Michael Meehan, PhD


A licensed psychologist and graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Dr. Meehan has worked professionally in the child welfare arena for more than 20 years. For almost a decade, he served in a variety of clinical and management roles at Hawthorn Children’s Psychiatric Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, eventually accepting the role of Director of Inpatient Treatment there in 2003.

Dr. Meehan entered the private sector early in 2004, serving in the role of Director of Children and Adolescent Services for Hopewell Center, a community mental health agency serving the urban poor of North St. Louis City. In February of 2005, he accepted the position of Associate Executive Director for Epworth Children and Family Services in Webster Groves, Missouri, serving there for nearly seven years before taking on the role of Executive Director at Good Shepherd Children & Family Services. An experienced teacher and lecturer, Dr. Meehan has served as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology for Maryville University St. Louis since 2000.



Susan Kidder, MS

Immediate Past Chair (2015-2017)

Susan is Executive Director of Safe Connections, the oldest and largest nonprofit in the region working to prevent and end domestic and sexual violence. She moved here from Chicago in 2007, bringing over 30 years of nonprofit leadership experience in education and social justice. Susan earned her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and Master’s from Eastern Illinois University.


Karen Nolte, MA

Past Chair (2013-2015)

Karen is Chief Executive Officer of Family Forward which was from when Children’s Home Society—founded in 1891—merged with Family Resource Center in 2017. Karen has served in a leadership capacity at CHS since 1984 and as its Executive Director since 2005. Family Forward is a community leader in providing children with a permanent, safe and loving home.

Pat Holterman-Hommes, MA, LPC

Membership Committee Co-Chair and Past Chair (2002-2014)

In 2013, Ms. Holterman-Hommes became the fourth President and CEO in Youth In Need’s history. She has been a key staff member at Youth In Need since 1990, serving most recently as Chief Program Officer. She has extensive expertise in the areas of adolescent development and family therapy, child abuse and neglect issues, positive youth development, and organizational development.

Ms. Holterman-Hommes  serves on the boards of the Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies, Behavioral Health Network and the Community Council of St. Charles County. She also represents the needs of vulnerable children and youth on various statewide committees.


Christine Corcoran, msw, lcsw

Treasurer & Advocacy Co-chair

Christine, with 26 years of child welfare and advocacy experience, serves as regional director forBethany Christian Services, working with Missouri, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. She has served on the board of the Central Missouri Dream Factory, an advisor to Kappa Kappa Gamma, was the President of the Downtown Optimist Club and recently coordinated the Putting Kids First Campaign in Boone County which provides $6 million dollars for children’s mental health services.

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Mike Baer

Vice Chair

Mike has served as Director of Transitional/Independent Living Programs at Marygrove Children’s Home since 1999. He served in a variety of other capacities at Marygrove for 13 years prior to that. He earned his MA in Psychology from Lindenwood University in 1994.


Kevin Drollinger, MSW, MA

Advocacy Commitee Co-Chair

Kevin Drollinger, MSW, MA, is President and CEO of Provident. Prior to coming to Provident in 2016, he served as the CEO of Epworth for 22 years. While at Epworth, Kevin received numerous awards and recognitions and led the organization in earning the What’s Right with the Region and Best Places to Work Awards. He is recognized as a person who collaborates well in the community, develops his team and is a strong fundraiser.


Tamara Kenny, MSW, JD

Advocacy Committee Co-Chair

Tamara Kenny is the Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement for Catholic Charities of St. Louis. She has a law degree and a master’s degree in social work and is passionate about advocating for both children and adults with issues of behavioral health. Tamara is an ambassador and trainer for the St. Louis Regional Health Commission’s trauma-focused Alive and Well STL initiative, a member of the advocacy committee for Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri, and a member of the Missouri Mental Health Task Force on Psychiatry.

dawn couser, ma, lpc

Collaboration co-chair

Dawn is the Regional Director for the St. Louis area for Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services,  Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS). The agency’s core goals are permanent homes for children and self-sufficiency for their families. PCHAS achieves this by living up to its philosophy of care, which is to be family centered, strengths focused, and goal driven. PCHAS offers many programs for children and families in MO, TX, and LA.


Dawn is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has over 20 years of experience working with children and families, both in the mental health and child welfare fields. Dawn earned her undergraduate degree from Missouri State University and her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University.


Carla Monroe-Posey, PhD


Carla has served as CEO of St. Vincent Home for Childrensince 2014. Prior to that she had extensive clinical and administration experience, including 22 years in the US Air Force where she served as Deputy Director of the Air Force Family Advocacy Program. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Social Work at Smith College and her master’s degree in health administration at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is deeply committed to advancing the mission of the Children’s Services Coalition.



Communication Committee Co-Chair

Elizabeth is Executive Director of KUTO, Kids Under Twenty One, a youth agency that trains youth with the skills, confidence and courage to help a friend or peer by implementing the ‘teens helping teens help themselves’ philosophy. She has 25 years of experience in the field of youth development, mental health advocacy and prevention skills training.

Dennis O’Brien, MA, LCSW

Marketing/Membership Committee Co-Chair

Dennis O’Brien is a licensed clinical social work, experienced educator and therapist. He has led five nonprofits, including Logos School which he founded. He has written educational materials used by Washington University School of Medicine Dept. of Psychiatry, weekly columns on parenting for and numerous articles for a variety of magazines and newsletter. He was honored by the Missouri Dept. of Mental Health for outstanding reporting on suicide in 2010. He has played leadership roles in various groups serving nonprofits and is currently active with the Better Business Bureau, CHARACTERplus and Community Service Public Relations Council.