Board Members and Staff

Board Members

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.

Ray Hartmann co-owner and CEO of St. Louis Magazine, in which he writes a monthly column, and for 26 years has been a panelist on Donnybrook, a local weekly current affairs show on PBS television, Channel 9.  He formerly owned The Riverfront Times.

Renee Marver retired as vice president of Head Start and program development at Grace Hill Settlement House after 40 years of nonprofit agency management and advocacy for public policy affecting disadvantaged populations.  She serves on the Missouri Commission on Child Abuse and Neglect and chairs the Community Against Poverty Coalition, coordinated by the Jewish Community Relations Council.

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.

Mary Still is a former state representative and lives in Columbia, Missouri.  She is an advocate for payday loan reform in Missouri.  She has served as director of policy for the Office of the Attorney General and was the communications director for the Office of Governor Jay Nixon.  She has also served as director of the News Bureau at the University of Missouri.


Executive Director Cara Spencer is an active member of the South St. Louis community and represents the 20th Ward on the St. Louis Board of Alderman. Previously she worked for a local developer specializing in providing office space for startups and small businesses and high quality, affordable housing.

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.