Russ Kirk is the former Vice President of Maritz, Inc., the world’s largest performance improvement company. Currently, Kirk serves as liaison between Maritz and Patrick Henry Downtown Academy connecting the two with financial and professional services. Prior to his retirement, he served on the Board of directors of UrbanFuture, a non-profit providing tutoring and mentoring services to St. Louis public schools. Kirk has served as a substitute teacher in the Bayless School District and as a full time building substitute at Patrick Henry. Kirk has volunteered over 100 days a year at Patrick Henry. Kirk has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri.
Gay Lorberbaum has an established track record of service and teaching in the community. After graduating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Architecture from Washington University in her native St. Louis, Gay worked for the London Borough of Lambeth and the renowned Finnish architect Reima Pietil ä. During her 34 years at WUSTL, she led studios within the College of Architecture and initiated interdisciplinary courses linking architecture, engineering and environmental studies. In a parallel practice, Gay has acted as a human development teacher in psychology. In 2003, Lorberbaum created the New School – a group workshop that combines psychotherapy with creative process. In 2012, Gay and her husband started the non-profit, Building Futures, which provides educational programs with an emphasis on hands-on problem-solving for the St. Louis youth community grades 4th - 12th.