Tim Whitney Elected Board President of Dismas House of St. Louis
Nielson Chapman Elected to Vacant Board Seat Effective October 1 st , succeeding Ron Howard upon his retirement
Kyle Ingram Elected Vice President; Robin Jones Elected Secretary/Treasurer of Dismas House Executive Committee
St. Louis – October 17, 2022 – The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Dismas House of St. Louis announces several changes in key positions that took effect with the organization’s new fiscal year on October 1, 2022. Dismas House is a St. Louis-based nonprofit that provides residential reentry services to justice involved individuals.
The Board President for the new fiscal year is Tim Whitney, who is the appointed Undersheriff of the Jefferson County (MO) Sheriff’s Office and has nearly twenty years of law enforcement and leadership experience.
“There have been a number of important changes at Dismas House since I joined the board in June 2021. I am delighted to take the role of president to help lead the organization into the future,” said Tim Whitney, Dismas House of St. Louis Executive Committee of the Board of Directors President. “The work we do is important for the community and I’m excited to be part of it.”
Ron Howard, who was the prior Board President has retired from the Board of Directors with the expiration of his term, effective September 30, 2022.
Nielson Chapman, who grew up in Brooklyn, IL and is a life-long St. Louis area resident has been elected to fill Mr. Howard’s seat and will serve a three-year term ending September 30, 2025. The board also elected current members Kyle Ingram as Vice President and Robin Jones as Secretary/Treasurer.
“I am proud of Dismas House and the direction we are going. This new board, coupled with our new administrative leadership team and our experienced staff appropriately positions Dismas House to better serve our clients and the community,” said Kevin Walk, Dismas House of St. Louis CEO and Chairman of the Board. “This organization’s new leadership is committed to the original mission of Dismas House as envisioned by its innovative and insightful founder, Father Dismas Clark, back in 1959. Dismas House was the country’s first residential reentry center and continues to serve the St Louis area, by assisting justice involved individuals make a structured, secure transition from federal incarceration to the community.”
The new configuration of the Dismas House board comes as the organization continues to evolve with the leadership and expertise of its new administrative leadership team and Board of Directors. Starting with formalizing its 501(c)3 status and hiring a new CEO, Dismas House has also implemented improved budgeting/cost control systems, improved the employee experience, and enhanced employee compensation and benefits.
About Dismas House of St. Louis
Dismas House is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1959 by Father Charles “Dismas” Clark as America’s original halfway house. The concept has become an integral part of the U. S. criminal justice system. Dismas House of St. Louis is guided by a Board of Directors and professionals driven to make the region a better place for everyone. Dismas House serves as the Federal Bureau of Prisons residential reentry center for the Greater Metropolitan Area of St. Louis. The area includes the city of St. Louis; St. Louis County, St. Charles, and Jefferson Counties in Missouri; and Madison, Monroe, Jersey and St. Clair Counties in Illinois