Our Team

Meet the passionate and dedicated team at Caring For Kids, Inc. Our team consists of individuals who are deeply committed to making a positive impact in the lives of children in need. From our compassionate volunteers to our experienced staff members, each member of our team brings their unique skills and expertise to support our mission.

Together, we work tirelessly to provide essential resources, care, and opportunities to the children we serve. We are driven by a shared belief in the power of community, compassion, and collaboration to help create a brighter future for every child.

executive | OPERATIONS TEAM

Bet Stapleton
Program Manager

board members

Dianne Brncic
Board Member

Board member since 2004

Candice May
Secretary

Board member since 2023

Victoria Foster
Board Member

Board member since 2015

Taewan Jemerson
Board Member

Board member since 2023

Molly Lamear
Treasurer

Board member since 2019

Alvah Levine
Board Member

Board member since

Eleanore Palozola
Vice President

Board member since 2020

Colleen Prunty
Board Member

Board member since 2023

Tom Steffen
Board Member

Board member since

advisory council

Susan Block
Founder

Advisory council member since 2021

Joan Cheaney
Advisory Council

Advisory council member since 2021

Bill Grant
Advisory Council

Advisory council member since 2021

Sharon Mink
Advisory Council

Advisory council member since 2021

Mark Utterback
Advisory Council

Advisory council member since 2021

Our Founder

While serving as Administrative Judge of the St. Louis County Family Court, Susan Block witnessed many children in her courtroom with basic, urgent needs that went unmet by the various existing legal and child welfare organizations simply because the resources were not available or too cumbersome to obtain. These children, some with backgrounds of abuse or neglect, come from families experiencing significant financial or emotional difficulties. Their needs range from very basic, such as bus passes or school supplies, to more substantial – eyeglasses or tutoring. Judge Block and other child advocates were frustrated with the roadblocks and inadequacies and believed something had to be done to remedy the situation. Seeking out community leaders, she shared her vision of establishing an organization that would bring positive and immediate assistance to these children. As a result Caring For Kids (CFK) was established in August 2003.