Board Members and Staff
President Jackie Hutchinson is vice president of operations for People’s Community Action Corp., has been active in public policy issues and a voice for low-income consumers on a local, state and national level for more than 30 years. She is co-chair of the St. Louis Regional Unbanked Task Force and a member of The St. Louis Equal Housing & Community Reinvestment Alliance.
Vice President Ed Weisbart, M.D. volunteers as a family physician in a variety of safety net clinics and as a physician recruiter for the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. He serves on the Professional Services Advisory Board for the Regional Health Commission and chairs the Missouri chapter of Physicians for a National Health program.
Joyce Armstrong retired after 26 years as executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri. She is a founding member of the Consumers Council of Missouri and its predecessor, the Utilities Consumer Council of Missouri; serves on the board of the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center, and was a founding member and secretary/treasurer of the St. Louis Beacon, an on-line newspaper.
Wayne Goode retired from the Missouri General Assembly after 42 years, serving the last 20 years in the Senate. He has served on numerous boards, among them the University of Missouri Board of Curators; the Advisory Board of the Washington University Interdisciplinary Law Clinic; and the L-A-D Foundation, owner of Pioneer Forest, the largest private landowner in Missouri.
Jake Lyonfields is a health care professional and community organizer. He is a co-founder of the West County Community Action Network (WE CAN), a coalition of people who live and work in western St. Louis County and who pursue racial justice in policing, school discipline reform, and voting rights. He is also a co-founder and member of the California Cooperative, an intentional housing community with the mission of providing affordable and community-centered living options in St. Louis. He brings to the board a passion for working with others in community to address systemic challenges in order to advance justice for all.
Tracy McCreery, a former businesswoman and lifelong community activist, serves the 88th district in the Missouri House of Representatives. She has spent more than a decade working in Missouri state government in the executive and legislative branches, often assisting constituents with consumer-related issues.
Odester Dixon Saunders, formerly with Chemical Bank, NY; Citicorp Mortgage Co.; and Prudential Insurance, has over 30 years advising on financial planning, public policy, real estate and community development. She is founder and managing general partner of LDS Management LLC., curating and producing lifestyle events. She is also a principal of Legacy Footprints Development and Tours.
Les Sterman has spent a career in public service, much of it leading the East-West Gateway Council of Governments for 25 years, a time during which the agency conceived and planned the MetroLink light rail system and brought a new focus on regional governance and fiscal issues. His primary interests are in transportation policy, social justice issues and regional governance.
Adam Kustra, a broker-associate and managing partner of Radius Reality and social justice advocate. He served as the Missouri political director for the Bernie Sanders campaign and now serves as the President and founding member of Mobilize Missouri, an organization committed to the dismantlement of socioeconomic and racial injustice through activism.
Tracy Verner comes to Consumers Council with a rich history of serving low income families by providing access to financial capabilities. She brings experience in both business development and community outreach. Her efforts over the last few years has been in decreasing the number of unbanked households in the St. Louis region.
Executive Director Cara Spencer also serves on the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen, representing the 20th Ward where her work on the board intersects her commitment to consumer issues. In 2016 she passed the country's toughest municipal legislation regulating payday lending and in 2017 led the city-wide campaign to pass its associated fee at the ballot.
Utility Consumer Counsel John B. Coffman is a nationally recognized attorney that represents Consumers Council on utility regulation and public policy. He is the former director of the Missouri Office of the Public Counsel and teaches energy utility law as an adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis.