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. 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 Events Manager for the Washington University Career Center. In this role, Scott oversees the strategic planning and implementation of all career services programming. He also serves on the Student Affairs' Professional Development Advisory Committee as the Community Engagement Chair and is 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 partner Lawrence Leto and their dogs Bailey and Hermoine.
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.
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 now have lived in the 3100 block of Oregon for almost ten years. 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!
Erin Godwin’s first stint in BPW was six months in 2009 at the corner of Virginia and Cherokee just before she joined the Army. 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. Partnering with Forest ReLeaf and the Forestry Division of St. Louis City, 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!
A Zoning Plan Examiner for the City of St. Louis, Erin reviews permits, serves at hearings and committees, updates the Zoning website, and is working on an online mapping (GIS) tool to share info on new plans and projects with the public. Her first job after grad school was as a Transportation Planner, but she grew sick of helping build more highways to the suburbs. She happily rides an e-bike daily to her current job, so you may see her biking along Gravois.
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!
Youth Outreach Chair
Darren and Charlene Young are Southern California Natives that have resettled in South City Saint Louis. Darren has been in the neighborhood for over 5 years, while Charlene has lived in BPW for 2 years. Together, they share a love for the city, youth, racial reconciliation, and last but not least…food! Darren is a youth worker, master meat smoker/BBQ connoisseur, and an avid chess player. Charlene adores anything that concerns art, is an aspiring gardener, a systems thinker, and works in programs evaluation. They are currently residents on the 3000 block of Cherokee.
I have been in the neighborhood for 5 years and counting. My family and I frequently volunteer with St. Vincent DePaul Society at St. Mathews Apostolic church in North City, we help our homeless population through a variety of organizations, and participate with a variety of social justice organizations such as Empower Missouri. My family and some close friends created a youth organization called Teens on a Mission. Our teens do monthly volunteering and travel out of Missouri when we can to visit other teen groups or volunteer organizations in the US. Our last trip took us to Philadelphia to work with The Urban Hope Training Center. I have worked within the Missouri Dept. of Social Services for the Last 8 years. I enjoy board games, video games, reading and hanging out with my family at various events throughout the city. I’m looking forward to my time as Member at large and where that takes me.
Biography coming soon.
My husband Graham and dog Oxford have lived in BPW since 2014 and previously in BP for 2 1/2 years. I am originally from Kansas City and did not know much about STL besides the arch and St. Charles (I was a child). When we moved here I fell in love with the city and all of the character that it has to offer. We rented for a while and then fell in love with an old brick home in BPW. We bought a house that needed a 100% gut rehab so are always working on projects around our house and in the neighborhood. One thing that I noticed when we moved here was that the neighborhood did not have a lot of trees on some blocks. I joined the beautification committee to start informing residents of how they can acquire trees and the benefits of having trees in the neighborhood. We have also recently started a monthly neighborhood litter cleanup project to involve residents from all over the neighborhood.
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 grew up in the St Louis area and live in Tower Grove South for several years before settling in St. Charles County for the past 20 years. My partner,Tonya and I traded in our 1 acre yard, moved back to St. Louis 3 years ago and rented a home in Lasalle Park, within walking distance of a dog park. Within 6 months we decided we were ready to plant permanent roots in the city and began searching for home with a dog park near by. That's when we found Benton Park West! The dog park was why we bought our home here, but the neighbors are my favorite thing about Benton Park West. We walk our dogs twice a day and have found we have the best neighbors and business owners in the city. It does sometimes take 30 minutes to make it down the block but it's worth it to have such a great community to visit and chat with!
In my spare time I transport rescue dogs for various rescue groups, foster dogs on their way to forever homes and look for any excuse to ride my motorcycle.
I’ve been a part of Benton Park West since 2004. After moving into the neighborhood I quickly became involved as I saw the work that needed to be done.
Many of you know me from the past years. For 10 years I’d produced a 20 page newsletter each month and the past few years the quarterly editions. As well as heading up countless projects and fundraisers and was President of BPWNA for two years. I'm happy to say I am still involved as the Facilities Chair.
I live in the 2600 block of Wyoming in one of the old Victorians built in 1897. I was born in Saint Louis, however, did not grow up here. I began my neighborhood work back in the mid-1990’s when I was a Board member of a neighborhood association in Springfield MO. Since being in Saint Louis for the past 20 years, I’ve lived in TGE and the Bevo Mill area. I have also served on various Boards such as CHARIS - The St. Louis Womens’ Chorus, President of Operation Weed & Seed-St. Louis, and have served on Advisory Boards to many non-profit organizations.
Since being a part of Benton Park West, I’m a graduate of the Neighborhood Leadership Academy and a graduate of the Citizen’s Police Academy – SLPD.
I see each day new beginnings and continued re-birth in Benton Park West. I hope we all can continue to nurture the continued re-birth in to a safe and comfortable community.