Board of Directors


Ms. Demetris L. Butler, Secretary

Demetris Butler is a seasoned teacher in the Special School District of St. Louis County. In her 14 years working in education, she has supported her students beyond the classroom through many community service projects. She said her current position has afforded her the opportunity to build positive relationships that provide the necessary support and resources to assist students and their families in overcoming adversity and daily challenges.

Demetris said she enjoys collaborating with a diverse group of professionals, and bringing innovative concepts to increase success and positive community engagement. A Fontbonne University graduate, she holds a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Special Education.


Ms. Monnette Blue, Financial Secretary

Monnette is a driven Legal Professional with 15 plus years of experience in Criminal law with a heavy concentration on death penalty cases. She is adept at multitasking and prioritizing tasks to complete projects on time and determine appropriate courses of action. Monnette is also committed to streamline processes and stays committed to growth in Criminal law.

Ms. Blue provides clear and concise information based on creative and complex research findings. She is a Mitigation Specialist accomplished in assisting high profile attorneys on more than 15 plus years successful cases. She is dedicated to maintaining professional standards and ethical work habits to produce the highest quality case content.  She creates client life story’s and assist families in locating local resources in their communities. Monnette holds a Bachelor of Science from Saint Louis University and a Master of Science from Webster University.


Ms. Monica Gamblin 

Monica Gamblin is a leading financial professional specializing in helping her clients achieve financial security and independence. She began her career in the financial services industry in 2005 with a regional brokerage firm.

The Gamblin Group, LLC was formed in 2011 and she continues to serve hundreds of families in both the Dallas, Texas and Saint Louis, Missouri regions.

In addition to operating an independent financial services practice, her professional experience includes working in Finance and Accounting for the Department of Defense, in the Procurement Division of SBC Communications, now AT&T, and was owner/operator of a retail cosmetics franchise.

Monica graduated from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, and she has completed her graduate work at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri with a Master of Business Administration. She is currently serving as a Board Member for some notable non-profit organizations in addition to other volunteer and community service initiatives. Originally from Saint Louis, Missouri, Monica currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

Roger Harris

Roger was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a divorced father of two. Roger retired from the State of Missouri. He is a real estate entrepreneur.

Roger is affiliated with New Sunny Mount Baptist Church, serving as the director of operations. Roger lives in the Central West End.

Roger was appointed to the Board of Directors for Family Resources and Community Connections, FRCC, in St. Louis Missouri.

Dr. Vanessa Mackey, Publications/Technical Advisor


Vanessa Mackey, Ph.D., MISM, BS, is a retired information technology professional with over 30 years of experience. She has expertise in analysis, software design/development, project management, grant preparation/submission, budgets, oversite and reporting.

She holds a Doctorate in Management and a Master of Science in Information Systems Management from Walden University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and Programming Certification from the Automation Machine Training Center.

Upon retiring from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, she was appointed to the board of Compassionate Partners KC, CPKC, Community Advisory Committee in Kansas City, Kansas, as Secretary/Technical Advisor providing technical and management support for CPKC website design, development, enhancements, and implementation. 

She was appointed to the Board of Directors for Family Resources and Community Connections, FRCC, in St. Louis Missouri as Publications/Technical Advisor providing technical and management support for FRCC website design, development, enhancements, and implementation.

Dr. Mackey is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Golden Key International Honor Society, and The National Society of Leadership and Success.

Mrs. Sharnez Williams, Educational Equity

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Mrs. Williams is an accomplished educator, teaching English Language Arts at Ritenour High School. She is also an adjunct professor at Harris Stowe State University providing instruction in English composition and literature courses.

Mrs. Williams has experience with implementing core curriculum, lesson planning, and broad research-based instructional practices. She has the immense ability to assist teachers with instructional design and classroom management. She has the strong ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with students, teachers, parents and community.

Sharnez holds a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master of Arts in Education, a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language, and was a fellow with Harvard Univserity in the areas of race, equity, and leadership in schools.

LeAndra M. Parker-Day, MA Ed/AET

Mrs. Parker-Day holds a Master of Arts in Education/Adult Education and Training from University of Phoenix and Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Human Resources Management from Saint Louis University.

She is the Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Student Life at Washington University in St. Louis Law School. In this role, she serves as the primary contact for the online law programs. Mrs. Parker-Day manages students’ records, financial reporting of Title IV aid for the programs, and student service compliance.

She also teaches students who are trying to get their HiSet certificate for the Parkway School District’s Adult Learning Program three evenings throughout the school year. Prior to joining Washington University and the Parkway School District, she spent 4 years with Vatterott College as a financial aid advisor and 3 years with Spectrum Healthcare Services, as a Credentialing Coordinator for various military bases for healthcare professionals.

Wendell Moore, Sr.

Mr. Wendell Moore, Sr. is a business owner and artist. A former Youth Detention Center Officer and House Manager for adults and young adults with special needs, with experience covering years of dedication, integrity, patience, education, and advocacy. Wendell states, he is the father of three children on the autism spectrum; as a result he advocates for them as well. A business owner in the grassroot stages of a 501c3, Black Farmer Cares, an organization that strives to fill gaps in the community through various forms of resources, workshops, social and educational events throughout the region.

Since 2005, Wendell has been a performing music artist, host, and writer. He is known nationally as “Greze.” 

Wendell has been featured on radio mix shows, blogs, podcasts, and magazines that highlight his work as an artist in the entertainment industry. Wendell’s latest single “Melanin Moonlight” is in rotation internationally. Honored by The Fleet DJ’s Coalition as a “Future Star” for his music, videos, web content, philanthropy, advocacy, community partnerships and beloved public figure presence.

Formerly, from East St. Louis, Illinois, he now resides in St. Louis with his wife and their three children. Wendell studied Journalism at Lane University.

FRCC is committed to developing Partnerships and Collaborations with organizations who share a mutual concern in impacting the lives of children, families, and communities – A catalyst for change.

Interested in working with FRCC?

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