|Chairperson, Hon. Joan M. Burger– Democrat:Hon. Joan M. Burger is a retired Circuit Judge of the Twenty-second Judicial Circuit of the State of Missouri. Judge Burger was on the circuit bench for 13 years, from 1995-2008. She graduated from St Louis University School of Law in 1976 cum laude and practiced law for 19 years before becoming a judge. Judge Burger currently works as a mediator and arbitrator through United States Arbitration & Mediation. She is a life long Democrat, having first campaigned for JFK in 1960 when she was in high school. Judge Burger is a member of the Missouri Bar, other local bar associations and past president of the Women Lawyers’ Association. Judge Burger was in Leadership St Louis 1990-1991, and is currently a member of Focus St Louis. She has been an active member of many nonprofit boards in the St. Louis community for the last twenty-five years. Judge Burger has tutored algebra at two St Louis high schools for several years; she has run a Truancy Court at several St Louis schools for ten years.
Commissioner Jack Lary (Secretary)– Republican: Commissioner Lary is a local businessman and community activist, he has been a resident of the City of St. Louis for over sixty years. Commissioner Lary is a veteran of the United States Army, serving oversees in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He incorporated and owned the office supply company Lark Corporation, which sold a variety of paper, office, and technological equipment to St. Louis area businesses, including Ralston Purina.Commissioner Lary owned and operated Lark Corporation for more than twenty years before selling the business to Cardinal Office Supply. Commissioner Lary currently works for Cardinal Office Supply as a senior manager.Commissioner Lary is actively involved in Parents as Teachers, the Missouri Republican Party, and other local political and community issues. He is a former member of the St. Louis Ambassadors.
Commissioner Benjamin M. Phillips, Sr.– Democrat:Commissioner Benjamin M. Phillips, Sr. is a former City of St. Louis employee, having retired after 21 years of service as Director of Administration for the Treasurer’s Office; state and local lobbyist for former Mayors Vincent Schoemehl and Clarence Harmon; and as a City Marshal. Commissioner Phillips graduated from the University of Missouri at St. Louis with a B.S. in Sociology and furthered his education at the United Association/University of Texas in Engineering and Project Management. He is a lifelong city resident and active in state and local Democratic politics. Commissioner Phillips has received several mayoral and gubernatorial appointments, serving on the City of St. Louis Mechanical Licensing Board and Employees’ Retirement Trust Board, and the Twenty-Second Judicial Commission. Commissioner Phillips is a past recipient of an Outstanding Alumni Award from Central Catholic St. Nicholas School; the Jonathan Jasper Wright Award from the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice; and the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Spina Bifida Association.
Commissioner Andrew L. Schwartz – Republican: Andy Schwartz graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1986. As a four year varsity soccer letterman, he also worked for Thilenius Distributing and held various positions on the Board of Directors for Sigma Phi Epsilon, while earning a BSBA. After graduation, he moved to Chicago to sell industrial adhesives for National Starch & Chemical.In 1992, he moved back to St. Louis and started AJ Adhesives, which distributes industrial adhesives to all manufacturing sectors. While being a serial entrepreneur, he took on a few partners and started an in line hockey roller rink, ” The Rink” and a restaurant, “King Louie’s.” In 1998, Schwartz divested from business outside of the core industrial sector, and he and his partners purchased an equipment company in Houston, TX that specialized in selling /servicing adhesive application equipment, continuous ink jet printers, and industrial labeling equipment. Schwartz and his family moved to Houston, TX in 2000 to transition the purchase.In 2010, AJ Adhesives and Mid America Packaging has 32 employees, corporate headquarters are in St. Louis with branch locations in Houston, Dallas, Tulsa, Seattle, and Chicago.An important aspect of his life is family, so he, his wife Stephanie and 3 children moved back to St. Louis in 2008 and live in the city. Living close to work offers the ability to coach soccer, basketball and baseball. Personally, he still plays soccer, basketball, golf and is active in the St. Louis Community.