran North Mothers’ Club
  • Member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Olivette

Paul Niewald

  • Director and Chief Engineer, T-X Program Boeing Military Aircraft
  • Member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Charles

Rev. Scott Schmieding

  • Senior Pastor, Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. Charles
  • Former Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church & Baton Rouge Lutheran School

Jeff Schmitt

  • Principal, Danna McKitrick, PC
  • Member, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection

Kip Starnes

  • Sales Manager, Lutheran Trust
  • Member, Christ Community Lutheran Church

Wendy Morris, Advisory Director

  • Principal, Immanuel Lutheran School, Olivette
  • Member, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Olivette


Interested in learning more about LESA board service? 

We welcome prospective board members!  If you have a passion for children, Lutheran education, LESA’s mission, and have an interest in serving on LESA’s board, please contact Sue Nahmensen at 314-200-0799 or snahmensen@lesastl.org.