Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Center Welcomes Three New Board Members in 2016

Dale Dendtler

David Penn

Leslie Rieder
The Center welcomed three new members to its board of directors in 2016. New Board members Dale Dendtler, a community volunteer; David Penn of Monsanto; and Leslie Rieder, a Washington University MBA student, were installed on the board in December.

Dendtler is a retired executive from the former Boatmen’s Trust Company here in St. Louis. Dale believes that the Center exists to provide critical services to local residents. “I personally believe that it is very important that an individual affected by these disabilities deserves a solid service to help them achieve an opportunity to be productive,” Dale says. “It’s clear that the Center has made great progress over the years helping people to overcome their communication disorders. It is an honor to serve on the Center’s board.”

Penn is Manufacturing Director of Cotton and Specialty Crops at Monsanto Company, employed with them since 1997. David has been very involved with charitable organizations in communities where he has formerly lived. He sees the Center as a helpful service provider in the greater St. Louis area, with a caring spirit for people who need help with their communication disorders. “I want to give back to the community,” David says. “I want to be part of an organization that helps others in need, helping those who can’t always help themselves.”

Rieder, a candidate for Master of Business Administration at Washington University Olin School of Business, was welcomed as a Board Fellow. In her new volunteer role, Rieder will work with both the board and Center staff to create a working Fund Development Committee that will help assure the fiscal health of the Center. She will also help the Center to develop both 2016 and 2017 work plans for its Fund, Strategic and Board Development committees. Rieder holds a Master of Education degree from University of St. Thomas in Houston, Tex. She also earned Bachelor’s degrees in both Business Administration and Journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia. In Houston, she worked as an English pre-school teacher for Teach for America and as a ninth-grade English teacher for KIPP Schools.

Founded in 1920 in St. Louis, the Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501(c) 3, non-profit organization and a proud member of the United Way, which provides major funding.  The Center’s primary goal is to identify, treat and help St. Louisans with communications disorders by offering speech/language and audiology services to children and adults, regardless of whether they have insurance and/or financial resources to afford such care.  For additional information call 314-968-4710, visit or “like” the Center on Facebook.

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