Ms. Michelle Schwerin, Vice-Chairman
Date Appointed: November 2019
Michelle F. Schwerin is a native of St. Louis. She graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins and returned to St. Louis after studying business at Tulane University. After attending law school at Washington University in St. Louis, she began her practice and is currently a shareholder at Capes Sokol.
She is holds leadership positions within the American Bar Association- Section of Taxation and Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. Michelle is an adjunct professor at Webster University, where she teaches at the Walker School of Business & Technology. She also stays active as a board member of the Henry and Gladys Crown Center for Senior Living and St. Louis Jewish Community Center. Michelle was appointed in November 2019.
Mr. Mark Gaertner, Secretary
Date Appointed: November 2016
Mark J. Gaertner is a native of St. Louis. He graduated from Rohan Woods School, Chaminade Preparatory School, St. Louis University and St. Louis University School of Law.
Mark is currently a partner with the law firm of Holloran Schwartz & Gaertner, LLP. He is a past president of the St. Louis County Bar Association and stays active in organizations such as Responder Rescue and The Backstoppers. Mark was appointed to the Police Board Commissioners in November of 2016.
Ms. Thomasina Hassler, Member
Date Appointed: December 2019
After retiring from a very productive career as a high school counselor, Thomasina F. Hassler earned a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Social Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has also had the opportunity to work as an educational consultant providing professional development programs for educational institutions and business organizations.
Dr. Hassler has been affiliated with UMSL for the past thirteen years. After graduating with the Ph.D., she was an adjunct professor, then a Scholar in Residence committed specifically to the academic programming within the Social Justice cohorts. She has recently become an assistant professor and Director of the Social Justice/Racial Justice Institute.
Her public service commitment includes leading the social justice ministry at her church and being involved in an international public service sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., which is committed to the betterment of individuals in underserved communities. In December, 2020,Dr. Hassler was appointed to the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners.
Mr. Richard E. Banks
Appointed December 2020
Banks, a resident of District 1, is a top personal injury lawyer in the region. He has received numerous awards and honors for his work both in the courtroom and in the community. Such recognition has come from the Missouri Bar, The National Bar Association, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Better Family Life, The Urban League, The St. Louis American, St. Louis Magazine, Ebony Magazine and The St. Louis Argus. This year, Banks received the President’s Award from the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.