Board of Education of the City of St. Louis
President - Dorothy Rohde-Collins
Dorothy Rohde-Collins is a graduate of Butler University (B.S. Chemistry) and the University of Missouri - Columbia (M.Ed. Mental Health Practices in Schools). As a certified teacher in Mathematics, General Science, and Chemistry, Dorothy taught at Northwest Academy in SLPS from 2006 to 2012. During her time with the district, Dorothy served as a Science Department Chair and Advanced Placement Coordinator as well as led district-level professional development workshops.
Dorothy is employed as a test tutor and instructor. She lives in the 8th Ward with her family and serves on the St. Louis Family Court Neighborhood Accountability Board and the Shaw Conversations planning committee.
Vice President - Susan R. Jones
Susan Jones draws upon experience as a concerned citizen, community activist, SLPS graduate, and parent of a child attending Saint Louis Public Schools. She is the Director of Marketing and Supplier Diversity for Emed Medical Company. While serving her community through various acts of service, she received her undergraduate education from the University Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) in Political Science. During her years of study at UMSL, Susan served as a lobbyist for the UM-System as an intern in Jefferson City, Legislative Intern for the Board of Alderman, a member of Helping Hands, Student Government Association, Political Science Academy, Intern for the Sue Shear Leadership Academy, and President of the Associated Students of the University Missouri. Susan has also completed a Masters degree in Leadership and Management and a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University. Susan was originally elected to the Board in 2013. She served as Board Secretary from 2013-2015 and then took on the role as President from 2015-2018. Susan continues to take a grassroots approach to create positive results for the students and families in Saint Louis Public Schools.
Secretary - Natalie Vowell
Natalie Vowell studied computer science and music theory at the University of Arkansas and served as the university's youngest and first female computer lab manager. She remains an advocate for young women entering STEM careers.
Natalie moved to St. Louis in 2010 and continued her dedication to technology education as Development Director and Board Member for North City nonprofit WITS Inc., rebuilding unwanted electronics into computers for students and schools and leading workshops teaching families to assemble their own computers from recycled parts. Natalie has provided more than 1,000 free computers for families in need.
In 2013, Natalie founded Project Raise The Roof, an organization that helps northside citizens stop the seizure of owner-occupied homes at City Sheriff’s auctions and keeps houses on the tax rolls—generating school funding and preventing vacant properties. She’s helped more than 70 northside citizens retain their family homes.
Natalie has earned her Advanced and Master Certifications from the Missouri School Boards’ Association. She served as a 2016 Democratic National Convention delegate, has registered more than 200 high school seniors to vote, and is passionate about guiding our youth toward becoming innovators and community activists.
Dr. Joyce M. Roberts
Dr. Joyce Roberts’ lived experience as a teacher, principal and central office administrator (Director of Middle Schools, Assistant Superintendent of Low-performing Schools and Assistant Superintendent of Professional Development) brings a unique historical perspective and an in-depth experience from every level of SLPS to the Board of Education.
Joyce has a track record of excellence and a demonstrated willingness to build relationships among all stakeholders. She possesses certifications in early childhood, reading, parent-educator, principalship and superintendency. As the principal of Pierre Laclede Elementary, Joyce was recognized as a Gold Star (state) and Blue Ribbon (federal) awardee for consistent student academic achievement.
Joyce is committed to student academic achievement, accountability, equity, transparency, community engagement and a seamless school district.
Elected to the SLPS School Board in 2006, Donna is the parent of seven children, all of whom attended Saint Louis Public Schools. She has been active in the Saint Louis Public Schools since the 1980s. Donna is a community activist in many capacities and is someone who truly cares about the students of SLPS. Some of the issues Donna has worked on as a Board Member include lead removal, transportation, classroom size and school violence. Donna is a lifelong resident of the 27th Ward and also attended SLPS as a student.
Adam Layne is an education advocate who has been driving toward educational equity and excellence in the city of St. Louis since he began his professional career. In 2011, he joined Teach For America, teaching Algebra and Trigonometry to students at Clyde C. Miller Career Academy on North Grand. In 2014, he joined InspireSTL, an education access and support nonprofit serving students in the city of St. Louis. While there, he built mentorship, leadership, educational excellence, and college access programs geared toward ensuring students were prepared for the academic rigors of high school and also ensuring that they had the support necessary to succeed. In 2016, he was named Director and during his tenure, 100% of students graduated on-time from high school with an over 90% college persistence rate. He still tutors students in math, writing, and ACT Prep.
Adam considers himself an activist, passionate about topics of race and equity as well as the action that come with those topics. He regularly speaks and facilitates conversations about how these topics intersect with education and how we can change the narrative. He has created and facilitated diversity, equity, and inclusion training within schools to address bias, culturally responsive curriculum, and inclusive education policies. Adam has worked on parent recruitment in the city and his heart is in writing curriculum for and developing youth programming, and is currently working on youth programming initiatives in St. Louis. Adam is currently working at Washington University in their Academy on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.
Adam was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and is now a proud resident of the 18th Ward. He received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from The George Washington University in Washington, DC and his master’s degree from UMSL in Secondary Education.