Dismas House of St. Louis – Board of Directors
The Board of Directors constitute a self–perpetuating body with authority to formulate and execute policies in keeping with the purpose of Dismas House. The members of the Board work with the Executive Director and assist in the overall management of Dismas House.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Ron Howard was born and raised in south St. Louis County, where he married his wife and where they raised five children. He has been active in several charities including Make a Wish, Boys and Girls Club, and several animal shelters.
Mr. Howard was an automotive industry district manager for 40 years. Upon retirement, he and his wife moved to St. Francois County where they love spending time with their grandchildren, fishing, and hiking.
Mr. Howard has been with Dismas House of St. Louis since 2011, where as a board member he is drawn to helping give people a second chance at life because “A lot of people make mistakes. But Dismas House gives them opportunity.”
David Bell has been a resident of the City of St. Louis for more than 30 years. He enjoys the cultural diversity and rich history the City offers.
Mr. Bell, a healthcare professional since 1999, is extremely passionate about providing culturally competent, compassionate, and empathetic care to the City’s most vulnerable residents. He graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Bachelor of Nursing degree and earned a Master of Nursing degree at St. Louis University with a specialty in Family Practice. He is certified and licensed as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
He has more than 20 years of community involvement in the City as a Christian Outreach Coordinator, working with a variety of Christian and community organizations to bring positive programs and events to City residents.
Mr. Bell joined the Dismas House of St. Louis Board in 2020.
Robin Jones is an accounting and finance professional specializing in governmental and not-for-profit organizations. She was born and raised in St. Louis City and is a lifelong resident of the City.
Robin has been part of many initiatives designed to reduce the violence and opioid epidemic during her career with the City of St. Louis. In her various roles, she held a fiduciary responsibility for ensuring that funds dedicated to serving the community were used for the intended purpose and that compliance with local, state and federal laws were met.
Robin is a 2001 graduate of Fontbonne University in St. Louis with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA) degree. She graduated with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Fontbonne in 2002.
Mr. Banahan has extensive experience handling workers’ compensation matters in the education, government, and manufacturing sectors. He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Missouri Bar Workers’ Compensation Committee and the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers. He is a member of the management committee at Evans & Dixon.
He is involved in the St. Louis Hills Neighborhood Association, for which he is a past president, and is on the boards of Peter & Paul Community Services and of Friends of Francis Park. He is a member of St. Gabriel’s Parish Council and chairs the “Run for the Hills” 5k race at Francis Park. He enjoys playing golf and hiking and makes as much time as possible for his three daughters and wife.
Mr. Banahan joined the Dismas House Board of Directors in 2019. He says the position allows him to serve those who, despite their own mistakes, often are underserved.
Timothy Whitney is the appointed Undersheriff of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (MO) with nearly twenty years of law enforcement experience working within several professional assignments. In his current role, Timothy acts as the organization’s chief financial officer and manages an annual budget of nearly $25 million while also overseeing the daily operation of the department which consists of 250 law enforcement and civilian employees. Timothy is active in the community and serves on several regional boards while also maintaining professional relationships with community leaders. Timothy has thousands of hours in professional development training, possesses a Bachelor’s degree in human resource management, and is currently completing a Master of Public Administration Degree (MPA) at Webster University.
Kyle was born in California, but has spent the majority of his life as a St. Louis resident. Kyle attended DePaul University in Chicago where he played soccer as a Division 1 Student Athlete and graduated with a degree in Communications. Kyle has spent the last 16 years in advertising, media and sales here in St. Louis and currently is a General Manager for Learfield IMG College promotion firm. Kyle currently manages and leads the team responsible for the Multi-Media Rights and Corporate Sponsorships for St. Louis University Athletics. He has been married for 16 years and has 3 kids.
Kyle is actively involved in the community and currently coaches 3 soccer teams at Lou Fusz Athletic and Westminster Christian Academy. In addition, Kyle is the President of Big Bend Woods Bath and Tennis Club. Kyle shared that “the mission of Dismas House is near and dear to my heart and I look forward to serving as a member on the Executive Board.”
A resident of St. Louis for over 20 years, Michael Pratt is a veteran of the United States Navy and served his country honorably for 6 years. In addition, he served the St. Louis community as a City Police Officer for 18 years and rose through the rank of Sargent. During his tenure as a police officer, he was a valued coach and mentor in the Police Athletic League helping hundreds with overall fitness, weight training and powerlifting.
Currently, Michael works as a Personal Trainer and for a company that creates and maintains robotic machines. In the process of being a Personal Trainer, it has given Michael the opportunity to work with many individuals and groups building confidence, mental exuberance and increased physical conditioning. It has allowed him to continue to guide and serve his community.