Biographies

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ERIN GODWIN

President

Now a member of Veterans for Peace, Erin joined up after leaving MO State with a degree in Poli Sci during the 2008 market crash. In the Army, she met her husband, Joshua Krigelman, and got benefits to pay for a Master of Urban Planning from NYU.

 

Erin organizes STL TreeLC, a group that coordinates care for public trees -those in tree lawns and parks- by residents.  The organization recruits residents to take care of the public trees in their neighborhood, teaching them about watering, inventorying, and pruning.

 

To support biodiversity and sustainability, she also converted her front and back yards to native gardens, the backyard with a grant from the MSD Project Clear Rainscaping Small Grants program which she highly recommends!

 

Originally from St. Peters, St. Charles County, MO, Erin also lived in the Mojave Desert of California as a child. She’s lived on Arsenal Street since 2017 with her husband, dogs, and cats.

 

After a few false starts with getting engaged, Erin joined the BPWNA Board as 2020 Secretary. Please ask her all your tree, city gov, rainscaping, urban planning, and bike commuting questions; she loves to talk about this stuff and share (hopefully) useful info!

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SCOTT MCINTOSH

Past President and Communications Chair

Scott McIntosh has lived in Benton Park West since September 2010. Immediately, he engaged the Board to actively participate. That fall, Scott was elected Secretary.  He served two terms before assuming the role of Vice President from 2013-2016.  Scott served as President from 2017-2020. Additionally, Scott has chaired the Communications Committee redesigning and maintaining the website, creating and producing the Weekly Porch, and managing social media for BPWNA. 

 

Scott McIntosh is the Operations + Events Manager for the Washington University Career Center.  In this role, Scott oversees the strategic planning, budgeting, and implementation of all career services marketing and programming.  He has also served on the Student Affairs' Professional Development Advisory Committee as the Community Engagement Chair and the University's Chair for BRIDGE, the LGBTQA Faculty + Staff affinity group.  In 2008, Scott was appointed co-chair of the Danforth University Center inaugural year programming committee.

 

Prior to joining Washington University, Scott McIntosh worked as a promotions coordinator for the L.A. Office, a promotions marketing agency in Los Angeles.  His first post-college position was a junior account manager with the shuttered Creative Couche events + promotions agency in Santa Monica, CA.

 

Scott volunteers his time to various nonprofits around the City of St. Louis.  He has been actively involved in the Benton Park West Neighborhood Association since 2010 as a board and committee member.  He has previously held various board positions with ReVitalize St. Louis/Rehabbers Club, served on SLACO’s annual conference, been a co-chair for American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life; a volunteer with Service First, a group that provides maintenance to city schools; and was a committee member for March of Dimes’ Walk America from 2004-2005.

 

Scott McIntosh is a 2007 graduate of Washington University’s Olin Business School where he earned his Master’s in Business Administration.  He earned is Bachelor’s of Communication from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 2000.

 

Scott was born in Kansas City, MO and raised in Carthage, MO where he attended high school.  Scott currently resides in St. Louis with his dog, Hermione.

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TIM THOMAS

Vice President

Tim Thomas was born and raised in St. Louis having lived in both Princeton Heights and Oakville. Upon graduating high school he went to the United States Military Academy where he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors of Science in Human Geography. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Field Artillery and was stationed at Ft. Sill, OK where he served for seven years including an eleven month deployment to Afghanistan. While stationed in Oklahoma he met his wonderful wife Taylor, who fell in love with St. Louis as well. Upon leaving active duty in 2017 he and his wife decided to move back to the city they both love, St. Louis. Where Tim works in planning and research while serving as a Captain in the Army Reserves.

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CHRIS SCHMIDT

Secretary

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.

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LINDA HENNIGH

Treasurer

For those of you who do not know me, I would like to tell you a bit about my background. I was born in California near Camp Pendleton (my father was a Marine) and at the age of almost two we came back to Illinois. I grew up in Chicago (near north side) and then we “migrated” down to Paxton (high school), Champaign (where I got married) and then Fisher (where my two children were born). I went back to school and received my Associate degree in what was called Data Processing from Parkland College, the age of computers was just dawning (I had a Commodore 64).

 

I moved to St. Louis and worked at the Special School District for about five years while attending Maryville University where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and recently retired from my position of 25 years as AVP of Business Applications and Development at Safety National Casualty Corporation, an excess workers compensation insurance carrier in Westport Plaza.

 

I have been divorced for about 30 years and have a daughter (Suzanne) who lives in the city and a son (Jeff) who lives in St. Charles. I have lived in West County and South County and then 3100 block of Oregon for almost ten years. 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 started rehabbing. I have completed six properties in the neighborhood, one for state and federal tax credits, two for Federal tax credits only, one single family, one two-family which I completed last year and am in the process of rehabbing a two-family at this time. I also own a six-family in Lafayette Square which I have been rehabbing over the past 10 years. 

 

I have been involved in the Neighborhood Association for almost ten years, three years as Treasurer and Co-Chair of the Community Garden, two years as Block Link committee chair and I am honored to say that this is my fourth year as President. Besides my development responsibilities I manage my own rental properties and in my spare time 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! 

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JENNIE ALBERTS

Member At-Large

Jennie Alberts moved to Benton Park West December of 2018 with her husband Will and Weimaraner, Jagi. Jennie and her husband both serve in the Air National Guard at Scott Air Force Base. After years of commuting from Chicago to report for duty they finally made the move to St. Louis. Jennie currently serves as the Executive Director for the Emerson YMCA in Ferguson. She is passionate about community service and is an active board member for the Florissant Rotary Club, North County Inc. and is excited to be a part of the Benton Park West Neighborhood Association. 

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DANIELLE CLEMONS

Member At-Large

My name is Danielle Clemons. I was born and raised in Saint Louis, MO. After originally growing up in Kirkwood, MO., my family and I moved to BPW in 2002. Upon graduating from Kirkwood Highschool I attended Truman State University where I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in sociology in 2013. In 2016 I received my Master's degree in sociology at Northern Illinois University.

 

As a sociology major, I focused on learning about social inequalities, such as racism and classism, different cultures, and global perspectives. Issues of inequality and social justice have always piqued my interest. I enjoy helping others and helping people help themselves. Having the opportunity to study abroad in Ghana, located in West Africa, as an exchange student in 2013 for a semester was the highlight of my college experience.

 

Since graduation I have worked as a job coach for a youth summer employment program, a program specialist for a residential group home for intellectually disabled adults, a care aide for a nursing home, and as a home healthcare aide. I have volunteered for numerous events and causes, most recently as a teacher's assistant for a local elementary school class.

 

I love my hometown Saint Louis and I'm happy that I get to spend lots of time with my family. I am a strong believer that you have to be the change that you want to see in the world. I would like BPW to be a community where people feel safe and feel like they can use their voice to create a better community. We can all do our part to keep our neighborhood clean. I believe that together we have the ability to do great things! 

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association (BPWNA) was incorporated in 1998 with the state of Missouri and the IRS to be a 501(c)3 organization. © 2014 by Benton Park West Neighborhood Association. All rights reserved. Webmaster at info@bentonparkwest.org.

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