Board Members

 
 

Tower Grove Park is owned by the City of St. Louis and governed by a special Board of Commissioners appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court. The current commissioners are:

Board of Commissioners

Robert W. Sellers, President
Steve M. Kidwell, Vice President
Rose Newport, Treasurer
Rudy Nickens, Secretary
Ted Atwood
Shelley Donaho
James L. Fogle
Robert J. Herleth
Mike Konzen
Michael R. Spotanski
Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson

Emeritus Commissioners

Dennis G. Coleman
Jane Gleason
John D. Haffenreffer
R. Crosby Kemper III
Susan R. Lammert
Thomas Purcell
Dr. Peter Raven
Anne C. Stupp
Cheryl D. S. Walker

Bill Reininger, Executive Director

The Past Superintendents / Directors of Tower Grove Park

During Henry Shaw's lifetime, he himself served as de facto superintendent of Tower Grove Park. Upon Shaw's death in 1889, James Gurney, the horticulturist he had brought to St. Louis from London, succeeded him, becoming the first official park superintendent. Gurney's son, James Gurney, Jr. assumed the position on his father's death in 1920. When James Gurney, Jr. died in 1943, his daughter Bernice E. Gurney returned to St. Louis to take on the position. On her retirement in 1976, Bernice Gurney was succeeded by Robert F. Denison. In 1987, John Karel became the fifth director of Tower Grove Park. John retired at the end of 2014.

Click here for a schedule of the 2017 Board of Commissioners Meetings.

The Board of Commissioners of Tower Grove Park


The Friends of Tower Grove Park Board Members

Laurence McCarthy, President
Janine Lawler, 1st Vice President
Louis Gerteis, 2nd Vice President
Dr. William Gilbert II, Treasurer
Debbie Monterrey, Secretary
Patricia Midden, Assistant Secretary

Kristin Byrne
Erika Ebsworth-Goold
Caroline Ernst
Julie Gianino
Catherine Gilbert
Ella Gross
Thom Gross
Lee Kling
Mike Konzen
Kevin McKinney
Nina Murphy
Peggy Oates
Erika Ottolini
Dorothy Soldavini

Emeritus

Lee Berger
Donald Bergmann
Delores Blehm
Shelley Donaho
Francis Fanara
William Schawacker