2022 Board Members
Originally from the STL suburbs, Erin attended college at MO State. She then joined the Army where she met her husband and got educational benefits to afford an NYU Urban Planning degree. After graduating, she escaped from New York to Arsenal Street where she has lived with her husband, dogs, and cats since 2017.
Erin organizes STL TreeLC to recruit residents to care for public trees in their neighborhood and teach them about watering, inventorying, and pruning. She also converted her front and back yards to native gardens/wildlife habitat; the backyard used a grant from MSD which she highly recommends!
Erin joined the BPWNA Board as 2020 Secretary, and became president in 2021. Ask her all your BPW, tree, STL gov, rainscaping, urban planning, and bike commuting questions!
Chris Schmidt has lived in BPW since 2011. She says she moved from a subdivision in the county to a neighborhood in the city and really enjoys city living. She is an active member of the Neighborhood Association and works as a pre-school special ed teacher for babies with developmental delays. She considers her greatest strength to be the ability to think like a two year old, something that comes in handy more often than most people would expect.
I was born in California near Camp Pendleton (my father was a Marine) and grew up in Chicago (near north side) until we “migrated” to Paxton (high school), Champaign (married) and then Fisher (where my two children were born). I then got my Associate degree in Data Processing from Parkland College; the age of computers was just dawning (I had a Commodore 64).
I moved to St. Louis worked at the Special School District while attending Maryville University, earned my Bachelors degree in Business Administration and served 25 years as AVP of Business Applications and Development at Safety National Casualty Corporation in Westport Plaza.
I am divorced and have a daughter (Suzanne) in the city and a son (Jeff) in St. Charles. I've lived in West County, South County and the 3100 block of Oregon. I now live on the 3200 block of Minnesota since 2018. Upon moving to BPW I fell in love with our beautiful brick buildings and have rehabbed six neighborhood one and two-family properties with state and federal tax credits. I also own a six-family in Lafayette Square I've been rehabbing over the past 10 years.
I have been involved in the BPWNA for 18 years as Treasurer, Co-Chair of the Community Garden, Block Link committee chair, and President. I also manage my rental properties and enjoy exploring the city, spending time with friends and family and volunteering at the Clowder House on Wyoming and Gravois.
From the city streets of Chicago to the city streets of St. Louis, I couldn’t have picked a better neighborhood or better friends and neighbors than I have found in Benton Park West!
Member At Large
Marit Lau was born in North Dakota and moved to Benton Park West in 2020. After living in a rural area and the suburbs, she enjoys the walkability of the Benton Park West neighborhood.
You will often find her on her patio reading a book or walking around the neighborhood with her dog. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness and a Master of Science in Applied Economics; she now works from home as a Pricing Analytics Manager.